DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LED Strips

 

Lacking the black-light posters of my college years, I still managed to find a few pieces lying around that I could use to show off what these tiny bulbs throw for light.

‘Dead’ glow-sticks

Several months ago, I bought a couple of discount boxes of glow-sticks and found out WHY they were discount – These ones were crap. The chemical blend is too weak to glow under their own power, and the ones that DID light up, faded within an hour or two. BUT, the primary chemicals that produce the glow under UV were still able to react to the lights.

Those were cool, but it was time to step up just a notch.

Standard off the shelf highlighters

As you can see, your standard highlighters produce a much more energetic glow. Pink, Orange, Yellow and Green have the biggest kick. Blue and purple are much more subdued.

Highlighter ink on white paper under UV

I drew a squiggle of each color on a plain white sheet of letter sized paper, underlining each with a black mark to highlight each mark. Under the UV light, you can see that the pink, blue and purple inks aren’t as reactive but the orange, yellow and green fairly jump right off the paper.

Highlighter ink on white paper under Blue

In my setting up the blue light I noticed, to my great surprise, that the orange, yellow and green were also glowing quite energetically! Something to keep in mind if you are looking to light up a case with UV dye in your coolant.

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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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