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Gordon Brinton

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Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« on: November 30, 2015, 04:41:12 am »

Is there any simple way to clean up this unsightly mess?

I want to either build or attach a distribution box onto the top bar, but I don't want a 15 foot cable hanging from the bar when I transport. I have considered a box with a Powercon connector like the Chauvet PowerStream 4 Splitter, but I need a fifth outlet for the wireless receiver.

Any other options out there for 120V US?
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 06:45:46 am »

Back when I had bars like that, I zip-tied one of these to each of them.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2015, 07:01:02 am »

Back when I had bars like that, I zip-tied one of these to each of them.
Similar idea here, but since the LED units need so little power, I just used a small black power strip zip tied to the bar.  I also leave the lights and bar as an assembly and carry them in a rolling trunk.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 07:01:43 am »

Is there any simple way to clean up this unsightly mess?

I want to either build or attach a distribution box onto the top bar, but I don't want a 15 foot cable hanging from the bar when I transport. I have considered a box with a Powercon connector like the Chauvet PowerStream 4 Splitter, but I need a fifth outlet for the wireless receiver.

Any other options out there for 120V US?
A black, 6 port, power bar mounted along the "back" of the top bar would be a cheap and reasonably tidy solution.
You could use stout cable ties to affix it.
Oh..I see someone beat me to it....by seconds  ;D
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2015, 09:04:10 am »

My LED lights have AC in and AC out on them. I have a collection of IEC and PowerCon power cords from 3' to 15' lengths so I can run one (or two) cords to the deck and use shorties to daisy chain the rest.  (Same for my DMX data cables.) Monoprice carries a large range of IEC cords.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2015, 09:34:36 am »

Those zip ties are a problem when cut off because of various complaints on sharp edges.  This weekend I was working on my subs and applied Automotive RTV black compound to cover the sharp metal edges on the screens that cover the speaker.   After it hardened up I feel this will be a good solution to the sharp edges on the cutoff tie raps that are long term.   
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2015, 10:25:12 am »

Those zip ties are a problem when cut off because of various complaints on sharp edges.  This weekend I was working on my subs and applied Automotive RTV black compound to cover the sharp metal edges on the screens that cover the speaker.   After it hardened up I feel this will be a good solution to the sharp edges on the cutoff tie raps that are long term.
Use a zip tie gun that cuts flush.  A sharp knife used right will also leave no sharp edges to cut you.  If all else fails use some heat to smooth them off.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2015, 11:34:41 am »

Those zip ties are a problem when cut off because of various complaints on sharp edges.  This weekend I was working on my subs and applied Automotive RTV black compound to cover the sharp metal edges on the screens that cover the speaker.   After it hardened up I feel this will be a good solution to the sharp edges on the cutoff tie raps that are long term.
There are cable ties that work more like a belt and cut much "safer"
Also, a nice sharp side cutter and file can make for a clean and safe cut cable tie.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2015, 12:56:11 am »

Those zip ties are a problem when cut off because of various complaints on sharp edges.  This weekend I was working on my subs and applied Automotive RTV black compound to cover the sharp metal edges on the screens that cover the speaker.   After it hardened up I feel this will be a good solution to the sharp edges on the cutoff tie raps that are long term.

Try Silicone tape. It only sticks to itself and does not leave a residue if you want to remove it later.  One brand name is Rescue Tape and a lot of showbiz supply houses stock it, but you can save money and buy the generic Silicone Tape almost anywhere.

I use silicone tape to secure short pieces of trick line to my cables so I can tie them up after I wrap them.

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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2015, 07:29:23 am »

Thomann do a special t-bar
 with built in power/dmx connectors spaced along the bar with powercon in/out at then ends. mabey someone does one with us outlets (although if you can get similar sized US outlets it could be easily modified).
http://www.thomann.de/gb/stairville_led_powerdmx_bar.htm
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2015, 04:52:03 pm »

I put an O-Clamp on the back of my quad box and clamp it to the top part of the T-Bar.  It has a 15' cord on it just so it will reach the ground with a little slack if needed.  I just take the clamp off when done.  I'll go grab it out the van and take a pic once the rain stops here.

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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2015, 02:29:47 pm »

Thomann do a special t-bar
 with built in power/dmx connectors spaced along the bar with powercon in/out at then ends. mabey someone does one with us outlets (although if you can get similar sized US outlets it could be easily modified).
http://www.thomann.de/gb/stairville_led_powerdmx_bar.htm
how is the DMX wired through these? opto isolated, or just split off with basically a Y connection?
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2015, 08:33:38 am »

Is there any simple way to clean up this unsightly mess?

I want to either build or attach a distribution box onto the top bar, but I don't want a 15 foot cable hanging from the bar when I transport. I have considered a box with a Powercon connector like the Chauvet PowerStream 4 Splitter, but I need a fifth outlet for the wireless receiver.

Any other options out there for 120V US?
We are getting ready to re-do our LED Par Bars.  We are running all of the DMX on the inside and we are adding a single Edison box to each with PowerCon in and out.  We are going to connect all of the electrical from each light to the power con.  1 DMX in, 1 DMX out and connect a Power Con each way.  Should look nice and neat.  I'll post a pic when we get one done.

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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2015, 01:27:42 pm »

how is the DMX wired through these? opto isolated, or just split off with basically a Y connection?
According to the reviews y split essentially, so just like the power connections.
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Re: Want to clean up power strip on LED light bar.
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2015, 02:34:56 pm »

According to the reviews y split essentially, so just like the power connections.
I forsee that causing a significant number of potential problems...
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