My question is straightforward, and NOT a duplicate post. This is meat & potatoes here, less on theory, more on practical application. I know you are all more knowledgeable than I am. Hoping for a quick answer (which doesn't theorize about Johnny or his appetite for apples).
I'm thinking of buying a non-PC power supply to do some stuff with LED light strips. I have read some about series and parallel connection options. I'm good as far as that goes. I can follow pictures/procedures. Here's what I have NOT found an answer to searching all across the web. My project might involve other devices and so my question is:
The power supply is 600W 12V 50A. This will exceed my total need. The question has to do with the number of terminals on the power supply itself. Here's a picture of it:
You'll notice it has 3 terminals +/- on the back.
At long last, my question: WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN THREE DEVICES?
As long as each and every device is rated for 12V (USA) and the total will not exceed maybe 400-450 watts tops (honestly, not sure how many amps will flow, but definitely under 50), can I rig up more than one device on each of the 3 terminals?
In my mind, I'm thinking I could strip wires and then just stack them on top of one another, considering and then deliberately choosing which terminal to use to try to "balance the load" <--- used here in a logistical sense, not just in terms of numbers of devices to be connected, but also in terms of "equal" power supply per terminal.
Essentially, I want to eliminate wall warts and power bricks. Simple. One plug in the wall, grounded, for everything. Can I do it?
Assuming ALL the components/devices are 12V, don't add up to 600W and won't push anywhere near 50 amps?
Let's say I have 7 or 8 devices, not necessarily just LED light strips. Can I do it? That's all I want to know. Additionally, does it help to try to evenly distribute the total across just 3 terminals?
If I CAN'T do it, can anyone tell me how to achieve my desired result? I've already considered the potential downsides if the power supply fails/cuts out or alternately decides to fry everything. To me, it's worth the risk.
I want to eliminate wall warts. I may buy a power supply so I can hook all sorts of stuff into it. Gentlemen, how should I proceed? No theory; just practice, please. I'm looking for confirmation, yes or no, that I can do what I want. If not, a pointer in the right direction, and thanks for reading my long-winded question!