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I'm trying to plan hw purchase to surround the ceiling perimeter of a living room and an adjacent bedroom with 5m rolls of rgb led strips.

HW:
1. Lights 5050 rgb led strips with 300leds/5m = 60leds/m . The strips are 60leds/m rated at 72w/5m = 14.4w/m 6a/5m = 1.2a/m
2. TaoTronics TT-SL204 Controller
http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-TT-SL204-Activated-Controller-Plug-And-Play/dp/B008BD4734
Has 2 output ports, blinks to music, comes with a 24 key wireless remote and can supposedly handle a "maximum of 4 x (5m 300 led RGB strip lights)" but 3 are recommended for product life. The unit's specs show a working voltage of DC 12-24 output current of 18A max, Max power output of 216W.
3. Power supply 240W @Circuit Specialists $35.00 12V 18A full range single output (240w/72w = 3.3 5m strips)
https://www.circuitspecialists.com/12-volt-18-amp-power-supply.html

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I measured 30M for the LR and 15M for the BR. I never soldered nor worked with electricity. I will hire someone to do the installation but I don't know anybody that has ever done this kind of work and really need someone that knows to give suggestions to either alter or approve the electrical aspects of this installation:
A.1. On each of the ports of the controllers I'll connect a 5m strip and use a coupler to couple half of a 2nd strip which will give me a total of 7.5m of strip on each port, that would equal 3 x5m strips (1.5 +1.5) on each controller which will have its own power supply. The power supply shouldn't be a problem but the controller will be at its max output since the 3 strips = 72w x 3 = 216w. Will it work without getting dimmed on the edges?

A.2. What do I do with the ends of each of the strips? Both strips from each controller will be pointed towards opposite directions. The ends of the strips will eventually meet at the ends, should they be sealed, terminated, ??? If so how and what else do I exactly need to buy?


B. Aesthetics:
B.1. The strips have 3M adhesive on the bottom and will be stuck vertically on the upper edge of the wall, near a high ceiling. I'm not willing to install any drywall structure nor have any moldings to lay them on top of. I'm assuming that while the led's are lit, considering they are 5050's & 60leds/m, though vertically mounted, will look like a continuous line and the individual leds won't be noticeable unless they are turned off, the regular lights are on or its daytime, is this correct?

B.2. Not that it really matters but the 2 controllers set in the living room will most likely be out of sync, is there any way to fix this without spending a fortune? Overall this seems like a really simple/cheap setup in comparison to those more sophisticated IC strip setups. I couldn't hardly find 5050's with 30leds/m @ 7w/m, ironically most 50led/m strips I ran across cost nearly just as much as the 60leds/m and most unexplainably have the same 1.2 amp/m rating, and I didn't want to evaluate and size out the smaller 3528 leds and churn out more possibilities to have to question.
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I'm trying to plan hw purchase to surround the ceiling perimeter of a living room and an adjacent bedroom with 5m rolls of rgb led strips.

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B. Aesthetics:
B.1. The strips have 3M adhesive on the bottom and will be stuck vertically on the upper edge of the wall, near a high ceiling. I'm not willing to install any drywall structure nor have any moldings to lay them on top of. I'm assuming that while the led's are lit, considering they are 5050's & 60leds/m, though vertically mounted, will look like a continuous line and the individual leds won't be noticeable unless they are turned off, the regular lights are on or its daytime, is this correct?

Unless you have an unusually high ceiling, you're definitely going to see the individual LEDs. Here is a pic of the lights you're talking about installed in my poster frame and then another in my entrance marquee. Also note that the camera hides the individual lights somewhat in the second pic - they are more noticeable in person.






And just a word of caution, the 3M adhesive is inadequate over an extended period. I'd suggest a dab of hot glue every few inches.

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this may not make sense but will the amount of perceived light emitted seem to be more since the rays have something to bounce off and fill (i.e. backgrounds, recesses) vs when the leds are directly visible, even in absolute darkness?
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I don't understand your question, but maybe you're talking about having them inside some sort of cove versus just glued to the wall facing out into the room?

Either way, yes the LEDs give off a pretty intense white (or other color for that matter). I honestly would reconsider your plan unless you intend to dim them substantially. Exposed LEDs all around the room will be pretty brutal on the eyes.

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