Safe Length of RGB 60 LED/meter

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Safe Length of RGB 60 LED/meter

Postby dondiggy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:07 pm

Hi all,

I was curious what the current rating is for the RGB buses on the 60 LED/meter RGB LED's from sparkfun are? I was looking to power approximately 6 meters, and I wasn't sure if the buses powering each individual color could handle the amperage at full power. I know it will come to about 100 watts, but I can't find any information anywhere on current ratings.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again.
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Re: Safe Length of RGB 60 LED/meter

Postby MichaelN » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:33 am

If you want help, try giving us links to the products you're asking about...
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Re: Safe Length of RGB 60 LED/meter

Postby Kamiquasi » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:27 am

I think there's only one such product SparkFun carries;
http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10259

The datasheet doesn't mention any maximum length, but there undoubtedly is one; I got 5 meters on a roll once (no need to combine 1 meter segments explicitly and it's a heck of a lot cheaper). At 60mA per 3 LED group, 60 LEDs per meter, that's 20 groups per meter, so 1.2A per meter. The 5 meter I had was thus 6A and needed a fairly beefy power supply to run. When it ran, it (edit: the strip) got fairly warm to the touch (they do suggest you actually stick these to some manner of profile if the mounting surface is not particularly thermally conductive) but that's more likely to be the LEDs than crazy things going on in the strip's wiring. More importantly, the losses along the 5 meter length of the strip were so great that what was a cool white at the connecting end of the strip, became pink at the other end. This was also noted with the little paper I got with mine: connect both ends.

So even if you're not too worried about the amps through the strip, you'll likely have to re-connect every once in a while anyway. For your 6 meters, maybe every 2?
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Re: Safe Length of RGB 60 LED/meter

Postby dondiggy » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:35 am

I was thinking along the same lines you were Kamiquasi! Thanks for the feedback!
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