I am building a POV LED Globe using ~200 RGB LEDs.
I have three different types I am looking at and have no experience with:
- 5mm RGB LEDs - Diffused (example)
- 5mm Straw Hat RGB LEDs - Water Clear (example)
- 5mm Straw Hat RGB LEDs - Diffused (example)
I have some Water Clear RGB LEDs and I am not pleased with them. The colors don't mix and all the light comes out of the top and almost none out of the sides. I know I can diffuse them myself by sanding or otherwise but for ~200 LEDs it's a lot of work.
For this project I want LEDs that have a wide angle of visibility and an even distribution of light so they have the same color/intensity at any angle on the curved display. The diffused straw hat LEDs seem like the best choice because from what I've read the straw hat design has a higher viewing angle and the diffused shell will mix the colors together better, but without real experience with any of them, I don't know that the best one on paper will be the best choice in reality.
What are the pros and cons of each of these?