More Questions

This page contains some less-frequently asked questions about the SpriteDrive DMX32USB-xx. If you canít find the answer youíre looking for here, please email tech@spritedrive.com and we will be more than willing to help.

Can I use the DMX32USB-xx to drive things other than LEDs?
Will it drive 12V incandescent lamps?
Will it drive mains bulbs or fluorescent tubes?
Will it drive DC motors or solenoids or relays?
Will it drive motors at variable speed?
Will it drive the input of smoke machines etc?
How do the self resetting fuses work?
Do all 32 channels have to be used?
What happens if the DMX lead comes out or if for any reason the DMX signal stops?
Who would typically use the DMX32USB-xx?
Can you make me a special unit to drive different voltage devices etc?
Can you make me a special unit that will fit in the enclosure I am currently using and put my name on it?

Can I use the DMX32USB-xx to drive things other than LEDs?

Yes, but only if you know what you are doing and use additional components if required.
We will not guarantee the operation of units for anything other than driving LEDs

Will it drive 12V incandescent lamps?

Due to the high inrush current of these devices it is not recommended unless they are particularly small and are fitted with current limiting resistors.

Will it drive mains bulbs or fluorescent tubes?

No. It is meant to drive low voltage DC devices only.

Will it drive DC motors or solenoids or relays?

Yes, but you need to ensure that the "Back EMF" generated by the inductive load does not get to the controller. You need to know what you are doing and use "Catch Diodes".

Will it drive motors at variable speed?

Correctly connected and fitted compatible motors can be driven at variable speed in one direction only.

Will it drive the input of smoke machines etc?

Probably, but only if you know what you are doing and use additional components if required. An interposing relay can be useful in these applications.

How do the self resetting fuses work?

These devices get hot when excess current is flowing through them and turn into a high resistance. This limits the current and protects the circuitry. When the fault - or the power - is removed then the temperature drops and the device returns to its low resistance state. Note that you should not run with a tripped - hot - fuse for long periods of time since the heat will affect adjacent fuses which in turn may trip.

Do all 32 channels have to be used?

No, you could just use 1 but it would be a bit wasteful.

What happens if the DMX lead comes out or if for any reason the DMX signal stops?

The current state on the outputs of the DMX32USB-xx remain until refreshed or the power is removed.

Who would typically use the DMX32USB-xx?

Any lighting engineer or company that needs to control LED lighting will find the unit invaluable. It turns simple LEDs into intelligent ones that can be controlled via the DMX protocol.

Can you make me a special unit to drive different voltage devices etc?

Yes, but it may be better to try and use a standard DMX32USB-xx with additional components. If you need quite a few then email sales@spritedrive.com and we will give you a quote for bespoke units.

Can you make me a special unit that will fit in the enclosure I am currently using and put my name on it?

Yes. The quantities have to be worthwhile though.

For quantity pricing and other queries on the DMX32USB-xx please email sales@spritedrive.com

 

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