Bill of Materials (BOM)
Dank Light Co.
DIY 8 Lightstrip LED Build
to this BOM.
Please review that page for information on
completing your build.
Example (Best): EZ-Connect Heatsink from Dank Light Co. ($19.99 - $24.99)
Example (Good): Heatsinkusa.com 2.079” profile (Price ~$17.10/heatsink (45”), ~$17.48/heatsink (46”)
HeatsinkUSA.com 2.079" Profile
1) 8 Heatsinks @ 44.25” x 2” (Minimum Length and Width)
2) Order 45” and have them cut to 44.25” if you plan to use the same holes at the end of the PCB to mount the Heatsink AND PCB directly to the frame.
2a) Alternatively you can order 46” and cut to 45.25” and drill separate holes in the heatsink to mount the heatsink to the frame.
3) NOTE: We also recommend using thermal grease for the best thermal conductivity.
SEE IMPORTANT BUILD NOTES REGARDING HEATSINKS
Example (Best): Thermal Grease (Price: ~$13.99)
Thermal Grease - Amazon
2) DRIVERS (SERIES)
Example (Good): 2 x Meanwell HLG 320H-C1400B (Price ~$85-90/driver)
- Each driver powers up to 4 strips in Series up to 1.4 amps each
Example (Better): 3 x Meanwell HLG 240H-C1750B (Price ~$62-70/driver)
HLG 240h-C1750b Distributors
- Each driver powers up to 3 strips in Series up to 1.75 amps each
Example (Big Build): 2 x Meanwell HLG 480H-C1750B (Price: ~$135 - $150/driver)
HLG 480h-C1750b Distributors
- Each driver powers 4 - 5 strips in Series up to 1.75 amps each
Recommended for 10 strip or greater builds
2A) DRIVERS (PARALLEL)
Example (Good): 1 x Meanwell HLG 600H-48B (Price ~$180/driver)
HLG 600h-48b Distributors
- Each driver will power 8 strips up to 1.5 amps each
- NEVER RUN LESS THAN 6 STRIPS on this driver or you will exceed max current per strip
Example (Better): 2 x Meanwell HLG 320H-48B (Price ~$85-90/driver)
HLG 320h-48b Distributors
- Each driver will power 4 strips up to 1.675 amps each
- NEVER RUN LESS THAN 4 STRIPS on this driver or you will exceed max current per strip
Example (Big Build): 2 x Meanwell HLG 480h-48b (Price: ~$134 - $152/driver)
HLG 480h-48b Distributors
- This driver will power 5 strips up to 2 amps each (Requiring heatsinks bigger than the Heatsink USA 2.079 profile and/or active cooling)
- Recommended for Builds with 10 or more strips
NEVER RUN LESS THAN 5 STRIPS on this driver or you will exceed max current per strip
For a typical 8 strip light to cover a 4 x 4 to 5 x 5 area, you will need 2 Pcs of Frame Material @ 44” - 48” length.
Example (Best): EZ-Connect Frame Kit from Dank Light Co. (Price: $34.99)
EZ-Connect Frame Kit
Example (Good): Angle Aluminum (Price ~ $12.00/8’ piece)
Angle Aluminum from OrangeAluminum.com
Example (Better): T-Slot Extrusion (Price: ~$12.00/4’ piece)
T-Slot Extrusion from OrangeAluminum.com
You will also need the required T-slot nuts
T-Slot Nuts from OrangeAluminum.com
….and 4mm x 20mm bolts
T-Slot Bolts (4mm) by OrangeAluminum.com
Example (Good): 22ga Solid Core (Price ~ $15.99)
22ga. Solid Core Wire - Amazon
Example (Better): 18ga Solid Core (Price ~ $29.99)
18ga. Solid Core Wire - Amazon
5) WIRE CONNECTORS:
Example (Good): Solderless Lever nuts (Price: ~$20)
Solderless Lever Nuts - Amazon
Example (Better): Wago Solderless Lever nuts (Price ~ $20)
Wago Solderless Lever Nuts - Amazon
While we like the quality Wago offers, this kit contains far fewer lever nuts than the “good” choice above which will work just fine.
Example (Better): IP67 Waterproof Wire Connectors (Price: ~$9.99)
IP67 Waterproof Wire Connectors - Amazon
6) CONNECTING HARDWARE:
See BUILD NOTES regarding connecting hardware
7) MISCELLANEOUS PARTS:
An unterminated power cord is the only required item in the list below. The other items are simply ways of improving the look and quality of your build.
Example: Unterminated Power Cord (Required: Price: ~$7.80 )
Unterminated Power Cord - Amazon
Example (Good): Dimmer (Price: ~ $2)
100K Audio Taper Potentiometer Dimmer - Radio Shack
Example (Better): Dimmer (Price: ~ $6)
Cased Potentiometer Dimmer - RapidLED.com
We recommend buying a dimmer switch if you buy any of the “B” series dimmable Meanwell drivers. A dimmer is NOT required with non-dimmable, A series Meanwell drivers.
Example: LCD Display (Voltage, Current and Watts)
Example: On/Off Switch: (Not mandatory: Price: ~$6.75)
On/Off Rocker Switch - Amazon
Example: Junction Box (Various Sizes): (Not mandatory: Price: ~$11.49)
Junction Box - Amazon
Example: Cable Gland Nuts: (Not Mandatory: Price: ~$9.98)
Cable Gland Nut Kit - Amazon
Cable Glands are typically used in junction boxes as a way to pass/hold wires running from the outside of a junction box to the inside.
Example: 3-Pole T-Type Cable Connector : (Not Mandatory: Price: ~$10.99)
3-Pole T-Type Cable Connector
Example: Grow Light Ratchet Rope Hangers
Grow Light Rope Hangers
Example: Zip Ties OMG! Don't forget the zip ties!! Lol! Can't tell you how many times these have come in handy on a build!!
For more ideas on using junction boxes, power switches, cable gland nuts, etc to spruce up your Dank Light Co. build we recommend checking out: