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Cathode vs. Flexible LED strips

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CDiGiralomo

Joined: Feb 22 2011
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Post Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:16 am

I am debating getting the cold cathodes or flexible LED strips to put under each seat of my car to light up the footwells of the drivers and passengers seat, and then infront of the back seats. Which would everyone advise to accomplish this best? Also for how easy it is to install
jdusty914

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Post Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:13 am

LED strips would be your best option...cathodes tend to be kicked and become broken very easily...LED strips do not have to have a seperate controller unless you are doing RGB and need to change the color...Simple 2 wire hook up...
bad venge

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Post Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:16 am

OK Cold cathodes are GLASS and if kicked they will break.
They are VERY bright and give a neonish type glow.
They are limited by having a transformer and about 6/8"of connecting wire from the xfrmer to the bulbs you annot extend these so some folks do not like that factor

LED's are flexible/ easy to mount and not as bright IMO
But being able to be kicked and survive beats the cathodes hands down as well as the flexibility of wiring
Aken

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Post Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:22 pm

LEDs will also have a richer color, where as cathodes - being a fluorescent light - will be brighter but more washed out.
sutaohehe

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Post Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:48 pm

I agree with LED too. What's more the LED price has been very competitive.
Tim

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Post Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:39 am

I agree with everything said here.
CDiGiralomo

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Post Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:45 am

Perfect. Thanks for all of your input!
Tim

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Post Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:18 am

You're welcome!
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