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Posted: 04/27/21 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Moving to 5 strips and amps are 1.87, with watts at 24.5.

The outgoing voltage drops to 8.40



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With 6 strips we are at 1.87 amps, with watts at 24.5.

Outgoing volts are 8.17.



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Posted: 04/27/21 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Adding another strip to make it 7 in a row, with amperage at 1.88 and watts at 24.6.

Outgoing voltage is now at 8.02.



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And the final one with 8 in a row, here we have 1.87 amps, 24.5 watts with an outgoing voltage of 7.93.



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Posted: 04/27/21 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is an overview of all 8 hooked together, and you can see that the brightest ones are at the top, with the highest voltage, and they get progressively dimmer as the voltage drops.



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Posted: 04/27/21 09:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Next step is to take 6 strips, and tie all of the incoming wires together, with the outgoing ends, not connected to anything.



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Posted: 04/27/21 09:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now, with all of the incoming leads tied together, our incoming voltage dropped just a touch to 12.99 instead of the 13.11.

All of the strips are getting the same "high" voltage and our amps jump to 3.94 with the watts at 51.1.

Outgoing voltage on any of the 6 strips end up at 10.42.



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You can also see that the lights are much brighter, (obviously), as well as using more amps/watts from the supply side, collectively.

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Posted: 04/27/21 09:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can't see it in this picture, but I changed the size of the wire between the twisted strip light ends, and the power supply, to a larger size, and this happened.

The supply voltage went down a touch, the amps went up to 4.70, watts at 60.8, and the voltage at the end of any of the strips is now up to 10.80.

Proof that wire size changes things.



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Overall, I am happy with them, and they are dimmable, which will adjust the amount of energy used, in case you need to conserve some, or just want some mood lighting.

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Posted: 04/28/21 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a pic of the led I have that was used for the preceding comparison. It has 24 led's, 18 of which are spread around the outside, with an additional 6 on the end.

It works well, but I like the string lights more.



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