Light Tape Power Units

Light Tape® Smart Drivers™


Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure maximum performance and life of your Light Tape electroluminescent lamp.

General Guidelines

While durable, always treat Light Tape® with respect. Install lamp systems using only components approved under UL 879 for portable installations in dry locations.

In order to maximise the life and performance of your Light Tape® lamp, you should:

Never operate the lamp when it is in a coil. This will damage the phosphors and can destroy the lamp. Always uncoil before lighting. Never puncture or pierce the barrier lamination seal of the lamp. Moisture will damage the phosphors and cause the lamp not to light.

Never turn your lamp on when it is in direct sunlight. Exposure to direct sunlight when the lamp is on will shorten the life. Exposure to direct sunlight when the lamp is off will not cause any damage. We recommend using a photocell or timer when the lamp is installed in direct sunlight. Safety Guidelines:

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IMPORTANT! ALWAYS DISCONNECT POWER BEFORE SERVICING ANY ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT! WHEN WIRING, FOLLOW ALL LOCAL ELECTRICAL CODES.

ALL LAMPS MUST BE ENCLOSED BY UL APPROVED RIGID OR FLEXIBLE FACE SHEETS OR MOUNTING CHANNEL PER UL 879 AND INSTALLED TO ALLOW FOR EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION.

DO NOT MAKE LIGHT TAPE ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS IN THE RAIN OR WITH MOISTURE PRESENT. THERE SHOULD BE NO MOISTURE PRESENT IN CONNECTOR CAP OR AROUND ELECTRICAL CONNECTION WHEN SEALING.

SEAL THE OPEN ENDS OF THE LIGHT TAPE PER INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE INSTALLATION TO PREVENT CONTACT WITH MOISTURE.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO CREASE OR KINK THE LAMP AS IT WILL INCREASE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE LEADING TO LAMP FAILURE.

DO NOT OPERATE LAMP WITH OVERSIZED POWER SUPPLY. OVER CURRENT WILL DESTROY ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS.

NEVER USE A SCREWDRIVER OR OTHER SHARP OBJECT TO FORCE THE LAMP INTO TIGHT AREAS. ALWAYS HANDLE LIGHT TAPE WITH CARE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CALL ELECTRO-LUMINX BEFORE PROCEEDING.

Lighting Ballasts are designed to operate for years. In order to maximise life and reliability, the following guidelines should be followed:

1. Water and Moisture: Ballasts comply with UL 1012 and are rated for use in dry locations. They should be mounted inside NEMA 3R enclosures (or better) for damp, wet or exterior environments.
2. Mounting/Cooling: Smart Driver™ should be mounted vertically using mounting holes to allow for natural convection air flow and maximum cooling.
3. Operating Temperature: Ballasts should be mounted where maximum ambient temperatures do not exceed 185° F / 85° C. Normal operating temperatures would ideally not exceed 105° F/ 40° C.
4. Shock and Vibration: Ballasts are designed to industrial specifications but may be vulnerable to severe shock or vibration. In areas where excessive shock or movement occurs, it is recommended that vibration dampers, such as rubber grommets, be installed under the mounting screws.
5. Each LED circuit is restricted to Class 2 or the LPS (Limited Power Source) limits. The suitability or need for electrical enclosure and secondary wiring should be determined if single circuit power requirements exceed Class 2 or LPS limits.

General Information

1. Electroluminescent lamps do not have polarity (+ or -) and wires can be attached to either side of the lamp.
2. Light Tape lamps can be connected in parallel so that multiple lamps can operate from one power supply. We do not recommend connecting Light Tape in series.
3. Power supplies can operate remotely, preferably located indoors, and should never be located outdoors without a NEMA 3R enclosure. Maximum distance from the power supply to the lamp is 50 feet. However, power supplies can be located at a maximum distance of 150 feet from the lamp with proper shielding.
4. In some cases it may be necessary to use a dual conductor, shielded wire, and we recommend a minimum of 600 VAC rating on the wire. Always consult local electrical codes for official requirements.
5. All power supplies must be grounded by attaching 18g wire to metal mounting platform and connecting to the building’s grounding system. All ballasts come with a UL approved grounded detachable IEC cord set.

Smart Driver™ Operating / Adjustment Procedure

WARNING: DO NOT TURN ON POWER WHEN LAMP IS IN A COIL. PLEASE UNCOIL LAMP FIRST!

