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Anyone Worked With LED Strip Lighting?

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
Hey mods, please move this thread if I'm in the wrong forum, wasn't sure if lighting stuff goes in here or in the "Accessories" forum, or somewhere else.
I am presently an apartment dweller, and my current place has a relatively big family room which I was inspired to transform into a "proper" home theater, with a 120" screen, projector, surround sound, etc. In the past, I used blue rope lighting installed at the wall / ceiling joint all around the perimeter of the room to provide a fairly good subdued lightsource that doesn't detract from viewing and gaming but does give you enough ambient light to see so you can grab your drink and / or some popcorn easily.

However, rope light feels so "early 2000s" to me since I started looking into the various LED options that exist.

I'm thinking about running a strip of RGB LEDs right above the molding / baseboard all around the perimeter of the home theater, right below my cable channeling. However, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of options that I've found, and not sure how to different crappy stuff from great stuff. Seems like it could be as easy as locating a good channel / diffuser solution. I'll be doing a single 50 foot run. I'm not sure if I actually want to spring for RGB controllable lights as opposed to just white or blue.

Anyone here done any DIY work with LED strip lighting?
post #2 of 33
I have LED in a few places in my theater. I bought several different ones from ebay...mostly whatever was cheap, just to see the difference. One set the single LED changes color, my other 4 sets the RGB LED light up in combinations to get the desired color. I like the look of the single LED colors better. Check out my pics on my " to the moon and back theater" thread and I'll go see my ebay history and see if I can link which I bought
post #3 of 33
For the lazy, here is the thread megdagooch is referring to:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1474362/to-the-moon-and-back-theater
post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 
Nice! Its been pretty busy at work today but I have had time to look around.
It seems like for what I want to do I'll need to install channels & diffusers, and then find a nice/affordable bluish white strip.
This is the kind of thing I mean http://www.elementalled.com/aluminum-strip-light-channels.html and http://www.elementalled.com/chromapath-strip-light-channel-covers.html
The annoying thing is there are bajillion sellers of this kind of thing so its not clear what is good / terrible / way over priced.
post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by b0gus View Post

For the lazy, here is the thread megdagooch is referring to:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1474362/to-the-moon-and-back-theater
Thanks. I don't have all the features (or know the site well enough) to do everything from my phone.
Edited by megdagooch - 7/16/13 at 4:14pm
post #6 of 33
The ones I bought were $20 for 10m http://*******/YtHv5S. Depending on how you use them you can have a glow or see the individual LED "dots". I don't like the dots for in the theater so I'm installing a crown molding a little bit lower than the ceiling so I can hide the strip and get the desired "glow" rather than the dots ( like under my riser pic). The lights are dimmable and can go very low to bright enough to light my concession area. And the color options are GREAT! I can get every color! The white is a bright (not blue tint but white...is that called cool white?) but the yellow might be warmer ( I hope I am using cool and warm correctly, I believe you get the idea though).
post #7 of 33
http://www.amazon.com/home-improvement/dp/B0040FJ27S
i ordered these haven't received them but planning to mount behind my tv, seems like okay reviews and you can buy a kit that has longer run than the 5m kit i bought. will post back a review post when i get them and install them to my tv
post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 
I'm very curious to see how this goes smile.gif
post #9 of 33
Those are the ones I'm talking about! You can link up to 3 of them to get your desired length. And you can also cut them if too long (although the cut end is no longer useable)
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by megdagooch View Post

Those are the ones I'm talking about! You can link up to 3 of them to get your desired length. And you can also cut them if too long (although the cut end is no longer useable)
i believe you can cut them and still use them you just have to resplice the led together or solder, they also have adapters to reconnect if they are cut
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by megdagooch View Post

Those are the ones I'm talking about! You can link up to 3 of them to get your desired length. And you can also cut them if too long (although the cut end is no longer useable)
use some solderless LED connector,easy cut and connect them together.....
post #12 of 33
What is a solderless LED connector? Do you know where I would buy one?
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by megdagooch View Post

What is a solderless LED connector? Do you know where I would buy one?
amazon look up the size of led strip and they are called quick connector similar to these http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-LED-Strip-Quick-Connector/dp/B0077JW1L8/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1375225526&sr=8-7&keywords=quick+connector+led
post #14 of 33
Awesome! That makes a lot of planning easier now! Thanks!
post #15 of 33
I know its been a while but here is my led strip light installed on the tv. It was very easy to use and pretty much dummy proof.
post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by j0hnnyyyy View Post

I know its been a while but here is my led strip light installed on the tv. It was very easy to use and pretty much dummy proof.

very cool pic. i have done the same with both my sets and enjoy the look. i mostly use orange as it looks closest to incandescant lighting.
post #17 of 33
i just use white. i dont have a good camera so it always comes out different and looks like a different color on pictures
post #18 of 33
I am considering surrounding my 100-inch Elite fixed mount screen with some fluted molding and rosettes similar to this:



Since the velvet surround on the Elite screen comes off the wall about 1.75", I need to bring the fluted molding out about that far so it does not look funny. Unfortunately, they don't make fluted molding like that much thicker than 3/4". My thought is to put up 1x2 behind the fluted molding so that together they would combine for about 1.5" thickness off of the wall. If I use 1x2 behind the fluted molding, it would also give me some room around the perimeter (behind it) to hide the LED lighting strip.

