Wiring it up question

Discussion in 'RGB Lights - Intelligent Pixels and 3-Channel RGB' started by jediknight2, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. jediknight2

    jediknight2 Full Time Elf

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    OK. I have all my LOR stuff connected and ready to go. I only have power injection and connecting the pixel data lines left. My question is this.

    I am using 16 gauge speaker wire for power injection. My first pixel on one output of my P2 is less than 13 feet. The other is 20. I also have a jump from one pixel to the next of about 16 feet. I plan on using a null pixel on those areas. My first thought is to run a cat6 cable for the data and a run of 16 gauge beside it with power for the jumps. However, would it be ok just to carry the power AND data on the cat6 for those small sections? I actually think I WILL run both wires for my first pixel...my main question is for the jump between pixels after my first injection.

    For instance, I have a run of pixels of about 18 feet. I then have a 13 foot gap to the next pixel. Could I use just the cat6 for that jump, or should I use both the cat6 and 16gauge...

    This is for 12V 2801 pixel strings
     
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    BrianJ Full Time Elf

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    I am running 2801 5V pixels and am also using 16/4 speaker wire. I have an initial run from the controller to first pixel of 14 meters on the speaker wire and it works perfectly so I would imagine you would be able to do the same with the 12v pixels
     
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    jediknight2 Full Time Elf

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    Glad to hear you are getting that distance. I am going to try my first injection without a null pixel with a distance of about 20 feet. I see NO reason I cannot use cat6 for my jump with a null pixel as the wire size in a string would be the same size. Will try and make sure it works tomorrow.
     
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    If your going to use cat6, make sure you only use one wire for data. If you double it up the signal has trouble and you'll get bad results.


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