Discussion in 'Lights - Store Bought and Home Made' started by SmartAlecLights, Sep 22, 2011.
Just a couple of comments:-
I see no mention of outdoor rating on the website. 240V and rain do not mix well.
In one of the comments, the power use was quoted at 180W for a 200 bulb net - that's almost 1 W/bulb. Lot of heat coming from resistors.
Definitely NOT a set I would buy.
My experience with buying cheap net light.
Last year I bought 2 sets of net light on eBay for about $20 per set. I think they were 4MX2M - 200 LED and ran on 240 V
The controller looks same as the type in question. Please see attached. My sets did not have a resistor on each LED. Although it says IP 44 on the controller, I did not think they looked particularly weather tight so did not intend to run in exposed situation. On receiving them I ran one set for a while on the lounge room floor. Looked great. When setting up lights, was showing off these cheap lights I had bought. Turned one set on and was a lovely display with the controller making a loud bang and quite a distinctive blue flash - no LED lighting up though. Off to the bin that set went. As I am a hoarder , couldn't bring myself to bin the other set- hence the photos, but I did notice that on one LED the resistor was exposed through the plastic sleeve ?? - might go the way of the other. I have gone off 240 V net lighting. What I do have is now 24 V.
When are you going you give us a 'how to diy' re net lights and LOR?
They wouldn't be my first choice for a net
Last year was the first time I used net lights with LOR (as fans under 2 of my arches). They worked very well. BUT when I checked them for this year half the lights had rusted away and they are unuseable & unrepairable. I had planned to use them or similar under all the arches this year, but could not find enough nets to do more than 1 arch. I am now in two minds whether to put them up at all.
As a fall back, I was looking at setting up Big W strings to do the same function, but with the need to be raedy early now, I have abandoned that idea for this year.
In regards to controlling nets from LOR, it's just like controlling any multi channel string or icicle set. The nets I used last year were 4 channel - 1 channel for each colour. It's then just a matter of identifying the common wire out of the controller (usually the wire adjacent to the 2 wire ac input), and then wiich channel controls each colour. You can then run each channel with a DC LOR channel.
Hope this is the info you wanted.
I did the same thing last year...but the controller blew up in my hand...dropped it like a sack of potatoes. Danger Will Robinson....never using 240V dodgy arsed lights again...I was wary when I say how thin the wire was...and one of the wires broke off in the controller and short circuited to another. I hate to think how many of these are in use here.
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