This review is for the “65.6ft Led Strip Lights, Tenmiro Ultra-Long RGB LED Lights Strip 5050 LED Tape Lights Flexible Color Changing LED Lights with 44 Keys IR Remote for Bedroom, Kitchen, DIY Home Decoration(4X16.4ft)” sold by...
This review is for the “65.6ft Led Strip Lights, Tenmiro Ultra-Long RGB LED Lights Strip 5050 LED Tape Lights Flexible Color Changing LED Lights with 44 Keys IR Remote for Bedroom, Kitchen, DIY Home Decoration(4X16.4ft)” sold by NIGHTSPARKLE
Included in the box is a remote, a power-brick style power supply (12v DC 5A), 4 spools of LED Strip lights, the IR based controller, an IR remote (with 4 legs to connect the 4 strips to), connecting hardware, and a small brochure.
The lights on the strip can be set on a good array of colors. When selecting a color or pattern, the same color and pattern goes across all 4 strips. These LEDs are NOT individually addressable. If you want to have that functionality, like light chasing patterns, or each LED to be of a different color than its neighbors, then you need to look at a different style of LED Strip (look for DREAMCOLOR or “Chasing LED’s” in the descriptions).
The lights are NOT WEATHER PROOF or WATERPROOF. These lights were designed to be in an indoor configuration as the diodes for the LED are simply surface mounted and exposed to the environment with no protection on a carrier strip. So behind a TV, under inside cabinets and molding, and accent lights for a room or under a bed would be a great place to put these.
The adhesive on the strip looks to be “just barely strong enough” to hold it in place. So if you intend to have it mounted for a longer time, I would suggest looking into adding or replacing the adhesive that comes with the strips or using some mounting hardware or dedicated LED strip mounting channels. If you want to beef up the adhesive, 3M makes great adhesive tapes for this need.
The strip itself is basically a flexible circuit board where the diodes and other surface mount components are affixed. The LEDs are 50x50mm and each LED carrier contains separate diodes for Red, Green, or Blue in the physical package. While this configuration does give great color for the 3 primary colors, giving combinations of colors (like an orange, or a yellow, or a white) is not as pure as what you might be expecting, but all in all still pretty good. The strips have cut areas about every 6.5” so you can trim the length of the strip to match most desired lengths. Each section has 3 LED packages on it, giving an equivalent of 3 Red, 3 Green, and 3 Blue LED’s per strip. There is no additional “white” LED (cold or warm) on this strip.
If you do choose to cut and splice, make sure you get the 4 conductor connectors for LED strips. It is possible to buy extra connecting hardware to splice back in cut lengths together — however, I would suggest keeping the total length of one powered run as what was provided by the factory — unless you can engineer in more +12V power supplies. From what I have seen as “standard issue”, a 12V 1.25A supply should power 1 leg of 5M (16.5’) of LEDs.
The Remote is Infra-Red — you have to point the remote at the IR LED that comes off the controller. If you don’t have a clear line of sight between the remote and the controller, you won’t be able to control the lights. If you want to have it so that you can control it via Radio signals, look for a replacement controller that does support RF operations.
This controller is NOT MUSIC / SOUND sensitive.
The Power supply is sufficient to power the four included rolls of LED Strip lighting with no apparent issues. The power supply cord from the wall to the power brick is a little on the short side ( about 18” ) and the length from the power brick to the barrel connector was about 3 feet — and is as usually expected for a generally sourced 12v 5A power adapter. It is 2 pronged which is typical for the US power grid, and this version did not have interchangeable power connectors in case you wanted to install these in UK, FR, etc.
So, again, these strips function as specified, so no issues there. Just make sure that these give you the ability to get you the quality of light you need and only use these indoors in an average humidity environment.