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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
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I can't believe the bad reviews for these. People are expecting to have their hands held when making fairly basic connections. When is the last time you got instructions with twist-on wire connections? Or with paper clips? Ok, look at the images above and you will see some basic instruction. You pry open the clasps. Makes sense, no? Then, you cut the LED strip. Where do you cut and and how much insulation do you leave. UM, read the tape - it tells you where to cut. Gives you an exact line! You may have to sacrifice one - three lights to get to the cut mark but cut exactly on the line. There is no insulation to strip. Then just look close at what you are doing. It makes sense that each of the four metal leads has to slip under one of the four metal prongs. Don't just stick it in there willie-nillie. Cut the LED tape before removing the backing exposing the adhesive back. It will be almost impossible to work with it otherwise. This will make it very snug. I can't imagine a scenario where someone would have already cut the backing tape but if so it should still work. You have to look very close and work it back and forth to get all four leads under the four prongs. But, all of these are just common sense items. No one told me to do this. I just knew it had to be done to make an electrical connection and I am NOT an electrician. No contact - no light. Got it to work the first time. It is not hard. Also, even though it is a snug fit, I'm going to wrap tape around my connections just for good measure. I think they are great for the price. Small, unobtrusive and efficient.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
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As with another reviewer, I ended up soldering one side of these to a wire and only attaching the other portion to the LED strip. Even then, I had to work with each connection attached to an LED strip to get it to work. It does work, but it is a brittle solution. I didn't want to have too many hard wired connections if I need to replace a strip, so this was OK for me.

UPDATE Nov 17, 2012: (Lowered to 1 star from 3)
After using in a practical application, I discovered over a period of time (since my initial review) that the connections are so loose, I had to solder everything. This defeats the purpose of these connectors. I cannot recommend this product.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
Style Name: 6 Inch (4 Pack)Verified Purchase
I was ready for a battle using these based on a lot of the negative reviews but in a couple minutes I had my first lights connected. I can only guess that the negative reviews are using these with the waterproof led kits and not the indoor ones as those are thicker. As one reviewer mentioned just make sure you put the led strip under the pins and not on top. Also be sure to cut along the suggested line evenly so there is room for a proper connection on each side. The only minor issue I had was I had to peel off some of the 3m backing so it fit on one side of the connector, the other side i could leave alone. These definitely work well and I'm surprised by some of these reviews.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: 6 Inch (4 Pack)Verified Purchase
I've been dealing with soldering and electronics since the early 80's, so it isn't as if I don't know what I'm doing. Used to work on aircraft electronics as well, so I'm not just some homeowner who "thinks he knows it all" because one time he soldered a wire onto a board and suddenly thinks he can do anything.

But I've had absolutely no luck getting these to work with my SMD-5050's. I had a 15 foot strand I needed to break down into smaller sections and work around corners, so I cut off the first section I needed, stripped the rubbery protection off of it, cleaned the contacts, and got it into one of these. Then I did the same with the other end to test. And no matter what I did, the removed and re-attached section would not light up. I had good contact on the ends, it was slid far enough in, and it still had the covering for the adhesive so it was a good, solid connection.

But nothing. I tried a second strip, and same result.

It wasn't until after I just worked with the little bit I could do without cutting and threw the rest of the LED strip away (useless to me now) that I saw some other reviewer mention that he had a high failure rate on these, and in hindsight now I wonder if just pulling two out to test was not enough, and I pulled out two bad units.

Regardless, even if the other two were good, it would've still left me unable to do what I had intended anyway. I worked around it and was able to do part of what I originally intended, and will just purchase small LED strips and do it a different way to complete it all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
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I needed these pieces to connect several LED strips together. I like these much better than the corner connectors because you don't waste space with the wires that connect them, the two strips literally join together right at this connector. The strips slide in great and the shipping was very fast. Very happy with this purchase
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
Style Name: 6 Inch (4 Pack)Verified Purchase
These are great by themselves, but if you need to EXTEND the cable (say to reach the next cabinet) cut them in half and splice the 2 ends with 4 conductor "sprinkler cable"... it worked great and looks excellent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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These should have come with instructions . I did figure out how to use these and they do work as long as you tape down the latch which breaks off very easy . The led strip goes under a little lip which was hard for me to see ( So I'm keeping these after all
Now that I solve3d the problem , Still they should supply instructions .
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
Style Name: 6 Inch (4 Pack)Verified Purchase
I bought these to work with the Ledwholesalers 16.4 Ft RGB Color Changing Kit (2034rgb). It would have been great if these were simple snap and go. But that was not the case for me.

First, there were no instructions on how to use them. Luckily I have an engineering type mind and was able to quickly figure them out.

Secondly, the connectors did not exactly line up with tabs on the strip I was using. I could get two of the colors to work, just not all three. I ended up having to solder every joint for them to work correctly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2013
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If you using multiple LED light strings for your decorations these connectors are a must. You can connect as many as five strings together and run them off of one power unit and programmer. They work really great.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
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There are no instructions with the package... simple enough to instal you think? well, you would be mistaken. There is no gauge for stripping off the coating..... if you strip too much they don't stay in the connector. if you don't strip enough the gate breaks when you try to close it on the lighting strip. These are absolutely useless. You are better off soldering if you have some skill soldering small wires.
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