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12 Volt LED Lightening
« on: September 09, 2016, 11:22:46 PM »

After several trials and errors, I have finally come up with a working solution for creating a low voltage Lightening setup for the yard.  I will have to take some pics and create a how to tutorial for this one....
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 10:15:59 AM »

 :bravo_2: I swear you're a genius.
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2016, 11:30:25 AM »

That's nuts!
Being 12 volt, I assume you could add a car stereo amplifier to get a little more "boom"?
Or is the amp coming off the board a 5v?
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2016, 12:00:26 PM »

That's nuts!
Being 12 volt, I assume you could add a car stereo amplifier to get a little more "boom"?
Or is the amp coming off the board a 5v?
The Amp I'm using is just the little 2.5 watt mono amp from Adafruit, but yes you could run a car stereo amp and massive speakers if you wanted.  I figure I could run two 4 ohm speakers in parallel to give me a 2 ohm setup so it would be much louder off that little amp.
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2016, 07:17:59 PM »

So the amp is powered from a different source then the board?
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2016, 10:00:57 AM »

So the amp is powered from a different source then the board?
Actually what I use is a DC-DC Buck converter http://www.ebay.com/itm/301200433056?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT to convert the 12 volt to 5 volt for the electronics, the 12 volt drives the LED strips.  So it may be different voltages, but its all off the one 12 volt source.  The Buck converters are waterproof and you can get them in different voltages.  I have a bunch of 3 that I use on store bought props that run off two AA batteries, so I can just plug them into my 12 volt setup throughout the yard and not have to worry about changing batteries all the time.  They also work great for slowing down wiper motors, I used a 5 volt on my pirate in the crows nest to slow down the back/forth turning.
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2016, 03:28:23 PM »

So, in theory, I could run 12v to a small car amp to fire an 8in. woofer, and splice this buck convertor to the 12v leads to run the main board.
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2016, 06:19:06 PM »

So, in theory, I could run 12v to a small car amp to fire an 8in. woofer, and splice this buck convertor to the 12v leads to run the main board.
yes but wouldn't a 1000 watt amp and a pair of 15" sub's be better.....
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Re: 12 Volt LED Lightening
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2016, 04:08:14 PM »

yes but wouldn't a 1000 watt amp and a pair of 15" sub's be better.....
I want to rumble the porch, not remove it. lol
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