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Old 02-06-2017, 11:47 AM
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Need RGB Controller/Module Recommendation

So I just got done adding 8 cupholder LED light rings to my boat which already had 5 speaker LED rings. I had everything tied together and going into this Bluetooth controller I got off amazon. After being on for pretty much the duration of the Super Bowl last night the controller melted down. I wouldn't think this would have had the wattage draw to actually cause the controller to melt but it did. Anyone have a recommendation for a heavier duty controller?
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:17 PM
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I have this one, it works fine. The remote stays in the boat so if I leave my phone in the truck no biggie, at some point it will be another battery I have to buy though.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:36 PM
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suggestions...

-use a RF controller in the boat because from so many different seats you usually don't have line of sight, that leaves you with much fewer choices

-if you want RGB control AND music effects I found only one RF controller, there are a bunch of IR though, the same controller is available from different sources/suppliers. Also make sure that the controller you choose is dimmable, sometimes you don't want a whole lot of light when out at night, mainly for bugs where I live
https://de.aliexpress.com/item/Music...862030622.html

music result can look like this
https://vimeo.com/105139997

RGB color wheel looks like this
https://vimeo.com/105139759

Also keep an eye on the total power consumption, a couple of cupholders should give no worries, but with the set-up I got I split it up in 6 different channels on different RGB-inline amps which are switchable so I can select the areas I want, eventually being able to turn the tower and underwater off when underway.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:42 PM
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Also keep an eye on the total power consumption, a couple of cupholders should give no worries, but with the set-up I got I split it up in 6 different channels on different RGB-inline amps which are switchable so I can select the areas I want, eventually being able to turn the tower and underwater off when underway.
I think that's the problem I'm running into that the lights are drawing too much power for the controller I had and melted it down. What are these inline amps you mentioned?
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https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/led-controllers-xs

RF remote, Music sense and will handle quite a few LEDs
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:37 PM
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I think that's the problem I'm running into that the lights are drawing too much power for the controller I had and melted it down. What are these inline amps you mentioned?
Like these

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pc-...320996866.html

you can get them from numerous suppliers and in different versions, major difference is that on some versions + should be switched on some -, so try to get a bunch of the same kind as they're cheap

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https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/led-controllers-xs

RF remote, Music sense and will handle quite a few LEDs
Think that's the same one I posted, just Wetsounds labelled
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I have this one, it works fine. The remote stays in the boat so if I leave my phone in the truck no biggie, at some point it will be another battery I have to buy though.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Did you get that with some GFM dough?
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https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/led-controllers-xs

RF remote, Music sense and will handle quite a few LEDs
I've seen these but the price does not justify the performance received. The WetSounds $100 controller only has a 12 amp output which is no better than the cheap ones found on Amazon for a fraction of the cost. I'm not about to buy a $450 controller either.
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I've seen these but the price does not justify the performance received. The WetSounds $100 controller only has a 12 amp output which is no better than the cheap ones found on Amazon for a fraction of the cost. I'm not about to buy a $450 controller either.
12Amps limit is the same as 4x3Amps (the small inline amps), it's due to the used power electronics, the other controller I posted does a little more but similar (6Ax3channels=18Amps) that's why I suggest using the small cheap inline amps. I did not put any leds directly to the controller, rather put the amps to the controller and the leds to the ams, that way if it's too much current just the cheap inline amp fries.
If you want to measure the max current draw of a specific LED part, turn it to 100% white and measure the current inline on the common pin (black usually). Single pieces are probably less than you think but it adds up...
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Did you get that with some GFM dough?
I back peoples boats down for $$ on busy Saturdays so they dont get embarrassed. Said the guy who left his tow straps on last year.

More to topic though, when I did my lights I got non waterproof connectors. We made them work but it was a pain. Make sure you get the connectors that work with the waterproof strips (assuming you got waterproof strips). I am replacing my LEDs this year, not due to this but because the Adhesive has started to give. This was expected given they are on the bimini and not a problem since they are like 12bucks a roll.... CR - that's only 6 trailers.
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