installation guide rgb led tape lighting

installation guide rgb led tape lighting
INSTALLATION GUIDE
RGB LED TAPE LIGHTING
Before you begin, read all warnings and installation instructions thoroughly.
Safety & Warnings
• Install in accordance with the National Electric Code and local regulations.
• This product is intended to be installed and serviced by a qualified,
licensed electrician.
• DO NOT connect tape directly to 120VAC power.
• To meet the tape light ETL Listing certification, tape light must be
powered with a compatible Class 2 DC constant voltage LED driver
(power supply).
• Each LED driver is unique and may require a proper load derating, which
is dependent to the installed ambient temperature environment. Refer
to each driver specification sheet for full power ratings & load deratings.
• Do not power tape light while attached to plastic spool or tightly coiled.
Excess heat may melt the spool and/or cause damage to the tape.
• Do not install tape light in direct sunlight.
• Packaging label will indicate if the enclosed tape light model is approved
for wet location installation. Do not submerse wet location tape in
liquids. Do not install near chemically treated water or salt water.
• Ensure applicable wire is installed between driver, fixture, and any
controls in between. When choosing wire, factor in voltage drop,
amperage rating, and type (in-wall rated, wet location rated, etc.).
Inadequate wire installation could overheat wires, and cause a fire.
• Tape light, attached wire leads, and additional extension cables,
connectors, etc., are not rated for in-wall installation unless otherwise
noted. Connectors have a Class 2 amp limit unless otherwise noted.
• Tape light must be handled with care. Excessive handling, bending, and
pressure may damage the product, voiding the warranty.
• Each tape light has a different power consumption rating and maximum
run length that must be individually wired to a compatible low voltage
(PWM) control or DMX decoder. Refer to the tape light packaging label
or specification sheet for further technical information.
Tape Light Handling
1.5 in.
Do not bend LED tape light to a
diameter less than 1.5 inches.
Do not fold or crease
LED tape light.
Do not bend LED tape light
on a horizontal plane.
Do not put excessive pressure on surface of
tape light (e.g. glass/acrylic panes etc.).
Installation
Prior to installation, ensure all components are a compatible system. Configure and pre-test your LED system prior to permanent installation to ensure all
components are operating correctly. Install in accordance with the NEC and local regulations.
1.Turn power OFF at the main breaker before servicing or installing this
product.
additional wiring and accessories to tape leads using applicable wire
nuts, DC connectors, etc.
2.Determine a well-ventilated, accessible location for the driver, RGB
controller or other accessories (DMX decoder, etc.). Ensure applicable
wire is installed between driver, fixture and any controls between.
5.Harness all wires with a plastic cable staple/wire harness, starting 2-4
inches from tape and every 4 feet thereafter. This will ensure connections
do not detach from tape from excess pressure.
3.a. Indoor Tape - Prior to cutting tape light, refer to ‘RGB CLICKTIGHT
Connectors’ on page 2 for connection information.
6.Connect compatible drivers and RGB lighting controls. See component
installation guides for detailed wiring connections.
b. Wet Location Tape - Cut tape at the scissors icon and seal all exposed
sections of tape with silicone sealant and end caps. See ‘Mounting - Wet
Location Tape Light’ on page 2 for sealing instructions.
7.Review the full system. Ensure all polarities are correct and connections
are secured.
4.Mount tape to desired surface. See ‘Mounting’ on pages 1 & 2. Attach
8.Turn power ON at the main breaker. If system is not functioning properly,
turn power OFF and see ‘Troubleshooting.’
Mounting
Indoor Tape Light
1.Install on a finished, smooth surface, away from direct sunlight. Clean
surface and let dry.
2.If utilizing tape light connectors, see page 2 prior to continuing. Remove
adhesive paper from the tape light to expose 3M™ adhesive.
3.Adhere tape to surface, working one end to the other to prevent air
pockets and raised sections. Utilize a clean rag between skin and tape
to resist oil transfer from skin to LEDs. Continue following the remaining
installation instructions.
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Mounting
Wet Location Tape Light
Wet location tape includes mounting clips and hardware to harness tape light to a desired surface. Wet location splice connectors and end caps are
also included. Utilize male and female wet location connectors to connect various cut lengths in series. Ensure not to exceed the maximum run limit
of the tape light. Do not submerse wet location tape in liquids. Do not install near chemically treated water or salt water. Do not install in direct sunlight.
Female
Male
All cut points must be sealed with
silicone adhesive (not included),
and wet location end caps.
Utilize female and male wet location
connectors to attach cut sections of
wet location tape in series.
Mount with included mounting clips
and screws. Silicone adhesive can also
be utilized to mount tape to surfaces.
RGB CLICKTIGHT™ Connectors
Cutting Tape Light
These instructions apply only to RGB CLICKTIGHT Connectors (does not apply to solid color CLICKTIGHT Connectors). Never cut tape attached to a live circuit.
1.Cut the tape at the line indicated with the scissors icon.

4.Close the CLICKTIGHT latch to ensure connection.
– –
+ +
5.When ready for mounting, peel off the 3M adhesive backing of the
tape and tear off along the connector tray edge.
2.Open the CLICKTIGHT latch and note the +/- polarity markings.
B
R
–
+
– –
+ +
G
V+
3.Firmly insert the tape light into the connector tray with the 3M
adhesive backing still intact to the tape. Ensure the contact/solder
points of the tape are directly underneath the metal placement tabs
of the connector. *CLICKTIGHT connectors have a Class 2 amperage
limit.
