2801 pixel wiring

Ed Slonka Jr

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Ok, just want to make sure I have the wiring correct. So I don't screw them up.


Looking at the picture this is what I see.


Black - 12v+
Clock - red
Data - green
Gnd(12v -) blue


Thanks for the help!
Ed
 

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GoofyGuy

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do yourself a HUGE favor test 1 pixel on your controller before hooking a long strand. Dont make a long string and hope the wiring is correct. A test on 1 pixel can save you 170! The marking are often ok but that means they have a chance of being wrong. Why cook a string of pixels when it takes 1 minute to hook up 1 to make sure.
 

kane

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GoofyGuy said:
do yourself a HUGE favor test 1 pixel on your controller before hooking a long strand. Dont make a long string and hope the wiring is correct. A test on 1 pixel can save you 170! The marking are often ok but that means they have a chance of being wrong. Why cook a string of pixels when it takes 1 minute to hook up 1 to make sure.
Yes, definately don't trust the markings - they're mostly correct, but I had 30+ 1.5m strips of 2801 strip lighting from Ray that had CLK and DAT labelled around the wrong way..

What made it very hard to work out is that he also provided these with 4-core waterproof connectors on each end, but they had hooked up the input to the output (we obviously expect the male connector to be connected to the input, but he had the female connected instead!)

That being said, I've never fried a whole string by incorrectly hooking them up - I've only ever had 1-2 pixels die..
 

Beefer

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I had one string come with the wires changing half-way along! luckily it didn't blow them, but out the back of one pixel the wires were completely reversed....
 
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