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Attaching Wires to RGB Flexible LED Strip
Solder Connection


Step #1: Remove about a ¼” of the waterproof coating from the end of the strip. You may use your fingernail (if you use a knife be very careful not to cut through the circuit board).  For best results, clean the contacts with fine sandpaper or a wire brush.
 

Peel off waterproof coating at the end of the flexible LED strip

Coating peeled off of the end of flexible LED strip


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Step #2: If using our control cable, strip the casing approximately 3/4”. Strip each small wire 1/8”. For added protection, put a 1” long piece of heat shrink tubing over the wire (So that when you are finished you can position it over the connection).

Control cable wires and RGB flexible LED strip

Stripped wires of control cable


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Step #3: With a hot, clean soldering iron, use Rosin-Core solder to pre-tin the solder pads and stripped wires with solder.  It won’t take long to heat the strip so be quick!

Pre tin stripped ends of control cable, to make it easier to solder to the end of the flexible LED strip (which is also pre tinned).

Pre tinned stripped ends of control cable, to make it easier to solder to the end of the flexible LED strip (which is also pre tinned).

Pre tin the solder pads on the end of flexible LED strip with Rosin Cor solder

Pre tinned solder pads on the end of the RGB flexible LED strip


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Step #4: Match up the wires to the pads on the end of the strip, making sure that the colors match the color code letters. With a little excess solder on the gun, touch the pad and the wire at the same time, soldering them together. Add more solder if needed. Repeat process for the remaining three pads/wires.

Soldering Control Cable wires onto the end of the RGB flexible LED strip

Soldered control cable to end of flexible LED strip- finished


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Step #5: Cover connection with hot melt glue and/or heat shrink tubing for extra protection. Be careful not to burn yourself!
 

Heat shrink tubing to protect the solder connection between wires and RGB flexible LED Strip

 

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