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  1. mmais68569

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    I just zip tie the flexible strip onto PVC pipe and that makes it rigid enough for me - look at my roof line or the arms of the fans for reference.


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    The PVC option is significantly cheaper (in transport costs).
     
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    The cost will be a lot more using rigid strip. If you plan to leave it up all year then the rigid strip may be of good value for you. If you are only going to use the strip during Christmas then the 25mm electrical conduit is a better and cheaper option.
     
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    I thought about using flex strips but have not had very good luck soldering on the connectors. Is there a trick to the soldering?

    Mike
     
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    Sure is, it's practice! :)

    There are lots of YouTube videos in soldering and also some on soldering LED strip.

    Basically you:
    1. Heat the wire and apply solder to the wire (not the iron - only the wire) this is called tinning.
    2. Heat the copper pad on the strip and apply solder to it too (again not to the iron only the copper pad).
    3. Put the tinned wire on the tinned pad and put the iron on on top on the wire until they melt together.

    If that proves too challenging, that's ok, tell Ray the lengths of LED strip you need and he will put the connectors on for you (for a charge if course).
     
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    was only tinning the wire not the pad I will try both

    thanks
     
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    Make sure you clean the tip regularly before and while soldering (I just use a damp sponge and run the tip on it).

    Also melt a small amount of solder on the tip after each clean - it will make the tip cleaner (the flux in the solder does that) and it transfers heat better!
     
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    Another reason to practice your soldering skills, rigid strips are always rigid, flexible strips can be made rigid with pipe etc. but can be used as flexible again if desired.
     

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