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Wire frames: rope lights off - pixels on

Discussion in 'Cutouts, Wire Frames & Motifs' started by diyer, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. diyer

    diyer Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    2019 job 1.1: Remove old rope lights from reindeer and sleigh wire frames and apply pixels.

    Pixels were cable tied to the wire frames and a dob of silicone added to each. 5V WS2811 bullets running on pixel testers, 5v supply via a buck converter.

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-UtW9XhfMc
     
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    That looks cool, nice work
     
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    Well done. :)
     
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    Kotche New Elf

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    I’ve in mind to do similar with the rope light motifs I have, too.

    Good work :)
     
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    I have rope lights on a lot of mine too - I don't like them. Too unreliable and impossible to repair.
    I am replacing mine with just 12volt Bullet LEDS - no fancy pixels for me. I do like the idea of using the tester !
    I'd be careful using a buck converter. IF it fails, kiss those nodes goodbye. I prefer to have the correct voltage PSU.
     
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    I have been using buck converters for several years and haven't had too many issues, I had one stop working due to moisture last year but touch wood, haven't had any switch transistors fail/short out. I always drive them at under 50% of their capacity, hopefully this gives them some longevity.
    I would be interested in hearing other users experiences?
     
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    There have been a lot of visits to this thread, I hope that it has inspired other members to have a go.
     

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