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    Hey guys!

    cant say how much this forum has helped me in my quest to get pixels running for 2019! Thought Iíd show off my partially completed controller build (waiting on the F16V3 & a couple other goodies) and see what you thought... I rummaged around through my extra bits an pieces from old jobs (electrician by trade) and managed to pull together enough to make it work, itís not perfect but Iím pretty happy sofar!

    2x 300w 5v power supplies, AC distribution & protection, DC power injection distribution and protection, power monitor shunts and Rasp Pi 4 installed sofar. Right side of the board has room for the F16 and more terminal strips.

    what say you?02C48525-3A4C-4A7B-937F-B02DDF7BA02A.jpeg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islandspark View Post
    Hey guys!

    cant say how much this forum has helped me in my quest to get pixels running for 2019! Thought Iíd show off my partially completed controller build (waiting on the F16V3 & a couple other goodies) and see what you thought... I rummaged around through my extra bits an pieces from old jobs (electrician by trade) and managed to pull together enough to make it work, itís not perfect but Iím pretty happy sofar!

    2x 300w 5v power supplies, AC distribution & protection, DC power injection distribution and protection, power monitor shunts and Rasp Pi 4 installed sofar. Right side of the board has room for the F16 and more terminal strips.

    what say you?02C48525-3A4C-4A7B-937F-B02DDF7BA02A.jpeg
    Looks nice. I've been meaning to look into a way to monitor my power consumption. The way I wired mine up there isn't a trivial way to wire a current sensor in and get it's reading back to the network. Is there enough room on that bottom PSU for the fan to vent properly?

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    Very neat and tidy! I take it you are not planning on putting this outside?

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    Absolutely, it’s built on a back pan for a weatherproof junction box ;)

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    I will let you wire up my installs from now on! Good job. Very tidy.

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    Excellent job! I did similar back when I built my 4 controller "box" for my LED mega tree using LOR controller kits that I built.
    It's a lot of fun to build this stuff and make it do the magic. This was back in 2009 though.
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    What are you using for the labels I see on the THHN?

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    Very nice and neat. I have always been a bit worried about stacking these PSUs like that. The active fan needs to get cool air to push through the PSU. It looks like the lower PSU gets AIR that has passed by the back of the upper PSU. Do you plan to add side fans to get cool outside air to the lower PSU?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinMueller2003 View Post
    Very nice and neat. I have always been a bit worried about stacking these PSUs like that. The active fan needs to get cool air to push through the PSU. It looks like the lower PSU gets AIR that has passed by the back of the upper PSU. Do you plan to add side fans to get cool outside air to the lower PSU?
    There’s about 3/4” between the power supplies, it shouldn’t have much trouble breathing. I don’t expect it to be an issue (at least it’s not with non-Chineseium power supplies but time will tell)...

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    What are you using for the labels I see on the THHN?
    im just using white vinyl stickers in my handheld Bradey labeler.

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