Need some help with LED lighting configuration

Need some help with LED lighting configuration

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Le Vette

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2,621 posts

173 months

Friday 15th March
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I need to install four 5 metre LED strips, RGBWW. I also want a remote control and a glass wall switch for full control, so that all four strips to work the same (i.e. all the same colour, but dimmable and colour-changing). So I need a transformer and some sort of wall-mounted control that works with both a wall switch and a remote control, but what else do I need?

Is there an LED expert out there who is willing to walk me through the configuration, please? Or possibly a source of information that you can recommend? I don't think it's that difficult, but don't want to buy the wrong thing.

Thanks in anticipation...

RichTT

731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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You could do all this with the Philips Hue LED strip range. Aint cheap, but very worth it.

You would need

Hue Bridge - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/slredirect/picassoRedi...

4 x HUE LED strips (2m each) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-LightStrip-Colour...

3 x extension strips (1m each) per LED strip (12 total) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-LightStrip-Colour...

And then your choice of physical controllers if you don't want to just use the app.

The Dimmer and the Tap are your options. Dimmer allows for on / off / dimming controls based on your preset colours. It's a little controller with a battery that connects to a little wall mounted plate by a magnet. This means you can take it off the wall and use it as a remote control. But it's uses are limited to what you have programmed through the App.

The Tap switch allows you to store 3 separate configurations of colours / brightness in combination with an 'off'. This is a wall mounted switch that doesn't require batteries or power. Its powered kinetically from the action of you pushing the buttons.

As far as installation goes it's pretty simple. The Bridge act's as your Hub for all your lights. Plug that in to a power socket and give it internet via your home internet router.

The LED strips connect together and have adhesive 3M tape on the back, just peel and stick where you want them. Once powered up they will be recognised by the app and the bridge. Give them a name and away you go. Using the app is pretty simple. You can group all of the lights together under a single name and then create light patterns as you need.

The switches can be placed wherever you find will be the handiest. Or everything can be controlled through the app.

It's kind of addictive. I have almost my whole house set up with Hue lights now.

Edited by RichTT on Saturday 16th March 02:44

B17NNS

17,959 posts

186 months

Saturday 16th March
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B17NNS said:
Well it works smile

5m of Hue controllable light strip for £37.





https://www.aliexpress.com/item/GLEDOPTO-ZIGBEE-Le...

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5M-LED-Strip-Light...

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-x-AC-100V-240V-t...

Shows up in the app and Hue recognises it as a light. RGB, warm and cool whites.

RichTT

731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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Good cost saving option!

Still need the bridge and a physical switch.

MrThomo

20 posts

108 months

Sunday 17th March
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Does anyone have pics from their rooms they have completed? I am very interested in the set up but need some inspiration....

TIA


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Somebody

349 posts

22 months

Sunday 17th March
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This is a video of my install a few years ago which the supplier of the controller published after I sent it to them. Since then it's got Alexa integration as well e.g. "Alexa, strips dimmer/brighter", "strips low/medium/max".

https://youtu.be/YdV-_23tYYE

MrThomo

20 posts

108 months

Tuesday 19th March
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Somebody said:
This is a video of my install a few years ago which the supplier of the controller published after I sent it to them. Since then it's got Alexa integration as well e.g. "Alexa, strips dimmer/brighter", "strips low/medium/max".

https://youtu.be/YdV-_23tYYE
Thank you - useful link. I have a big kitchen / family / dining room and all of the wall mounted kitchen units run on just one side. I want something (ideally) to be symmetrical and I am struggling for "vision".... Back to the research