JST SM Connectors

All ENTTEC pixel strip comes with pre-soldered JST SM connectors. These connectors are intended for quickly testing reels or short sections at low intensity to ensure the strip has not been damaged in transit prior to installation. These connectors are not designed for running multiple strips at full power - The JST SM connectors have a 3AMP rating.


When undertaking an installation, cable seven connectors should be selected with sufficient cross-sectional area for the current your installation requires, ensuring headroom for increased temperature or inrush current is factored in. For more information on this, please see our Recommended Cabling guide.


When installing your strip, we recommend de-soldering the cables provided after the strip has been tested or cutting off the first pixel and soldering a cable line that is rated to suit your installation requirement or higher.


If you are looking to make a modular system with pluggable connectors, we recommend using 4pin XLR for touring applications (Max. draw 10A) or the Amphenol AT series connectors for robust outdoor connection, ensuring good cable retention and stranded cable of a sufficient cross-sectional area to handle your system’s current requirement.

 

Identifying Data, GND & Power

There is no standard for cable colouring when it comes to LED tape. Different manufacturers will use whatever colours for each. The wire is interchangeable, so they have a lot of freedom in what they want to use. Please refer to the documentation for your tape to know which lines are which. 


All ENTTEC strip features markings next to each cut-off point which is which.

  • DI (Data In) or DO (Data Out)
  • GND (0V Ground)
  • 5+/12+/24+ (Power) depending on the power requirements for the tape.