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How do I hook up a 12v led strip to my Power supply?

post #1 of 11
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Hey I just got a spool of rgb led from ebay, It came with a little controller box and a remote, out of the controller box , where a power adapter would go, is just two stripped wires.

So what cable/pins on my PSU should this connect to? Rather than guessing I'll ask you guys, thanks in advanced!

Here is a picture
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Here is a better diagram
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And some more info...
Led Strip
Color: RGB
LED Type: 5050 PLCC-6 SMT SMD LED (IP63 NO-Waterproof)
LED Quantity: 150 leds/5 Meter or 30 leds/Meter
Package: 1 X 5 Meters / Roll
View angle:120°
Working Input Voltage: 12VDC
Working Current/meter: 0.6A
Output power: 36W /5 Meter
Working Tempreture:-20° to 50°
Drive Mode:Contant Voltage
post #2 of 11
I would purchase a 6-pin power supply extension, then remove the following cables (Red):

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Then remove the green cables (but keep the pin's end!) and uncrimp the wire.

Put the 12v and the 0v of the LED power unit into the appropriate pin-end and put them back into the connector.
It will fit into a 6-pin slot of your PSU, and therefore turn on when your PSU powers up!
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post #3 of 11
......or use a crappy fan's wiring harness to plug into a molex fan adapter or sacrifice a fan adapter molex connector to plug directly into power supply . either way please solder if you can!
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A Red wire to Yellow and Black to Black (to Molex connector)
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks for all that, I will try it out. You think the led's + some fans are enough load to test my power supply? I know I shouldnt use the PSU with nothing connected.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Metalcrack View Post

......or use a crappy fan's wiring harness to plug into a molex fan adapter or sacrifice a fan adapter molex connector to plug directly into power supply . either way please solder if you can!

I would suggest this method
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post #7 of 11
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Yeah I can solder, So either I'll use the 6 pin or the fan connector off my PSU based on my needs. Most of these cables look like this (RED)(BLACK)(BLACK)(YELLOW) are both black cables ground?
post #8 of 11
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Yeah I can solder, So either I'll use the 6 pin or the fan connector off my PSU based on my needs. Most of these cables look like this (RED)(BLACK)(BLACK)(YELLOW) are both black cables ground?

Yes black wires are ground
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post #9 of 11
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thanks everyone!
post #10 of 11
Looks like similar minds think alike. I also ordered a LED strip on eBay too (cold white). Except I bought mine to use for my kitchen but if I have any extra I may use it for my rig. thumb.gif
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