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07-09-2014 10:57 AM

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Guys, I just finished building an elevated deck and would like to add some led lighting underneath any one have any experience with these? I’m not looking for the store bought units, I want to use small assemblies and use a weatherproof box to make my own. Thanks Pat

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 12:44 PM


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#2 posted 07-09-2014 12:49 PM

you can do a really good job for around $25 and it will be good stuff that works. And it’s easy to do.

I’ve done lots of this stuff. On furniture and home lighting. I’ve also learned a few things. The ribbon lights found on amazon are very good. They make some that are weatherproof. The ribbon lights are covered by a plastic bubble that goes the entire length of the ribbon. The ribbons are usually 16 ft long and have plugs at each end that plug into one another. So you can add more than one ribbon. The ribbon can be cut at each 4” as a red/blue/green light with one circuit is a section. so if you needed 20 feet you can buy two 16 footers, plug them into each other then cut the second one at 4 ft. You can buy little adapters that attach to the cut off piece so that you can use it if you cut it.

I’ve got some lighting up when I did the interior renovations. The place is finished now. Here’s a picture when i installed them. I’ve had it up for two years now and it’s still going strong.

You can get a small power supply or purchase a larger one that can be used to connect more stuff to it. Everything is 12 volts. You’ll need a controller. You can get ones that are wired or wireless ones. If you go wireless, like I have, Get the RF controller, not the IR one. RF means it’s a radio frequency device and works anywhere within several feet but you don’t need to point it in any direction. The IR one is infrared, like your TV controller. You’ve got to point it at a specific spot where the receiver is to get it to work.

The controller lets you choose a large range of colors, and make them do a bunch of stuff like strobe, blink, fade in and out from one color to another, fast or slow, and of course brighten, dim, etc. Collectively my two strands of light provide good ambient lighting for our house while watching tv or relaxing. Keep in mind that ‘white’ color is made up of all rbg lights on at once so white is really ‘off white’. not pure white. It has sort of a bluish tint to it.

Here’s a picture of one of the ribbons and a link on Amazon to it.

Here’s a pict and link to the RF controller and receiver

And a link to a small power supply to power them all

The little transmitter plugs into the power supply, The lights plug into the transmitter (it’s about the size of a stick of gum). If you want to run wires from the transmitter to the ribbon lights simple bell wire will do. Anything really it’s low current 12 volts. No danger at all.

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 01:39 PM

I’ve also installed these LED light in the house. You’d have to find outdoor ones or adapt them for out of doors though. Not expensive, extremely bright and the gimble turns in different directions.

They take something like 9 watts of electricity, dim nicely with the right dimmer and have a something like 10 yr light bulb expectancy in them. Dim them and they’d last a lot longer. They install easily and work well for us.
This one is home depot, about $32

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 04:23 PM

I used Inspired LED for my cabinets, bought the power supply separate because it was cheaper and I wanted dimmable. Sometimes buying something versus building it makes financial sense.

I have purchased from both these sites. Amazon carries quite a bit also.

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