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Power Injection Question

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Upfront: I'm new to smart pixels this year, but via this thread have made some initial decisions (I know, I'm WAY behind... I should have ordered by now). I've decided to go with these WS2811 from Ray Wu's store. I already have PixLite 16 MkII  controller. What I'm wondering is best practice for power injection (not cable gauge/length etc. I can figure that out).

Here's what I'd like to do for simplicity. I know some will disagree and say soldier all the connections.... but I need simple take down, setup and storage. I'm looking at adding about a dozen or so 2' and 3' tree's with this method (that's what the triangles in the pic are).

QUESTION: Are pigtail T's a good method for power injection? This would pass the data signal from one display to the next, but inject the power from the controller both directions. 

If not what works better?

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You said only inject after 100 pixels?  So if I have 150 pixels i would only need to power inject once?  Can I do that after the last pixel or should it be after 100?

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On 1/27/2017 at 9:17 AM, Steve76 said:

You said only inject after 100 pixels?  So if I have 150 pixels i would only need to power inject once?  Can I do that after the last pixel or should it be after 100?

Yes, after the last pixel. I have 110 pixels after a power injection and it still works great until the last couple of pixels. The last couple nodes have shown slight yellow when they are on full white, but no other issues.

So if you inject before and after 150 you should be more than good. Always test it on full white before you hang them, though. I was up on a ladder adding injection to a second story window this year, it was cold, and not fun. 

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