I'm using an Uno to control NeoPixels LED strips (60 per metre). These are powered with a 5V DC supply. Now, when using USB to power the Arduino it works lovely. However I want to move the Arduino into a standalone "installation" where I'll only want one power supply.
I've already got a 5V DC supply which outputs about 5.2V. What is the best way to power both the Arduino and the LEDs? I understand the need for at least 7V at the Arduino's voltage regulator input. Would my best bet be to get a 12V supply (or similar) and use a buck converter to power the LEDs? The total current draw could reach 3.6A but will be 400mA for the majority of the time.