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Ray Wu's Item Choice Help

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I am using the LOR CMB24D Controller and want to buy my dumb strips from Ray Wu. The more I search the items in his store the more I get confused. I think this is what I need or is there a more popular choice? Thank you

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DC12V-5m-one-roll-5050-SMD-60LEDs-m-led-strip-waterproof-by-silicon-tube-IP68/701799_654720379.html

 

I am also looking for 10W RGB floods but do not see any in the Ray Wu store that will work with this same controller without modification. I am still too new to be rewiring things.

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Those are compatible with that LOR controller.  They are the 60 LEDs per meter which are very bright. I use the 30 LEDs per meter and they work great.

 

Are you going to be using these in a full strip or cutting them into small strips to go around window frames and things? If so you may need to get extra end caps for the tubing.

 

Now for the Flood, If you do not want to build one then you will most likely need to buy the LOR flood or buy a LOR to DMX controller. There are many DIY kits available I know David has some at Holiday Coro.

 

I built my own floods using a $10.00 spot  from Home Depot and some of these LED modules from Ray Wu. very simple with a hot glue gun, solder iron, and some wiring they would work with the CMB24D controller also.

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Lee

Thanks for the comment, I will be using them to go around two sides of overhang using F channel, I will look into building some floods. Soldering and gluing is no problem.

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