- Include 44 Key Remote, connector, 60W adapter
- Compatible w/ all 5050 Strip Lights
- 16.4 Foot Roll
- 150 5050 RGB LEDs, Cut every 3 LED
- 149 Lumens per foot
- IP-65 (Outdoor)
- Backed with 3M tape
Pretty, but durability is questionable at best. 01/28/2014
This review is from: HitLights Weatherproof RGB Multicolor Changing SMD5050 LED Light Strip Kit - 150 LEDs, 16.4 Ft Rol, Includes 60W Adapter and 44 Key Controller - Color Changing, 149 Lumens per foot, IP65
So I received my set. Put it on the mantlepiece around christmas time of 2013, and used it for mood lighting, not glued to wall or nailed or hooked except with rubber hooks (so the whole ribbon was kept under minimal stress and tension, nothing set on top, no hits, treated with kid gloves.)
About 2 days ago (so january 26 or so of 2014) one trio (they seem to be programmed in sets of 3 LEDs) went out when I had it on red only. When I pressed the center one, it turned back on, so it would seem there is a contact issue.
Then I had the bright idea to try different colors. It turns out the red LED in that segment of 3 went out in the center one. The other two turn on perfectly when this particular one is pressed, but press on it too long and the LED mounting metallic piece cuts through the silicone envelope that keeps the string "weatherproof." So now I have a string that works okay except for those 3 bulbs which only work fine in non red combinations. pink, magenta and violet looks terrible, yellow looks terrible, white looks stained. Blue Green and combinations look fine.
I was originally going to offer these as holiday and mood lighting in my shop and buy a significant amount. Given the less than 2 months of durability for just shy of 40 bucks, that seems awfully expensive for these.
And given the price of shipping them back, I'm not sure if its worth it. Another 12 bucks to ship them there and hope they send me a set which won't bork?
Perhaps I'll have to look at a different manufacturer. Fixing these renders them no longer "weather proof. if one takes the string apart to "fix" things... so I'm out 40 bucks. I find that extremely insulting for a product as simple as a LED, and since this appears to be a contact / gluing error, not an actual "failure from use" or "LEDs dying" issue.
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