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  Reply # 1334288 30-Jun-2015 16:24
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richms: Doesnt seem them or the wifi leds guys are bringing in the 12v strip controllers.

There really isnt any compatibility to worry about, 12v supplies are common enough. There are a few people selling OK priced ones on trademe which come with a compliant plug on them, plug that into the DC jack of a wifi RGBW controller and screw the 5 wires from the strip into the terminals and away you go.

Cheers richms.  What kind of saving could I be looking at buying from aliexpress?  I'm not really sure what I'm looking for and concerned that I either get a DOA or dead leds.




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  Reply # 1334322 30-Jun-2015 16:53
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The cheaper ones often will have lower spec LEDs in them, so either a change in colour on a few of them, or more often you find a dead grouping of them, so dont sort by price and go for the lowest.

I have bought a few 5m strips of white ones to stick in shelves from cheap sellers and 3 were perfect, one had a horrible blue tinted one in the middle.

You need one of these  http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2-4GHZ-4-zone-controller-LED-RGBW-touch-controller-DC12-24V-input-6A-4CH-output/701799_1655246260.html 

and however many meters of this you want

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/NEW-5050-SMD-4-in-1-RGBW-6500K-LED-Strip-60leds-m-DC12V-input-5m-long/701799_32261548405.html
 
for white

He doesnt have any warm white listed, but it seems most of the trade he does is off aliexpress so doesnt have a huge amount listed.

If you get less than 5m which is a roll, there is a chance that you will get one with no wires soldered onto it, so make sure to ask for a piece with wires on it if you get less than a whole roll of the stuff. There is no in and out end with the plain strips, so you can power it from either side.

This guy has been selling for years and is quite popular among the big xmas lights display people.

You can find the milight RGB modules on their own for about $8 USD inc slow shipping all across aliexpress. Just check you get the one with white on it. Read the description because many of the cheap sellers will not know the difference and just upload a picture that looks right that they get from the supplier. There are 4 models of those recievers, Single colour, warmwhite-coolwhite, RGB, and RGBW.
 
If you are getting from other suppliers, then check the LEDs per meter, and if they are integrated LEDs or have seperate ones. The seperate ones give you a much brigher white, but the strip is wider, the integrated ones are a narrower strip.

Its all cheap enough from other sellers on there that its worth the risk if you are happy to wait on slow shipping. Only concern is if you are not up for cutting out a dud piece of strip and soldering together good bits of it when you go right to the bottom of the barrel.




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  Reply # 1334441 30-Jun-2015 20:29
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>richms: Doesnt seem them or the wifi leds guys are bringing in the 12v strip controllers.

if you are talking about these ones, we have been selling these for 7 months, everyone loves them...  they can handle 12v to 24v, they don't come with a DC adapter.
http://www.limitlessled.com/shop/rgbw-led-strip-mr16-gu10-controllers/

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  Reply # 1334454 30-Jun-2015 20:54
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Ah ok then, Just get them from there then.

I last looked for them when I was getting ready for summer last year and bought a crapload of the singel channel ones from aliexpress for the outside lights. Stuffing them inside a metal lamp does screw up their reception somewhat tho ;)




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  Reply # 1334465 30-Jun-2015 21:22
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Oh wow, those are cool!

I didn't realise that Limitless had expanded their range so much.
I had been thinking about getting some RGBWs soon for my downlights and now I see they have PAR bulbs!!! :D

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  Reply # 1334483 30-Jun-2015 21:36
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If you want Wifi control rather than 2.4GHz RF, you should look at these: http://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-wifi370.html?initiative_id=SB_20150630011004&site=glo&shipCountry=nz&SearchText=wifi370. They can talk Wifi directly to a phone, connect to your home network to be controlled (potentially) from anywhere on the Internet. They may appear more expensive, but, if you want Wifi control, the others also require an $18 WiFi bridge to talk Wifi to a phone/network and 2.4GHz RF to the LED controller. In the example I listed, there's no 2.4GHz RF link in the chain. OTOH, there's no remote... you have to use a phone or tablet or other Wifi device.


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  Reply # 1334488 30-Jun-2015 21:50
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Yeah, Looked at those. To be honest most of the control I do is with remotes not the wifi. Infact ive put the gateways away when I re-did my phone charging area which is where I had them powered from.

Not keen on things with undocumented cloud features too.




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  Reply # 1334578 1-Jul-2015 07:33
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Same here.
I mostly use the wifi/ethernet from the automation software that I wrote and remotes the rest of the time e.g. when I go to bed, my phone is already on charge across the room, but a remote is on my bedside table to turn the lights off.

I also don't trust small embedded systems like these in my house onto the internet. My router restricts access to the net with a whitelist.

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  Reply # 1337157 4-Jul-2015 22:55
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Any plans to get these track light ones? http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/7W-2-4Ghz-RGBWW-wamr-white-LED-rail-spotlight-Mi-Light-without-remote-please-buy-the/701799_32365189954.html and hopefully the track to put them in? Just bought a few more LEDs to swap some others around the house out with.

Perhaps a RGB + 4000k white could be something you do?




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  Reply # 1337995 6-Jul-2015 16:31
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has anyone in NZ recently bough limitlessled.. now they ship from US and the shipping is more expensive then the bulbs..

or does anyone have a good alternative..similar priced

THanks

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  Reply # 1338017 6-Jul-2015 16:47
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I just ordered a few days ago and it charged me cheapish fastway freight.




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  Reply # 1338020 6-Jul-2015 16:51
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XinfinityoO: has anyone in NZ recently bough limitlessled.. now they ship from US and the shipping is more expensive then the bulbs..

or does anyone have a good alternative..similar priced

THanks


What were you trying to purchase? I just checked and the checkout wanted to charge me USD$7.5 for Fastway couriers for 5 dual white bayonet bulbs.
This is the same price I was charged in June 2014.

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  Reply # 1338021 6-Jul-2015 16:53
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I was trying to buy the starter pack ..wifi lights..can you share the link to the site please..when i did checkout it was using dhl to ship.. $66

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  Reply # 1338024 6-Jul-2015 16:58
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Are you sure you are shipping to New Zealand? I only get that price to New Caledonia (and other countries).
I have just added this pack or my existing order and still only get charged USD$7.50 for the entire order, from limitless.

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  Reply # 1338026 6-Jul-2015 16:58
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Lol..this is funny..i tried again..and it showed 7.50..my bad

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