Originally Posted by Moebius
For the soffit run, which if I'm reading right (and I'm still groggy, so that's no guarantee) is going to be around 60 linear feet of lighting. Using the strips I went with as a guide (Supernight 24v RGB 10m reels), they hit at 144 watts per 10 meters. You'd be looking just shy of 20 meters, so assume 288 watt load. I'd suggest a power supply with enough overhead to prevent the fan from coming on, or find a really quiet supply (can get pricey). Fanless at that power would get pretty hot, I'd be wary of having that in a soffit. With that approach, you'd have 2 10 meter strips that would both connect to the power supply and contoller, meaning each run is only 10 meters, so you shouldn't see any light drops. I'd suggest a 350 watt supply. I went with this 360 watt model https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
which works well. Unless I crank the lights (my normal programmed level is about 15% bright), the fan never comes on.
The columns are a bit trickier as your total light distance is getting up there. I'm not sure you'd be able to use the same controller that would be running the soffit lights or need a second one. Using a second Fibaro, you could power it with a small supply, run 18 or 22 gauge wire to the columns and put in-line amplifiers to power each column. The challenge there is getting juice to all 7 columns from two outlets, or running a lot of romex around the soffit. Still, that approach would give you a single controller for all 7 columns. Alternatively, you could get a beefy power supply, and run a single thicker gauge power wire around the room. In other words, one small power supply to power the Fibaro and send the control signals around the room, then a second heavy duty supply to send a 24v wire around the room to each column. Then at the column head, you attach the control wires from the Fibaro and the Power wire from the big source. I'll have to defer to others on here to the code/safety aspects of that. You'd use something like this to run the control signals: https://www.amazon.com/accexpert%C2%...s=rgb+led+wire
then a higher gauge from the big supply. Since it's only one wire, just buy a reel of whatever gauge you want to go with.
Ok, I'm trying to digest this and hopefully clear some confusion.
First. I found these on Amazon that seem to match your description.
Not sure what watts total these are.
The power supply you listed looks good.
As for the Fibaro, I'm proposing 1 for the risers, 1 for the cove, and 1 or 2 for the columns.
The Fibaro only handles up to 6 amps per channel, for a total of 12 amps max, so with RGB, essentially 4 amps per COLOR is the MAX.
At 288 watts, at 24V that is exactly 12 AMPS, so a Fibaro is maxed out in the cove. A Fibaro is not fully loaded in the riser at all as thats like 25 feet of lights.
For the Columns, yea, its like 100ft of lights, so I think it would have to be 150 chip per strip LEDs, or using the same ones you described, I'd have to use 2 Fibaros synced through Smart things.
I'm not following your comment about 7 columns on 2 outlets. Let's isolate the columns as 1 system, separate from anything else. Let's say I have a huge powersupply to handle it, I would not put any transformer inside the soffit. In the plans I shared, it would either go inside the floor riser, and run wire up a column to reach the soffit, inside the AC closet on the wall, or behind the false screen wall on a shelf which is still easy access. Inside the riser is the most closed off space with no air circulation and that would still be about 60 cuft of space. 6'x10'x12"
So to your 7 columns on 2 outlets, if my trans is plugged into 1 outlet, and its a BIG transformer, that has nothing to do with 2 outlets. Not following.
I am definitely not following your wiring recommendation for the columns around the room.
I understand you're saying 1 small PWS for the fibaro and one big one for the others. I don't follow the point of that.
Where you said send a 24V wire around the room. Do you mean a large gauge black and red wire from the PWS around the room where you would splice in Amplifiers? Or do you mean a 4 color wire set?
You said, at the column head you attach the 4 control wires, and the big wire. If there's just strip lights there at the column, what are you connecting all those to? (Unless you mean there's an amplifer at each column that can accept hot power and control wire???
As for large (big) wire, I have a 100ft of 12 ga speaker wire, as well as I have probably another 60 ft of 14 ga romex.
It seems if you look at some of my diagrams above, I'd need large ga 4 color wire to avoid voltage drop. I looked at the wire you liked to on amazon, and it says its listed as 22ga, but reviews say its 26.
AHHH!!! Mind blown