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    Default Re: In case you were under a rock....

    Mark, do you have a link to the nodes I might be interested too.

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    Here's the link to the strips that I purchased:

    http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/7...arm-white.html
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    That price is on par with what I can find Mark. I found only one seller on eBay who has 5M spools for $26 including shipping. All the rest were $30 per 5M. Every now and then there are some China seller who REALLY offer a deep discount. A couple months ago I saw a seller with 5M spools of LED strips for $16 including shipping.

    I am looking forward to learning how much effort it took to get yours working ! Since I don't see any specific connectors being sold for these strips, I assume we're on soldering up the pigtails. Are you thinking heat shrink tubing to waterproof or I wonder if some really tough silicone such as 3M 4000 or 3M 5200 might also do the trick .. ?
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    I'm planning to heatshrink the ends to seal them for the connections with Cat-5 or something similar.

    The 3528 LEDs are small, but should put out enough light for what I'm going to do with them. The 5050 LEDs are brighter, but take more current and I'd probably have to use heavier wire for the connections... The strips with 5050 LEDs are about 2x the price.

    I'm all about using known sellers. Ray Wu has gotten good reviews from many of the folks on the Aussie forums, and others. He speaks English fairly well, from his emails, so that's a plus as well.

    Denny, do you know a source for that silicone you mentioned?
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    eBay is a very good place to start. You want to buy small quantities, particularly with 5200 because it cures in the tube one it gets some air in there. I have found that even when an tube has hardened at the nozzle end, I can still cut off a back corner and get a little more silicone out of the tube. This stuff sticks and holds even under extreme conditions. The hydraulic thruster hose fittings (going into the thruster motors for my boat) are covered with heat-shrink tubing with 5200 inside as it shrinks down. They have been under water for 6 years with no issues .. Here's a link for 3oz size:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/3M-Marine-Adhesi...item2a0659944c

    3M 4000 is faster cure and more costly. But by the time you pay gas to drive around looking, it's still cheaper delivered to your door from eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3M-Ma...ssoriesQ5fGear

    You can find these also in black and more rare in brown.
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    Default Re: In case you were under a rock....

    Quote Originally Posted by kidcole View Post
    eBay is a very good place to start. You want to buy small quantities, particularly with 5200 because it cures in the tube one it gets some air in there. I have found that even when an tube has hardened at the nozzle end, I can still cut off a back corner and get a little more silicone out of the tube. This stuff sticks and holds even under extreme conditions. The hydraulic thruster hose fittings (going into the thruster motors for my boat) are covered with heat-shrink tubing with 5200 inside as it shrinks down. They have been under water for 6 years with no issues .. Here's a link for 3oz size:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/3M-Marine-Adhesi...item2a0659944c

    3M 4000 is faster cure and more costly. But by the time you pay gas to drive around looking, it's still cheaper delivered to your door from eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3M-Ma...ssoriesQ5fGear

    You can find these also in black and more rare in brown.
    I use this stuff on my boat as well. HD and Lowes carries it, in case you want to save the shipping. Marine stores also, but cost more there.

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