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Pixel or Dumb strip for wall washing

Discussion in 'RGB Lights - Intelligent Pixels and 3-Channel RGB' started by Valentinorx, Jun 25, 2013.

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    This year I will only be using RGB for wall washing. Strips under my eaves. My question is do I go with dumb strips or pixels? Ultimately over the next few years I anticipate going almost all RGB. This will be my first year. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Hi Valentinorx,

    Below are 2 post about wall washing. Might be of some interest to read. I just purchased the 72led/m dumb RGB for my wall washing and im waiting on delivery. i chose to go this route for the price, 12v and using 2811DC15 board makes it a cheap way to do my whole wall washing effect.

    http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,3872.msg33734.html#msg33734

    http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,4066.msg36049.html#msg36049

    Its all personal preference though.
     
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    I like this idea. See the issue is that you need a fairly high density LED count to get a decent wash effect, but this is lost of channels to manage if using high density Pixel strip which you dont need that type of resolution and all the associated issues that can be created by having very high channels count.

    using the 72 LED/m strip gives you a very high density without the channel management issues, just break it into either 1 or 1/2 metre sections and use the 2811DC board from allan.
     
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    Thats a good idea (cutting them into 1 meter lengths). I didnt think about that but a great idea. Alans boards are a good price to acheive pixel like effects
     
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    I will look up Alan's boards. Why cut them though? Any advantage?
     
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    As most dumb strips come in either 4 or 5 meter lengths, you could (if you wanted to) cut them into short 1 meter lengths, set each one to its own output and create a pixel effect. So instead of have the whole front part of your house being lit at the same time then you could individually turn on each meter length at different times, making a wave effect (chasing effect). hope this makes sense?
     
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    Perfect sense. Need to read up on how to power and wire the up. May go with 60 led per meter to save a couple of bucks.
     

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