DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LED Strips

Case lighting comes in many shapes and sizes, from 3mm LED bulbs to 24inch Cold Cathode tubes. You have your choice of the many colors of the rainbow and are essentially only limited by how much space you have and the amount of power you can provide.

A new addition to the game of case lighting comes from DazMode in the form of their “DarkSide Rigid Dimmable LED Strips” – The PCB is printed on a thin strip of reinforced aluminum and are manufactured by a Japanese company that produces LED lighting for highway signs and the quality shows in their sleek ‘stealth black’ design.

DazMode sent us three different types to look at: 12″ (30cm) Dimmable LED Strip V2, 7.5″(20cm) Dimmable LED strip and the 6″(15.25cm) Dimmable Housed Light Bar. Also included were 2 of their 3-pin fan header to 4-pin Molex adapters.

Let’s look at the specs.

Specifications List from DazMode

DarkSide 6” (15cm) LED Dimmable Housed Light Bar Rev 2 – 4-Pin Molex – $9.99

Color – Part Number

Red – DS-0197

UV – DS-0196

  • Reinforced Black PCB
  • 12 LEDs per light bar (3 per segment)
  • Input Voltage: 12v DC
  • Fully Dimmable
  • Self-Adhesive tape at each end

DarkSide 7.5” (20cm) Dimmable Rigid LED Strip V2 – 3-Pin Fan Connector – $7.99

Color – Part Number

Blue – DS-0211

White – DS-0208

Red – DS-0209

UV – DS-0212

  • Reinforced Black PCB
  • 18 LEDs per strip (3 per segment)
  • Input Voltage: 12v DC
  • Wattage: 1.7W
  • Fully Dimmable
  • Cut-able to shorter lengths
  • HD Sleeved Cable – 16″(40cm)
  • Stealth Black Design
  • Listed light ouputs – Blue-81LM, White-117LM, Red-99LM, UV-Not listed

DarkSide 12” (30cm) Dimmable Rigid LED Strip v2 – 3-Pin Fan Connector – $13.99

Color – Part Number

Orange – DS-0207

Blue – DS-0204

White – DS-0206

Red – DS-0203

UV – DS-0202

  • Reinforced Black PCB
  • 27 LEDs per strip (3 per segment)
  • Input Voltage: 12v DC
  • Wattage: 2.5W
  • Fully Dimmable
  • Cut-able to shorter lengths
  • HD Sleeved Cable – 16″(40cm)
  • Stealth Black Design
  • Listed light outputs – Orange-95LM, Blue-122LM, White-176LM, Red-149LM, UV-Not Listed

3-pin Fan to 4-pin Molex adaptor – $1.29 ($0.99 when ordered as an ‘extra add-on’ with each light)

Part-Number – DS-0140

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6 thoughts on “DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LED Strips

  1. Very thorough review. I had opportunity to use these lights in recent build. I love thin width, very easy to tuck into corners of a chassis. They’re the brightest lights I’ve seen in person. I’ll be using them again!

  2. Thank you for considerable effort to makie this review.  All are good points.
     
    Few items I want to add:
     
    UV lights are measured by radiation intensity uW/cm2, this is why no Lumen number.
     
    Exactly same white led modules are used for running lights and red in stop lights for variety of lux car models. Kind of cool fact.
     
    Lights go fully dim around 6v.
     
    Making white color out of 3 = triple heat, this is why tinted blue solution.
     
    Shorter wavelength looks brighter, this is one of reasons why blue looks brighter than red.
     
    White LEDs also have some UV side affect.

  3. Thank you for considerable effort to makie this review.  All are good points.
     
    Few items I want to add:
     
    UV lights are measured by radiation intensity uW/cm2, this is why no Lumen number.

    Thanks for that explanation. I was curious as to why that was missing.
     

    Exactly same white led modules are used for running lights and red in stop lights for variety of lux car models. Kind of cool fact.
     
    Lights go fully dim around 6v.

    That’s another useful bit as I hope to get a dimmer setup built soon so I can do my own custom color mixing.
     

    Making white color out of 3 = triple heat, this is why tinted blue solution.
     
    Shorter wavelength looks brighter, this is one of reasons why blue looks brighter than red.
     
    White LEDs also have some UV side affect.

    I noticed a little of the UV glow with the white, but the yellow seemed to mute it overall. It didn’t show as readily to the camera, for sure.

    Thanks for providing me the opportunity to run those through the wringer! I had a blast!

  4. These lights are WAYY too good! I have been messing around with Chinese build LED strips for a long time now, And it is safe to say the soldering jobs are usually pretty awful on these things. But, this Japanese manufactured LED strip is the highest quality LED strip i’ve ever seen! The hard PCB is a huge plug IMO!. There are plenty of flimsy bendable led strips out there.
     
    The LED count or Density is too good! LED are so Bright, you will most likely turn them down, thats why I prefer the 3 pin fan plug for them. 
     
    I use the UV versions of these,, I was able to cut one in half, rewire it using regular small guage wiring and ran it through the holes on the metal plates on the PCB marked with – and +. Works like a champ, didn’t even need any soldering (although soldering IS recommended for a more secure connection. 
     
    I also had a slight problem with one of the 7″ ones and I sent a picture to FrozenCPU, they contacted Dazmode/darkside and they sent me a new one without even asking me to bother mailing back the malfunctioning one. (that’s the one I ended up cutting in half and fixing, after they told me to keep it.) 

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