Just starting off and hoping for some help & advice!

uncledan

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Such big decisions. Would you mind linking me to your lights and also the clips that you use?

Thanks!
The C9's aren't cheap or is the Boscoyo strip. The good thing about them is you can get away with a little farther spacing so the cost difference is as drastic as it may appear.
https://scottled.en.alibaba.com/product/60562695823-805862212/Waterproof_Outdoor_LED_Christmas_led_holiday_light.html?spm=a2700.8304367.prewdfa4cf.17.52634f890dWgJq
https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_19&products_id=6
I can send you some strip, nodes and some C9's so you can test out before pulling the trigger if it helps. I remember how overwhelming it is starting out. Get the Falcon ordered and a power supply so you can test them though! The one thing you will need is a pixel controller. Doesn't get better than the Falcon
 

bill55

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I mounted them last year with glue-backed velcro, but the heat up here meant that the glue melted... So now I'm trying silicone, but yes, I leave these up all year, with the strips in them all year. They are UV protected so the strips get NO sun damage, and leaving them up all year means less pulling and movement on connections, and solders etc, Also means I can test / do shows all year round depending on the time of year. Small house line sequences for things like valentines day, st pats day etc etc...
 

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Welcome to ACL, Feel free to jump into chat throughout the year. Many of us here plan and make changes constantly. This site is a great place to learn and get started.
 

bill55

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Welcome to ACL, Feel free to jump into chat throughout the year. Many of us here plan and make changes constantly. This site is a great place to learn and get started.
Thanks. Been so busy with work and other stuff I haven't had a chance to dig in as much as I want yet. I want to get things going in xLights and get an idea of what things will look like on my house. I will hop on chat for sure though!
 

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I also agree that 12V strips are more suitable than 5V for the purpose that you pictured. I have 12V strip, 5V strip and 5V nodes (no 12V nodes). The only downside of the 12V strip is that the RGB LEDs are wired in groups of 3 and can't be controlled one-by-one. In your application the strips are long so this won't be very noticeable. Nodes are different because they're always individually controlled. The downside of 12V nodes is that they waste power. Generally, I'd suggest 12V when you want a small number of pixels in a large area and 5V when you want a large number of pixels in a small area.

The strips don't show up very well in videos. You can still see the individual LEDs shining but the videos make them look opaque. I like the strip that you linked to. It's cheap, relatively easy to cut, join and waterproof and not prone to sun damage. The downsides are that it is prone to creasing and sometimes Ray Wu doesn't use enough silicone on the ends. I add more silicone to make sure it is waterproof when Ray doesn't use enough.

If you want to start building display items before you have a controller, one of these can be used to test them
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DC12V-WS2811-LED-smart-pixel-controller-With-76-kinds-of-patterns-2048pixels-controlled/701799_32261096741.html

It's also worth getting some end caps if you're working with strips. I use them but some of us prefer to just use heatshrink. Heatshrinking over the end caps might still be a good idea for mechanical protection for your solder joins, especially if you're new to soldering strips. I ask Ray to put holes in all of them because otherwise only 50% come with holes for the wires. End caps without holes are no good when you have the data going out of one strip and into the next. I see no problem with unused holes because the silicone that you're already using seals them up.
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Silicon-end-cap-8mm-10mm-12mm-optional/701799_459153462.html
 
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