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  1. Why not sell and let someone continue with what you started?
  2. Douggg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Careful my friend. First it's a $10 string of lights from Target. Then it's buying 1,000s of lights from the GoodWill buy the pound. And before you know it you you'll be trying to hang more lights than your neighbors and before long you'll have more lights than the what's on the Las Vegas strip. If you want to make a mod to your post it's something you can do. Just click on the edit icon.
  3. Douggg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Welcome to the site, and thanks for sharing information. Are you a LOR user? If so, which LOR controller do you use to control the LEDs? Have you experimented or tried using EL Wrie?
  4. Douggg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Banggood sells them for less than $5.00 including shipping.. Skip an artesian hand crafted eco-friendly non-polluting super grand latté one morning and have some fun playing with LED strip lights.
  5. Douggg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    No you have to buy multi. (RGB) LED. Still les than $4.00 https://m.banggood.com/5M-300-LEDs-SMD-3528-Flexible-LED-Strip-Light-Non-Waterproof-DC-12V-p-922277.html?rmmds=detail-middle-buytogether-auto You will neeed a controller which determines the color of the LED. You can select one of the 65,000 colors or have them sequence through different colors. But you said you are a LOR user. With LOR you can program and control the color and brightness with your sequences. This is the direction I’m headed. https://m.banggood.com/5M-SMD-3528-300-Non-Waterproof-LED-RGB-Strip-Flexible-Light-24-Key-IR-Remote-Power-Adapter-DC12V-p-1081256.html?rmmds=search I’ll try to give you a quick lesson. The LED strips have 3M double stick tape on the back. You either peel and stick. The strips can be cut every 3 LED. There are cut marks on where to cut. There are water proof strips (a $1,00 more) and non waterproof strips. I think they call in IP65. I originally purchased the waterproof version. I think they call in IP65. Use them to light me deck and pathways. But I found the waterproof plastic coating will turn slightly yellow if exposed to the sun over the years. Now I just use the non-waterproof out in the elements. In our kitch and bathroom cabinets I mouth these so we have light to see what’s inside. They work beautifully. There are diffferent size LED. You will see 3528 and 5050. Just refers to the size/brightness of the LED. Think 40 watt vs 60 watt. I see they are now sell strips with 2-5050 LEDs. These are just two 5050, think 100 watt. You can buy the connector kits or just solder directly to the LED strip. I solder all of my connectors. It’s very easy to do and nearly impossible to mess up. If you need 30 feet just attach to 15 foot strips together. Or if you need 17 feet just cut what you need and attach. Let me know if you have any questions. These LEDs are so inexpensive just buy a bunch to play and lean with. (That’s what I did.) The only thing that’s difficult is making hard cornors. Sweeping cornors are fine. But it’s those hard angles. Another PC poster said he wraps LED strips lights with while plastic corotubing. Instead of having points of lights the corotubing difueses the light so it looks more like a neon tube. Just depends what effect you want. If you use with a LOR DC controller (I have a 16 channel). I would get the one that’s rated for 8 amps per channel. (Few $$ more). LED strip lights come in different voltages. (12v 24v and 48v). All of mine are 12v. Each 15 foot strip draws about 2 amps. Just keep that in mind if you connect multiple strips together. Remember they can be cut and soldered together so you could make any shape such as a star, snowman or a sign. Just buy a bunch and experiment. The colors are very good and are bright. The other product you might want to consider is EL Wire or Cool Neon. I made my “listen to 88.9 FM sign out iOS this stuff over a decade ago. Looks just as good today as it did the day I made it. Banggood sells EL wire too and it also is inexpensive. EL wire is easier and more difficult to work with. It’s a plastic tube so the look is that of a neon sign. (No points of light). EL wire can be cut to any length and bent into any shape. The plastic tube is about 1/8th of an inch. I have not done this, but El Wire can be connected directly to a 120 volt outlet. So it can be used with LOR. But they have controllers so it can be powered from 12 v DC and the LOR DC controller. If you use DC LOR controller each channel would need a controller. (Not needed with AC controller). For my EL Wire radio sign I power it with an AC LOR controller and use a 12 volt power supply. EL wire has a slight fade time. And EL wire comes in a wide variety of colors. There is no RGB or multi-color EL wire. A lot of people put EL Wire in clothing or to leaks there bike more visible at night. I just purchased a lot of EL wire and was going to make small Christmas trees. (Instead of the tomato cage trees with mini-lights) I’m still experimenting with the EL Wire. I’ve made several posts over the years in the PC forums. I appear to be the only one using it. In the past EL Wire was very expensive, but prices have dropped. Let me know if you have any questions. YouTube is full of examples and tutorials on how to use and make thinks with LED stip lights and El Wire. As much as Ike traditional Christmas lights, LED strip lights and EL Wire is changing everything.
  6. Douggg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Nice score. Take a look on Banggood www.banggood.com for LED strip light. You can buy RGB and sold colors. They are having a 60% off sale. A 15 foot LED strip light is only $5.00. Sine you are LOR, buy one of there DC controller for the LEDs. Perfect solution for you.
  7. Douggg

