I have a simple question (I think) but I haven't been able to find the answer.
I have 4 * 5m lengths of RGBW LED lighting, which is rated at 24V, 14.4W/m. This is the maximum power draw, assuming the Red, Green, Blue and White LEDs are powered.
I have looked at the current / AWG table, and 22AWG, assuming rather pessimistically a 20core cable (I don't know what the core count is of the cable I could buy, so I'm erring on the side of caution here) is rated for 2.1A. I make that ~50W through one cable; given the highest draw for each LED strip would be 72W, this is around ~18W per channel, which is well below the 50W figure. What I don't know is what about the common (black) cable? Will that be needed to support the full 72W as it is shared between R,G,B and W?
In addition, would voltage drop be an issue over an 8m run of this cable?
I hope this makes sense - basically, if it's safe and won't cause problems, I would prefer to use 22AWG cable. However, would this be asking for trouble, and I'd be better off with 18AWG? (I want to avoid 18AWG if I can as it's far less readily available and significantly more expensive).
Thanks in advance. I hope that is enough information to help!
The LED controller is: https://ltech-led.eu/en/d-series/1284-led-wand-controller-touch-d4-rgbw.html
It supports 4A per channel @24V for a total supply of up to 384W. I am intending to run four connections in parallel from the controller to the four strips (one run of cable per LED strip). I am using a 24V, 400W PSU designed for LED lighting.
I have 4 * 5m runs.
The PSU is connected into the controller, and then the LED strips to the output on the controller.