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Considering Dumb Rgb Strips For Gutter Lights

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Right now I am using c9 LED red, green, warm white for my gutter lights. It is a mix match of the retro and then sealed (non screw type) on a string. The spacing is not right and wanted to change that this year. Either I am going to purchase (used...or maybe new if I can find cheap) retro bulbs and fix the spacing. Got to thinking though and ran across this;

http://www.diyledexpress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=78

Thought about using 2 per gutter of these;

http://www.holidaycoro.com/3-Channel-DMX-RGB-Controller-p/26.htm

How would that look in comparison to the retro bulbs? Bright enough? I know the chase stuff would not work quite as well. I am using LOR and have not dived into dmx yet. Will I have any issues with dimming and other effects using the standard dongle on dmx?

Thought about using pvc and attaching the strips that way.

Robert

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Right. Still reading and learning about all this. I run several Rainbow Floods, DIY 12v floods and Rainbow Spots right now. Have several "Ham Radio" power supplies around the house right now. I ran my LOR DC off of a 35amp Astron with a meter....so as to monitor amperage.

Have one computer power supply and probably pickup a couple of more just for the purpose of going 12v rgb in the future.

I know most of my setup will go that direction in the future. It is just so expensive, having to do this a step at a time.

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Right now I am using c9 LED red, green, warm white for my gutter lights. It is a mix match of the retro and then sealed (non screw type) on a string. The spacing is not right and wanted to change that this year. Either I am going to purchase (used...or maybe new if I can find cheap) retro bulbs and fix the spacing. Got to thinking though and ran across this;

http://www.diyledexp...&products_id=78

Thought about using 2 per gutter of these;

http://www.holidayco...roller-p/26.htm

How would that look in comparison to the retro bulbs? Bright enough? I know the chase stuff would not work quite as well. I am using LOR and have not dived into dmx yet. Will I have any issues with dimming and other effects using the standard dongle on dmx?

Thought about using pvc and attaching the strips that way.

Robert

Hi Robert,

The 30 LED/m strips are plenty bright for this application. Keep in mind most pixel strips (LOR's Cosmic Color Ribbon, etc.) are also 30 LED/m. I am not totally familiar with the DMX controllers you reference, however I don't see a reason that there would be and issues dimming the RGB strips.

Todd

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Anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong, Robert you would not be able to use the Chase at all. These are "dumb" strips, correct? You will only be able to use the fade, twinkle, shimmer as they are all going to display the same color at the same time.

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Anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong, Robert you would not be able to use the Chase at all. These are "dumb" strips, correct? You will only be able to use the fade, twinkle, shimmer as they are all going to display the same color at the same time.

I know you would not be able to chase these. But it seems for half the price, that one feature might not be worth it. Got one more day to make this decision.

Has anyone else used this type of setup with LOR this past season?

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Anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong, Robert you would not be able to use the Chase at all. These are "dumb" strips, correct? You will only be able to use the fade, twinkle, shimmer as they are all going to display the same color at the same time.

Yes and No to the chase issue. by adding controllers (as little as $8.00 ea) and segementing the strips you can create dumb strips that can chase (to some extent). I am using dumb stips for my new Arch/Marty Fans. Each Arch/Fan will use 51 channels (8 arch segments and 9 fan legs) using cheap rgb dumb strips. Depending on hold long (or short) of a segment you are willing to allow, it could be a cost affective alternative to CCR's.

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I actually bit the bullet and bought the "Dumb" RGB strips. I am now trying to decide whether to buy the 27 channel controller or a bunch of the 3 channel jobbies. Here is the new thread I started in that;

On the chase issue, as I mentioned before...realize you can't really chase with it. But I am now going to probably cut them up into 9 ft strips and do the chase that way. If luck goes my way...I might even break them apart further for smaller sections. We will see :-)

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Here is a update on what I ended up doing. Also ended up using a converted PC ATX power supply. Will list info on it later.

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