You know, we'd love to be flies on the wall for the marketing meetings at some of these manufacturers.
"Let's make a great OLED TV and only give it USB 2.0 ports."
- Some LG product designer
There are a few solutions to this problem, but we want to know how you will use your lights first.
In general, any MediaLight Mk2 unit 1-4 meters long is below 500mA (the maximum for USB 2.0) even when set at 100% on the dimmer. Larger units will draw fewer amps when dimmed to specific levels.
For larger MediaLight strips we can send a free USB enhancer with your order (you need to request it first -- there's no charge if it's shipped with your order. If you request it after your order has shipped out, just pay postage -about $3 in the USA). The enhancer is not free with the LX1. However, we can add one to your order for only $5 ($8 if purchased after the fact). (The MediaLight, in general, includes more "stuff" extension cord, switch, remote, adapter, clips, etc. If we included all of it with the LX1, it would cost nearly as much as the MediaLight).
The enhancer combines the power of two USB 2.0 ports to provide up to 950mA of power -- the maximum draw of even the 6m Mk2 Flex at 100% brightness.
We've had some people ask "why not just include the power enhancer with every order, rather than require that we read the site?"
1) Most people don't need the power enhancer and we don't want to increase the price of MediaLight. We'd prefer to just provide the extra part for free on an as-needed basis.
2) Reading the site before buying is never a bad idea. We reckon that if more people read the site, we'd get fewer emails such as "why can't I get my MediaLight to change colors?"
Most of our customers, however, do poke around the site and read up, which is how you got here! Woohoo! Thorough folks like you know that our products are certified for accuracy and include comprehensive warranties that even cover botched installations. Thanks for reading this far!