*All CLICKTIGHT accessories have a Class 2 amperage limit: 60W/5A @
12VDC; 96W/4A @ 24VDC. CLICKTIGHT connectors are not compatible
with wet location tape light. See ‘Troubleshooting’ for tape light
connector issues.
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+
See next page for example system diagrams.
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System Diagrams
The following diagrams are provided as example system designs. Installations larger than one spool of tape light require a DMX system
or RGB Zone Controller system (zone system not picture below). Contact technical support or see the product web page for additional
system examples. Always review each component installation guide for detailed and up-to-date wiring instructions.
RGB Plug-In Adapter System
Class 2 Low Voltage
Plug-In Adapter (Driver)
V+
V-
Adapter Splice
Cable - Female§
AC Power
50/60Hz
B
R
G
V+
Install applicable wire gauge / type
Insertion points for
DC extension cables
B
R
G
V+
Install applicable wire gauge / type
For small-scale RGB installations
RGB Color Controller****
(required for hard-wired
RGB controllers)
V+
G
R
B
L
L
N
N
G*
Input
RGB Hard-Wire System
For small-scale RGB installations
Output
RGB Strip Light / Fixture‡‡
V+
V+
V-
V-
RGB Color Controller****
AC Power
50/60Hz
Class 2 Low Voltage Driver***
Installed in Junction Box‡
V+
G
R
B
RGB Strip Light / Fixture‡‡
DMX System
For small or large-scale RGB installations
DMX Controller
Installed in Wall Box‡
Class 2 Low Voltage Driver**
Installed in Junction Box‡
N
N
G*
AC Power
50/60Hz
Power
Input
DMX Data
Output
Output
L
Input
L
Power input of DMX controllers may vary.
See DMX controller specifications to ensure
appropriate high or low voltage power input.
G
+
-
V+
V-
RJ45 Splice Cable
Wiring Connections
Brown
Ground
White/Orange
Data +
Orange
Data -
Install applicable wire gauge / type
CAT5 / Ethernet Cable (RJ45 Connections)
V-
V+
RJ45 Coupler
RJ45 Splice Cable
V+
V+
V-
CH1 - R
V+
R
CH2
CH3
G
B
V+
CH1
V+
R
CH2
CH3
CH4
G
B
W
CH2 - G
Data IN
Data OUT
V+
CH1
0-5 0-9 0-9
CH3 - B
CH4 - W
RGB Strip Light / Fixture‡‡
DMX Decoder
V-
V+
V+
V+
V-
CH1 - R
CH2 - G
Data IN
Data OUT
0-5 0-9 0-9
CH3 - B
CH4 - W
RGBW Strip Light / Fixture‡‡
DMX Decoder
CH4 - W connection only utilized for RGBW / RGB(X) installation.
See the last page for technical notes applicable to all system diagrams.
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System Diagram Technical Notes
* Driver may not require a fault ground connection. Refer to driver
specifications for additional information.
‡ Refer to driver or controller specifications for a compatible junction box.
*** Install a Class 2 constant voltage driver compatible with a low voltage
PWM controller/dimmer switch. Refer to each driver specification sheet for
full power ratings & load deratings.
§ See in-line accessories specifications for maximum amperage ratings.
‡‡ See fixture specifications for maximum series run limits.
**** Determine the number of low voltage outputs of the driver when
installing multiple PWM controllers/dimmer switches. No more than one PWM
controller/dimmer switch can be attached to a single output of the driver.
Troubleshooting
Prior to troubleshooting, ensure all items are a compatible system and main power is turned ON.
Shift in brightness and/or color
Review maximum series run limits. Exceeding these limits will cause excess
voltage drop, decreasing brightness and/or color as the run is extended.
Some LEDs are not functional
Ensure all connections have been properly attached. Ensure fixture has not
been bent excessively, which may cause components and solder to detach
from the circuit board.
Lights are flickering
Ensure a compatible driver is installed. Ensure the pre-set mode of the
color controller is not on a dynamic mode. Ensure Data +/- connections of
DMX systems are not reversed. If lights continue to flicker, check for loose
connections. Ensure tape light connectors are properly attached.
CLICKTIGHT Connector Troubleshooting
• Ensure compatible CLICKTIGHT models are attached. Tape lights vary
in width and require specific connectors. Contact your supplier for
additional information.
• Tape light is polarity sensitive. Ensure the +/- markings of the CLICKTIGHT
connector is aligned with the +/- markings of the tape. If polarity is
backwards, reverse the lead wire connection or detach tape from
CLICKTIGHT connector and reattach opposing end of tape to connector.
• If connection is not secure, pull tape out from the CLICKTIGHT connector
and trim any excess tape so the outer edges of contact/solder points are
flush with the end of the tape (see below). Insert trimmed end back into
CLICKTIGHT connector with the 3M adhesive backing still in tact to tape.
Lights are turning on/off repeatedly
Ensure driver is not overloaded. An overloaded driver will trip the internal
auto-reset (of driver) repeatedly, turning the system on/off.
Rev 2.2, 1/7/13
For additional troubleshooting information see the individual component installation guides. For additional questions and concerns
regarding installation, contact technical support. Please have all product part numbers on hand for fast and efficient technical assistance.
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