How to Make a LED Beast Gaming Set-up

 

How to make a beast gaming set-up with LEDs
Project Overview

Skill Level:
EASY

Estimated Time:
1 Hour

Cost:
From $35-$75

Tool & Materials

Tools

Scissors
Screw Driver
Wire Strippers
Solder Iron Optional
Heat gun Optional

Materials

LED Flex Strips:

RGB LED Strips

Power-Supply:

12Vdc Output

Controller:

RGB Controller & Remote

Heat Shrink:

Optional Heat Shrink

Wire Nuts, Butt Splice Connectors, Electrical Tape

DIY Project Video

Overview: This set-up used our 12Vdc 2.0A switching power-supply that plugs directly into a standard outlet and has a barrel plug connection on the output side that can be directly connected to the RGB controller. The output of the controller connects to the RGB LED Strips and that completes the circuit.

 

Instructions

 

Before starting it helps to overview a few details:

  • LED Flexible Strip Wattage: 7.2 Watts/Meter
  • LED Flexible Strip Voltage: 12Vdc
  • Wattage is equal to = Volts X Amps
  • RGB Controller: Line-of-Sight IR Remote, 12V 6A Input MAX, 15 Color Combos & 4 different Lighting Effects

  • Step 1

    12Vdc Desktop Power-SupplyThe first step is to determine the number of linear feet or meters of LED strip your project requires. This project uses 6-feet or 2 meters. With 6 linear feet or approximately 2-meters the power consumption will be 14.4-watts. A 12Vdc 2Amp power-supply provides 24-watts, which is greater than the 14.4-watts required.

     

     

     

     

     


    Step 2

    Peeling LED StripsMounting LED Flex Strips

    Step 2 is to adhere/mount the LED strips to a surface. The strips come standard with a strong 3M double-sided adhesive. In short increment simply peal the backing off the tape and stick the strips to a clean surface.

    There are alternative methods used by some that have included plastic screw-in holders, large staples and hot glue.

     

     

     

     

     


    Step 3

    RGB ControllerStep 3, time to find a location for the RGB contoller that allows connection to the power-supply, the strips and at the same time puts the IR sensor in a good spot for line-of-site control with the remote. The RGB contoller uses barrel plug connections for input and output; the controller also has tabs for mounting with screws if necessary. Feel free to use tape to mount the controller and or the IR sensor.

     

     

     

     

     


    Step 4

    Peeling LED StripsMounting LED Flex Strips

    Step 4 is making the connection from the RGB controller to the LED Strips. Match the output colored wires from the controller to the cooresponding colors on the LED Strips. Red-to-red, green-to-green, blue-to-blue, and the black-to-yellow (ground). These connections can be made by soldering/heat-shrinking, butt-splice connectors, or wire nuts.

     

     

     

     

     


    Step 5

    Step 5 is the final step and is simply plugging in the power-supply and connecting the output of the power-supply to the input of the RGB controller. Use the remote to turn on the strips. Double-check that the remote can see the IR sensor and that the plastic battery protector has been removed.


     

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