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Offline jb1677

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Mix 5v and 12v
« on: October 22, 2018, 01:33:11 PM »
Can I mix both 5v and 12v pixels off the same PiCap by powering the PiCap and the pixel strings independently with just data coming off the PiCap and all grounds tied together?  If this is doable then I suppose I could also send data AND power 5v or 12v off the PiCap and the other voltage being injected direct to that run of pixels with just data and common ground coming from the PiCap? 


Basically PiCap doing data only with independently powered strings of 5v and 12v -OR- PiCap doing data and 5v powering on one string and data only to a second string with independent 12v all with common ground?


I see no reason this wouldn't work, but I am new to this and may certainly be overlooking something!!

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Re: Mix 5v and 12v
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 01:36:27 PM »
Yes you can

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Re: Mix 5v and 12v
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 03:20:27 PM »
Not only can you do it with PiCaps, you can also do it with Falcon controllers - same concept - data and ground only from the controller - power (12v or 5v) directly from PSU to pixels.
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Re: Mix 5v and 12v
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 09:37:00 PM »
Thanks all, figured I was going to be ok but got cold feet before I actually lit the power :-)

 

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