A PoE++ (802.3bt Type 4) based LED strip driverDesigned by Obtainium Consulting in United States of America
What is it? Lightkraken is a PoE++ (802.3bt Type 4) powered LED strip driver. Up to 70W of power+data through a single standard Cat5 network cable Supports ArtNet and E1.13 protocols Supports most c…Read More…
Lightkraken is a PoE++ (802.3bt Type 4) powered LED strip driver.
Nothing like it exists yet on the open market.
PoE++ support, meaning up to 70W of power delivery vs standard PoE which is limited to 25W.
Fully compatible with switches which support the following PoE standards:
PoE++ switches are still rare, but I have tested the following switches:
There is a 3-position switch on the board which allows you to select the output voltage. Left position is 5.4V, middle is 12V and right position is 23.5V.
If you drive your LEDs at 25W or higher it is recommended to install a fan as the DC/DC conversion section on the board can become rather hot without one (I measured 100C/212F in open air, this will be much higher in an enclosed space). The board comes with a standard JST XH2.54-2P fan header, readily available 30x30mm fans work fine. Optionally you can purchase a 3D printed cased with the fan already mounted. Make sure that the voltage of the fan matches the voltage of the LED strips you use.
54W@5V and 70W@12V is not a lot in the grand scheme of things. While Lightkraken supports up to 5 universes per output, don't expect to be able to drive LEDs at full brightness using this configuration. Realistically expect 1 universe (~256 LEDs) per Lightkraken device at full brightness. I have tested one of these LED arrays successfully on the above mentioned POE-171A-95 switch for several weeks. YMMV will vary of course as all LEDs out there vary in specifications.
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Christopher | Jan. 27, 2021
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