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Diode LED
Engineered and Designed in the U.S.A.
“Voltage drop” is a gradual lessening of power through a wire over a long distance. The farther the light fixture is from the power source, the more voltage drop will occur. Voltage drop becomes a significant factor in any LED light installation when the distance between the lights and the power source is greater than 20 feet.
Voltage Drop
To minimize voltage drop, you can:
1. Use a thicker gauge wire (the lower the number, the heavier and thicker the wire) between the 12V-24V driver and the light.
2. Use multiple smaller power sources throughout a large installation.
3. Place the 12V-24V driver closer to the 12V-24V light by extending the wiring between 120V house power and the 12V or 24V driver, rather than between the 12V-24V driver and the light.
For optimum results, consult a qualified, licensed electrician prior to installation.

How Can Voltage Drop Affect An LED Lighting System?
Voltage drop is defined the amount of voltage loss that occurs through all or part of a circuit due to impedance. Wires, electrical components, and virtually anything carrying current will always have inherent resistance, or impedance, to current flow.

The importance of voltage drop for LED based lighting is that an LED requires a minimum amount of current to properly light. Less than the minimum current can cause an LED to flicker, operate less brightly, or shift in the color. This is often noticed in longer runs of LED tape light. The result is a perceivable shift in color or brightness difference in the LEDs on one end compared to the other.
How Can Customers Avoid Voltage Drop Effects With Diode LED Solutions?
This may be best demonstrated with a specific example using AVENUE 24™ Premium Tape Light. The specifications show that AVENUE 24™ can run up to 40 feet. Let’s make that work using the simple steps below.

1. Calculate the wattage required.
The specifications state that the AVENUE 24™ Premium Tape Light uses 2.09 Watts per foot. Diode LED tests the voltage drop within products and designates maximum runs. If you stay within the tested maximum run length, simply calculate the wattage per foot or per fixture to determine the proper driver capacity. The maximum run of 40 feet will require at least 83.6 Watts to properly power the AVENUE 24™ tape light array. (2.09 Watts per foot x 40 feet = 83.6 Watts)

2. Identify proper wire gage to run between the driver and LED luminaire.
Diode LED products will only work as specified provided there is 3% or less drop in voltage between the Driver and the LED lights. The degree of voltage drop is determined by four main factors: voltage input (12V or 24V), wire run length, wire gauge, and total fixture load used by the lighting (Watts & amps).

An electrician or installer can use the chart below to determine the proper wire gauge for the installation. If in our example the driver is installed 20 feet from the Avenue 24 Tape light the second chart shows that the correct wire gauge is 16 AWG.
How To Use The Wire Gauge Chart:
Choose the upper or lower chart based on a 12V or 24V driver.
Follow the column down from your wattage to the distance between the driver and LED luminaire in your installation.
The far left column will then show the wire gauge needed to deliver current with less than 3% voltage drop.
12V Voltage Drop and Wire Length Distance Chart
12V Voltage Drop & Wire Lingth Distance Chart
24V Voltage Drop and Wire Length Distance Chart
4V Voltage Drop & Wire Lingth Distance Chart

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AVENUE 24
Avenue 24 24V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Avenue 24 Voltage Drop Chart
BLAZE
Blaze 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Blaze Voltage Drop Chart
DAZZLE 24 RGB
Dazzle 24 24V RGB LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Dazzle 24 RGB Voltage Drop Chart
DAZZLE 24 RGBW
Dazzle 24 24V RGBW LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Dazzle 24 RGBW Voltage Drop Chart
DOUBLE BLAZE
Double Blaze 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Double Blaze Voltage Drop Chart
FLUID VIEW
Fluid View 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Blaze Voltage Drop Chart
HYDROLUME
Hydrolume LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Hydrolume Voltage Drop Chart
HYDROLUME PLUS
Hydrolume Plus LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Hydrolume Plus Voltage Drop Chart
K-RANGE 24
K-Range 24V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
K-Range Voltage Drop Chart
SIDEWINDER
Sidewinder 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Sidewinder Voltage Drop Chart
SIDEWINDER HD
Sidewinder High Density 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Sidewinder HD Voltage Drop Chart
ULTRA BLAZE 12V
Ultra Blaze 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Uktra Blaze 12V Voltage Drop Chart
ULTRA BLAZE 24V
Ultra Blaze 24V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Uktra Blaze 12V Voltage Drop Chart
VALENT
Valent 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Valent 12V Voltage Drop Chart
VALENT HD
Valent High Density 12V LED Tape Light Voltage Drop Chart
Uktra Blaze 12V Voltage Drop Chart
MULTI-CONDUCTOR WIRE
Multi-Conductor Wire - Black Multi-Conductor Wire - White
Multi-Conductor Wire offers the flexibility to accommodate large LED linear lighting installations. Whether you need to have two areas of a large room accented with full color LED lights that are on the same color controller, or you want to set up parallel runs of LED linear lighting, multi-conductor wire does the job. This wire is what you need for creating extensions between sections of strip and tape light, RGB light fixtures, and LED or DMX color controllers. This stranded wire is available in several gauges, and your choice of number of conductors to match the LED lighting type in your installation.
BLACK MULTI-CONDUCTOR WIRE AVAILABLE MARCH 2016
Gauge Color Conductors
18G Black 2
18G White 2
20G Black 2
20G White 2
20G Black 3
20G White 3
20G Black 4
20G White 4
20G White 5
per Foot
Item
Price
per Foot
DI-PVC2464-182MCB-001 $1.80
DI-PVC2464-182MCW-001 $0.90
DI-PVC2464-202MCB-001 $1.80
DI-PVC2464-202MCW-001 $0.90
DI-PVC2464-203MCB-001 $0.81
DI-PVC2464-203MCW-001 $2.10
DI-PVC2464-204MCB-001 $2.70
DI-PVC2464-204MCW-001 $1.80
DI-PVC2464-205MCW-001 $1.80
per
250' Spool Item
Pric
per 250' Spool
DI-PVC2464-182MCB-200 $450.00
DI-PVC2464-182MCW-200 $207.00
DI-PVC2464-202MCB-200 $450.00
DI-PVC2464-202MCW-200 $225.00
DI-PVC2464-203MCB-200 $202.50
DI-PVC2464-203MCW-200 $375.00
DI-PVC2464-204MCB-200 $675.00
DI-PVC2464-204MCW-200 $356.40
DI-PVC2464-205MCW-200 $356.40
TWO STRAND IN-WALL-RATED WIRE
DI-0825-F  DI-0824-F  DI-0825-S  DI-0824-S
Gauge Color
16G White
18G White
per Foot Item Price per Foot
DI-0825-F $1.08
DI-0824-F $0.90
per Spool Item Price per 250' Spool
DI-0825-S $243.00
DI-0824-S $207.00
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