2019-09-10 (Tu) PillarGame

The voltage drop was always going to be a problem, but now it was apparent and needed to be fixed before hanging the pillar. When LED strips are produced, they have breaks where flexible pieces were joined. I decided to connect power drops to each of these since they already had exposed solder. Between the top and middle strips, I drilled a hole where I could run some wires into the pipe.
Wire access through side

The two wires poking out of the PVC needed to go to the positive and negative terminals of each strip, so I measured wire for jumpers. White jumpers would be ground while blue would be for voltage. Each end was stripped and tinned heavily with lots of solder.
Tinned jumpers

The jumpers were installed across pads near the solder joints which joined adjacent strips. Ideally, all the wires would be attached on the existing points, but it may have become bulky or unreliable. All this soldering was done in my living room with a butane soldering iron, and the first location got scorch marks from the iron vent. After that, I learned my lesson.
Scorched PVC from a butane soldering iron

The wires at the far end of the PVC, the top, already had power wires, so I tied them together and covered them with tape and shrink wrap. The data lines were cut off.
Trimmed and bundled wires at the far end

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