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myoung84
11-06-2014, 10:01 PM
Bought me a couple of 5' sticks of PEX (1/2 & 3/4) at Home Depot today to do some testing. I love the diffused look! I plan to buy 10' straight pieces and couple them together. I found some white couplers that are semi translucent like the PEX and they fit perfectly. It's a little tight getting the ends of the strips through the coupler but the rest of the strip pulls through easily. Here's some pics with the 3/4". I don't see how some of you are using 1/2", it's too big with the silicone sleeve...

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Kev7274
11-06-2014, 10:07 PM
What pixels are you using? I got to build a few for my wife and haven't gotten around to getting the pixels.

tommy
11-06-2014, 10:41 PM
I'm glad you posted this. I've been thinking of making some pixel arches but wasn't sure if PEX would let enough light through. I have both 2811 5050 12v strips and 2811 5v strings to play with. I was holding off going to Home Depot since the nearest store is about 80 miles away.

Thanks for sharing.

myoung84
11-06-2014, 10:45 PM
I am very impressed with how much light comes through. They are going to be super bright on the house. These are 12v 2811 strips from Ray Wu, link below.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5m-led-digital-strip-DC12V-input-WS2811IC-256-scale-10pcs-IC-and-30pcs-5050-SMD-RGB/701799_568458133.html

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myoung84
11-06-2014, 10:47 PM
And here's the coupler I used.

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Kev7274
11-06-2014, 10:48 PM
I am very impressed with how much light comes through. They are going to be super bright on the house. These are 12v 2811 strips from Ray Wu, link below.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5m-led-digital-strip-DC12V-input-WS2811IC-256-scale-10pcs-IC-and-30pcs-5050-SMD-RGB/701799_568458133.html

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Thanks.Any issues with getting the strip through with the waterproof? I hear it's tight,but they will fit.

myoung84
11-06-2014, 11:00 PM
Not with the 3/4" PEX, there's plenty of room. Also have roof for some extra injection wires. The only tight part is getting the end of the strip that's filled with silicone (making it a bit larger) through the nylon coupler. Once that's passed through, it slides down easily.

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Kev7274
11-06-2014, 11:05 PM
Good. I have the 3/4 pex also.

Livermore-Dad
11-06-2014, 11:14 PM
Bought me a couple of 5' sticks of PEX (1/2 & 3/4) at Home Depot today to do some testing. I love the diffused look! I plan to buy 10' straight pieces and couple them together. I found some white couplers that are semi translucent like the PEX and they fit perfectly. It's a little tight getting the ends of the strips through the coupler but the rest of the strip pulls through easily. Here's some pics with the 3/4". I don't see how some of you are using 1/2", it's too big with the silicone sleeve...

25502
25503
25504

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Nice , but coupler and 2 10' lengths.. This is obviously not going to be a large arch, or is it? Don't think Pex is rigid enough, especially at that distance or am I wrong?

Wondering what you are going to be using it for.

And thanks for the coupler pointer cool stuff.

Tory

Kev7274
11-06-2014, 11:17 PM
Just wanted to verify something.....the ws2811 strips can be cut right? I'm not sure as to what size of arches I will be doing.

Kev7274
11-06-2014, 11:18 PM
What are you going to use for the controller? I have a couple spare PX1s and a E682.

myoung84
11-06-2014, 11:46 PM
Nice , but coupler and 2 10' lengths.. This is obviously not going to be a large arch, or is it? Don't think Pex is rigid enough, especially at that distance or am I wrong?

Wondering what you are going to be using it for.

And thanks for the coupler pointer cool stuff.

Tory
No, these are going on my roof line and will be hung with pex clips every few feet. You could probably get one arch out of a 10' stick but definitely not a 20' arch without major support.


Just wanted to verify something.....the ws2811 strips can be cut right? I'm not sure as to what size of arches I will be doing.
Yes, they can be cut every 4".


What are you going to use for the controller? I have a couple spare PX1s and a E682.
I'm using an E682.


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Kev7274
11-06-2014, 11:49 PM
Thanks,I appreciate the info. The only difference between what you did and what I will be doing is,I will be using a 5v supply instead of 12v.

sck1ng
11-07-2014, 09:45 PM
Here is a video of my strips in 1/2" PEX from last year.. work great.. I also left the strips up over the summer and they worked perfectly when I hooked it back up for Halloween..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOYoT43nLTo

Kev7274
11-07-2014, 09:48 PM
I like it.:biggrin2:

Livermore-Dad
11-08-2014, 02:44 AM
Here is a video of my strips in 1/2" PEX from last year.. work great.. I also left the strips up over the summer and they worked perfectly when I hooked it back up for Halloween..

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Looks good, so pex roofline and a pex tree? I looked at 1/2 pex today, figured based on dimensions it would fit my strips, but man that's tiny :) I believe it would take my non waterproofed ones however...

Tory

arw01
11-08-2014, 08:31 AM
1/2" looked like a tight fit to me too, went 3/4" and they slide in there with the silicon strip easy enough. On the longer runs I put my electrical snake down, tie a pull string on and use that taped down the lights a few inches to bring them through the tube.


