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Title: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 10:42:35 AM
Hello. Most of the extensions I see that are being sold shows them to be 5 volt. All of the pixels I have purchased are 12 volt. I am looking for 3 core 10-15 foot waterproof extensions to work with my 12 volt pixels. Can someone point me in the right direction as I have not bought these before. Thanks
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: rstehle on March 03, 2016, 10:52:47 AM
Hello. Most of the extensions I see that are being sold shows them to be 5 volt. All of the pixels I have purchased are 12 volt. I am looking for 3 core 10-15 foot waterproof extensions to work with my 12 volt pixels. Can someone point me in the right direction as I have not bought these before. Thanks

Any of the 3 Core Waterproof extensions on the market can be used for either 5v or 12v.  Strong suggestion is to buy all of them from one vendor, as they may not interchange from vendor to vendor. 
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: tmeyermn on March 03, 2016, 10:54:24 AM

HC has them:

http://www.holidaycoro.com/3-Conductor-Waterproof-Extension-Pigtail-10ft-p/727.htm
http://www.holidaycoro.com/3-Conductor-Waterproof-Extension-Pigtail-20ft-p/734.htm
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: Phrog30 on March 03, 2016, 11:43:17 AM
Hello. Most of the extensions I see that are being sold shows them to be 5 volt. All of the pixels I have purchased are 12 volt. I am looking for 3 core 10-15 foot waterproof extensions to work with my 12 volt pixels. Can someone point me in the right direction as I have not bought these before. Thanks
I bought mine from HolidayCoro, but half of them allowed water into the connector.

I have since went to these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VZOHVSE/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1457030421&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=crazyeve&dpPl=1&dpID=41jRVTCYN5L&ref=plSrch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VZOHVSE/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1457030421&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=crazyeve&dpPl=1&dpID=41jRVTCYN5L&ref=plSrch)

If you buy your own cable you can make your own. You will most likely save money.

Just one idea.

James

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Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 12:02:15 PM
I did assume that all 3 core connectors would work but wanted to verify before purchasing any. Has anyone purchased any from diyled express before? Price seems reasonable.
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: rlemery on March 03, 2016, 12:12:44 PM
Diyledexpress is a good vendor but there pigtails will not work with other vendors and most the time they are out of stock when you need them the most.

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Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 12:23:43 PM
Diyledexpress is a good vendor but there pigtails will not work with other vendors and most the time they are out of stock when you need them the most.


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Maybe I will order a handful from Ray wu and see how those are
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: bravado67 on March 03, 2016, 01:40:34 PM
I did assume that all 3 core connectors would work but wanted to verify before purchasing any. Has anyone purchased any from diyled express before? Price seems reasonable.


I did. I purchased 32 Pigtails and unfortunately they are too small for the lights I am ordering from Ray Wu. I also ordered 4 sets of RGB from CreativeLighting to begin playing as soon as I get my F16V2-R systems. They don't fit these lights either. It's my fault for not knowing what I was doing. I believe 13.5mm is more of a standard for many of the rgb bullet nodes for pigtail fittings.


Ron
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: rlemery on March 03, 2016, 01:49:04 PM
I use the 13.5 mm black one from Ray for everything. You can even buy his extentions and cut in two to get a short one for the controller and the long pcs for the pixels.

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Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 02:38:46 PM
I did assume that all 3 core connectors would work but wanted to verify before purchasing any. Has anyone purchased any from diyled express before? Price seems reasonable.


I did. I purchased 32 Pigtails and unfortunately they are too small for the lights I am ordering from Ray Wu. I also ordered 4 sets of RGB from CreativeLighting to begin playing as soon as I get my F16V2-R systems. They don't fit these lights either. It's my fault for not knowing what I was doing. I believe 13.5mm is more of a standard for many of the rgb bullet nodes for pigtail fittings.


