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Over $100 in extra pieces later, we have them up...
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
My daughter got sucked in to putting these in her new bedroom by a similar product in an Instagram ad so I threw them onto her holiday wishlist and she got a 32 ft kit for Christmas. We had no idea what we were getting into with this so I wanted to leave as detailed of a review as possible to tell you our trials and tribulations so you knew what to expect.
-The adhesive is nice and strong but it is NOT repositionable. Know where you are putting it ahead of time. If you try to peel any of it off, it won't stick.
-Measure VERY CAREFULLY, at the exact location where you expect to hang them. Do not estimate. Daughter wanted them along the ceiling edge of her entire room and in my mind it seemed like 32.8 would be plenty but it only did half of her room.
-If you have to get more than one kit, know that you CANNOT connect the strands together because voltage drop will cause the brightness of the connected strand (the strand furthest down line from the transformer) to be dimmer. The transformer has 1 lead coming off of it for each strand, and a third that has the little sensor for the remote. It HAS to be done this way.
-You can trim the length of the strands, but only at designated areas marked w/the little scissors.
-The light strands are flexible TO A POINT. They do not bend tightly on inside corners like I expected them too.
-Pay attention to where you want the strings of lights to run, and their proximity to an outlet so you can make sure you have enough cord length to plug them in. Decide if you care about seeing the power cords or if you have a good area to hide them.
-If you have to use more than one kit, the remote from one kit will work for both transformers.... It must be same frequency and I was relieved to learn this when we tested it.
-The light is BRIGHT AF. Even during the day when only part of the strands are on, I swear it's as bright as the sun. They do dim a few notches but it's still bright. Tell your people not to stare into them for long periods and try to vary the color. If it stays one color too long and you leave the room, you'll still be seeing that color. lol
The story..... We started with the first original gift kit. We did a rough layout while I ordered a second kit to finish the rest of the room. I figured, we could piggyback the strands all together, easy peasy. I picked a location where I thought the cords would be hidden (we are weird and don't like exposed cords). I started to put a strand of lights up and when I pressed it into an inside corner of the wall I ended up breaking the white wire and the first 24" or so of the strand lit up white and the rest turned green. Tore it down. I measured a little better and think we only need 3 of the 16.4' strands, so we decide we need to lay it all out more carefully and when the second kit comes, we'll be all set.
Second kit comes and it looks different. The waterproof kit looks like it's coated in a sort of jelly substance and the new kit was not. Returned that kit and ordered a third kit marked waterproof. In the meantime husband successfully hung up the other non-broken strand, and we realized we could cut the broken end off of the second strand so he hung that, too. Not all kits will have connector ends on both ends but luckily our first kit did so we were able to reuse the good end of our broken strand.
THIRD kit comes and husband tries to roughly measure and cut the strands apart to piece them together before he hung them, and this is when we realize, you cannot connect them together because of voltage drop issue mentioned earlier. We find a second location to set up the third and fourth strands to meet the ends of the other two. He got one strand up and when the second went up he said it was 1/4" short and he didn't like how it looked so he tore it down. That's when we realized it's not repositionable.
I had to order ANOTHER 16' piece to finish it off and trimmed it a few inches longer than needed so he could trim the excess when it was up. Instead of starting in the corner, he starts hanging it at the end of another strand, causing it to be 8" overlap onto another strand. At this point we are done w/this crap and we just ended up overlapping it over the other strand since we couldn't trim it because it's the end that plugs into the transformer. It's in an inconspicuous area so we figure, it is what it is.
We ordered 4 16' extender cords to connect the lights to the transformers (so they are out of the way and we don't the black cords running down the wall), and a little package of 3m command hooks to anchor the cord down. We are still waiting on the last cord to come to finish but what lights so far, daughter loves so I guess it's a win.
It's not anyone's fault but ours that we were unprepared, and if you don't have a huge area to do it really is super easy to put up and make work.
As far as the kit, it comes w/a bunch of extra parts that you may or may not need (little adhesive clips, some extra connectors, etc). What it does NOT come with that i wish it would have was instructions on how to program all of the extra little buttons on the remote. But overall the quality of the kit is great and the value is definitely there if you only need 1 kit. This review is absolutely positive tho and I hope you find it helpful, esp if you have a larger area to do.