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  1. Raul27

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    Hey, I don't know much about electronics but I'm having trouble with my RGB lights, the controller doesn't switch the lights like it should do, you can see more on the video:
    Could the problem be that the black wire doesn't fully go to the hole or w.e it is?

     
  2. kellys_eye

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    You tell us! MAKE the wire(s) go in the hole properly and see what happens.

    Until the wires ARE properly inserted there's no point in assuming there's any other fault.
     
  3. Raul27

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    The thing is the black wire doesnt fit into the holes, I dont know why. Any suggestions?
     
  4. kellys_eye

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    It's not meant to.

    The stripped back part (copper wire) is the bit that goes in - ideally those bare wires would be fitted with the matching plug - so strip some insulation off the wire, fold/twist the copper wire around itself and ...jam it in there......!

    Alternatively, cut the connector off and just twist/solder/chocbloc/crimp etc the wires together directly.
     
  5. Raul27

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    I meant it as the copper wire is too big, is there any way I can make it thinner?
     
  6. kellys_eye

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    The copper isn't too big (as far as I can tell in your video - post a close-up picture of the wire ends). You seem to be pushing the INSULATION into the end of that plug - you did it with the R, G and B wires - and the insulation is holding the actual wire cores in the socket. The 'black' wire, being slightly wider, obviously won't go in and fit the socket hole.
     
  7. Raul27

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    Thats the furthest the black "copper" part goes.


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  8. kellys_eye

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    The black wire may have a surplus of solder making it slightly wider than normal or the socket may have an obstruction in it however the wires really should be fitted with the correct plug to match the socket.
     
  9. Raul27

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    Do you think if I could fit the black wire in the socket the remote and the lights would work correctly? Because I've tried, the black wire only works in one hole and without the black wire the lights won't work.
     
  10. kellys_eye

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    The black wire is ESSENTIAL for operation......

    Is there something wrong with your getting the proper plug for it? If you want it 'hard wired' (i.e. permanently connected) then you could chop off the socket, strip the cable back and solder the connections together.
     
  11. Raul27

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    When all the wires are connected, It only shows green and yellow, when I unplug them and only connect blue - black I get blue, red - black I get red but I'd like to use my remote to change colors, not changing wires. Any suggestions?
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  12. kellys_eye

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    Just a thought..... there are two types of RBG ribbon you can get, common cathode and common anode.

    The control box should match the version you have - I suspect you have the wrong one.
     
  13. Raul27

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    What box would you suggest me to order?
     
  14. kellys_eye

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    The 'other one'....... :rolleyes:

    I don't know which tape you have - equally I don't know which controller you have. Only you can tell.

    Check FIRST which makes/models of each that you DO have - I'm only suggesting the common anode/common cathode issue as a likely reason for it not working. It may be there IS an actual fault but until you clarify the CA/CC issue we'll never know.
     
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