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LED Drivers for DMX Lighting

The DMX LED driver, used in controlling DMX LED lights, has been primarily used in theatrical or stage lighting in the past, but is also now being used more and more in architectural and other lighting uses. It can now be found in everything from Christmas light strings to electronic billboards. DMX, short for Digital Multiplex, has multiple control channels, with LED drivers for DMX lighting being offered here featuring 2, 3 and 4 control channels. You'll also find multiple (2, 3 and 4) LED outputs.

Most units here are 12-24 volts DC, although several are 50-watt AC units. Drivers are available in long plastic, long metal/plastic, square metal/plastic, long metal or square metal casings.


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Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 211D LED Lighting eldoLED LINEARdrive 211D Constant-Voltage Dimmable LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 8A, 12-24VDC, 0-10V, 1 control channel, constant voltage, 2x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: LIN211D1-LIN, LIN211D1-LOG

Our Price: $60.00
Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 212D LED Lighting eldoLED LINEARdrive 212D Constant-Voltage DMX LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 8A, 12-24VDC, DMX, 1 control channel, constant voltage, 2x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $60.00
Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 220D LED Lighting eldoLED LINEARdrive 220D Constant-Voltage DALI LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 8A, 12-24VDC, DALI, 2 control channels, constant voltage, 2x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $60.00
4-Channel 12-36VDC Constant-Voltage DMX512 Decoder, SR-2104FA DMX512 Constant-Voltage Decoder, 4-Channel, 480-Watt, 12-36VDC

DMX 512 Decoder, 24VDC, 480W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: SR-2104FA

Our Price: $60.00
Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 210D LED Lighting eldoLED LINEARdrive 210D Constant-Voltage DALI LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 8A, 12-24VDC, DALI, 1 control channel, constant voltage, 2x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: LIN210D

Our Price: $70.00
Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 222D LED Lighting eldoLED LINEARdrive 222D Constant-Voltage DMX LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 8A, 12-24VDC, DMX, 2 control channels, constant voltage, 2x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $70.00
LINEARdrive 100D - eldoLED Smooth Dimming LED Driver LED Lighting eldoled LINEARdrive 100D Constant-Voltage DMX LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 100W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: LIN100D

Our Price: $80.00
eldoLED LINEARdrive 180 D LED Lighting Sales eldoled LINEARdrive 180D Constant-Voltage DMX LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 180W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: LIN180D

Our Price: $80.00
POWERdrive 562A - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 562/A Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 50W, DMX/RDM, 3 control channels, constant current, 3x 55V outputs, square metal/plastic

Our Price: $86.00
POWERdrive 562S - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 562/S Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 50W, DMX/RDM, 3 control channels, constant current, 3x 55V outputs, square metal

Product Code: PW0562S

Our Price: $86.00
POWERdrive 561A - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 561/A Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

freely configurable keys and Bluetooth  connection to iOS and Android

Our Price: $88.00
POWERdrive 561S - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 561/S Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 50W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 55V outputs, square metal

Our Price: $89.00
POWERdrive 561M - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 561/M Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

devices (DALI Touch App).

Our Price: $96.00
Infinite colour control LED Drivers - LINEARdrive 720D LED Lighting eldoled LINEARdrive 720D Constant-Voltage DMX/RDM/DALI LED Driver

LINEARdrive DC, 720W, 48V, DMX/RDM and DALI, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Product Code: LIN720D

Our Price: $105.00

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LTECH DMX15024F4M1 Smooth Dimming RGBW LED Driver LED Lighting LTECH DMX 150 24 F4M1 Constant Voltage LED Driver

LED Intelligent RGBW Driver AC, 150W, DMX, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x 24V outputs, rectangular metal housing

Our Price: $108.20
LTECH DMX15012F4M1 Smooth Dimming RGBW LED Driver LED Lighting LTECH DMX 150 12 F4M1 Constant Voltage LED Driver

LED Intelligent RGBW Driver AC, 150W, DMX, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x 12V outputs, rectangular metal housing

Our Price: $108.20
Beyond colour Programmable LED Drivers - ECOdrive 15D LED Lighting eldoLED ECOdrive 15D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

ECOdrive DC, 15W, DMX, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $110.00
Beyond colour Programmable LED Drivers - ECOdrive 30D LED Lighting eldoLED ECOdrive 30D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

ECOdrive DC, 30W, DMX, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $110.00
Beyond colour Programmable LED Drivers - ECOdrive 45D LED Lighting eldoLED ECOdrive 45D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

ECOdrive DC, 45W, DMX, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $110.00
Beyond colour LED Drivers - POWERdrive 45D LED Lighting Supplies eldoLED POWERdrive 45D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive DC, 45W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $138.00
Beyond colour LED Drivers - POWERdrive 90D LED Lighting Supplies eldoLED POWERdrive 90D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive DC, 90W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $138.00
Beyond colour LED Drivers - POWERdrive 180D LED Lighting Supplies eldoLED POWERdrive 180D Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive DC, 180W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x LED outputs, plastic long

Our Price: $138.00
LINEARdrive 100M - eldoLED Smooth Dimming LED Driver LED Lighting eldoled LINEARdrive 100/M Constant-Voltage DMX LED Driver

LINEARdrive AC, 100W, DMX/DALI, UI, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x 12/24V outputs, long metal

