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Heck yeah they are, here is my aquarium when I was messing around with 1 strip of blue and 1 strip of cool white. Turned night into day for the fish. Now only have a blue strip going across each side the bottom shinning through the acrylic, illuminating the bottom 1 inch acrylic sheet. Even turned down all the way with a controller they are almost too bright still.



Mind you its a 6'x4'x2' aquarium
Are those the hit lights or just some generic 3528 leds? Im thinking of just buying some generic 600 led per meter 3528 ones.
post #262 of 598
I got whatever what cheapest on amazon. Hitlights didnt chime in this thread til like 2 or 3 days after I ordered IIRC. Otherwise I would of bought their lights just to support a forum member. I am going to purchase some more LEDs in the future, its up between Hitlights and Modelers brand. Hitlights look a lot like what I ordered, but Modelers seem higher quality and a lot more expensive.

Heres the links to what I got, blue, white, and the dimmer
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I got whatever what cheapest on amazon. Hitlights didnt chime in this thread til like 2 or 3 days after I ordered IIRC. Otherwise I would of bought their lights just to support a forum member. I am going to purchase some more LEDs in the future, its up between Hitlights and Modelers brand. Hitlights look a lot like what I ordered, but Modelers seem higher quality and a lot more expensive.
I will say that one of the reasons that our prices are so low is because we own our own manufacturer, and not because of a lack of quality. I will also say that I have seen what some of the other companies charge for LED strip lights, and after working here I can't believe how much they sell for in other places. Also if there is a problem with our products, call us and we will do our darndest to fix it for you!
post #264 of 598
Sorry I wasnt downing you guys at Hitlights, if it came out that way I didnt mean it. I cant comment on your product because I have never owned them. I was just stating that they look similar to the strips I purchased, where as the other brand are denser, have multiple rows, and look different.

I have been trying to sell one of those RGB light kits to my uncle. He is doing some kind of back lit metal work around his fireplace and I suggested one of those kits. Would be perfect since its far enough away from the fireplace to not worry about heat. He was digging the idea of being able to change the colors easily.
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Sorry I wasnt downing you guys at Hitlights, if it came out that way I didnt mean it. I cant comment on your product because I have never owned them. I was just stating that they look similar to the strips I purchased, where as the other brand are denser, have multiple rows, and look different.

I have been trying to sell one of those RGB light kits to my uncle. He is doing some kind of back lit metal work around his fireplace and I suggested one of those kits. Would be perfect since its far enough away from the fireplace to not worry about heat. He was digging the idea of being able to change the colors easily.

Those types of projects are really what these strips are intended for. Tell your Uncle they would look sick and be easily controlled. I want pics too if you can, because I have a similar idea brewing right now. I, for one, am sticking with Hitlights. Great product at a great price. Although, the BitFenix rep hates this thread. (if you are missing the joke, go back and read the first few pages. It's comical).
 
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Those types of projects are really what these strips are intended for. Tell your Uncle they would look sick and be easily controlled. I want pics too if you can, because I have a similar idea brewing right now. I, for one, am sticking with Hitlights. Great product at a great price. Although, the BitFenix rep hates this thread. (if you are missing the joke, go back and read the first few pages. It's comical).
I wouldn't be subscribed if I "hated" it.. Its great insight, and I do appreciate the feedback.
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The BitFenix stuff is nice, its very bright and obviously comes ready to install out of the box. But $40 for 20 inches seems a little much. I've been using the NZXT Sleeved kits recently, also a decent product, but it's just difficult to get power to it without having a mess of cables out in the open, they have a controller that mounts in the expansion slot, yet the molex plug is about 3.5 inches long.

Also I read the first few pages, I don't agree with your analogy of CAT5 cable. Because with HitLights, you get much more lighting, for less price. Even if you don't use all 16 ft. it is still half the price of the BitFenix 50cm kit. So if your 12 ft CAT5 cable were $50, and you could get a 100FT spool for $25, would you still rather pay more for the pre-packaged cable? Well, many people would, but there are a lot of people (like me and many on OCN) that already own soldering irons, that like to do hands on work. So your average person might buy the prepackaged cable, even though it costs twice as much and you get a quarter of the cable, but your more technically inclined people would likely get the spool. This is OCN right?

Not trying to start an argument or flame, but both products are aimed for different types of end consumers. When I showed this thread to my friend on Steam, he said "Meh, I rather have the BitFenix pre-made stuff." That's his opinion, but it's not shared by all.
post #268 of 598
I can honestly tell you after 3 hours today screwing around attempting to solder my own LEDS and cursing through most of it there is a reason why there are plug n play lights. I ruined like 5 ft leds from screwing up the soldering or trying to get the 16 gauge wire in the hole. I would of been better off using 18-20 gauge wire and never soldering before didnt help matters either. I did get a couple strips installed in the top part of my case, I wanted another one in the bottom but I ran out of patience. I wired my leds to pci slot switch which was the only thing that wasnt a problem today. Hopefully the next time I wire some LEDS it will go a lot smoother than today.
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It really helps if you have a set of helping hands they help a whole lot.
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Yeah its not the easiest to solder these things, but Ramsey77's guide helped. Only thing was I had to figure out how to remove the silicone covering on mine. That and I ripped the hole open a couple times before I could get it to solder. But I got it all working without wasting any.
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