So I’m getting this RGB+WW+CW single pixel strip and this WiFi controller I’m going to flash to ESPHome to control it, for some under counter lighting for now, and in the future probably additional accent/etc lighting around here and there.
However, the cupboards are in 2 sections, and while I suppose I could have 2 separate runs/sections, just makes sense to have a single one. So I’m looking around for some 6 conductor, preferably white jacked (or I’ll just get some white shrink tube and use that over top).
I found some 22/6 stranded already in white, some 18/6 solid but in brown, and some 18/6 stranded already in white (don’t need plenum, but that’s what this is), or this 18/6 in gray or white, whatever they send me, or 18/6 or 20/6 in black.
For length needed, I expect something like 3-5 feet, probably max, wherever I might need to have a split on the strip. And I don’t think I’ll need more than 1-2 meters on the other side of the wiring, which based on the description is peak 30W per meter, or ~2.5a per meter (12v). That’s worst case, I expect it to be probably closer to 15W per meter typical max, probably decently below that. So what gauge do you think I should get? I think the 5 individual color channels can be even smaller gauge, while the +12v would need to be the largest for worst-case. Or just have them all the same gauge would be easiest. I’m not too worried about voltage drop for distance, more that I don’t want to even come close to overheating/loading a wire and being a possible fire hazard.
And I can easily enough just buy separate wire and heatshrink tube and do it all by myself.
Past that, stranded or solid? I’m inclined towards solid, since once installed I won’t be moving anything around. And if I go solid, can I go slightly smaller, for overall smaller diameter?
All in all, I’m thinking I can probably just get the 18/6 solid in brown from above, and just get white heat-shrink to put over it. Or just get some 20 awg solid in 6 color, and the white heat-shrink and DIY? Or do you think I can get even crazier and go 22 awg solid? I think that’s getting too small myself, if I ever trend towards the upper end of possible power use, even if solid.