Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Supertech Strip Lighting - RGB SMD5050 300 Leds


FEATURES OF THIS LIGHT STRIP:
+ 16.4' long and cuttable every 2"
+ Approximately 8' power cord
+ Waterproof and suitable for indoors or outdoors
+ 80,000 hour life span
+ 300 LED's over 5 meters (or 60 LED's per meter)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
16.4 ft of strip LED lights, remote control with 44 options, power supply and infrared control (to be able to use the controller)

HOW DO THESE LIGHTS WORK?
These are somewhat flexible. You just plug the socket into the electrical outlet, plug in the controller, and plug the light tape to the controller. Then unroll the tape and stick it where you intend (under cabinets, in crown molding, behind a television, etc.).

WHAT ARE SMD5050 LED LIGHTS AND HOW DO THESE COMPARE TO SOME OTHERS AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
SMD is an acronym for surface mount diode. SMD's are the small LED's on the rolls of tape. The 5050 means that the packages are 5 millimeters x 5 millimeters. Bigger SMD's mean more light output, and SMD5050 are bigger than SMD3528 which are 3.5 millimeters by 2.8 millimeters.

MODES:
There are modes called "Jump 3", "Jump 7", "Fade 3", "Fade 7", "Flash", and "Auto". The numbers with each mode pertain to the transition between 7 colors or the 3 primary colors.

LED's PER METER:
These LED lights have 300 LED's per 5 meters. There are options from Supertech and many others that offer fewer LED's. You don't always need the extra LED's for every application, but they certainly don't hurt. The closer the lights the more the lights appears to be a constant strip of light rather than individual lights. It also puts out more lumens of light. Keep in mind that the controller also lets you dim them if you want subtle mood lighting at night.

MOUNTING THESE STRIP LIGHTS:
If you are mounting these facing upwards, clean the surface, removing the backing and stick them where you'd like them. However, if you are mounting them facing downwards (for instance, under cabinets) then the tape alone may not hold them for a long amont of time. You’ll want to get a glue, screw-in mounting brackets, clips, or aluminum channels with covers.

CUTTING THE STRIPS
You can also cut the light strips into any length you want (in 2" increments, or every 3 SMDs, on the designated cut lines) with scissors. If you are merely cutting your strip shorter, nothing else needs to be done. However, if you cutting and attaching pieces (for instance, to make a 90 degree turn), then you need to attach a connecting wire between the two cut sections. You can buy cheap 22-guage insulated color-coded RGBB wire for this purpose, and you can buy solder-less connectors either pre-wired or for soldering yourself.

CONCLUSION:
That was a long-winded review, but I hope you found it helpful (or at least found a portion of it helpful). I am very pleased with these lights. If I can help, please let me know. I would appreciate your feedback by hitting the "like" button if you found it helpful!

Available on Amazon: Supertech Strip Lighting - RGB SMD5050 300 Leds

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) DISCLAIMER:
I received this product free for purposes of testing. However, the opinions expressed herein were formulated based on my personal use of the product. I welcome any and all suggestions, feedback and/or product questions!

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