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post #1 of 5 Old 10-04-2010, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm constructing my theater right now and was looking into putting some LED ribbon lights around the soffit, which runs around all three walls (excluding the wall with the screen) aiming up towards the ceiling (preferably the amber variety).


The only requirements I have are that it must:

a) Be dimmable

b) Integrate into my Lutron Radio Ra 2 lighting system for control and dimming.

and

c) Must run the length of the three walls which is roughly 60 linear ft total.


So, does anyone have any recommendations? I don't want to break the bank on this as it is accent lighting - and I was thinking that the ribbon lighting would work better than the rope lights as they output a far brighter illumination.

With this in mind I have a few questions -

1) Most of the LED ribbon lights I see top out around 16' max. How do I do 60' then? Can you gang them up to one ballast or do I have to buy three individual controllers, power supplies and somehow connect them to one dimmer switch? Is that even possible?

2) What brand is trusted here? I know it's low power, but a lot of these brands feel pretty unregulated and I would rather not burn my theater to the ground.

3) What is the difference in price between the single color system and the ones that can output multiple colors?

Finally, if anyone has any links of any products they've tested or approve of I would love to see them. I am on a budget (aren't we all?). Someone posted something about a Stewart Filmscreen system but based on my experience with Stewart they tend to be a very pricey company (not complaining - they're the best - they just usually fall a little out of my price range - does anyone know how much this system costs?)

Thank you to everyone who has read this and responds. Much appreciated.
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I have exactly what you are talking about in my theater. I used LED strips from ebay (I can send you the sellers name). The strips can be soldered end to end to make the strips longer (I have around 50 feet in one strip). I used a simple 12V "wall wart" transformer pluged into an outlet that is on a zone on my Grafikeye for dimming control. My single color LED strips were about $50 per 5 meter strip but I don't think the multi color strips are much more. You will need a controller for those and I don't know how that will factor in to the dimmer control.
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Jello -

That's fantastic help! Could you PM me the ebay seller's name and the name of your wall wart and controller? Any tips you found on the setup is appreciated as well.

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Why not us rope lighting? That's what most folks use for soffit trays.

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You can get 10M of RGB LED strips for around $100 on eBay if you look. I think they say the max length is 10M for their power supply though. I plan to get some in the near future.

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