    LED Tree Lights Too Bright

    Could be made for outside. R=E/i. For 120v circuit you will need to drop 30 volts with a resistor to get to the 90v. If the current draw is say .25a you would need a 120 ohm resister. P=I*E. .25 * 30 ... Let’s call it 1 watt. A 120 - 150 ohm 1 watt resister is all you would need. Make it water “tight’ by placing in a PVC pipe with end caps.
  8. Douggg

    Light Display in Germany

    Stronger trees, better heath care system he’ll be fine. The tree guys where I live don’t use ropes either on tall trees. Once one get’ to a certain height, the length of rope that’s needed weights too much. Would be interesting to know how many people die each year from falling out of a tree. I know more people die every year falling off a roof while installing solar pannels than have died from all nuclear power accidents.
  9. Douggg

    LED Tree Lights Too Bright

    All depends on the design of the power supply. All LEDs are dimable, but as the voltage decreases the different collored LEDs will have different levels of brightness. Dimable LEDs have circuity to keep light levels at the same brightness.
  10. Douggg

    Light Display in Germany

    It’s Germany. The trees there are a lot stronger than the ones we have here. Amazing the guy is 64 and has no problem getting on his roof or climbing a tree.
  11. Nice reference material on LED lights from Bigclive. First vid is review of LEDs picks for 2017 and the other he explains how strings of LEDs work.. Very informative.
  12. Douggg

    Wireless timers

    @WLND-DAVID. I’ve had issues with modules as you described and by accident found the issue to be a computer power supply. As you probably know X-10 works by sending on and off signals over AC power lines. Computer power supplies, fluorescent lights, (especially CFLs) doorbells, modern TV/appliance, motors can all creat EMI/RFI interference which interferes with the signal. The X-10 signals at 120 KHz over powerlines. If the modules work/espomd to a controller it means they work and you probably have RDI/EMI interference. X-10 sells an AC line filter to reduce the interference. If you have an oscilloscope and attach the probes to a powerline you can see the X-10 signals and the interference. Or you could use Wireshark which is a free packet decoder. www.wireshark.org Wireshark decodes computer packets so you can see what one computer is “saying” to another. It can decode X-10 packets. But if you really want to have some fun, Wireshark allows one to see user names and passwords. It’s a wonderful learning and diagnostic tool. And easy to use too. Here’s a link to an article on X-10 interference http://jvde.us/x10/x10_collisions.pdf I
  13. Douggg

    Wireless timers

    To prevent overloading I use the 120 volt appliance modules. They have a mechanical relay which is rated at a higher or same amperage as your circuit.
  14. Douggg

    Wireless timers

    Got it, thanks.
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