We had a great time at MACNA 2013! Thanks to those of you that stopped by the booth to see the MakersHEATSINK™, MakersDRIVER™, and MakersCONTROLLER™. Continue reading
In this post we compare the MakersDRIVER to 2 Meanwell ELN-60 LED drivers. The Meanwell ELN series has been a long used LED driver in many DIY LED builds.
The MakersDRIVER proved to be less expensive, have more control options, have cleaner wiring, and a more finished look. Look below to see for yourself…
You may be able to build an LED fixture for less cost than either of the above configurations, but it will be difficult to achieve the simplicity and finished look the MakersDRIVER brings to the MakersLED heatsink.
* Dependent on Forward Voltage of LEDs, Input voltage, drive current
The MakersCONTROLLER works in combination with MakersDRIVER(s) to create sunrise, sunset and other special effects throughout the day. Once the color ratios have been independently dialed in on the MakersDRIVER knobs, the MakersCONTROLLER scales the MakersDRIVER ratios up and down to match a user defined schedule…. Continue reading
We’ve had a few users asking if these multichip LEDs would work on the MakersLED Heatsink.
We decided to grab a 40mm and a 20mm wide multichip off eBay and put them to the test. The larger multi-chip LEDs require high forward voltages, so of course we decided to our new MakersDRIVER which has up to a 45V forward voltage.
As you can see in the pictures, our patent pending LED star mounting t-slots had no problem mounting these big guys down to the heatsink. We did put a dab of thermal grease down under the LED to make sure it was completely in contact with the heatsink.
We turned the LEDs waaaaay down with the MakersDRIVER to take these pics.
The MakersDRIVER utilizes an inexpensive 48V DC power source to drive up to 28 LEDs, a fan, and an optional controller. It provides 2 dimming channels, each capable of driving 14 LEDs. The MakersDRIVER incorporates user-replaceable Meanwell LDD series LED drivers. Dimming options include integrated knobs, 0-10V input, and a serial data interface.
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MakersDRIVER Board, Plastic Housing, Knobs
2 Meanwell LDD 1000mA LED Drivers
Stainless Docking Hardware
- Docks into the MakersLED Heatsink
- Drives up to 28 3v LEDs at 1000mA (45V available per channel)
- 2 channels of dimming (14 LEDs/channel)
- Manual Dimming Interface
- Multiple External Control options available:
- Accepts 0-10V DC Analog lighting control signal (compatible with DIM4)
- Data Interface with MakersCONTROLLER lighting controller (coming soon)
- Daisy chain multiple MakersDRIVERS for single point of control with timed dimming
- Powers one 12v Fan (no extra fan power supply needed!)
- Fan failure detection – Flashes LEDs to alert failure (if fan is detected upon start-up)
- Sockets provided for Meanwell LDD drivers allow for removal (upgrade and replacement)
- Includes 2 1000mA Meanwell LDD Drivers (Compatible with 700mA LDD drivers)
- Utilizes inexpensive 48V DC power supplies (not Included)
- Fused, Reverse polarity protection
- Docks into 1ft or greater MakersLED heatsinks with space for a fan
- 90 Day Warranty*
Heatsink, 48V Power Supply, Wire/cables, Fan, LEDs.
Specifications are subject to change. Estimated shipping date is April 17.
*Warranty:90 day limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. MakersLED LLC will determine the root cause of the defect, and your item may be repaired or replaced free of charge. Customers pay for shipping to our service location and we pay for the return shipment. Warranty does not cover failure caused by accident, misuse, abuse, alteration, or faulty installation.
Not comfortable with the idea of soldering? Try these new solder-less LEDs:
We have developed an LED star board that incorporates connectors for no-solder assembly with any wire length.
We have begun shipping MakersLED heatsinks with a clear anodized finish.
Overall, anodizing has helped us create a more consistent finish that is easier to clean and is much less vulnerable to scratches. Continue reading
It’s time to get your hands on a MakersLED heatsink and fab your own high end LED fixture while saving hundreds. Continue reading