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CaptKirk
02-14-2012, 09:26 PM
I've posted this in a few other "cheap LED" threads but I figured this should be posted here so it could be found in the future. It details how to convert the 100 LED 33 meter China light strings to full wave rectified, always on so we can control them. Enjoy.

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dirknerkle
02-14-2012, 09:42 PM
For things that are relatively timeless like this, it's a pretty good idea to put it in the Wiki instead of in a forum. Just an idea...

To get Wiki editing privileges, just PM Macrosill...

CaptKirk
02-15-2012, 01:54 PM
For things that are relatively timeless like this, it's a pretty good idea to put it in the Wiki instead of in a forum. Just an idea...

To get Wiki editing privileges, just PM Macrosill...

That is a fantastic idea Mr. Nerkle (say hi to Mrs. Nerkle for me). I did not know that was an option to be able to add to the Wiki. I will do so post-haste...

Heldwhat Christmas
02-15-2012, 10:58 PM
Excellent tutorial that I've used a couple times now... I've gotten one of these that are a slight variation though - not sure if you can add a note to the tutorial?
The difference is there is only 1 ground (or is it power?) wire in step 5, and there are 4 other wires in step 6 so you have to solder 1 wire to the cathode, and 4 to the anode.

Make sense? I can post a pic if that would help.

CaptKirk
02-15-2012, 11:23 PM
Yes a pic would help, and I CAN update the tutorial. I may have updates on some 220V strings I am playing around with also...

llewis
02-17-2012, 12:46 PM
Great tutorial. Thanks!

marycorbitt
02-20-2012, 02:18 AM
I love the idea. The animated led lights I saw over the stores are really costly. :)

Heldwhat Christmas
02-25-2012, 04:26 PM
Here's a pic where I had to combine 4 of the wires. If I soldered it to the wire on the far left, every 4th light wouldn't come on.
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