5 Stars By Joe on 2018-01-29
***READ FOR HIGH DENSITY LED TAPE CONNECTION***
***High Density LED TAPE***. This connector does in fact work with HitLights high density LED tape IF AND ONLY IF you cut the tape at the end of the last light. Cut the tape as far right past the cut line on the edge of the diode leaving all of the copper contact surface. The little door on this connector will close right at the diode while all contacts are touching and secure. Works perfect.
1 Stars By A. Moore on 2018-05-09
I did not find these to be a secure or convenient connector
Used with Hitlights LED tape these just didn't make a very good or reliable connection. If you cut the LED tape at cut lines you end up with a 1/2 pad - these don't connect at all to 1/2 pads - in fact they won't even insert far enough to connect due to the LED placement near the pads. Discarding a portion of the strip to get a whole pad does allow a connection but hardly a very reliable one - wiggling the tape breaks the connection. I was so unimpressed I ordered new connectors and solder mounted them to the strips. For me not at all useful
5 Stars By Renaissance Dan on 2014-08-04
With the mixed reviews, I was hesitant to buy this product. But the relatively low price and promise of easy connections was the deciding factor in giving it a chance. No directions were included (c'mon Hitlights!) but after reading many BTA-MALL reviews and watching a few videos, I felt well prepared. I used 3 of the 4 connectors with a compatible Hitlights LED light strip, and each worked perfectly.
Here are a few tips that might help:
1. Be sure this connector is compatible with your strip. It seems some of the reviewers who rated low were using it for double-density or other incompatible LED strips.
2. Each of the white clips of the connectors unsnap from their side and have a hinge on the other side. The LED strip is inserted into a channel, then the clips are folded back over and snapped closed.
3. Make accurate, clean cuts exactly on the cut lines. You will have plenty of room for inserting into each connector.
4. Pay attention to the polarity markings on both the LED strip and the connectors and match them up.
5. DON'T remove the paper over the adhesive backing before you insert the strip into the connector. You would never get it seated all the way into the channel, and even if you did, it would probably result in a loose connection.
6. When I inserted the strips into the channel, I had to push hard. And I mean really hard, to the point where I was worried the strip was going to bend. Just then, it slid right into the channel. So, don't be afraid to use some force.
7. When you close up the connectors, press hard and be sure they snap closed.
As I said, the 3 connectors I used worked perfectly and I have no reason to assume that the 4th would be any different. I thought about deducting a star because of the lack of directions, but as many included product directions are inferior to information and videos you find online anyway, stuck with 5 stars. Buy with confidence; you can do this!
4 Stars By GemTree on 2014-02-24
Great product but needs directions *please read*
I was almost completely through my second case before I figured out that you can slide the LED strip UNDER the prongs. Keep in mind, I was cutting bits of the strip off the sides to fit the strip on top of the prongs because the clip would not close back over the strip. Strip was too wide. Well DUH! The strip slides into the butt end of the opened clip. There are SLOTS wide enough for the full untrimmed strip to go. Plus, if you cut off the paper over the glue and slide the strip in, the backing glue makes it incredibly hard to slide into the clip up far enough under the prongs to light. DON'T pry the metal prongs up. I ruined one that way. If a small bit of the backing paper on the very end is lifted up, then trimmed, set back on the strip and slid into the clip slot, kapow! Simple. Yah, well, I would have loved that info IN ADVANCE! *grumble* But being a nice person, I am sharing the info in the hopes you will read it. You want to struggle, suffer and complain then do not follow my directions. Fortunately, I don't have to watch you, so go right ahead and ignore.
4 Stars By Andy in Washington on 2013-11-22
Work Great, with a few caveats
I bought these for connecting LED strips into custom built furniture. I use the strips to provide lighting under shelves, behind supports, or other areas. Typically these areas are not easily accessible, so the reliability of the connection was my overwhelming concern.
=== The Good Stuff ===
* The connectors seemed to make a reliable connection, at least at first. It sometimes took a bit of "futzing" to get a reliable connection especially when using "waterproof" LED strips, but mostly that was just a few seconds of removing the outer covering.
* The wires are just long enough (about 4 inches) that I was able to cut them in half and use each half to connect a piece of LED strip to a power supply.
=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===
* They come with absolutely no instructions. The proper method for hooking up LED strips is not 100% obvious, but there are enough online tutorials to help you out.
* I was a bit concerned about the reliability of these devices, and still am. I don't have any specific concerns, but I couldn't tell what materials the connectors are made out of. Since these connections are typically buried inside furniture, and not easy to get at, I am very sensitive to reliability of connectors. As a result, I ended up doing things the old fashioned way, making direct solder connections to the LED strip.
=== Summary ===
These worked well, and are probably fine for 95% of uses. It might take a bit of work to understand how to use them correctly, but once you do, there should be no problems. If I didn't have an application where I never wanted to worry about the connections over time, I would have used these with no hesitation.
