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Mikeg12

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I'm new to using pixels and rgb lights. I want to know how far away I can place my strands from the controller and power supply. My farthest run would be approximately 25 to 30 feet away. Any suggestions  would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Depends on the controller and the size wire used for the power.  25 to 30 feet is on the high end of distances for data for most controllers. using a null pixel can extend this distance.  Best case for power might be to relocate the power to very near the first pixel (use as if power injection) and only run data from the controller.  12 volt vs 5 volt also can make a big difference on power length.

I do not run any power from my controllers to help reduce voltage drop.  I power my controllers with the small wall warts.

The falcon has a VERY long controller to pixel distance for power but you still have the power voltage drop issue.

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Thank you for your advice. So if I understand correctly I put my power supply close to the pixels and use null pixels to extend the data signal. 

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I use our 18awg wire. Go straight from the controller to the pixel (no pigtails to cause any issues). I've done 25 feet this way without any issue. 

 

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I use CAT5 twisted pair wire.  I use the 4 white wires for ground, 3 of the colored wires for power, and the final colored wire for data.  That way the data and ground go thru a twisted pair.  I have some pixels that are 100' away from the controller, and data-wise at least, this is not a problem with twisted pair.  Voltage drop is still an issue though, so I power-inject using heavy gauge extension cords meant for 120V.  I use different plugs tho so no confusion. (Would hate to plug my pixels into 120 volts!)

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