Ron

Looks like I will need to do some measuring before I order. Thanks for the heads up on that
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 02:40:19 PM
Hello. Most of the extensions I see that are being sold shows them to be 5 volt. All of the pixels I have purchased are 12 volt. I am looking for 3 core 10-15 foot waterproof extensions to work with my 12 volt pixels. Can someone point me in the right direction as I have not bought these before. Thanks
I bought mine from HolidayCoro, but half of them allowed water into the connector.

I have since went to these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VZOHVSE/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1457030421&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=crazyeve&dpPl=1&dpID=41jRVTCYN5L&ref=plSrch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VZOHVSE/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1457030421&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=crazyeve&dpPl=1&dpID=41jRVTCYN5L&ref=plSrch)

If you buy your own cable you can make your own. You will most likely save money.

Just one idea.

James

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When making your own what kind of wire do most use?
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: bravado67 on March 03, 2016, 02:41:49 PM
I did assume that all 3 core connectors would work but wanted to verify before purchasing any. Has anyone purchased any from diyled express before? Price seems reasonable.


I did. I purchased 32 Pigtails and unfortunately they are too small for the lights I am ordering from Ray Wu. I also ordered 4 sets of RGB from CreativeLighting to begin playing as soon as I get my F16V2-R systems. They don't fit these lights either. It's my fault for not knowing what I was doing. I believe 13.5mm is more of a standard for many of the rgb bullet nodes for pigtail fittings.


Ron

Looks like I will need to do some measuring before I order. Thanks for the heads up on that


No worries. This is what I should have looked at before purchasing:
http://www.diyledexpress.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37_39&zenid=c62af770dabe15ebb2c0ee8151e291a3


Ron
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: Phrog30 on March 03, 2016, 02:42:44 PM
I've been buying 16/3. I have long runs. If you have short runs you could get by with 18/3.

James

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Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 03, 2016, 02:49:51 PM
I've been buying 16/3. I have long runs. If you have short runs you could get by with 18/3.

James

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Any particular place you get your wire from or do you just buy it from a hardware store?
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: Phrog30 on March 03, 2016, 02:51:01 PM
Lately I've found the best prices on eBay.

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Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 06, 2016, 05:57:34 AM
Lately I've found the best prices on eBay.

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Is it a bad idea to use cat5 or cat6 cable to make my own extensions? I know this cable is very thin wire but with the twisted pairs I can double up the wires. Any ideas on this? Thanks
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 06, 2016, 06:33:33 AM
Or would this be a little better
http://www.ebay.com/itm/131638101000?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&var=431008754897&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: Skunberg on March 06, 2016, 06:40:19 AM
Lately I've found the best prices on eBay.

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Is it a bad idea to use cat5 or cat6 cable to make my own extensions? I know this cable is very thin wire but with the twisted pairs I can double up the wires. Any ideas on this? Thanks
Solid cat5 doesn't tolerate the bending of putting it up and down every year. Some are very careful and make it work, others have a nightmare. If you do, make sure you don't double up the data. It will cause signal problems. Pigtails 13.5mm from Ray and DIYLedExpress.com I intermixed without issue. But I agree to buy a batch together for every project.
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: JonB256 on March 06, 2016, 06:49:52 AM
Or would this be a little better
http://www.ebay.com/itm/131638101000?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&var=431008754897&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

That audio cable looks pretty good. Stranded, 4-wire. Seems like a good price for a 250ft spool, too. 16gauge or 14gauge.
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: danj on March 06, 2016, 09:22:46 AM
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: ebrown19721972 on March 06, 2016, 09:50:37 AM
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...


I have a few coming from diyledexpress. I will also be making some custom extensions with pigtails i purchased from pixel sequencing
Title: Re: Pigtail extensions
Post by: Phrog30 on March 06, 2016, 11:10:41 AM
I have purchased waterproof connectors from DIYLEDexpress and from HolidayCoro.   We had torrential rains last Christmas and none of my connectors had any problems.   ....my two cents...
I wish I was that lucky. After Christmas I took a few cables that hadn't been touched. I connected each end and submerged in 2" of water, they all failed. So the point of failure is the connector, not any splice or joint that I created.

It's possible mine were part of a bad batch. Mine were all from HolidayCoro.

James

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