@s0 I am exactly of an age and class that this is not only a gigantic complement but also a touching nostalgic throwback
@s0 Ooh, I like this idea! Softer, more even lighting than my current reading lamp, which is basically a spot.
@ifixcoinops if I was building my own house, I’d have an electrical closet with modular dimming & control rack for all the lighting, and any switches & controls would run over twisted pair back to the rack. It would also have all the cat6 patches come out to there. And there’d be cable trays running along the ceiling to make it easy to add new cabling.
@ifixcoinops something along those lines, yes. Would have to compare the cost versus individual networked smart dimmers where they’re needed.
@stibbons @ifixcoinops current thoughts are chucking one of these https://www.meanwell.com/webapp/product/search.aspx?prod=HEP-480 in each room/area, then a bunch of individual DALI/CBUS DC CV or CC dimmers on a DIN rail, then running ELV copper to various LEDs around the place.
@ifixcoinops @stibbons are you running WS2811/12 signal? Be aware that the 5V control line can get very unreliable over 3-5m in length. Partly about voltage drop but also reflections. You’ll need at the least a 150 ohm resistor in series at the LED end, and may need a dummy pixel (repeater) partway along.
@ifixcoinops @stibbons yeah I’ve spent quite some time freelancing with them and had to learn all the ins and outs.
A resistor is the right tool for reducing signal reflections.
There are also some proprietary devices that send the signalling over balanced signals over Cat5 cables (good for much longer distances) and then have a little remote breakout board that converts back to single-ended 5V signal for pixel string. They solve a lot of headaches if you have the budget.
@ifixcoinops @stibbons this is an Australian company I’ve used. Way overkill for your little indoor lights but if you’re doing bigger-than-Ben-hur Christmas lights... https://www.advateklights.com/products/pixel-control/long-range
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