I have a very cheap Chinese controller in my kitchen that retains settings after loss of power. It is not waterproof and can power about 30' of RGB lights.
Conversely, the JoeFlorida light controllers I've worked with (which are probably the highest quality components available) expect to be always hot and do not remember settings after loss of power. They have extra inputs so can be programmed to turn on via the headlight power feed, which allows for controlling them by the remote and/or the headlight. The controller is waterproof, can control an insane amount of LEDs, and costs 10x more than a Chinese RF controller. It also uses almost no power in standby, unlike many Chinese controllers.
Bottom-end is no controller, single-color 12V LED strips. Cheap, and work near flawlessly, near forever.
I've been interested in throwing some green LED strips on my bike.
I'm kind of OCD when it comes to wiring.
I'd obviously like them to come on when the key is switched...ie headlights, running lights, etc.
But, for legal purposes, be able to manually switch them off when riding.
I'm also not wanting to start stacking wires on top of my battery since I like to keep it clean. Because of the low current draw and power consumption (I think each strip I'm looking at draws 1A) could I stack a fuse lead in my headlight fuse spot and run that hot wire right to a switch? I don't know if these LED strips would actually require a relay...
The only issue I see is the room under the fuse cover probably is not adequate for this...
Basically switch on, strips come on with the headlight. Switch off, no LED's.
I could get fancy and wire the positive to the headlight switch and negative to the kickstand circuit, but I like a way to manually control them.
What have others done?
Sorry to jack the thread, just figure it's kind of along the same lines.