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RGB vs RGBW LED Strips Differences by SIRS-E

September 12, 2019


Hi guys my name is Jorge again
here from SIRS – Electronics and today I would like to
show you a comparison between the RGB and the RGBW LED strips. Here I have set up 2 strips,
an RGB and an RGBW. They’re both 5050 strips but the difference is, for the RGB you have about 16 million possibilities of color mixing. But with the RGBW you also have
a white LED inside the enclosure. So for example if you have a red color. And you start
adding more white to it, you are going to see a more lighter red that
is going to give you more of an orange feel. Also you can select,
for example green color and add more white to it, and
it’ll give you more of lime green color. You can do a blue that’s more like a royal blue, and if you add more white it’s going to give you
more of a sky blue color. Finally you can also mix different colors if you have a red and a blue,
you’re going to have a magenta or purple color. If you add the
white it’s going to give you a more pinkish color. Also another difference between them is RGB strips, the dual density, they will come in about 60 LEDs per meter. And for the RGBW you’re going to be able
to go up to 72 LEDs per meter. So you’re going to have more
density and more LEDs to play with. Ok guys, well I hope you guys liked the video. If you have any other questions,
make sure you comment down below. Remember to like and
to subscribe to our YouTube channel and thank you for watching.

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35 Comments

  • Reply ThantiK August 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    What's the differences in daylight luminosity?  I'm looking for RGB leds that can be seen clearly in the daylight as tail lights.

  • Reply Olav Øverland August 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    but can a normal rgb led strip be white colour? i dont understand that yet

  • Reply Carlos David Falconi October 26, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for the info! thjat was great.

    Do you know of any kits where I can have two separate LED kits on at once and turn them on and off individually from the same control unit wirelessly??

  • Reply MKhv3 December 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    is RGBW usable in flexible LED strip displays? I mean, can computer software that is controlling the displayed graphics make use of white in RGBW?

  • Reply Martyn January 20, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Okay? Okay guys?

  • Reply Vaug February 12, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I don't know if you can help, But i got an LED kit, and everything is wired up. but I am having problem with the colours.

    When it's set to RED the light is an Orange colour, Blue is a lighter shade of blue (closer to a Teal colour)

    When i have white selected and i lower the brightness it will start changing to green, the lower the brightness set the greener it gets but the actual brightness does not change.

    And when I turn off the unit with the remote, it changes to green and doesn't actually turn off.

    To me it seems that the unit is associating brightness with intensity of green but I am by no means trained or confident in my diagnosys.

  • Reply TheBrothersCompound February 16, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Dont understand why you're products are so expensive considering you can get the same thing on amazon for like 30 bucks.

  • Reply Lone _Walker March 7, 2016 at 10:57 am

    need to ask . if i buy a rgb led and i cut become two . and i stick two led on my bike . can the remote control remote both ? sry broken english

  • Reply SUBHAN March 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Hey but if I use a 44 key remote can I control the white leds?

  • Reply Robin Koudijs June 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Do these LED strips have the same problem were the blue on the RGBW strip is more "Light Blue" because the phosphor layer for the white LED is directly next to the blue LED that causes it to light up al little?

  • Reply Harrison Bell June 17, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Thank you, this video was extremely helpful

  • Reply C Rob June 21, 2016 at 4:22 am

    what is the difference between the rgb that each light glows the selected color vs the rgb that 2 or 3 individual lights mix to produce the color glow?

  • Reply Marko Tandara June 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Is RGBW strip in combination with warm white or cool white?

  • Reply C Rob July 2, 2016 at 1:45 am

    some rgb mix the colors within each diode but others strips, for example, will alternate a red diode and blue diode that produces a purple "glow" when the strip is hidden from sight, it is the glow of the lit diodes that produces the color

  • Reply SorChia Yang July 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    hello, i just wonder that if i buy the RGB one, whats the main color, or its just come out random color? or can I just set up the main color light when plug it into power and turn it on? EX: i want to install it into my car, i want the white light to be on when the power is on without press the white button.

  • Reply geort45 August 4, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Hi! I think your answer covers the color possibilities but not the brightness. Does the RGB components of the RGBW light have the same brightness as the RGB one? If positive that'd mean that the W led adds even more brightness, but how much? A lumens per meter comparison would be good I thinks. Anyway Gracias!

  • Reply polipollin August 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Jorge rocks!

  • Reply Joe Neighbor August 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Seems to me if one has the control should be able to get the same effect.
    Example, if you start with RGB to 1,1,1 (white) and turn the down the blue and green so it's 1.0 , 0.9, 0.9 then you end will up with a reddish white.

    At least in theory it should work this way. But then I don't know the physical characteristics of tri-color LEDs.
    Also in theory since you have white LED next to the colored ones if you set everything to white it should have like twice the brightness per inch of strip.

    For home lighting maybe one is better off with the white ones anyhow because it should add up to more intensity per strip and since most of the time you
    are probably wanting some "off white" hue ("warm", "cold", etc) and not direct primary hues.

    Ehhh, unless you want your house to look like strip club or a whorehouse inside..

  • Reply MAHESH September 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    is it color mixer or something else looks grate and can we add different colors as per RGB

  • Reply Alex McCombie October 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Can you plug an RGB strip into an RGBW controller? Will it function the same for everything except with no response to white signals?

  • Reply RM Hutchins December 1, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I enjoyed your video. It was very helpful. Thank you!

  • Reply Italuce Service January 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I like RGBW Better, what do you think?

  • Reply Jonathan Musa February 22, 2017 at 2:12 am

    thank you! I'll go with the RGB .

  • Reply Riccardo Boca April 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

    my experience is that the white colour done with the RGB smd (so not using the smd white part), on a strip rgb+w, is not "real white"!…I have 2 strips in my home : 1 RGB –> white perfect; 1 RGB+W –> the white done with the rgb part –> is not white!! …Ok you can tell me "why don't You do the white with the "W led" and no the rgb part"..I don't know..I only would like to understand why the "old" rgb can do the real white and the "new" rgb+w doesn't do it.

  • Reply Jörgen Rekstad May 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    can i get purple by using RGB strip?

  • Reply ROYAL Group May 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I have installed RGBW pixel TV lights but there is problem that a little running these are change to multiple colors.and running with out programmed software such different with others.
    control method which I am using is.
    one led strip+signal Reciever> dmax 1in 8 out>sub control> Main control…

  • Reply ROYAL Group May 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I want ask you what is the reason that I have installed 24 lines but between these a little is running without control and changing colors to multiple or still on one color.
    why this happened….

  • Reply TheYokiMoki June 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

    so what youre saying is your white has some excess green in it rather than balanced white

  • Reply Jeoka Gem August 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for this video BUT … this video only tells me that the RGBW strip colors will be paler because there's an inherent white hue to them and that the strips can be brighter because they have more LEDS per length. Are there ANY other differences like in the wiring (e.g. 4 wires vs 5 wires)? As a newbie in LED lights, I was hoping for a more in-depth comparison? If I have to go by this video, I must assume that the differences I mentioned above are the only ones?

  • Reply Ed Rutnikov September 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Could you please compare rgbw and rgbww color mixes? i wanted to buy rgbww but after your video i'm not sure if it will mix nicely. Thanx for the vid

  • Reply yNaves _ October 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    good, thanks

  • Reply joyke66 November 14, 2017 at 5:13 am

    And where do we buy those light???

  • Reply Mind Made Designs - DIY November 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Nice leds

  • Reply Entertainment ki dunya January 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    rgb or rgbw batter?

  • Reply muratt_34__ _34_69 February 27, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Nice test

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