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REP+ for that link. Exactly what I needed at an awesome price.
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5v isn't enough, you will have to get a 5v to 12v switching regulator if you want to use a USB cable.

You didn't read the whole post, did you?
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Sounds like your solder connection isn't good. Look up soldering tutorials online. Practice some soldering on some old boards or pick up a cheap electronics kit from somewhere like Maker Shed. Your solder should be shiny and smooth when done. You need to learn to get the parts heated up well enough before putting the solder into the joint. Solder will flow to where the heat is. A properly heated part will be wetted with solder almost immediately after touching the solder to it. It gets into all the little crevices in the wires. Sometimes it is a good idea to "tin" the pads you will be soldering to first. You can also do this with the wire, just don't put on too much. Then put the parts together and heat them briefly until the solder flows. Add more solder as needed.

I have watched every "how to solder LED lights" video I can find and have very similar looking results as them, except mine won't light up. I know this is a difficult thing to diagnose without seeing what I am doing. I guess I will just continue to practice.
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I would continue to practice like you said, but i would use a 12v supply. Low voltage electronics can act all kinds of crazy without the right amount of juice. I tell what helped me learn the quickest was simply cutting a wire in two, then twisting it back together and soldering it together again. Do you have a set of "helping hands" like I recommended? They really do make it easier. And if you could post some pictures of your work, we might be able to help you out more. Good luck, and keep practicing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QznAAwL8rI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Edited by Ramsey77 - 2/22/13 at 5:57pm
 
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I have a question.
I don't plan on using the whole spool on one project, but lets say I did. Would one 4pin molex necked down to a fan plug power the whole strip with out any problems? Just wondering how much I can load one circuit with.
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I have a question.
I don't plan on using the whole spool on one project, but lets say I did. Would one 4pin molex necked down to a fan plug power the whole strip with out any problems? Just wondering how much I can load one circuit with.

I think the whole spool uses 24 watts. So one MOLEX plug can power the entire spool if this is the case.
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dont plug it into your mobos fan header, because a fullstrip will pull 2 amps. and mobo fan headers usually limited to 1 amps, our 12 volts
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I think the whole spool uses 24 watts. So one MOLEX plug can power the entire spool if this is the case.

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dont plug it into your mobos fan header, because a fullstrip will pull 2 amps. and mobo fan headers usually limited to 1 amps, our 12 volts

Ok, cool. It will be connected right from the psu. REP+
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I picked up a junky case on craigslist today for one of my media boxes. It has a side window though! Time for some more LED action, I'll do it tomorrow, I'd post pictures but the case is so tiny the cable management is going to be appalling. I don't want to embarrass myself, lol. smile.gif
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Finally got them to work and turned out great!

Blue LED from Hitlights. You all are welcome to use these on your website if you would like.



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Finally got them to work and turned out great!

Blue LED from Hitlights. You all are welcome to use these on your website if you would like.




That looks killer. Where did you mount them, and in what direction are your led's facing for that effect?
 
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