POE Lighting

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Senior Member
Berkeley, CA
Maybe they are running 100 VA in 30 conductors simutaneously.
No, I got deep enough into the marketing speak to see where it says 300W per pair of 18 AWG wires. Then it says "NEC Article 725 / CEC Rule 16-200 Wiring Methods, Class 2 wiring practices (No Conduit, etc)" which is not very specific.

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Senior Member
Western NY
Facilities Manager
I run POE in my workplace, and at home, but only to power telephones and cameras and WiFi access points and similar devices that need ethernet connectivity.

The previous comment on significant residential market penetration for POE lighting ignores the fact that serious POE switches use a lot of power, and need a lot of cooling. The fans are loud, and the existing crop of switches need to be in temperature and humidity controlled environments. Where do you put such a switch in a home?


Technical Advisor
To me, it'll be a unique solution every time that depends (at least somewhat) on the level of integration/technology of the other systems in a house. There may very well be a data closet that houses other systems like A/V (lots of heat) and security that have similar requirements. To that end, if the space is designed correctly, the issues can be mitigated, just like in a commercial application.
For smaller residential projects, a case could be made for using Cisco's CDB switch which is designed for lighting applications (60w/port), is passively cooled, and is plenum rated. Also, no fans means dust isn't a factor. In the Sinclair Hotel, CDB switches were used for the guest rooms to kill the noise, limit the cost (8 ports vs 24, under $1000), and eliminate the need for a full data closet/rack.

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Senior Member
Pac NW
UPSs exist and people buy them to mitigate the effects of a power outage. I'll bet in every instance they've checked to see if they'd rather use (or are allowed to use) a diesel generator that requires testing every month and decided a UPS is a better solution. What's your point?
My second paragraph to Rock86 was a description of the node that runs a PoE fixture. Did you miss that section when you replied to me initially? Sorry you spent time laying out your flashlight knowledge and such, but I said there is no AC driver. There is a DC driver. It's called a node in several of the PoE systems on the market. Each node is custom programmed to tailor the current to the LED array. It is precisely an external LED ballast with an RJ45 connector. Here is a picture of an LED array for a PoE fixture. Pretty straight forward (and HE Williams has nearly 1000 different PoE light SKUs built exactly the same way, so apparently it's a thing). Clearly you know a bunch about the technical details for AC lighting and LEDs. Let me know if I can help you with the PoE control part.
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Not a whole lot of difference. So you have an AC input, DC output voltage source power supply which has its own idle power consumption and conversion losses. Then, you have a second layer of loss in the DC input, regulated current output LED ballast.

If the RJ45 output power supply is 90% efficient and DC input LED ballast is 85%, you're only getting 77% from plug to LED elements, not including copper losses in the RJ45. Both the power supply and the DC input LED ballast each have to have 95% or so efficiency to be on the same level of efficiency as better AC input LED apparatuses.