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    Default Distro boards or power blocks?

    Hi everyone,

    This is my first year with pixels, and I have a question.

    Is there an advantage to using one of these over the other one?

    https://www.amazon.com/6-Way-Fuse-Bl...se+block&psc=1

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    Default Re: Distro boards or power blocks?

    Both do the same
    F8-Distro is easier to get to connections and work the connection. 8 ports. Best for setup and takedown. Need to provide a mount. Not always in stock.
    Fuse Block - more compact, only 6 ports. likely always available.
    My first choice would be the F8 when in stock.
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    Default Re: Distro boards or power blocks?

    Another option is the Pops Power Distribution Board.
    It's the only distribution board I know of that has been load tested with professional equipment.

    https://holiday.lighting/
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    Default Re: Distro boards or power blocks?

    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    Another option is the Pops Power Distribution Board.
    It's the only distribution board I know of that has been load tested with professional equipment.

    https://holiday.lighting/
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    Default Re: Distro boards or power blocks?

    The advantage as I see it to a Power Distro board is that you are giving yourself your V+ and V- in the same location. If you use the Fuse Block for the V+, you need somewhere to combine and distribute the V- side of the circuit lke This Grounding Bar. I started with the Fuse Block and Grounding bar, but in my newer enclosures, I have moved to the Power Distribution Boards for the convenience of the design. In addition to the other Distro Boards listed in this thread, i like the RenardPlus DC Distro Board, it has resettable Poly fuses, while it does not have some of the power ratings of other designs, for my small enclosure system, they work great.
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    Default Re: Distro boards or power blocks?

    As others have said, distro boards are my preferred way to go as well. Built in fusing, neat arrangement, similar to controller connections, etc. I use these: https://www.crockettfantasyoflights....cfol-distro-8/ They have LEDs that indicate a fuse is blown which is handy when you're out in the cold and dark.
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