LED Strip Help

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  1. Abeworks

    Abeworks Jr Member

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    Hey all

    I got this strip of LEDs and this is my first time wiring anything. Most the ones I saw, had clear cut lines, but these dont, I was wondering if someone can help me out here on where I am supposed to cut, and apply the solder.

    Thank you for the help in advance.

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  2. andy19422

    andy19422 Well-Known Member

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    Yes that looks right, It normally can be cut every three LED's
     
  3. Abeworks

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    Thanks Andy, a few leds went out on my first cut strip and so i was worried i was doing something wrong
     
  4. Abeworks

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    Thanks Andy, a few leds went out on my first cut strip and so i was worried i was doing something wrong
     
  5. nomuse

    nomuse Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yup, that's it. The solder blobs are there for hooking up the cut segments. As Andy said, you can also see how they are organized in sets of three -- they are actually wired in series, three LEDs in a row and a single ballast resistor for the model of strip you have, making it 12 volt compatible.
     
  6. Abeworks

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    I think what bothered me was the fact that when i cut those silver little things in half, its not a lot to solder onto
     
  7. nomuse

    nomuse Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah, that's the problem with those. But...if you aren't trying to salvage the part you are cutting away, then cut on the far side of the blob. It's the same electrically; all the traces will be from blob towards LEDs/resistor.
     
  8. Abeworks

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    so what your saying is cut just above the blobs, and sacrafice the next three leds for the sake of having more of a solder point?
     
  9. nomuse

    nomuse Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Exactly. Those strips are cheap enough these days anyhow.
     
  10. Abeworks

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    Awesome thanks
     

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