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    Save some money and just put the resistor on the channel terminal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne J View Post
    Save some money and just put the resistor on the channel terminal.
    I know this is old, but how would you do that? Could you provide any pics.

    I have a small display and have just accepted the ramp/fade flicker abrupt on/off issue for a few years. I would like to see it go away. I ordered and received the resistors, just waiting on the plugs. If there is a better way to do it, I'll return the plugs.
    As always, Thanks for any info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenia View Post
    Using 440 C soldering stand soldering upright aqainst the piercing leg and on the resistor wire. (this is the same method I use on triacs) County to 10 and then touch the solder to the top of the piercing leg and the soldering iron at the same time. Repeat on other side.

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    Clip off excess resistor wire,

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    Check for continuity and proper resistance.

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    Install top and mark.

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    I know this is old, but I was wondering, with the vampire plugs, could you grind down the wide blade so it fits at the end of an LED string?
    As always, Thanks for any info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfreak3 View Post
    I know this is old, but how would you do that? Could you provide any pics.

    I have a small display and have just accepted the ramp/fade flicker abrupt on/off issue for a few years. I would like to see it go away. I ordered and received the resistors, just waiting on the plugs. If there is a better way to do it, I'll return the plugs.
    It depends on the controller, some would be easier to do that to.

    It's just a resistor between the hot output of each channel, to neutral.

    This method puts a resistor on every channel, whether its needed or not. Just realize that the resistor will generate heat, so allow ventilation.

    When using the vampire plugs, you only use them if they're needed. Some string brands will need them and some won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfreak3 View Post
    I know this is old, but I was wondering, with the vampire plugs, could you grind down the wide blade so it fits at the end of an LED string?
    Yes, LED strings are non-pollar. The electricity is AC anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfreak3 View Post
    I know this is old, but how would you do that? Could you provide any pics.

    I have a small display and have just accepted the ramp/fade flicker abrupt on/off issue for a few years. I would like to see it go away. I ordered and received the resistors, just waiting on the plugs. If there is a better way to do it, I'll return the plugs.
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    OH man, that is sweet! I just finished making 16 with the plug. I think I'll use your suggested solution on the main channel outputs that need it and keep the plugs for spares/other channels if problems arise.

    So you just bent one post down alongside of the resistor and just cut it even with the post coming out of the other side + heat shrink? Awesome. No problems with heating inside the enclosure?
    As always, Thanks for any info!

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