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Pros: Basically these LEDS do put out ultraviolet light, unlike some that are sold with the claim. They emit a lot of blue light, but passing their light through a filter (Hoya U330/U360) that blocks almost all light above 400nm proved conclusively that there's a decent amount of true UV output as well. Moderately bright. Encapsulated in a silicone-like plastic. Wires are attached at both ends. The strip is adhesive-backed with a paper cover over the adhesive.
Cons: I can't imagine relying entirely on the adhesive backing to secure these lights. It helps to make mounting easier, but you'll need zip ties or a much better adhesive for any really practical setup. But most strips of this type are supplied this way. It's not an issue of any concern.
Other Thoughts: Although rated for 72 watts, the 5-meter strip does not consume nearly that much power. At exactly 12 volts, current draw is somewhat more than 2 amps, making the power draw about 1/3 of the 72 watt rating. Raising voltage to about 15V (which I did only briefly) results in roughly 65W of power consumption, still comfortably below the supposed rating. At this voltage the strip gets considerably hotter. I suspect their service life would be short and/or that the encapsulating plastic would suffer. However they seem to deal with 13.8V (typical of a car battery) fairly well.
Brightness at 15V is very good however. I intend to try mounting a strip on a metal surface that provides good heat conduction, and see how they fare in an extended test at 15V.
This review is from: Planar 997-5967-00 PT1545R 15-inch 5-Wire Resistive POS Touch Screen Monitor
Pros: Does the job just fine. Virtually identical in size and form to the failed monitor it replaces.
Other Thoughts: Got this to replace a failed monitor on a client's Point Of Sale system. Works perfectly. Price is right.
*Note for the people who run the feedback system: The initials -P -O -S are a legitimate acronym for "point of sale system." Blocking the use of the acronym is bone headed. Buy a clue.
This review is from: MUSE i15w Updated to TPA3318 Class T-Amp Super Mini Stereo Amplifier 2x15W Silver
Pros: Works like a champ. Decent audio right across the spectrum. It's driving a pair of decent old Sony bookshelf speakers and the result is very satisfying. Way more then enough power for my purposes.
Other Thoughts: After a fair bit of research and reading, I concluded that while better amps are certainly available, almost nothing touches this for cost-vs-audio-quality ratio. Many amps no better than this and based on the same technology are loads more expensive.
I'll probably replace its cheap electrolytics with higher quality film caps. Otherwise I'll just use and abuse it for as long as it will run. It's doing the job just fine.