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    Default Controlling 6V "props"

    This is not for Christmas but Halloween. I would like to animate some of these props that you can buy from Amazon like hanging up ghosts and such. Many of them are operated by a couple of CR2032 or similar batteries so that makes 2x3V=6V. Controlling pixels is usually 5V or 12V. My equipment currently is all 12V. I would prefer not having to do 5V boxes as my Halloween display is small. Has anyone done anything like that with 12V? If I need to build a 5V box I will do so. In this case, do these 6V "props" work well on 5V?

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    If these props do work well on 5V, I would use small power bucks to go from 12v to 5v and integrate them into the props.
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    Default Re: Controlling 6V "props"

    I decided to just remove the existing lights and put in pixels. Then I can control each individual pixels instead of just turning the whole thing on and off. That way I also don't have to deal with protecting a converter from possible rain.

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    Default Re: Controlling 6V "props"

    There are plenty of 6v 2a power supplies on ebay for cheap. Here is a good example.
    That's a feature not a bug.
    There's no charge for that.

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    Default Re: Controlling 6V "props"

    Re: your questions about 6V props working on 5V. Usually yes. You can crank up the potentiometer on the 5V power supplies to get 5.4V or higher. Usually gets you close enough.

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