Andrew Acuna from Palm Valley Church in Mission, TX brings us this great and simple use of LED tape.
Andrew started by purchasing regular indoor tape that was 150 count. But he quickly realized it was an inferior product. Also the first DMX decoders he purchased were also pretty bad. The one he ended up with was good.
This 300 ct. LED tape was waterproof and great! It had a coating over the lights that made it look and feel great. He cut 2.5″ PVC to 7′, 6′, 5′, & 4′ lengths, then the LED tape to length. The tape stuck right on with little problem and because it has the clear, you could tape over it to reuse it. He then cut the wires and wired them RGB w/ the white as the power supply as pictured. He used the 18 ga wire to go to the power supplies. He then patched them into his Jands Vista as a Generic LED RGB.
A couple of problems he encountered:
The power supply. He started with regular 12v power supplies. The light was inconsistent and had intensity issues so he went with the more powerful power supplies and wired three decoders into each using the power cables to power the supply itself.
The wire stripping. He started out not being very diligent about using his wire strippers. This is important as you need a good connection for all your ends.
Don’t skimp on the power supplies or the decoders. They need to be good quality. One final thought would be that it takes a long time. He made 16 separated fixtures which meant 10 wires to strip and connect per fixture (not to mention the ones he messed up). Total man hours are around 30 to do it right.