Simplicity is king when it comes to lighting, in my opinion, and DazMode has delivered simplicity in spades with the DarkSide Dimmable LEDs. Simply figure out your preferred color (The DazMode site offers green in addition to the colors I’ve reviewed), the length you need and boom, your optimal lights are on the way.
With a little soldering, you can reconfigure these lights into almost any configuration you can imagine – The only limitation you face at that point is the length of each segment – Approx. 30mm.
Placement of these lights in just about any case is a simple matter of applying a thin strip of a good double sided tape (please keep in mind that if you have to fight to remove the tape, you will very well damage the PCB, so if you intend to move the lights, use a light to medium strength tape) and aiming your lights to your desired target.
The only direct negative for these lights is their fragility – If you flex the strip too much, you WILL break the PCB and stop it from working correctly. As I said earlier, I did notice that a single segment failing will not prevent the entire strip from failing, so this is corrected for in the design, to a certain point.
Indirectly, for a light that is being marketed as ‘dimmable’ the inclusion of a potentiometer to dim the lights would have been nice. Also, the option of adding a switch to the package would also have been great to have.
All in all, for something as simple as lights, DazMode has figured out how to deliver stunning quality at an amazing price. I won’t hesitate in suggesting these lights for anyone looking to brighten up their projects.
- Vibrant and rich color
- Each strip feels solid
- Heat is quickly wicked away by the aluminum, minimizing impact on PC cooling
- Thin enough to fit into the tightest spaces
- No Switch or dimmer options offered
- Flexing can break the circuit
Inherently, the lights aren’t supposed to be directly seen so much as they are there to add to the overall mod, but these strips are easily modable in that they can be cut down to differing lengths and then rewired to just about any configuration you can imagine, thus enhancing the mod you are looking to include them in.
In general, the value of a light comes down to “Does it work or not”, but in the modding community, you need to factor in how easy a light is to put into your mod, will it add too much heat to the system, will the wires be easy to integrate into the system and how difficult are these lights to place. Taking these factors into consideration, as well as the ‘Stealth Black’ look that DazMode has given these and we definitely have a winner in my books.
While not the ‘perfect’ offering, these are very close.
The lack of switch and dimming options (Again, important to me when you are relying on their dimmability as a marketing option) are mainly what keeps me from giving the DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LEDs a perfect 5 nanners.
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