Originally Posted by BrolicBeast
So much awesomeness in those last two posts. I'm very interested in part numbers...I'm still using the breaker switch to turn my lights on and off, and although I was planning on Insteon (only have the 8-button keypad so far), Lutron is a very real possibility for me after reading this. You should do some instagram video posts on your lighting solutions, man...lots of us can benefit!
Ok, so here's some part numbers...
All of the LED strip lights are FlexFire
- The SC (Single Color = white) LED roll are CB-WW-12V-REEL
- The RGB (RGB = multi color) are CB-RGB-24V-REEL
I went with 24V for the RGB because the runs to these end up being further from the driver, and power loss could have been a problem with 12V
For the SC, I ended up using 3 different drivers. I only did this for ease of installation and running wiring. There are 3 drivers (2x 150, 1 x 60) that share duties for the soffit lights for the 5x 16ft lengths. There's a separate 20W driver for the riser step lights.
Those are 12v Zurik LED dimmable drivers, part number ZRK-xxx-12VDC, where the xxx = wattage.
The RGB LEDs are all controlled by the same MeanWell driver, a big honker at 240w. That's HLG-240H-24A. The remote unit is two part #s
, RGB-MZ-RCVR for the receiver and RGB-MZ-CTRL for the remote itself.
I think that's just about everything other than the connectors.
I'm totally down with videoing the whole thing, but someone is going to have to walk me through the process of finding somewhere to host it (Instagram??) and how to link it here. I've only been consuming your videos Brolic, I have no idea how to make my own!
I'm guessing it's as simple as walking around with the phone, putting it up somewhere, and throwing the URL in here? We also have a Nikon D3200 around here somewhere, which I'm sure would make better videos?
Originally Posted by Waterboy77
I am also very interested in this!!! I like Brolic plan on using Insteon in my home and eventually an iRule or similar interface.
What I am trying to wrap my around is why the dimmer switch to feed the power supply at all? Doesn't the controller have the means of on/off, dimming, color change all built into it?
But then there is the communication between the LED controller and iRule..... most LED controllers are RF and I can't seam to find a way to get this to talk to iRule.... or insteon for that matter....
Sooo, I started the Insteon route too. I even bought one of their dimmers, but couldn't get it to talk to iRule. I already have 3 different media centers linked up to iRule, with about 7 gateways in varying rooms, so I'm pretty comfortable with the technology. I just couldn't find a decently advanced, reasonably priced way for the iRule to talk to Insteon, that's what led me to Lutron. You get what you pay for there, as iRule already supports their protocol. I recognize a lot of the components in Beast's pictures from my own trials, and I just think the way I'm going ends up being cleaner and potentially cheaper.
The reason you dim the power supply is that it's the first thing inline to power from the controller. The short version is that you dim the power to the supply, it dims the power to the LEDs, they get less bright. I dim at the control (Lutron dimmer), which sends less power to the driver (power supply), and the lights get less dim. At least, that's how it works for the SC lights (white). For the RGB it's different.
To clarify definitions: The "controller" is the thing you hit on the wall, and can be a dimmer or a switch. The driver is what most peeps call the power supply.
RGB can't be dimmed at the driver, because they have to be dimmed inline. If you dim at the driver for RGB then the colors don't work right. The driver also isn't smart enough to change colors for you. That's why they're run a little different. You have a switch on the wall (vs dimmer), and that supplies power to the driver. Inline BEFORE the driver (between the switch and it) you have another remote component (the RGB receiver) which is RF, which you use to dim and change colors, THEN the driver (with the smarter instructions for color, brightness from the receiver), then the LEDs.
The main difference for me in this configuration is that the iRule will talk directly to the dimmer for the SC LEDs, but it'll have to talk to the receiver for RGB.
Any of that make sense, or should I just head downstairs and start recording something for Beast's inevitable "Here's how to link your Instagram video"?