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Offline daKEEBLERelf

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Splicing LED strings
« on: January 03, 2017, 07:38:49 PM »
These strings on AliExpress seem good and 2 strings are less than the price of a 100ct string. Would there be any issues with splicing 2 of these together for a 100 LED/String Mega tree?

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Re: Splicing LED strings
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 07:50:00 PM »
These strings on AliExpress seem good and 2 strings are less than the price of a 100ct string. Would there be any issues with splicing 2 of these together for a 100 LED/String Mega tree?
You can always splice them together. You will likely need power injection since they are 5V.


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Re: Splicing LED strings
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 08:12:12 PM »
Please note that those are WS2801 pixels and use 4 wires. That isn't a problem if you know about it. They can't be mixed in with pixels that are 3-wire.

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Re: Splicing LED strings
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 09:33:33 PM »
That type also limits your controllers to ones that can supply a clocking signal.

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Re: Splicing LED strings
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017, 06:49:22 PM »
I have some 2801s from 2012, they are beast compared to my new 2811s.  Issues with sending the clock and data down the same lines with shielded vs unshielded and the like.  Having the 4th wire also requires 4 wire connectors instead of the 3 wire ones.  Make your life easier and get 2811s or better :-)

 

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