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    Default Strip leds or pixel strings?

    Hi all, I'm building some arches this year, would you recommend using led strips or pixel strings. I have ws2811 pixel strings but I haven't used strips yet as not sure if they would give the same amount of light? Thanks

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    Default Re: Strip leds or pixel strings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theashfords View Post
    Hi all, I'm building some arches this year, would you recommend using led strips or pixel strings. I have ws2811 pixel strings but I haven't used strips yet as not sure if they would give the same amount of light? Thanks
    Strips will put out plenty of light. It's more a function of how you want to attach the pixels to your arches. If you are going to have the pixels inside the arch tubing, then I think strips are the way to go. If you are attaching on the outside, then bullet pixels or nodes are the way to go. Strips are more vulnerable to damage and weather and do well when inside a protecting tube.
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    Default Re: Strip leds or pixel strings?

    I tried both. Bullet pixels make "hotspots" of light inside the tube. (Basically you can see each point of light inside the tube.)
    (Found the below image online to help explain bullet nodes inside arch)
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    Strips however, are much nicer as they point up inside the tube making for a better diffused "lightsaber" effect.
    All in all, in my opinion, strips look better and cleaner like a solid tube of light as opposed to more defined "points" of light inside a tube.
    Here are mine with strips inside 1" pex: (I guess it really depends on the type of look you want)
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    notwlights.com

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    I have had reliability issues with the WS2812 strips. I use WS2811 3:1 strips on my closed arches and then have a very nice look


    2018 - Moving and going to visit my Daughter in New Zealand. Most likely I will be dark or nearly dark, Some static stuff that is simple to put up.

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