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Old 06-16-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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New kind of LED lights, anyone here used them?

Cool White 5M Waterproof 300 LED 3528 SMD Flexible LED Light Lamp Strip DC 12V | eBay

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i sent this question to the seller
I understand about cutting the light strip. Can you cut the strip into say 4 different lengths and attach wires to each part that did have its own wires?
Piece of cake or dang near impossible?
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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Wouldn't be surprised the answer is yes. Last year I bought a similar roll that had SMD 5050 LEDs. The strip was clearly marked where they could be cut and had solder connection points at each cut mark.

I used them to replace my bay lights, cutting lengths as appropriate (usually 2 or 3 feet) and soldering 2 wires to the points. Tapped into my existing push-type switches in the bays for the existing lights for power and found existing screws for the grounds. I stuck the strips up and they have worked well so far, plus in some cases I was able to run the strips to light some back areas in the bay that the old regular lights didn't hit.

One roll, a touch over 16' (5 M) was enough to do 6 bays of various lengths.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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Yes.Have done it several times. You do have to take your time,very low heat. . small area to solder onto. Just be sure to keep your + and - correct.
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They also sell adapter ends to clip onto the strips after cutting - no solder required. Takes some finesse to use them, but handy if your soldering skills are dubious.They are readily available on Ebay and Amazon, for both mono color (two wire) and 3 color (4-wire) strips. There are connectors with just wire leads, and connectors for joining strips or rounding a corner, Y-connectors, etc.
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The 5050 LEDs (see emiddlebs posting) will give much more light than the 3528 ones. Both can be cut in multiples of 3 (3 6 9 etc). Be careful with your soldering, using thin flexible wire will make it easier and there is no need for thick wiring.
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They also sell adapter ends to clip onto the strips after cutting - no solder required. Takes some finesse to use them, but handy if your soldering skills are dubious.They are readily available on Ebay and Amazon, for both mono color (two wire) and 3 color (4-wire) strips. There are connectors with just wire leads, and connectors for joining strips or rounding a corner, Y-connectors, etc.
I tried those. Ended up soldering them instead. Never could get good contact using the adapter
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If you use the adapter kits, I have a hint for you. Before you attach the connector to the LED strip, heat a large needle and force it in the center of the wire in the end of the LED strip. Do it a couple of times if necessary. When you connect the adapter it will make a good connection every time.
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9O...it?usp=sharing

If it shows up... you can see the black and red wires connecting the strips that I separated to concentrate the light.
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