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Old 01-21-2021, 10:21 PM   #1
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Led strip lights

Does anyone have experience with these?

I want to use either warm/cold white strips or rgb-w strips and Iíd like to have 4 ďzonesĒ controlled independently for my bedroom, reading bench, kitchen and bathroom. Looking at wall mounted dimmer switches, I canít see any with 4 zones that donít require 120vac power. Doers anybody have any suggestions?

Iím also curious if I have two wall mounted switches, that talk to 4 different controllers, can those switches act like a traditional three way switch, switching and dimming the lights from two different positions?
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:49 PM   #2
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I used 24 vdc Led strip lights. I purchased the aluminum tracks and lense assemblies to make them more permanent. I also used the Dimmer glass touch panel controls that mount in standard electrical boxes.

I divided the bus into zones such as living room, kitchen, laundry, shower/closet area and installed a control for each zone.

I purchased the non color changing strips which are much brighter than the color changing ones and chose the warmer color(Iím glad I did). They are really excellent for lighting and I use them constantly.

I donít think the glass touch panel controls have the ability to control from more than one location.

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Old 01-21-2021, 11:10 PM   #3
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We've used both 12V and 24V strips from SuperBrightLEDs and have been very happy with them, but we've not done anything as complex as what you're asking about. They do have a bunch of multi-channel controllers, but that's way above our heads or needs...so I can't say if that will help you. But I've found them to be very helpful...more helpful than I am...so I'd urge you to call them. I highly recommend them.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...llers-dimmers/
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:07 AM   #4
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We have the RGB ones for fun lights to entertain the kids....once , or twice.. haha.



They are not very efficient. Most cut to length strip lights have 3 or 4 led in series with then a current limiting resistor. With other words they dissipate about half of there electrical input into heat. The heat is spread out over the length of the strip so it is not very noticable except for your battery life.



I am sure in the more expensive categories they have switch mode or pwm current limitation. That would have a much higher efficiency.


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