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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work for me at all..., September 8, 2012
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This review is from: HitLights 10mm (SMD5050) Any Angle LED Light Strip Connector - Six Inch Strip to Strip - RGB Multicolor Four Pack (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Apr 26, 2013 8:32:09 PM PDT
J. D. Motis says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2013 10:48:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2013 10:55:09 PM PDT
JDThird says:
in the Air Force Avionics were specifically the boxes regarding navigation and such. I worked weapons systems. Hence the term "EWO" for "ELECTRONICS warfare officer".

I was NOT referring to the insulation - i was referring to the rubbery substance UNDER the insulation that this stuff is inserted into. Next time get a clue what you're mouthing off about before you spout.

Guess there's a lot of things they don't bother teaching army guys.

Troll somewhere else.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013 2:05:38 AM PDT
Olga S. says:
The rubber is the waterproof coating.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013 2:09:30 AM PDT
Olga S. says:
I am in your same boat John, I had better luck soldering and did a dozen peices on my boat. I can get one connector to not scratch up/damage/ not transfer voltage to another pin thus changing the color a little for each strip. I had lower votages on 2 terminals and like 14 on the color is should have been. If I tested the solder joints bach towards the supply through the rubber/jell I had normal voltage, so these crimps are damaging the line somehow

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 7:19:19 PM PDT
Adam P says:
I have a ton of these, and they all seem to work ok WITH the caveat that they don't seem to work on the waterproof strips. I've got about 2 dozen of them working fine on non-waterproofed strip lights, but every attempt at trying to cut up or extend the waterproof lights was a total failure. It seems like no matter how much you clean those contacts, it just doesn't work.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 4:22:37 PM PDT
Bobby says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2014 5:12:08 PM PDT
JDThird says:
Thank you for introducing your own level of intelligence in the conversation. We appreciate you coming here and showing us how a "non moron" acts.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 10:27:54 PM PDT
avidcyclist says:
hey there, I'm having the same problem. I noticed you bought the connector for the 3528 strip yet you were trying to connect 5050 leds. I too did this. I wonder if buying the correct connectors (the ones for the 5050s) would solve the problem?
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