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Old 09-05-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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More fun with LED strip lights

Seems like every time I turn around I find another use for the LED strip lights you can buy in 16' rolls. Have done my bays, awing, and over front door among others.

One small irritation on my Vectra is the bank of switches right by the entry door not being lighted. Seems like would have been a great candidate for backlit lettering. The passenger reading lamp puts them in shadow, and no other light hits them.

So another job for LED strip lights... tapped into the power behind the small step light at the bottom of the panel which is wired into the "Porch" light switch. Fifteen minutes to pull the light, splice into the wiring, seal it all up and position the strip. Now when I come in after dark (using my remote to unlock and turn on "porch" lights the switches are nicely lit.

Simple rainy-day mod and another off the to-do. Heck, probably took me longer to take the photos, resize them, post this than it did to do the work.
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Old 09-05-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
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Have you or anyone had a problem with poor quality (read crap) LED's.
I put LED strips in all my overhead florescent fixtures. As it happened I left the power on while in storage. Noticed it a week or so later (solar chargers, so no big deal) but when I looked at the lights they were going bad. I did a test by connecting them to the house battery direct to see how long they last. After 13 days they were dead. Second set was on a 3 pin regulator, they were still working but not by much. I ended up replacing all the lights, bought from another eBay seller just in case. Also installed buck - boost (+- 90% efficiency) regulators just in case over voltage was killing them. Have not stress tested them yet, but so far they are holding up.
Was also wondering if +- 115 degree temps could be killing them. Temp could / would be higher for the LED while in storage in the FL heat.
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I've not had any issues like you but I'm in Michigan, not in the Florida heat.

Have had some issues with the adhesive strip coming off the back of the LED strip but that was easily solved with some double-stick tape.
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Have had some issues with the adhesive strip coming off the back of the LED strip but that was easily solved with some double-stick tape.
Most of my strips fell off in a few days, I cleaned up what I could with lacquer thinner and swabbed it down with super glue. None have come off once the super glue set.

I bought other LED's off eBay, another seller and so far no problems.
I tested them at home, on 13.8 V the first set would start to dim after a few weeks in my Florida room (no air conditioning, but in the 80's not 100's) new set held up OK. I still installed a assortment of buck - boost voltage regulators just to play it safe.

Where have you been buying you LED's and what LED did you use.
I used all SMD 5630, suppose to be the brightest at the time.
Might also add to the failure rate....
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Where have you been buying you LED's and what LED did you use.
I used all SMD 5630, suppose to be the brightest at the time.
Might also add to the failure rate....
Amazon is usually my source. An early order had some issues with the backing, but these have held up well so far (ordered in the "warm white weatherproof" version.) I've stayed with the SMD 5050.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product
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