Since a lot of people have been looking for help on their strip builds, I figured it’d probably be helpful to have a calculator just for this. Now that we’re seeing more and more of these systems being built, it has become apparent that running all strips in parallel is the way to go – it’s expandable, the math is easier for large numbers of strips, and wiring is less confusing, so I’m only doing this for parallel builds. Check out the parallel strip build tool below!
A few notes:
- Voltages are based on diode temps of 50C and Samsung strip voltage is based on A1 bin diodes.
- Lumen estimates for Samsung are based on S6 bin diodes
- The “MINIMUM HLG CV DRIVER” box spits out the smallest HLG series constant voltage driver you can get away with. Remember, you can always use a bigger driver as long as it’s the same voltage (e.g. – if you only need an HLG-100H-24, you could buy an HLG-320H-24 and run your strips just fine, with the ability to expand your system in the future).
- Please note – pay special attention to the “System Voltage” box. It’s important that you use a multimeter to check/adjust your driver so that it’s outputting this voltage, otherwise, you run the risk of overdriving your strips. If you have an “A” type driver, you can adjust the voltage potentiometer directly on the driver. If you have a “B” type driver, you can adjust this by turning down your external potentiometer.
- Be sure to split your wiring up if you’re using a big driver so you don’t exceed the current rating of your strip connectors. It’s far better to use Wagos than to daisy chain strips together with their built-in connectors.
Oh – if you’re mobile, try rotating your phone to landscape mode if the tool is looking screwy in portrait.