Originally Posted by OJ Bartley
pwlong, that is very nicely done! Thanks for including the link to the long tape you used. It would definitely be a lot cleaner and easier to just run a single strip without amplifiers, etc. It IS a a pretty big increase in price to get that convenience though. Do you get any reduction of output or colour variance at the end of the strip?
No issues with either brightness or color variance along the length of the run -- I was partly surprised, but mostly pleased at the uniformity of the output of the strip. No, it wasn't cheap, but the trade-off for me was the ease and simplicity of installation. It probably took me ~20 minutes to set the strip into place, and that includes shlepping the ladder around the room
In terms of sparing myself the hassle, I'd buy it again.
I'm looking at a kit on Ali Express (pic attached below), which SEEMS to be of decent quality, and should meet my requirements. The only thing I'm not sure of is if the power supply would support use with a standard wall dimmer like a Lutron Diva or Maestro. Ideally I would like the controller to remember its setting and then turn back on to whatever it was when I hit the wall switch, and also to be dimmable from the wall. That way I can set a combo I like and not have to monkey around with my phone unless I feel like changing it. I just don't really know how these controllers work, and if they retain settings or not. Can anyone give me your experience with RGB controllers and wall switch use? (settings in memory, etc?)
That's one feature -- memory setting -- that I like about the LEDwholesalers.com strip I installed. Whatever setting is active when you switch off the strip is resumed when power comes back on. This includes the light-level, too. So I can set it on a slow-fade setting, across the color spectrum, but dimmed down to 50% brightness. This gets lots of oohs-and-aahs during the theater room walk-thrus with friends
For mine, I just had a wall switch wired to an outlet in my mechanical room, then plugged the LED strip's transformer into the outlet. I've got Z-Wave switches for all lighting in the basement, including the theater, so my "Movie Night" scene turns on the LED tape light. It then switches off once we start the movie.
Attached a few pictures of the mechanical room side of the LED strip hookup, the outlet its plugged into, and the switch for the soffit light (leftmost of the three).