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« Reply #45 on: March 26, 2012, 01:17:48 AM »

Thanks Mike!!!! now ill have to send you a box !!!!
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« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2012, 06:59:51 AM »

Maybe when you're done with it you can pass it on to the next guy replacing his EL strips!

A box with a Woelke 16 track Erase head would do it!
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« Reply #47 on: December 09, 2013, 03:42:24 PM »

Thank you mike for this information. About to pull the trigger and order the same for our JH-556D

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« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2013, 04:22:06 PM »

Good luck with it! Let me know if I can help.

Also, I set it up so when the control room outboard rack is off, so is the EL strip power. It will help extend the life of the strips. No use having them on when you're not there.

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« Reply #49 on: December 09, 2013, 07:56:21 PM »

Great idea, I can tie into the 2-pin molex for the original 120vac supply.

I am going to order 80 ft. of tape, 3 rolls of seal tape, the SD-150 PSU (I would like to test each segment and each panel.) and enough NIC connector pairs.

All 56 + Meters and Sends Etc. I am estimating 150 strips.
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« Reply #50 on: December 09, 2013, 10:28:34 PM »

Here's from another post I wrote:

The light tape is 025 INT, Extreme Series Blue-Green 1/4". You will need about 1 foot per display on your console. But, order extra because there is some waste. On my 32 channel console I used approx. 47 feet.

You need 1 foot of the the 1" Extreme Series Blue-Green to illuminate the "MCI 500 Series" indicator.

2-Rolls of the End Seal Tape 1"

C-Nic Terminal pairs ( Pair=4 nics)  You would probably want to get 100 pairs.

After cutting, crimping and sealing each strip, make sure and test each as you go along. The small nic terminals, once crimped to the tape, have to "burn in" to make good contact. I had probably a dozen or so strips that did not work, so there is some waste. Some times only half of the strip will light.  I had to purchase additional terminals and one more roll of seal tape. I would get a dc inverter to test power the strips after you install the nic terminals.


 
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« Reply #51 on: December 22, 2013, 02:51:57 PM »

Got the Light Tape.

The first few strips I made only lit on one side,  I found that it takes a firm crimping to get the nic connectors all the way through the seal tape. Other than that, they look great!

Mike,  did you use anything like clear silicone to seal the nic connectors?
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« Reply #52 on: December 22, 2013, 03:41:51 PM »

No, I didn't seal them. It just seems that they had to "burn in". Yes, there's a bit of a learning curve, but it sounds like you're through it!

Keep checking in!
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« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2014, 04:01:35 PM »

Finally done installing Light Tape in our JH-556D and it looks amazing!
Thanks a ton Mike for the detailed information.
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« Reply #54 on: January 10, 2014, 04:48:43 PM »

Looks great! Good job!
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« Reply #55 on: April 26, 2014, 07:49:00 PM »

if i can ask westrek. on your triad step up transformer what number configuration did use to wire it
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« Reply #56 on: April 26, 2014, 09:01:37 PM »

Parallel on the input and series on the output. The stock LM output is 110v. The transformer steps it up to 220vac or so.

http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/410/VPS230-110-224197.pdf
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« Reply #57 on: April 26, 2014, 09:18:02 PM »

ok thanks
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« Reply #58 on: January 19, 2016, 02:36:31 AM »

Old thread but I got my meters working again this weekend (big deal since it is my console that was submerged in hurricane sandy). I bought a set of NOS el strips from Damir a while back and just started to install them. Only did the channel numbers (see the old and new side by side pic) and the master section but it looks awesome. I'll do the channel el strips when I get some time next weekend.
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