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Old 03-22-2018, 07:27 PM   #1
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electrical question

I am building a metal trellis. There will be 6 posts (I beams 8x8"x11'). Design call for wood fillers on each "open" side of I beam. There will be approx 3/8"+ space between metal and wood on both sides, LED strip light will be attached at the back of the beam and light should shine through, see sketch.
Electrician run 1/2" conduit from house to first Sono tube (trellis will be installed on concrete porch), then from first to second, from second to third etc.

It's up to me what type of light I install, it's is only decorative. What type would be the best? One or two LED strips per side? Or rope light? I do not have room for oversized driver at post, if driver will be used than must be in the house. I can fit double box. with cover at max.

My client is a amateur musician, the house has a top notch stereo system through the house, if there's a way to synchronize played music with colored LED lights.... would be great.

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Check the current draw for the LEDs you select. LEDs tend to be low voltage and higher current loads which implies a large wire size. You might want (need) a home run from the controller to each post. Just thinking that 1/2 conduit might be too small.
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Installation on progress. Setting posts was pita, zero tolerance for error. I just run 12/3 - it was about max for conduit in there and tight turns inside post holes. I will do some light testing on field and go from there....
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