HI Spacewindu, cogratulations first for your job!
Now to speak about ledstrings, Shtok customworks has posted something on his FB page about cutting the strips :
Have you ever tried this and what do you think about this ?
A french fan
I just saw that post earlier today.
yes, anything that can allow you to reduce the amount of material in the blade (that isn't light-producing) the better. However, I would still suggest you go with the 'skinny' strips for your blade as they are less width even after cutting the wider strips. I would say only use the cut-down wider strips only if you are having trouble obtaining the skinny version. Like for instance I just got a shipment that was supposed to be skinny but is the normal width. I may experiment by cutting these down since it is not worth returning them. Even still I have re-ordered skinny strips because overall I think they are superior.
It is interesting that the LEDs are closer together on the cut strips of the wider version... I do like that fact and will experiment to see if that is indeed a good compromise.