Fit and Finish
As the pictures clearly show, the circuit boards have a white finish, which helps reflect light. Track width on the boards is maximal. The pattern evident in the photos is actually the etched area between tracks. The 1.5mm thick boards have a substantial feel. The back is marked indicating the color of the array, as is the packaging.
pictured with jumpers, sold separately
well-soldered connections on huge tracks
The individual LEDs are high flux, 6500mcd, four-pin devices (apparently from Lumileds, although not indicated in the specs). The boards are laid out such that a replacement of a failed LED would be simple (and thanks to the series-parallel arrangement, the failure would be limited to a single segment). The beam angle is 90° wide, making these light bars well-suited for general accent lighting.
these are illumination-grade LEDs
This array has a variety of applications, including neon sign replacement, vehicle accents (the 12V supply voltage makes this a natural), architectural accent lighting, safety lighting (such as cabinet toekicks), and solar-powered lighting applications. The linear nature coupled with the ability to “turn corners” in such a flexible fashion makes this an attractive option for lighting under bars, under cabinets, home theatre accents, and cove lighting. PC enthusiasts could easily find a place in their favorite case for this low-profile array, and the 12V drive voltage makes it a plug-and-play accessory.
I can recommend this product. A knowledgeable DIYer could accomplish very professional looking accent lighting using this system, at a very favorable cost compared to halogen or incandescent light arrays. Light output is high compared to “rope lights” commonly sold in discount stores, and there’s far less likelihood of a failed bulb with LEDs. Just buy your lighting “by the foot.”
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