Smart Driver™ lighting ballasts are engineered to illuminate Light Tape®. Every power supply is factory tuned per the attached load to maximise Light Tape performance.

1. Verify that the total illuminated surface area of the Light Tape is within the specific operating range of the Smart Driver™.
2. Before use, adjust Smart Driver™ to the correct input voltage (120 / 230) if your unit is equipped with a voltage selector switch.
3. Ensure Smart Driver™ is in the off position and not connected to the power source.
4. Attach total Light Tape load to output connector with provided quick disconnect or wire segments together in a junction box. DO NOT attempt to power Smart Driver™ without attached Light Tape load.
5. Confirm Smart Driver™ is in low position, turn brightness adjustment knob counterclockwise until completely closed and at bottom of range.
6. Set Smart Driver™ switch in steady mode versus blink when first powering.
7. Check all connections carefully, and be sure to follow all local electrical codes.
8. Plug lighting power supply into power source.
9. Push the On button, turn brightness adjustment knob clockwise to increase brightness.


Tuning Smart Driver™ and Trouble Shooting Tips

A few guidelines to remember about your Smart Driver™ Lighting Ballast:

1. It is important that you operate Light Tape® and Smart Driver™ Lighting Ballasts within their parameters.
2. Over current will destroy electrical connections. 220 volts is mid range and recommended set point!
3. An external dimmer is provided on unit to control brightness.
4. Use a voltage meter to determine output volts / hertz.
5. Always set power supply output voltage per factory recommended setting:
* Low: 180 volts; Medium: 220 volts; High: 280 volts
6. We DO NOT recommend exceeding 300 volts for prolonged periods. Contact E-LLC if Smart Driver™ is operating outside of range.
7. Red LED indicates the following:
* Short Circuit Protection: Check wiring if light is on.
* Overload Protection: Verify that lamp area is acceptable, or for possible damage to lamp.
8. Always treat Light Tape and Smart Driver™ with care and respect as one would with any device where electrical current is present.



NOTE:

All Smart Driver™ Lighting Ballasts have an automatic overload protection designed to shut down at a certain output level. As output power exceeds 320 volts, the power supply will automatically shut down for the protection of the Light Tape® lamp. Under normal operating conditions, a GREEN LED will display that everything is operating normally. A RED LED is illuminated when the power supply exceeds recommended load per Light Tape attached or some abnormal condition exists.

For your convenience, a spare fuse is located in the ballast.

If the lighting power supply shuts down and the RED LED is illuminated, follow the directions below:

1. Shut the main power switch off and wait 15 seconds for indicating LED bulb to go out.
2. Turn the brightness adjustment knob slightly counterclockwise.
3. Push the On button, turn brightness adjustment knob clockwise to increase brightness, stopping before reaching the voltage where the unit automatically shuts down the previous attempt.
4. If the unit shuts down while turning the knob clockwise, start over with step 1 and do not increase the voltage quite as much when turning the knob clockwise. Repeat until you find maximum output allowed based on attached surface area.

AC 240v Power Units

Model Lamp Area Output Voltage Output Frequency Input Volts Input Amps Input Frequency
SD50 10 to 50 Sq.In 200 to 400 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 0.8 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD150 20 to 150 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 0.8 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD400 50 to 400 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 0.35 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD1000 400 to 1000 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 0.45 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD2000 1000 to 2000 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 2.25 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD4000 2000 to 4000 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 3.30 Amps 50/60 Hz
SD8000 4000 to 8000 Sq.In 200 to 300 VAC 500 to 800 Hz 220 VAC 4.50 Amps 50/60 Hz


DC 9v, 12v and 24v Power Units

Model Lamp Area Output Voltage Output Frequency Input Volts
DC 9V 1 to 33 Sq.In 225 to 250 VAC 1 Khz 9 VAC
DC 20 1 to 20 Sq.In 200 to 260 VAC 600 to 700 Hz 12 VAC
DC 50 20 to 50 Sq.In 200 to 260 VAC 600 to 700 Hz 12 VAC
DC 100 50 to 100 Sq.In 200 to 260 VAC 600 to 700 Hz 12 VAC
DC 150 50 to 150 Sq.In 200 to 260 VAC 600 to 700 Hz 12 VAC
DC 500 100 to 500 Sq.In 200 to 260 VAC 600 to 700 Hz 12 VAC
SD 1800 600 to 1800 Sq.In 250 to 350 VAC 500 to 1000 Hz 24 VAC