Tis the season for tacky spooky Halloween props to be temporarily scattered around our yard.
How would you power ~20 ESP controllers, each with ~20-30 WS28xx LEDs scattered across ~7500 sqft? Each controller playing their own independent lighting effects.
Currently planning to run low voltage 12V AC landscape power transformer(s) and 14 AWG landscape wiring. Then for each controller, use small AC to DC regulator capable of at least 12VAC to 5V DC 2A. Can layout and position props so just a couple of landscape wires needed to run power.
I don’t have, or want to run, 120V AC outlets/extensions across the yard. Thinking to lay landscape wiring that I can spike attach (and remove later) each controller+light device.
Sound reasonable, or are there better/different options worth considering? I keep wondering whether anyone’s using Ethernet to run both power and data to many relatively low power consuming lights scattered around their yard?
Thinking stranded landscape wiring is more tolerant than solid core Ethernet in terms of being moved, removed, flexed and kinked. But then twisted pairs in Ethernet are better for carrying differentiated data signals. Could maybe run power and data if the devices could understand. Didn’t realize POE is DC because AC power interferes with data traffic, limiting distance can use for significant power.
Thinking about, and asking partly because Divsys recently shared interesting link about RS485 for long data lines Long Data lines - WLED Project