Want to extend the distance from your smart pixel controller port to the smart pixel string?  Sounds easy but there are several factors to consider.  Here’s a good place to sort things out.

 

Smart Pixel Device Max extension distance to first pixel (5vdc devices) Max extension distance to first pixel (12vdc devices) Extension available for LOR pixel strings (5vdc devices) Extension available for LOR pixel strings (12vdc devices)
Original Cosmic Color Bulb / Pixel / Ribbon
DO NOT EXTEND NA NA NA
Cosmic Color Controller II with Bulbs / Pixels
NA 25’ (Max*) NA Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

Cosmic Color Controller II with CCR-II Ribbons  NA 25’ (Max*) NA Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

Pixie 4/8/16
Generation 1

(No DIP Switches)
10’ (Max*) 25’ (Max*) Yes

(Extension – 5 Volt – 4 Pin – [color] – [length])

Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

Pixie 4/8/16
Generation 2

(With DIP Switches)
20’ (Max*) 50’ (Max*) Yes

(Extension – 5 Volt – 4 Pin – [color] – [length])

Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

PixCon16 V1.0 – V1.2 10’ (Max*) 25’ (Max*) Yes

(Extension – 5 Volt – 4 Pin – [color] – [length])

Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

PixCon16 V1.3
PixCon16 MKII V1.0
20’ (Max*) 50’ (Max*) Yes

(Extension – 5 Volt – 4 Pin – [color] – [length])

Yes

(Extension – 12 Volt – 3 Pin – [color] – [length])

 

* Maximum theoretical permitted distance to the first pixel to ensure data integrity using WS2801 or WS2811 drivers. Real word distances can be much shorter and are dependent on type of wire used, temperature, pixel driver chipset, number of connectors, number of pixels, and other factors. This is not a defect with the product.

Voltage drop may occur and pixel color can be effected. This is not a problem with the extension, it is a distance issue.

Adding extensions increases resistance which will increase the amperage load on the controller. All LOR pixel controllers are rated to 4A at any voltage. Exceeding the amperage rating of a port can damage the board and is not covered under warranty.

If you experience any issues with pixels and are using one or more extensions, remove them and test again.  If the product begins to work, there is nothing wrong with your pixels or controllers – you simply have too long of an extension for your environment.

LOR Pixel Extensions are designed to work with LOR products ONLY.  Pixel Extensions may not be compatible with other manufacturers devices or strings.  User assumes all risk.