As with the poster a couple up, I left my under roof ones up all summer (4th of july, Valentines day, St. Patrick's day) and they worked great each time. I compared out o the sun pex to the exposed pex and see no difference at all.

To mount mine I used cable clips that have 4 slots for zip ties around a square shape and take a central screw along with a sticky adhesive pad. I put them up every 2' with the sticky pad, put a screw in the middle and then ziptie the pex with 5" natural zips. Unless you look for it when you walk up, you glance right by them on the house.

For the verticals of the house I use normal universal clips and slide them under the edge of the siding and ziptie the pex to those. A minute to install and take down is all.

Long live the strips in the PEX!

Surovich
11-21-2014, 11:20 PM
Where did you find couplers that are translucent???

myoung84
11-22-2014, 01:55 AM
Home Depot. They were one isle over from the PEX pipe where the clear tubing and stuff is. There was a whole section of fittings with a few like these. Also have elbows and reducers.

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Surovich
11-22-2014, 11:00 AM
Awesome - I was going to check the tubing section to rig something up - Thanks for the reply! - I'm just going to do one door frame this year since I added my Pixel Board and 2 more projectors, but I had a strip sitting around and tried it in a piece of PEX I had and in person, its even cooler than the picks....

deanathpc
11-22-2014, 11:57 AM
Checked out my local home depot this morning. They have the bulk 100 feet in white for under $30 and that is 3/4 inch. But if I wanted to do window frames they do not have clear right angle connectors. That and I do not know enough about it so I'm not sure how to straighten it out. Maybe next year. I almost bought a 5 or 10 foot piece to test but those were off white.

jchuchla
11-22-2014, 12:15 PM
I'm doing a similar thing and I'm struggling with how to keep the strip tight and flat inside the tube. Mine are using 2" hdpe tubing for 12' arches but it's otherwise similar. How are you dealing with keeping the strip tight and in place?


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Goofytruax
11-22-2014, 01:02 PM
I hot glued the strip to plastic strapping. Had to buy 2500 feet of it for $30 but it works great. I bent the strap over and hooked a bungee cord to it to keep it centered. 2578525786

jchuchla
11-22-2014, 01:13 PM
The hot glue sticks ok to the silicone tube? It seemed iffy when I tried that. Did you pick up the strap locally or online? I wouldn't mind trying that but I really want to get these done this weekend. I could probably root thru the dumpsters at any big box store and find enough strapping to get the job done.
What does the other end of the bungee attach to?



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Goofytruax
11-22-2014, 04:23 PM
I used the small 10 inch bungee and the hook on the edge of the pipe. I made mini arches with 5' per and cut the strip into 4 equal parts it doesn't go to the end but with an arch it gives me room for mounting

matree
11-23-2014, 10:44 AM
I have been experimenting with this too. With flat strip sitting in a tube the leds dont necessarily point towards the audience. The PEX glows really well, but with flat strips the non-led-side is much darker. Are you guys doing anything to keep the strip LEDs pointed (emitting) forward while inside the tube? With vertical tubes it's not a big problem but with horizontal tubes it can get tricky. If the strip is sitting loosely in the tube, it will naturally light upwards or downwards, but not forwards toward the street.

deanathpc
11-23-2014, 06:04 PM
How are you folks getting / keeping the pex straight? I can't seem to wrap my head around this part. I can see where it might help when you put the sections together for say a window but seems like it might try to curl back up on itself. I'm basing this from the coiled 100 feet roll from home depot.

sck1ng
11-23-2014, 06:13 PM
How are you folks getting / keeping the pex straight? I can't seem to wrap my head around this part. I can see where it might help when you put the sections together for say a window but seems like it might try to curl back up on itself. I'm basing this from the coiled 100 feet roll from home depot.

Lots of straps.. I doubled my straps this year compared to last year..


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sck1ng
11-23-2014, 06:15 PM
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This is them straightened out


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deanathpc
11-23-2014, 06:16 PM
Interesting. Thanks. Maybe I'll wait until next summer to convert these to pex. Right now I have them zip tied to regular pvc. I don't think I like the look though.

BigChuck
11-23-2014, 06:37 PM
Why would you want a diffused light pattern? It's like you are purposefully trying to make your lights not look like Christmas lights. It looks more like something you would see on a Las Vegas strip. Not quite sure I get it.

deanathpc
11-23-2014, 09:48 PM
Hard to explain. I never liked the look of them direct on I guess.

Aurbo99
11-23-2014, 10:19 PM
Any chance of getting the SKU# for that brand of PEX?

sck1ng
11-23-2014, 10:21 PM
Any chance of getting the SKU# for that brand of PEX?

It's Sharkbite PEX.. I used this:

http://m.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite-1-2-in-x-50-ft-White-PEX-Pipe-U860W50/202033029/


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myoung84
11-23-2014, 10:45 PM
Got mine up today. Went pretty well actually. Some of the lights are twisted a bit inside the PEX but you can't tell when it's dark. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. 25820

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sck1ng
11-23-2014, 10:49 PM
Looks great myoung84..


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deanathpc
11-24-2014, 12:33 AM
See that looks better to me. Looks great myoung84