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Strategies to Install Silicone-Sleeved Pixel Strips

Started by Gary, July 12, 2018, 01:24:30 AM

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Gary

I'm planning on mounting pixel strips to the backs/bottoms of my gutters to light up my house to replace my on-ground floodlights which are a nuisance to keep clear when it's snowing.

The challenge seems to be to figure out how to mount them.

I don't want them to be permanently mounted because they will get slimy and dirty in our generally year-round wet climate, resulting in less light output. I don't want to install any sort of channel material to tuck the strips inside (http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm) either, because it will just get slimy too.

I can't use screws because, well, they're gutters.

I was considering using clear stick-on Velcro (clear makes it less visible in the off-season) every 4 to 8 inches, but besides being a bit tedious to install, the adhesive on the Velcro would likely not stick well to the pixel strips' silicone sleeve. To work around this, I suppose I could try to find some sort of adhesive designed to stick effectively to silicone. I was thinking that I could put clear heat shrink tubing every 4 to 8 inches on the pixel strips because the Velcro strips would likely stick better to heat shrink tubing rather than silicone, but that would be a nuisance to install every 4 to 8 inches over 150 linear feet.

Any ideas from our thinktank here?

Edit: I don't want to permanently mount the strips onto anything stiff like PVC pipe (that I would put up and down as one piece) either for several reasons that I don't want to go into detail here. Yes, I seem to be pretty picky with my "requirements". ;D

algerdes

There are some base and diffuser covers available.  One source (and not the only one, I'm sure) is Holiday Coro.  Take a look at http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm.  You could use some outdoor rated velcro to hold this up.


We use these in an Ice Cream Shop here and they work just fine. 
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Gary

Quote from: algerdes on July 12, 2018, 06:50:25 AM
There are some base and diffuser covers available.  One source (and not the only one, I'm sure) is Holiday Coro.  Take a look at http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm.  You could use some outdoor rated velcro to hold this up.


We use these in an Ice Cream Shop here and they work just fine.


I was hoping to avoid installing something else permanently that would get slimy/dirty if up rear-round (like my gutters do already).

aknflyer

Why not use that removable tape they use to hold up those plastic hangers? "3M Command Strips"  I use it to hang the stockings on my marble fireplace, very sticky, and pulls right off after christmas. They make them in different widths. Just a thought.

neilric99

Quote from: algerdes on July 12, 2018, 06:50:25 AM
There are some base and diffuser covers available.  One source (and not the only one, I'm sure) is Holiday Coro.  Take a look at http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm.  You could use some outdoor rated velcro to hold this up.


We use these in an Ice Cream Shop here and they work just fine.

There are many suppliers of these aluminum channels and diffusers on Amazon, you can get them in various style like 45deg as well
search for Led strip diffuser.

srshepherdjr

I use the aluminum channel for my outline of roof line and windows.  They come with a nice mounting clip so I'll just unclip the channels to remove them at the end of the season.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074WK1291/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Gary

I haven't been on here in a while, so I thought I'd put in an update to say that I'm going to be mounting my lights onto drywall corner bead and using magnets screws into my soffits to hold them in place.

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