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I've researched the idea of using LED strips that have the siliconized clear rubber on top of the LEDs on wireframes and have seen mixed opinions on this.

 

Obviously, the biggest downfall I've heard about is the fact the LEDs lay flat and don't really emit a side-glow or 360 degree light that bulbs can give - but I have an idea of how to possibly address this. However, before I try to re-invent the wheel, I thought I'd check on here with all the experts to see if anyone has completed projects with a similar idea?

 

I'd like to see something finished, if possible. And get the input of anyone that's done this (or tried it and gave up) :)

 

Thanks!


Dustin

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They do look pretty nice from the video! Did you attach them with zip ties? I've often wondered what would be the best method, as the 3M backing I'm sure wouldn't hold on the metal for an extended period of time.

 

Also, going from color to color or section to section, how did you end up cutting and terminating? I see there are quick connect terminals, but they don't seem to be suited for outdoor use. I think most are soldering and using some sort of silicone with a rubber cap over the terminals.

 

I live in Omaha, and there's a company called Brite Ideas decorating that makes a lot of wireframe and commercial decorations. They have a patent on their clip they use on M6 faceted stranded bulbs, and they use colored bulbs with colored caps, giving a really good result. But, I've looked into sourcing something similar from China and they don't seem to get my idea or they come back with something I don't like. If the strips worked well, I thought possibly they'd be a nice option.

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They do look pretty nice from the video! Did you attach them with zip ties? I've often wondered what would be the best method, as the 3M backing I'm sure wouldn't hold on the metal for an extended period of time.

 

Also, going from color to color or section to section, how did you end up cutting and terminating? I see there are quick connect terminals, but they don't seem to be suited for outdoor use. I think most are soldering and using some sort of silicone with a rubber cap over the terminals.

 

I live in Omaha, and there's a company called Brite Ideas decorating that makes a lot of wireframe and commercial decorations. They have a patent on their clip they use on M6 faceted stranded bulbs, and they use colored bulbs with colored caps, giving a really good result. But, I've looked into sourcing something similar from China and they don't seem to get my idea or they come back with something I don't like. If the strips worked well, I thought possibly they'd be a nice option.

 

Contact me at www.wireframedlites.com as I'm in Bellevue and I might be able to help you. 402-659-3130

 

Doug

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They do look pretty nice from the video! Did you attach them with zip ties? I've often wondered what would be the best method, as the 3M backing I'm sure wouldn't hold on the metal for an extended period of time.

 

Also, going from color to color or section to section, how did you end up cutting and terminating? I see there are quick connect terminals, but they don't seem to be suited for outdoor use. I think most are soldering and using some sort of silicone with a rubber cap over the terminals.

 

I live in Omaha, and there's a company called Brite Ideas decorating that makes a lot of wireframe and commercial decorations. They have a patent on their clip they use on M6 faceted stranded bulbs, and they use colored bulbs with colored caps, giving a really good result. But, I've looked into sourcing something similar from China and they don't seem to get my idea or they come back with something I don't like. If the strips worked well, I thought possibly they'd be a nice option.

I used a lot of zip ties. I either soldered the colors together or if it was a long run I just used that color and connected all the pig tails together at the bottom for that channel. I did use the quick connect terminals too. I did not have any failures on the frames. It does take some time to do it if you use several colors. I also use the 2 connector security alarm wire to do splices. You can get it pretty cheap on ebay.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Security-Wire-Burglar-Alarm-22-2-Cable-500FT-Stranded-White-500-Speaker-Cable-/121020494971?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2d62347b

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