DazMode DarkSide Dimmable LED Strips

 

Final Thoughts

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.

Pros

  • BRIGHT!
  • 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

Cons

  • No Switch or dimmer options offered
  • Flexing can break the circuit

Modability

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.

Rating

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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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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