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  1. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Hi all, I'm not new to LOR (I've been a member of the forums for a while and have shared videos and advice in the past on other topics), but I've got a new area I'm unfamiliar with. I'm hoping someone with experience can help me out. I'll save you guys some time reading through all of this and I'll list out my questions and concerns below. Pixel "Support" per controller. So... I see some controllers out there say something like "supports X Number pixels"... what does this generally mean? (Picture) The difference between a CCD (Cosmic Color Device) and Intelligent Ribbon (this) How this is managed in LOR S4... i.e. Pixel Editor, all that jazz. Please either reply here at your convenience or email me at GoldingLights@gmail.com Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    I'm hearing a lot of things between the Alphapix and the Falcon, but nothing much on the Pixcon 16... I'm thinking about the Pixcon 16 with some ribbon from HC (here), since it sounds like this is the most likely way to expand. What do people tend to use to sequence with these?
  3. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    I'm looking towards Holiday Coro for my pixels. I'm thinking of buying this controller and four or more of these ribbons to start. @OzAz -A prop I'm thinking of designing is a leaping water-esque thing with pixels. It looks like lots of leaping arches in a circular shape. Like a leaping arch-star!
  4. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Hi all, thanks again immensely to everyone who's responded - your feedback has been helpful! Let me refocus this real quick, though. I should have pre-framed this post with a notion that: (1) I'm not implementing this into my show for a while so i'm looking to do a single-prop setup currently. (2) I'm looking at buying up to 3-4 Smart RGB ribbons to start with, and expand from there. (3) If LOR sells everything I need for a decent price, I'll buy from them. If not, I'll aim for someone else who can meet my budget. Again, thanks to those of you who have responded kindly with so much information. I greatly appreciate everything you guys do (especially since you do it for free!). Based on the information I was given I'll post later what I've drafted as a reasonable purchase, with expenses as well, so that someone could review and double check me.
  5. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Thanks! Does the Pixcon 16 require a power supply? Does it come in an enclosure? Or does someone sell it pre-assembled? I know I have more questions coming soon.
  6. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Thank you! I'll keep hunting for more ribbons/lights to use. I appreciate your assistance - I know July/August can be the beginning of crunch time for some people. Thanks for your advice thus far. I look forward to getting this all together.
  7. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Thanks again Mr. P. As luck would have it, I'm not implementing this immediately into my show. I'm going to buy some to practice and master before it gets into a show. So let's say I'm buying the Pixcon 16 controller from LOR. Of the two offered in their store online, which would you recommend? This one? Or this one? Which one allows me to add on and expand easier? For the lights: Can I buy this to work with my LOR Controller? (here) Or should I buy from Holiday Coro? Other questions: Do I just daisy chain this controller into my current setup? I know I'm going to have more questions to ask soon.
  8. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Wow. Mr. P, that was a lot of great information. Thank you for all that you provided to me. This community is incredible in the amount of support and knowledge it contains. So my thanks, while brief, stretch wide and far and hold great weight. I'm truly honored to be able to reach out to the more wise people in this group for their continual support.
  9. Multiple house controller stand

    Holy cow! Looks like you're almost powering your a city! Great job, thanks for sharing.
  10. Light clubs in South Jersey

    I too am furthest from you but would love to be of any assistance as possible. Please feel free to ask me here or email me @ goldinglights@gmail.com. I'll try to respond as quick as I can... longer answers may require a bit more research. Thanks and best wishes! Ryan
  11. visualizer

    I always am extra safe about this so I consistently backup my files and backup those backups as well. I personally +1 the thumb drive experience as it should be relatively easy. Hope this helps.
  12. LOR contest results?

    As DevMike said above and in another thread - they're still many months out from announcing the winners. Welcome to the forums - I noticed you're newer to the forum. If you have any questions on anything, please, please ask!
  13. 2016 LOR Shining Bright Christmas Contest

    Alright, no worries. Just was curious. Thanks for the update.
  14. 2016 LOR Shining Bright Christmas Contest

    Anyone know when winners are announced?
  15. House property with a hill in front

    So I've seen some of the comments here and want to weigh in on my thoughts: Initially, I thought about using the hill as an opportunity for "preemptive" signage for viewers, should you consider taking this house. Then, I was thinking about how some have said, "make use!" and thought about how that would be accomplished while also incorporating some signage (at a minimum). This brought on a concept of leaping arches and mini trees. My main concern is the traffic backing up to the road if it's a "shared" entrance/exit driveway. That could get messy and LEOs would need to be there to ensure safety is preserved. As that would be costly, I recommend continuing the search a bit longer... I'm sure Santa will reveal an early gift soon.
  16. Lights

