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  • 12V LED strip

    posted by schmooot on 10/15/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Bought these to use instead of bulbs underneath taxi-cab toplights. They work nicely and light up the toplight quite well even in the daytime.

    Cons:

    It would be nice if the wires were color coded. It isn't a huge deal but a nuisance when you have to test to see if you have the polarity correct.

    *NOTE* When using in a vehicle you must drop the current with a resistor to avoid premature burning out. This is because a vehicle that is running puts out 13.8 volts while the light bar is only made to run on 12V. The ideal resistor for vehicle applications is a **10 ohm 5 Watt resistor** You can get away with a 1W or 1/4W resistor but it will run very hot and eventually burn out

    OtherThoughts:

    The ideal resistor for vehicle applications is a **10 ohm 5 Watt resistor** You can get away with a 1W or 1/4W resistor but it will run very hot and eventually burn out

    Bottomline:

    Great product for the price, love the free shipping.

    Don't like the lack of mounting holes and non-color coded wires. Red/black would be nice and easy.

    The ideal resistor for vehicle applications is a **10 ohm 5 Watt resistor** You can get away with a 1W or 1/4W resistor but it will run very hot and eventually burn out

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