I added a page on my website explaining some of the differences between the Standard and Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits.
In my opinion the standard is a good choice if you are planning on setting the speaker lights to a static color and leaving them (the RGB controller that is included with my standard Speaker Light Kits have 20 static colors selectable on the remote). Especially if you are looking for a very specific shade of a color (EX: I want my Iron Maiden set to a very specific gold look.....as opposed to a more flat looking yellow). In this case the standard SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit has a remote where you can create / adjust the color shades and save that specific color to one of it's 6 DIY buttons. It also has a few color transition modes, but they are fairly limited (5 transition modes).
The Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit uses individually addressable LEDs so specific lights can be lit or unlit, any chosen color at any particular time. Of course this is done by the included RGB remote, but it does offer 7 static colors and 351 different transition modes. Many of these modes are single color chase modes (where only certain SMDs light at specific times), multicolored modes where all 7 colors are used together and also a large selection of 2 color modes (where 2 different colors chase, fade and interact with each other). All and all, it offers a much more impressive light show and allows for more choices on what the speaker lights can do.
I will also be offering sound activated controllers for the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits. They still have the issue of the pinball machine making a lot more sounds than just music....so don't expect a 1 to 1 light show with the songs selected on Iron Maiden or Aerosmith. Having said that, it is a way more impressive light show than using a sound activated with the Standard SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit.....as the individually addressable LEDs allow different SMDs on the light strip to be lit or not and also for the different bulbs to be different colors at the same time. So that makes for a more impressive light show, even if it doesn't match the game's music (and is getting triggered by callouts and coils also). This sound controller also offers non-sound activated light transition modes and an impressive color selection of 50 selectable colors that can be used static or in the various transition modes. The run down on this Deluxe Sound Activated RGB Controller is: 5 sound modes (one of them uses only the 1 of 50 colors you have selected), 6 "rainbow" modes that use 7 different colors (all of these modes are reversible in the direction the light show runs), 5 single color modes, using the 1 of 50 colors that you have selected (3 of these are reversible). This controller also has 5 levels of adjustable brightness, but no speed adjustment on the light transition modes.
I did a lot of testing of different RGB controllers with these addressable light strips (as well as testing many different light strips and power supplies) and these 2 controllers came out the best overall.
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