    Thanks for the clarification - I can see how we both could have taken it out of context. I apologize if I also came off as a dominant personality ... I'm not at all in such a place to be doing so.The knowledge I've shared and will continue to share has only been taught to me from people like you. People who are looking out for others. No hard feelings, it just put me off just a tad. Thanks for cleaning this up, I'm glad we could come to a happy conclusion. I'm sure we all have a perspective to share.
  17. Lights

    http://store.lightorama.com/shce.html Here's the link... Also, sir, your response I found was a bit ... rude maybe? You could've worded it a bit better. The clarification between controller types was necessary to me, because there was a confusion on language, at least in my perspective. If you noticed, I was looking for his response. AND, IF I was right, then it would have fallen into the category as I suggested. However, it left room for discussion and clarity on his end. The clarification I provided on language was a chance for me to understand what he was looking at so I could better assist. I needed the separation of controllers and then the terminology for light types so I could be of better assistance. But I'll "gladly" step out of the conversation... since I'm of no use apparently. Oh well, I'll go help someone else. No worries.
  18. Lights

    Let's do some clarification, for everyone. http://prntscr.com/f8jfy4 It sounds like this was what you bought, OP, correct? If so, then this is what you get: http://prntscr.com/f8jgp7 The "Base Package" includes a single 16 channel controller. To make things easier for everyone, I've broken the language down to simple words. A standard controller is a NON-RGB controller. It can run traditional lights only. (LED or incandescent) This package you bought is a standard controller - it can only operate traditional lights. You can buy other controller types as well though. You can buy dumb or smart RGB controllers. DUMB RGB CONTROLLERS: control the whole RGB strip at once - one color for the whole strip at a time. SMART RGB CONTROLLERS: control each PIXEL of the RGB strip...individually. There are other products that fall in the RGB category, but thinking of the RGB strips for right now is a good way to have a working understanding of the difference. Each RGB product is different, thus having different abilities to be chained together. DUMB RGB Strips, for instance, have two different options: 1) Put two full-length strips together and run the power cord (under 50 FEET) without experiencing any drop in power. 2) One full-length strip run with up to 100 FEET of power cord without running into a power issue. There ARE ways to fix power issues, though. This is a bit more advanced, however. To add these controllers to your show, you buy them from a vendor and DAISY CHAIN them to each other via an ethernet or ELL connection. Each controller needs to have it's own power and it's own connection to the chain. The ORDER they are connected in doesn't matter, so long as each one is given the proper ID. (We can talk about this later.) Does this make sense to everyone?
  19. Dumb rgb

    http://www1.lightorama.com/rgb-controllers/ http://www1.lightorama.com/dumb-pixels/ Look into these webpages as well.
  20. Lights

    Read the following links, then provide us with a little more context about what you bought so we can help you figure out what's best. http://www1.lightorama.com/smart-pixels/ http://www1.lightorama.com/dumb-pixels/ http://www1.lightorama.com/your-lights/
  21. Most TSO (Trans Siberian Orchestra) songs or ones by Mannheim Steamroller are classics to our family. We also have done "throwbacks" to classic movies like "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
  22. For Sale

    http://store.lightorama.com/ctb16pcpage.html Which one of these did you purchase?
  23. Sequence / Tip Sharing Web Site

    George, Santa, you both have been a tremendous help in helping me get started. Thank you for all that you do for this community. I hope I've become a little more helpful like you two have. I've learned a lot from just participating in the thread. I have offered in the past to those who contact me by email, but my main source of assistance has been in design and setup, not quite in the sequencing. (Which is totally fine, I'm not the best when it comes to sequencing tactics.) I hope to one day spread this knowledge for others. ( I might open a more in-depth part of my website up where I go into much larger detail of how to build my show's pieces. ) Thanks again for everything, you two!
  24. Cost of start up

    For RGB LED strips, I used PVC! I cut and soldered my RGB strips to length (based on where I could cut them) and ziptied the ribbon to the PVC frame. The PVC frame then was ziptied to staples hammered in along the window frame. We found cheaper elbows on Amazon and bought a bulk order. There was quite a bit of soldering involved (4 solders per corner, 3 corners to solder). To seal/waterproof, we used clear packaging tape in the corners. It allowed for the lighting to still shine through, while blocking water and dirt/dust. It survived the California storm, too. I understand how difficult it must be. Our 2014 season only used 2 16 channel controllers, 2 seasons later and we're expanding to a fifth controller. (2 RGBs and 3 standards). Please feel free to email me for more support or questions. Email is goldinglights@gmail.com https://sites.google.com/site/lightmaestros/media/2016-videos My videos here show how well it worked.
  25. Cost of start up

    On the topic of software: it's not just "what will work"... but what you're doing. What I mean by this is a couple of things: [1] How many controllers do you expect to use? [2] What do you need to use? http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-levels/ This will help you figure out what you need. I've heard that some people advise to just buy Advanced, as it will do everything you need. It's a one-time fee for starters, but you may need to renew the license down the road. The reason people have bought the Advanced license is to be able to expand their show without having to upgrade a license further (and paying more later). Yes, you'll be paying for more than you might use to start. Personally, I've started with Basic Plus and expanded to the Standard license. (Even the site mentions something along these lines!) Think about what you hope to learn or wish to learn how to do and how involved you want to be in the sequencing and programming. How much expansion do you predict could occur in the future? How much do you want to learn about? Consider this as you weigh your options. IF you're only doing one controller, I recommend just going with the Basic, since you're only using one controller. If you're going to grow your show larger, though, think about the other levels. For lighting your house and waterproofing connections: Depends on what you're using for lights. RGB Ribbons: I use silicone... it hasn't been a problem. Hope this helps.