I am finishing my basement and would like to do 2 sets of LED strip lights. One will go in a small 4x8 room under my stairs, another a large theater room 13' x 15'. I am a beginner when it comes to electrical wiring, but usually not afraid to tackle something and learn something new.
I have been reading a lot online trying to figure out how to put this together and wanted to run my thoughts by the exchange and see if i'm on track, and ask for a few recommendations.
I'm looking at using some lights like this:
From my research, If I want to wire directly from my circuit breaker box, I need to buy one of these, but I'm not sure how many watt to buy? My plan is to just stick this in my utility room right by my circuit box.
Here is a rough sketch of what I think I'm going to do. I just want someone to tell me if this is right?
Just to outline my questions:
- What watt power transformer should I be using?
- Can I run 14 gauge wire directly from a circuit 15 amp breaker to the transformer?
- Can I plug in all 5 circuits of LED strips on top of each other to the output of the transformer?
- Is this the recommended way of doing what I'm trying to accomplish?
- I would also like to add a on/off switch, do they make a wall switch for 12v?
- Can low volt wires come right out of the wall, or do they need a junction box before being connected to the LED strip lights?
*New Question 7. After some additional reading last night I saw that the cheap LED strips on Amazon can get very hot? I plan to light a children's room under my stairs with a very low ceiling. I also read that more expensive lights should not get as hot? My main reason for choosing LED lights was for low heat in a confined area. Dose anyone have any experience with the heat output of these lights?