Hi , i have a couple of questions , firstly im a newbie so please be gentle.
1. I purchase the a 60 LED 1m SMD 5050 light strip thing and controller which is great but i want to take and cut down the strip into sections of 3 lights and control/change each.
Im realistically looking to have several of these maybe changing colours over the day i dont even really need to connect them to the arduino mega i have , just want to light several small areas.
If you don't connect them to a microcontroller (like an arduino) you can't have them change colors over the day, unless you did some nifty wiring with traditional ICs. I'd suggest getting a cheaper arduino if you want to do a permanent mount (or a bare atmega328). Good luck though.