Product Code: LIN100M

List Price: $215.00
Our Price: $180.00
Savings: $35.00
LINEARdrive 100S - eldoLED RGBW Smooth Dimming LED Driver eldoled LINEARdrive 100S Constant-Voltage DMX/DALI LED Driver

LINEARdrive AC, 100W, DMX/DALI, UI, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x 12/24V outputs, square metal

Product Code: LIN100S

List Price: $215.00
Our Price: $180.00
Savings: $35.00
POWERdrive 1061M - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 1061/M Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 100W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 57V outputs, long metal

Our Price: $185.00
POWERdrive 1061S - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 1061/S Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 100W, DMX/RDM, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 57V outputs, square metal

Our Price: $185.00
Beyond colour LED Drivers - POWERdrive 106M LED Lighting Supplies eldoLED POWERdrive 106/M Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 100W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 57V outputs, long metal

Our Price: $185.00
Beyond colour LED Drivers - POWERdrive 106S LED Lighting Supplies eldoLED POWERdrive 106/S Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 100W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 57V outputs, square metal

Our Price: $185.00
POWERdrive 1060A - eldoLED Flicker-Free LED Driver LED Lighting eldoLED POWERdrive 1060/A Constant-Current DMX LED Driver

POWERdrive AC, 100W, DMX/RDM/DALI, 4 control channels, constant current, 4x 57V outputs, long metal/plastic

Our Price: $208.00
LINEARdrive 100 A, LED drivers - LINEARdrive - 8 Amps const. volt. - 100A | eldoLED eldoLED Eldoled LINEARdrive 100/A DMX/DALI ED Driver, 100W

LINEARdrive AC, 100W, DMX/DALI, UI, 4 control channels, constant voltage, 4x 12/24V outputs, long metal / plastic

List Price: $250.00
Our Price: $210.00
Savings: $40.00
   
 

The Basics of DMX LED Lighting

Digital Multiplex, also referred to as DMX or DMX512, is a digital communication network protocol for data reception and transmission between controllers, drivers and outlying devices used to create special lighting effects. Originally designed for stage lighting and theatrical effects, DMX lighting systems have later been introduced by designers and lighting engineers to performance venues, architectural lighting, holiday lighting installations and even home lighting.

You can find DMX LED drivers acting as a control for decorative lighting, intelligent lighting, billboards and special-effect fog machines or weather lighting.

How Do DMX LED Drivers Work?

In a DMX network, a controller transmits a signal to one or more drivers. Those drivers transmit signals to the outlying devices. Hardware-only controllers do not connect to a computer, while many controllers act as a communication bridge between a computer and an RGBW DMX driver.

Communication in a traditional DMX512 lighting system is unidirectional. Data flows from the controller to a driver and then to the device. The devices, such as lighting devices, do not send data back to the controller.

A hardware controller will have a limited number of pre-assigned addresses to use. Controllers that connect to a computer can be assigned an address within specifications for the product.

Once you assign an address to a DMX driver, you can install it on the bus system (see "How To Set Up DMX LED Lighting System" below). The device under control connects to the DMX driver.

The development of the RDM protocol has expanded the capabilities of the DMX512, making it a bidirectional network in which controllers can not only send signals to outlying devices but also receive responses.

Constant-Current Vs. Constant-Voltage DMX Drivers

A constant-current DMX LED driver is built with a range of output voltages while having a fixed output of current. Devices of multiple voltage ratings can function on the bus, as long as they maintain the proper current.

Constant-voltage DMX drivers work on a single DC output voltage. The device will maintain the voltage, no matter how much current is flowing.

How To Set Up a DMX LED Lighting System

  • Determine the number of devices you will use.
  • Purchase an appropriate DMX controller.
  • Purchase appropriate DMX LED drivers.
  • Verify the best path for bus wires.
  • Install the components.
  • Wire the controller, drivers and devices.
  • Power up.

Begin by determining the number of fixtures or groups you need. That will help you calculate the size of the controller you need to run the system. Purchase the fixtures, taking possible wattage and bus runs into consideration.

Next, you will want to acquire your DMX controller. Hardware control will limit the number of fixtures you can control and are best for small systems. Using a controller as a communication bridge between computers and devices offers you more unique addresses that you can assign.

You will need drivers that will work with the controller. Begin by calculating the wattage for the device or group. That will help you shop for a proper DMX driver.

A major hurdle on most jobs is the path that your bus wires will take. You want to keep them away from electrical lines when possible to prevent interference. Local and national codes must also be applied.

For many, wireless products are an option. This will eliminate difficult runs and save on cable. At most, you will only have to wire for device power and the DMX driver to the device.

Use a cable that is rated to handle the run you have in mind. You will be wiring the system in a "daisy chain," meaning that the wire will go from the controller to your first driver. It will exit that driver and move to the next driver in your bus system.

Once you run the bus wire, you can return to each driver and wire it to the device or group under control. Each outlying device has instructions that provide the connection points for communication. Finally, you can run the wiring needed to power each outlying device or group.

Once you have completed your wiring, double-check your system to verify that addresses are assigned correctly and that the controller is sending a signal. Power up your DMX LED lighting system, confirming that the lighting or effects are working.

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Please note that LED drivers sold at LL-Sales can be programmed when ordering from us. That can save you time and provide less hassle out in the field!

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