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Hello Everyone,

Does anybody know how many strands of 100 count LED's can be connected per channel? I'm looking into 2 100 count LED light strands per channel wrapped together for my mega tree. Would this be okay for all 16 channels per controller?

My first show will be next year, but trying to do all of my homework now. 

Thank you!

-H3RRS 

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Two 100 strands of led lights is nothing and can be handled easily. Look at the specs of the lights on the box, each CTB16 channel can handle 8 amps (960 watts) and with leds you're probably looking at 20 or more strands that can be connected.

I am taking it that this is a CTB16 controller correct?

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3 minutes ago, Mr. P said:

Two 100 strands of led lights is nothing and can be handled easily. Look at the specs of the lights on the box, each CTB16 channel can handle 8 amps (960 watts) and with leds you're probably looking at 20 or more strands that can be connected.

I am taking it that this is a CTB16 controller correct?

Hi Mr. P,

Yes, I will be purchasing the CTB16PC controllers. I'm using almost all LED's. I'm having a brain fart with my math, that's why I wanted to post and hear from the community to ensure I don't blow anything out. You're saying it's safe to say 10 light strands per channel will be safe for all 16 channels, if I were to add that many? (That's highly unlikely though).

-H3RRS

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1 minute ago, H3RRS said:

Hi Mr. P,

Yes, I will be purchasing the CTB16PC controllers. I'm using almost all LED's. I'm having a brain fart with my math, that's why I wanted to post and hear from the community to ensure I don't blow anything out. You're saying it's safe to say 10 light strands per channel will be safe for all 16 channels, if I were to add that many? (That's highly unlikely though).

-H3RRS

Sure is, I have several that have 12 strands with no problem. You would probably blow the fuse in the lights before you maxed a channel using leds.

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10 minutes ago, Mr. P said:

Sure is, I have several that have 12 strands with no problem. You would probably blow the fuse in the lights before you maxed a channel using leds.

You're the best! Thank you so much!

-H3RRS

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1 hour ago, H3RRS said:

Hello Everyone,

Does anybody know how many strands of 100 count LED's can be connected per channel? I'm looking into 2 100 count LED light strands per channel wrapped together for my mega tree. Would this be okay for all 16 channels per controller?

My first show will be next year, but trying to do all of my homework now. 

Thank you!

-H3RRS 

Look at your strands (paperwork). How many can it support end to end?  Each channel can easily support that number. (the fuse in the plug is usually 3-5A).  If the fuse is 3 A, you can probably support 2 SETS (or equiv) of maxed out strings per channel on a CTB16PC (assumes you don't do something to trap the heat inside)

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2 hours ago, TheDucks said:

Look at your strands (paperwork). How many can it support end to end?  Each channel can easily support that number. (the fuse in the plug is usually 3-5A).  If the fuse is 3 A, you can probably support 2 SETS (or equiv) of maxed out strings per channel on a CTB16PC (assumes you don't do something to trap the heat inside)

Can you clarify about the 3 A? Is this a common fuse or not so common and how many strands can I use per channel via 3 A? I have to check my lights to confirm what fuse. 

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46 minutes ago, H3RRS said:

Can you clarify about the 3 A? Is this a common fuse or not so common and how many strands can I use per channel via 3 A? I have to check my lights to confirm what fuse. 

There is usually a very small fuse in the plugin end of the string. If you read the box it usually states the max number of  strings you can plug together, that would normally be the limit of the fuse.

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I had LED C9’s all the way around my house on the same channel the last few years, no problem. Same with my LED icicle lights. All one channel. About 45 strands each. Now as said above, about 20 or so strands end-to-end for LEDS is common. I went both directions from plug starting point - so 2 runs on the same channel for each. Again, no problem. 

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1 hour ago, H3RRS said:

Can you clarify about the 3 A? Is this a common fuse or not so common and how many strands can I use per channel via 3 A? I have to check my lights to confirm what fuse. 

Mr P answered the basic. See the box (and sometimes the tag).  The fuse in the plug protects the wire from overload.  LEDs dray so little, that 1000 LEDs (10 strings) are easilly connected.

OTOH Mini lights, typically are limited to 300 bulbs Eto E

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