Hello lighting hobbyists.
I posted once in the Welcome!! thread. I need my own thread to ask you kind and generously knowledgeable people if you can assist me.
Here is my original post;
I thought that last bit should be added for clarity.
So now. I have read many WIKIs and FAQs to the point where I am going in circles. I need help with a few things.
I think I have answered my power supply questions. My original concern is being solely powered off of DC batteries. I can get 36v > 12v converters. The DC-DC converter is more efficient than doing a DC-AC inverter and driving it back to DC. I do plan to stick with all 12v accessories, is that a bad plan?
I don't want to run straight off of a 12v battery, it's just not wise. A 12v battery is 12.44 when fully charged and will most likely be around 11v when I plug them in at night to charge.
Also, my main battery pack for the cart motor consists of six 6v heavy batteries equaling 36v. I did install one very cheap 12v automotive battery to power my computer stuff and for the music system. The extra 12v battery is an entirely separate battery pack. I plan to upgrade the extra battery pack from just one 12v battery to three 12v trolling motor or deep cycle batteries. Especially since I have an extra 36v charger. I should add how the typical DC motor puts out a lot of EMF/RF interference. Having an entirely separate battery pack should help alleviate some EMF/RF interference.
That there folks! Is DC, pure DC power and a lot of it too! Anyone see any issues yet?
I need to buy some stuff and I'm looking for a turn-key approach when buying hardware.
ATM I'm thinking two LOR CMB16D-QC controllers, 15 meters of smart ribbon, dumb rgb ribbon, and six to ten strobes. I'll admit to spending many hours on LOR forums and perusing their stock.
What other hardware options do I have? When I get going in the WIKIs and FAQs I'm finding some outdated info 12-16 month old. Gotta love Moore's Law! I also find many broken links.
Searching the internet is difficult when I keep coming at it from a pure DC voltage angle. I have some luck but I sure have to pick through a lot of AC converted stuff.
I think one 30 amp DC converter will be ok per board, even though each side of the LOR board is 20 amp capable. I don't see myself using that much current with what little I will run. the reason I want two boards and two converters is so I can keep my heavy draw items, headlights, taillights, running lights and brakes separate from the smart ribbons. I'm also worried about the EMF/RF interference. I might be boxing myself into a corner with the interference issue if I put one converter on each battery pack, because both LOR boards [each supplied power by a different pack] will meet at one point, and that point is the computer.
I think I have beaten the DC power and interference issue enough. Next Question.
Should I even be thinking about E1.31? DMX? I want to have upgrade ability. If I get the LOR Advanced software and those boards I should be covered there. Getting way ahead of myself I will mention I desire the ability to also control servos. I do have a plan, once this part of my build is done, to GPS program the cart with waypoints. With the help of some rotary actuators and proximity sensors I should be able to get the cart to drive down to the store. At the store they can toss my groceries on the cart, hit a button, and it will bring it all back home. But that is getting way ahead of myself for now. Lets just say I do like DMX abilities.
How much extra am I paying for a 5m strip of lights to also come with a controller? Do I just cut the controllers off? I will be running a pretty centralized system and think it is a waste of power to have so many controllers? Or is it necessary to have the individual pixel string controllers?
Holy Hanna I have said a lot in one post. I have more but I'm still reading and understanding.