Well, after 3 winters, finally giving up on the outdoor Christmas lights. FastLED worked flawlessly and easily, but the cheap WS2812B’s couldn’t hold up to a climate with up to +40 Celsius in summer to as low as -40 Celsius in winter. And I can’t justify the cost of 50 meters of high quality LEDs just for seasonal lights.
Have to say though, it was a lot of fun working on the project, and learned a lot, so no regrets.
Couple of questions.
I’d like to re-purpose all the cheap WS2812B’s for indoor projects. Some of those would be far more compact if I took the LED component off the strip.
1) Can the LEDs work properly without the little surface mount resistors that are also on the strip?
2) Has anyone removed the LEDs from the strips “en masse” succesfully? I’m going to try a heatgun on the BACK side of the strip (to avoid melting any plastic), but wondering if anyone has tried anything else.
Thanks again for all the support and answers I received during the outdoor light project. I want to emphasize again – FastLED and the FastLED community were/are awesome! It was the cheapskate (me) buying the components that was the problem.