4 Stars By Josh (Xaminmo) Davis on 2013-01-22
For 8mm strips. Also, the ends are opposite polarities.
These are well constructed for what they are.
Each connector has two passthrough electrodes, and small grip teeth to hold the strip in place once closed.
The internal width of these connectors are 8mm. Do not expect these to fit over 10mm 5050 strips.
One problem is that the clasp interferes with 3528 SMDs on high density strips (120/meter).
These connectors can only be used with 60/meter 3528 strips (also called 300/roll).
Alternatively, you could use superglue on the back in place of closing the clasp,
or you could desolder one LED.
One end has positive on the left, and one end has positive on the right.
That's because these are designed to connect LED strips end to end.
If you lay the strip flat, you will see positive on the top, and negative on the bottom, assuming your reel is to the right.
Because of that, plugging into the left side will be opposite polarity of plugging into the right side.
Not a problem, just something to be aware of when you go to plug these in and OMG POLARITY IS BACKWARD!
In such a case, just flip the connector over and use the other end.
This assumes you are running all of your strips electrically the same way. If you're inverting them, then you should be assembling your own connectors.
4 Stars By Music-ean on 2013-09-26
Yes, you "PRY" the connector end open
Was afraid I might break these connectors by trying to pry them open (but the manufacturer's website mentioned prying and I gave it a try). Get a very small screwdriver. Hold the connector so the wire is pointing away/toward you, and pry the LED strip end of the connector open flipping it from left to right (or right to left) - IT DOESN'T FLIP TOWARD OR AWAY FROM YOU. AND IT DOESN'T SLIIIIDE OUT, EITHER. The connector's hinge is on a top corner of the plastic (next to the "dots"). The small dots in the plastic on one side have "+" and "-" signs in them and the hinge is just to the left or right of these "dots". You can pry by turning the connector over and prying at the slit visible on the bottom side corner (this is the opposite side from the "dots").
As for wiring, LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. In electronics a diode will allow current to pass only in one direction. Therefore, it is very important to have your power source connected correctly. If the "+" side of your LED Light or Strip is connected to the "-" side of your power source you aren't going to get light. That's the way LED lights work.
As for sliding the LED strips in, just do it and then wriggle the end of the strip left-to-right until it seats well. Of course the connectors inside the clips are the two metallic leads. Make sure they slip over the exposed connectors labeled "-" and "+" on the end of your LED strip. If the leads are under the strip (adhesive side) you won't have a connection and the LED's won't light.
3 Stars By Dr. David! on 2013-12-17
Was not needed for my LED strip light project but HitLights refused return/refund
One bad thing about the HitLights company that everybody should beware of is that they will only accept returns within 30 days of the order. I did not know this. I ordered everything I thought I would need WAY in advance. When I finally began work on my project, I discovered that I did not need the HitLights LED "Strip to Strip Connectors". That is because the LED strip lights were able to bend 90 degrees so I did not have to cut and use the strip to strip connectors. I tried to return these never-used connectors but HitLights refused. I resold them on BTA-MALL for one dollar less than my purchase. Somebody bought them within 2 days but the BTA-MALL selling fee was $2.22, over a third of the original $5.99 price. BigBox retailers allow much longer time to return unopened products. Shame on HitLights for alienating a customer. I hope all potential future HitLight customers either plan better, or act faster, or shop elsewhere.
Summary: This product is as it is advertised but wasn't needed. HitLights has a draconian return policy therefore ought to be boycotted.
3 Stars By Rachel Diamond on 2017-11-22
Might work for you but not a great option
Worked for the standard 3528 strip lights for the first connection but wasn't a great connection (lights flickered and faded after the second connection).
Ordered the high density 3528 variety and found that the led lights are so condensed that they prohibit the clip from closing. Not a lot of other great options, but this one didn't work for me. I would look into a kit next time
5 Stars By J Edwards on 2014-05-22
Only had 1 error when I discovered under close inspection (old eyes) that there is a small channel to slip the LED strips into. I was at first trying to overlay the strip onto the connector and then trying to close the cover, which made getting a reliable electrical connection a hit or miss proposition. Instead I slid the strip into the C channel and at the same time, I used a tiny screw driver to pry the strip end up over the connector pads. This was all trial and error as no directions came with the connectors so I pass this on to you. Hear that HitLights....provide some directions and you might have a lot more happy customers!
These connectors work great with the HitLights 600 Lite 3528 type LED's. On this strip, if you cut between the pads as indicated in the instructions, there is not enough surface area on the strip to insert into the connector to make an electrical connection. So instead, cut the strip right next to the LED SMD, thus leaving 4 pads to insert into the connector. You may end up sacrificing 3 LED's on the role for your next strip unless you don't have to daisy chain that end. This works reliably well every time. Have only had this working for a week so time will tell. If I have issues down the road with the electrical connection reliability, I will update my review.