TRIAC dimmable vs FilmGrade™ power supplies for LED strip
Question: I am looking to purchase the CENTRIC HOME™ LED strip lights in 24 volts (PN 3004.27), and I see that for a dimmable setup, the TRIAC dimmable power supply is recommended. For my setup, I'm looking for a plug-in power supply, and it seems the FilmGrade™ 24V power supply (PN 3092) might work. Is this compatible with the 24V CENTRIC HOME™ LED strip lights? Will it have the same brightness?
The CENTRIC HOME™ LED strip lights are indeed compatible with both the TRIAC dimmable as well as the FilmGrade power supply units. Both power supply options provide the same level of power and brightness, so once installed, you will not see any differences in terms of the light output of the LED strip lights.
The primary advantage of the TRIAC dimmable power supply is the ability to incorporate dimming from a traditional wall-dimmer. This approach will typically require hard-wiring to the in-wall wiring and may require an electrician's assistance. Here is a wiring diagram for this approach.
On the other hand, the FilmGrade power supply units are designed to plug into any standard wall receptacle. This is a great option for less permanent installations where you want to avoid having to deal with any in-wall wiring. Here is a wiring diagram for this approach. Keep in mind that using the FilmGrade power supply will not allow you to use a traditional wall-dimmer. If dimmability is required, you will want to instead incorporate the FilmGrade™ Flicker-Free LED Dimmer (PN 3081), which should be connected between the power supply and the LED strip.