How to Wire a RGB LED Strip for a Hookah Lighting Kit



Introduction
In many of our videos we use the same or similar LED lights (SMD 5050). These typically come in 5 meter reels and require some cutting and wiring to trim them to the length we need and still allow them to work. Our videos often demonstrate how to do this but in a very brief manner - this post is for those of you who would like a little more instruction and explanation on how to properly wire these lights.

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Disclaimer
Ok, we all know that guy or girl who thinks they can not only do anything we can but can also do it better and, when they mess it up, blame us for whatever went wrong. This disclaimer is for them, you, and anyone else reading.... We make no warranties about the safety, cost, potential damage to your hookah, or potential harm to you. We do not encourage anyone to modify or otherwise tamper with with the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) designs, materials, or uses.
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Step 1
Determine the appropriate length for your LED strip (based on its application) and cut at the closest cut point. We recommend cutting shorter rather than longer if need be.
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Remove silicone waterproofing from LED strip.
Step 2
Carefully remove the silicone waterproofing from your strip from the outermost edge and back pas the 'R G B +' label. Typically there is a black line near this point that serves as a good marker.
Too much and you'll have issues with water damage, too little and your LEDs will pop off of the connector/wiring harness.
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Step 3
Insert the exposed LED strip (contacts and bulbs up) into the LED connector. Be sure to slide the LEDs underneath the guiding grooves and secure them all the way against the connector box's contacts.
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Step 4
Use your blade or other small device to depress the LED connector's pins onto the LED strip. Sometimes these pins may not make a good connection at first.
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Step 5
Close your LED connector making sure you hear the 'click' noise. Ensure that the LED strip's silicone is not inside the LED connector cap (this will cause the LEDs to fall out later).
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Step 6
Plug the 4-pin LED connector end into your LED controller. This can by any RGB controller and not just the 3 button remote pictured left. We often use a wireless receiver on this step so our lights are remote controlled.
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Step 7
Connect the the other end of your LED controller to a power supply (we're using a battery here). Be sure the supply is plugged in or, in this case, turned on.
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Step 8
Test your LEDs by pressing any of the buttons on your controller. If nothing happens, try disconnecting the controller and reattaching it upside down - depending on which end of the LED strip you decided to connect, the power supply pin may be at the top or the bottom.
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Step 9
Once your kit is complete you can disconnect your power supply and LED controller and seal the connector box with your preferred silicone sealant. I prefer to use white window silicone since our controllers are white.  Heat shrink tubing works really well for this step too.
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