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Hi!

Not sure if this is the best place to ask, but I'm looking for adding color lighting to my apartment, and I have no idea what kind of equipment to use.
I've been looking for a while but there's always at least one thing missing, the only viable solution is to go through companies to that install it for you, and that's way too expensive.

Here's exactly what I'm looking to do and what my constraints are:

> I want to add an alternative lighting system in my apartment that can be switched to any color
Can take any form, I'd be fine with strips, lamps, but I'd rather not have wires go everywhere and I can *not* drill/nail into any wall. At all.

> Two rooms would be fitted, my bedroom and the bathroom
I expect this constraint would force me to at least one buy one product which is waterproof, the inside of the bathroom gets *VERY* steamy, as a matter of fact 2 of the 4 ceilings led lamps (installed by owner) died in a matter of weeks, but the whole apartment is generally quite humid.

> I'd want to change the color of the strips/bars/whatever independently (at least from one room to another, being able to have led-wise color change or gradients/the like would definitely be a plus)

> Being able to control both rooms with an android application or a webapp would be great, but it would require bluetooth/wifi so if a set of remote is significantly cheaper, I'd be okay with it.


Can I get a decent lighting (able to mostly supplement existing lighting) for a decent price? I'd rather not spend significantly more than ~100£ in total (depending on the features).


Anybody went through a similar project with similar constraints, I'd take any advice or word of caution! :)
Thanks!

>> No.1074168

Remote controlled RGB LED lamps that go into the normal lamp socket, or RGB LED strips + control and power modules.

Neither would require any drilling/nailing as you can use adhesive tape for the strips.

Just google either or both.

>> No.1074185

>>1074168
There was a pretty cool bulb I saw on Shark Tank. You replace all the bulbs in your house with it and download their app which controls the bulbs via bluetooth. You can do mood lighting, party lighting, synch it to music, have different settings for each room etc. It looked pretty cool.

>> No.1074255
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1074255

Hmm maybe modify a "NZXT hue+"? They provide 2 channels and it's all controlled through software on your pc. The 2 channels are independent from each other.
If you could make so it can handle bigger strip lights and connect the strips to individual outlets then your set.
Curious as well.. I have a great led fetish

>> No.1074257

>>1074255
Oh yeah forgot to mention that the NZXT hue+ is the only big cost you will have to worry about.
Of course it depends on the quality and color range on the strips as well. Waterproof strips was a factor as well.
Always check the strips in action before buying
/Ledfag2.0

>> No.1074269

>>1074163
You dumb asshole have you not been to Home Depot in the last year? Go to depot, they have what you want in the light bulb section

>/diy/ has become /hsn/

>> No.1074270

>>1074269
Actually, you know what? I'm going to Home Depot in a bit, I'll fucking blog it for you so this thread will be /diy/

>/diy/ How To: Buy colorshift lights

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>>1074269
>Dumb asshole
>Giving a dumb asshole solution
You git he wants a true light system, not some inbred redneck solution kys.

>> No.1074289

>>1074168

Lamps with their own remote and socket each sound unpractical. The only such module that I've seen was the Philips Hue, but it looked quite expensive.

>>1074185

My apartment is a reconverted business, so the ceiling lighting is really tailored to the place. It's got its perks, but I can't replace it, the owner was very insistent that nothing (wall, appliances...) should be fiddled with, but thanks for the tip I'll check it out.

>>1074255
>>1074257

I'd rather not have to DIY it up *too* much, especially if I'm relying on existing expensive tech that I might just fuck up, I'm more a software guy :P

>Always check the strips in action before buying
Didn't take that into account! If poor led lighting (or dishonest photos) are a frequent problem with led strips then maybe I should just go to a local B&M and check it out.

I'll try and do that next week, in the meantime if any fellow anon can vouch for some system that already offers most of the features I'm looking for :)

>>1074269
>>1074270

Not very familiar with which shops offer that in the UK (very recent France->UK expat). Quality wasn't even the biggest one of my concern, so checking with the internet seemed like the most sensible thing to do (it is the vast majority of times).

>> No.1074291

>>1074168

Lamps with their own remote and socket each sound unpractical. The only such module that I've seen was the Philips Hue, but it looked quite expensive.

>>1074185

My apartment is a reconverted business, so the ceiling lighting is really tailored to the place. It's got its perks, but I can't replace it, the owner was very insistent that nothing (wall, appliances...) should be fiddled with, but thanks for the tip I'll check it out.

>>1074255
>>1074257

I'd rather not have to DIY it up *too* much, especially if I'm relying on existing expensive tech that I might just fuck up, I'm more a software guy :P

>Always check the strips in action before buying
Didn't take that into account! If poor led lighting (or dishonest photos) are a frequent problem with led strips then maybe I should just go to a local B&M and check it out.

I'll try and do that next week, in the meantime if any fellow anon can vouch for some system that already offers most of the features I'm looking for :)

>>1074269
>>1074270

I've never seen, let alone been in a Home Depot.
Not being pedantic, I'm not very familiar with which shops offer that in the UK (very recent France->UK expat). Quality wasn't even the biggest one of my concern as long as it's properly insulated, so checking with the internet seemed like the most sensible thing to do (it is the vast majority of times).

>> No.1074294

>>1074269

Also if I'm being pedantic, I've never seen a Home Depot, let alone been to one.

>> No.1074295

>>1074289
>>1074291
>>1074294

(Blame recaptcha/4chan servers, been struggling to send that god damn message for like 15 minutes)

>> No.1074299

>>1074163
Op i worked in a club once, what you need is called led wash lights , if your walls are white you can make them any color with led wash lights

>> No.1074300

>>1074299

I actually considered something like that (or a straight up projector if I was going really overkill), but that wouldn't really fit in my bathroom.

That being said, those led arrays look quite cheap and cool, and I do have tall white walls in my bedroom, this could be a great idea, thanks for the tip!

>> No.1074317

>>1074300
you could also use side firing led strips mounted on your wall , they would do the same and prob tons cheaper

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1074327

This is your most realistic/easiest option. Since you're EU tho I guess you'll have a harder time finding them, y'all don't have Houme Depout or something there?

That is a starter kit though so you can expand it later when you get more money, just expand into each room when you get the money

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1074328

>>1074163

If you want to get hardcore get a microcontroller and program your own.

I was thinking about making an app but then I need bluetooth chip and those can be costly compared to IR.

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>>1074327
And here's the display for it, they have options for LED strips too.

I didn't live blog the trip for you because I'm lazy and need to work on some of my projects.

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>>1074163

So that price is kind of doable if you only do one room. 5M of individually addressable LEDs are like $40 on ebay. You would still need a micro controller ($20), IR reciever ($2), power supply of 5V 20 amp ($30), and capacitor and wires.

The plus about using IR is that you can use a remote that goes to your TV and it works just fine. The down side is you basically have to design a UI that you have to memorize. Mine is somewhat complicated so I'm basically the only person who can use it effectively. Upside is that it's cheap. Down side to using a uC is that you have to program it yourself. The upside, which far outweighs the down side, is that you can program any number of patterns, make a custom color selector, and basically control every aspect of the lighting.

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1074336

>>1074327

>$50 per light

yeah nah. You can easily do accent lighting yourself for much, much cheaper than doing something hokey like that for so much money.

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