My question is this. Does all of this LED lighting just plug into one receptacle? I would need somewhere around 30-36 LF to wrap totally around the perimeter. Would I be able to have one long continuous stretch of lighting and just have one plug on the end? Is there another way to turn these things on and off by just unplugging them? Can they be controlled remotely or is that insanely expensive?

Here is a shot of where my outlet is now (below the screen to the left).



How would I get the plug to that receptacle without having a strip of lights going there as well? Are there ways around that? As you can see, I am CLUELESS when it comes to LED lighting (I've never dealt with it) but I think it would look cool as hell if I could get LEDs behind there and give off sort of a white glow around that molding. I've got to get all of this done relatively soon before I take down the screen and my contractor comes in to begin installation of baseboards, painting walls/ceilings/trim, etc.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
Edited by AnnapolisSony - 9/1/13 at 2:41pm
post #19 of 33
Most LED striplighting runs on low voltage from an external power supply. I presume that power brick could be located at the outlet and the low voltage wiring fished through the wall (using appropriately rated cable). Go to the striplight manufacturer's website for more info. Here's the first one that came up on Google for me: http://www.flexfireleds.com/led-strip-light-power-supply-chart/
post #20 of 33
you can buy however long led strip you need. if they dont sell long enough ones, you can always buy adapter to connect two led strips together and you can connect multiple lengths together as long as you buy the adapters. By using the adapter it will be controlled with one source and only one plug for the electric outlet. multiple color led with remote i think is the way to go and spending a little extra will give you a lot more option like changing color as well as dimming or brightening to your preference . heres the link where I got mine http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=474
post #21 of 33
I bought two Sylvania color-changing strip kits from Costco a while back. I couldn't find the same kits on a quick google search but i believe these are them:

https://www.sylvaniaonlinestore.com/p-133-mosaic-flexible-led-light-strips.aspx

I stuck them to the backs of both my bedroom and living room TVs and they work quite well. Each kit contains 8 linear feet of lights and connection pieces for the bends or curves.

The LEDs change to any of 15 colors and are dimable via the included remote control. The dimming function makes for nice background lighting for nighttime watching. I use the orange light because it is a warm color that I find pleasing.

From what the manufacturer says, you can hook up to 10 of these strips to a single power outlet for 20lf of light length.

I know it's not quite the 30-36' for one recepticle you're looking for but with 2 sets of the kits you could still plug both into a single wall outlet.

There may be other kits that can be made to go longer but this kit is made by a major manufacturer so the quality should hold up for a long time.
Edited by jdmvette - 9/2/13 at 11:10pm
post #22 of 33
Thanks for the info everyone. This past weekend I finished the fluted casing / rosettes around the screen:





It's not a priority right now but the way I built it allows me to put LED strip lighting around the perimeter...just behind the 3.25" fluted casing. Might be a cool touch to add further on down the road after the room is finished. We'll see.
post #23 of 33
here's a couple of shots of the multi-colored strips that i posted above in use:





both sets are at full brightness for their respective colors in these pictures.

for regular night watching, i generally use the orange color at it's lowest setting.

the little nubby in the middle of the top of the screen is the IR sensor for the remote controlling the lights.
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by j0hnnyyyy View Post

I know its been a while but here is my led strip light installed on the tv. It was very easy to use and pretty much dummy proof.

I like that. Very similar to what I use:







Very easy to install, and I plan on adding more of that to the room. Also, the lights behind the panel and the bulbs in the lamps react to music. Here's a crappy vid I put up showing it if interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg2sDv76chk&feature=player_embedded

It's alot brighter in person. I got the lights from here:

http://www.barlighting.com/LED-Kits-s/1817.htm

Be sure to tell'em STARKILLER--1138 sent you if you end up shopping there. smile.gif
post #25 of 33
I did under-cabinet lights in my kitchen. I bought from a company out of AZ. Aah, I found it, Inspired LED. Look at their website. I e-mailed them what I was trying to do and they gave good advice. I went high-output and did about 20 to 25 linear feet of lights for $200-300 last year. I used a direct stick-on tape-like product with the LEDs embedded in it. Ultra low-profile.
post #26 of 33
Just go to ebay and buy some rgb strups. 35258 are the basic and the 5050 are the bright ones. If you want really bright go with the 5560 but they cost a lot more for just a tad bit more performance. DONT BUY FROM ANY OTHER SITE THEY OVER PRICE THE CRAP OUT OF LEDS!
post #27 of 33

I have purchased a LOT of led lighting strips from ebay. I will warn anyone that buys on ebay that you get what you pay for. Be careful, there are many companies out there selling very inexpensive products that will perform the same way. I have paid anywhere from about $15-115$ for fifteen feet of LEDs, and you can tell the build quality between the cheapest and most expensive.

 

Just make sure you do some research on the product your buying. Especially if you plan on having them on for extended periods of time.

 

just my 2 cents

post #28 of 33
I've noticed that the waterproof ones from eBay last longer due to being encased in clear siliconr. So you can't mess up the connections
post #29 of 33
They work fine in a house environment. Ive used the waterproof ones for underglow on several cars no problems one year later and the lights are exposed to the envirnment 24/7.
post #30 of 33
I second www.barlighting.com

I've ordered from them twice for two projects, and everything works flawlessly.

I used most of it in crown molding around a wetbar, under-cabinet and in-cabinet lighting for wine cabinets.

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