I've been looking around at lighting options for my bedroom, and my geeky self decided that custom LED strip lighting would be awesome. Then I read previous
and want to make sure I can do this without burning down my house! Questions and a search for the easy way inside!
This all started with a wander through IKEA, and they have their Dioder
LED light strips and all sorts of suggestions on how to install this behind your TV, in your cabinets, along the ceilings, etc. I figured there had to be a cheaper (per amount of lights and lumens) way to get bunches of LED's around my bedroom. I spotted this reel of LED light strips
and thought to myself, omg, I can cut this down, use some sort of wiring and boom, have a full custom LED job probably for under $100. I saw another website
that had a bunch of accessories, including 12VDC adapters, splitters, connectors etc. that make it seem like I could wire this whole thing up easily and do it safely.
I'm probably looking at cutting the 5m warm white reel
into roughly 4 or 5 strips, using a 36W 12VDC adapter
, 5-way splitter
, connecting via 5x Flexible LED Strip Light DC Plug Connector
I then read through the AskMe's (above) and saw a lot of talk about needing resistors to prevent the whole mess from overheating, killing the LEDs, letting out the smoke.
That all being said, my questions: It appears that these LED light strips have resistors built in to make the strips both series (three per series) and parallel (x number of groups). Will I still need to wire in or solder in a resistor to prevent the whole thing from releasing the smoke or catching fire? Is there a certain size of adapter I should be using to power roughly 16 feet of LED lighting and not have to drop in more resistors? Are the resistors already built in to the DC adapters? Is there any danger of using these DC 2/3/5-way splitters
Am I greatly overthinking all of this? I feel like I am.
I'm not particularly afraid of electronics, but I know there are MeFites who are way more knowledgeable than myself. If anyone has used these light strips, tell me all you know! Thanks AskMe!