U Technology FAQ

Some of the most commonly asked questions can be found below. If your question isn't answered in the FAQ, feel free to contact us at info@utechnology.ca.

Why choose LED?

There are many reasons why LED lighting can be right for you. Here are some of the most important advantages of switching to LED:

Long Life - Our products are designed to last 35000+ hours.
Low wattage - LED products consume up to 80% less energy and product 5 times as much light/watt.
Safe - No mercury is added to LED products.

Why do I need drivers (power supplies) with LED lights?

LED lighting uses low voltage (12V or 24V), but the power coming from the line voltage of your house (power sockets) is typically 120V AC. Therefore, there is the need of a device to transform power from the higher 120V level down to 12V or 24V for the LED lights to operate properly.

What is the maximum tape run length per driver?

The maximum run length that we recommend is 5m (16.6 ft), equal to a full roll of UNITI SE flex tape.

How do I connect my RGB tape with a controller and driver?

We have an excellent tutorial video up on our Videos section of the website.

Are LED lights dimmable?

Our LED lights are compatible with a number of different dimming solutions. For any AC dimming options (eg. Lutron, Leviton, etc.) a TRIAC dimmer is required. Please see the Dimmable Drivers section of the website for more information.

How do I size (determine) the power supply I should use?

The desired load on the power supply is 40-60% for optimal efficiency. If you multiply the required wattage from your lights by 1.7, select the closest size power supply to that result.

What size/gauge of wire should I use?

Please refer to the U Technology Voltage Drop Guideline table. Link

How do I power more than 16.5 ft (1 roll) of tape?

See this link for wiring diagram details.

What is the difference between AC and DC Dimmable Power supplies?

AC and DC dimmable stickers can be found on all of our power supplies. These stickers refer to which side of the power supply the dimmer needs to be located in order for the system to function. See this PDF for a more in-depth explanation.