Let me say first and foremost, I am still trying to find good uses for RGB strip lights out on the display and not against a flat surface or tacked up under an alcove.
This is another attempt.
Some time late last year, I purchased some tomato trellis’ for the wife’s herb garden. At the time I thought, ” I am going to have to buy some of them for me too”
I also scored what I think is a half decent price on some waterproof RGB Strips – 40m for AUD120 delivered.
Cost estimation now sits at:
tomato trellis – $11
2.5m LED Strip – $15
3 or 4 Ch DMX DC Controller – $6 to $20
ACL strobe – ~ $5 (I think ) maybe.
Last night I hacked one together and am happy with the results. The LEDs are mounted on a single side of the strips and thus are very directional. However there is a pleasant glow on the back side of the strips also.
Next the Controller to be added. followed by the Strobes. Two Choices come to mind: The MIC 3ch specials would be more than adequate for the Strips.
OR my own 4ch DMX controller allowing Some Strobes to be added inside the Tree.
To add Strobes, I will need to tap off +5v from the on-board regulator. Not a big issue but required a little further hacking.