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Choosing a Controller for LED Strip Lights - Some Advice

"Which type of controller should I use?" If you are buying colour changing LED Strip Lights, it is highly likely you have asked yourself this question. Don't fret! We are here to help with some impartial advice on selecting the best controller option for your installation.

At the moment we offer three controller options. These are infra red (IR), radio frequency (RF) and multi-touch control. In the following section we will describe each controller in turn and their individual pros and cons.

IR (Infra Red) Controller

This is a two part controller featuring a receiver and Magic Lighting Remote Controller. The receiver is a small white unit with red eye sensor that installs between the LED Strip Lights and the power supply. The remote communicates with the receiver via an infra red signal. This means that, in order to work, there must be a direct line of sight between the remote and receiever.

For more standard set ups this is okay, but where the receiver needs to be concealed, (i.e. in a ceiling space, wall or inside a cupboard) this type of controller is not appropriate.

The remote itself is fairly user friendly. It features a range of coloured buttons which can be used to select specific colour options and seperate buttons for managing colour changing modes, such as fade and strobe, and the brightness of the strip.

RF (Radio Frequency) Controller

The radio frequency controller is intended for installations where the controller needs to be hidden out of sight. Once again, the controller comes in two parts; a receiver and remote.

The remote is far more basic in this case, featuring an on/off option and four buttons, two for controlling brightness and two for setting the function. Despite the less than desirable controller, the RF option is still attractive due to the range and the fact that a direct line of sight is not required. This means the controller can be situated inside a ceiling space, wall or cupboard and will still work (especially important were the units are going into a new-build).

Multi-touch Control

While we did say this was going to be impartial, it is difficult not to rave about the multi-touch controller. As well as letting the user change the brightness and set the mode, the remote, which is touch sensitive, also features a colour wheel, which can be used to select specific colours directly or to scroll through. As the controller works on radio frequency, the receiver can remain inconspicuous.

Hopefully this has cleared up any confusion about the three controller options on offer and will ensure that, when buying colour changing LED Strip Lights, you always make the right decision.