DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LED Strips

 

I’ve taken pictures of the provided LEDs, powered, under full lighting and no lighting so you can get a feel for just how bright these things are. The first one I plugged in, I made the mistake of looking directly at the PCB and my head rocked back from how much that hurt the eyes. I doubt any photos can really do justice to just how powerful these lights ultimately are.

For those who care, I shot these using a Nikon D200, 20-35mm lens, 2.8 aperture, 200 ISO with 1/20 second exposure.

First, we’re starting with the two 6″ housed modules.

Red – Full background light

As you can see, there is a distinct visible glow around the lights under full ambient lighting.

Red – Full darkness

The lighting was intense enough to read by in the room I was shooting, up to a distance of about 3 feet. These lights do NOT fool around.

As a side note, if you want to create a more ambient lighting effect vs the spotlight these lights provide as a default, frosting the acrylic tube to an even milky white will do the trick.

UV – Full background light

Again, the glow is visible under full light.

UV – Full darkness

This is one of the favorite pictures I managed to capture.

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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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