Hello there. Im new around here and very new to leds and pixelblaze in general.
I am going to attempt lighting on the eaves of my home using pixelblaze. It seems mostly straight forward. I do have a few questions on what everyone would think would be the best way to approach this.
First a few details on the house i supposse. Here are a few pictures. Very simple exterior i think. The width of the garage face is 20 feet. The remaining distance across the front is 20 feet. I would like to run leds along the eaves for now. I have power at the eave on the left side of the garage. I havent climbed up to get exact measurements yet but the eaves at the peak seem to be about 13 feet. The small piece there between garage and rest of house is about 4 feet.
So my question. Should i attempt to make this one long run? Would it be better to seperate the two sides? Either with seperate pixelblaze devices or with the output expander? (I would need help figuring out this setup.
I am going to have to make a few led splices. I would really appreciate advice on how to make these connections so they are good and waterproof as well as inconspicuous. I would really appreciate pictures of how people accomplish. I have some ideas from youtube but always like more ideas and examples.
I am thinking fiftyish feet of leds? Seems i should be able to run this off one power supply? Some help with the math on this would be appreciated.
If the recommendation is seperate runs would having thr controller / powersupply more towards the middle where that small 4 foot piece is be better?
This is the stuff im thinking i need to purchase but again im complete noob in a big rabbit hole. Ill purchase as much as i can from electromage. Just want to confirm im on the right track before i start buying things and this is the first step towards getting it done.
Im thinking i can use three of these gs8202 strings as ive seen some mention that these 12v strips are superior? If 12v is over kill Do i need to worry about voltage drops ive seen mentioned about the 5v strips? Thoughts specific to make location?
I think i need one of these buck converters.
This case well just because it looks cool.
And this power supply was noted to be durable and reliable. Is it enough to power this as a single run or would i need bigger?
Then back to the question of waterproofing. What sort of enclosures do you guys go with for this? Again how do you ensure your splices are clean and weatherproof? Pictures of all this stuff would be so much appreciated.
I live in cali. Lots of hot days in the summer. Then down to about freezing in winter on cold days. Heavy rains from time to time.
I know its a long post. Thank you if you read it all. I am really trying to show my due diligence. But the more i read the more questions i have.
So i would appreciate any and all input and any advice / tips / tricks anyone wants to share.