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  1. Why do you bother turning them off? The LOR controllers, and all modern computers, are designed to be powered up 24x7.
  2. I have used various methods to turn my FM transmitter, outdoor speakers, and security lights on and off, and this year I found something new. It's a USB Controlled Power Strip. It uses a Windows command to turn individual outlets on and off. Last year I used X10 controllers, but they had a reliability problem last year, perhaps due to noise on the power line. After the transmitter didn't come on once or twice, I ended up turning it on manually and just leaving it on, which I don't like to do because I might be exceeding the FCC limits a little, and I didn't want anyone to complain during the day. I don't use an LOR controller because the FM transmitter is in the garage, and all the controllers are in the yard, next to the display fixtures. My audio amplifier is also in the garage, wired to outdoor speakers. I need those to switch off precisely when the show ends, because I play Christmas music over the radio for an hour after. I got the PowerUSB - Digital IO option, which connects to an Insteon I/O module. This will tell my home automation system to turn the outdoor security lights off during the show. I'm looking forward to more reliable control this season.
  3. I don't cut the + lead on my 5v pixel tree where I inject power. The Meanwell power supplies I use don't seem to care. Perhaps the 60' of ribbon wire isolating them makes it work.
  4. The fans on the PSU will push the warm air before it has a chance to rise. I would take the advice to route the fan output directly out so it doesn't circulate hot air. If you keep all the holes on the bottom then any water getting in will have a place to drain.
  5. I've been using 1/2 wave LEDs for years with very little fading problems. The only issue is that they will flicker when very dim, but that is fixed by adding "snubber" resistors, which I built into plugs.
  6. The price needs to be factored against quality and durability. I purchased the EDM-LCD-RDS-EP in 2009, have used it for 8 seasons, and it still sounds great! I paid $235, so if you divide that by the time I've been using it, it's less than $30/year. It's in the garage, connected with a cable to a vertical antenna on the roof.
  7. Red and amber LED's are about 2 volts. Green, blue, purple, white are about 3.5 volts. What this means if you remove 20 white bulbs (that are one series segment!), you can replace it with about 35 red bulbs (in one series segment). If you use less than 35, it will still probably work, but they may run hotter, which mean they may not last as long. If you have some sacrificial strings you can test, I would leave them plugged in overnight to see if they are still working the next day.
  8. Please note that this "all on" animation sequence needs to go in the "Musical" tab in the Show Editor, not in the "Animation" tab. If you accidentally put it in the "Animation" tab, it will play it at the same time as your musical sequences, which is not what you want! Musical sequences can only be placed in the Startup, Musical, or Shutdown tabs, or as a Jukebox or Soundboard sequence. However, an Animation sequence can be placed anywhere, including tabs along with Musical sequences.
  9. I could be wrong, but if the two channels are on different controllers, they may shimmer out of phase. This is something I'm going to have to try when I have a chance.
  10. It's not optimal, but what you could do is this: In the Pixel Editor, use "Sequence" -> "Migration Tools" -> "Import from Sequence Editor". This will turn your existing Sequence Editor effects into a movie in the Pixel Editor. Using the Pixel Editor, delete the movie effect from the portion of the sequence where you want to use the PE effects. Save the Intensity Data Remove the channels from the Sequence Editor file. You can do this using the "Remove prop channel data from Sequence Editor" tool in the Pixel Editor. This will give you the results you want, but the disadvantage is that if you want to modify those effects that you created in the Sequence Editor, you'll have to edit the backup file, then repeat the steps above. Another option "Plan B", is to install xLights/Nutcracker; re-do the Pixel Editor effects (because there isn't a way to convert from PE to Nutcracker); export the sequence as a Light-O-Rama clipboard file; then use the Sequence Editor to paste the Nutcracker sequence.
  11. I'm pretty sure that each output is switched to ground to turn it on (very rapidly, using PWM). This means that you can connect the positive lead of your lights to any positive voltage you want. The positive voltage doesn't have to be routed through the CMD16D (as long is there is voltage to power the card itself). Therefore, you could have lights of several different voltages using the same card (again, using a non-standard connection for the anode).
  12. There is also a third choice: A box that converts from LOR to DMX. Two products that do this are the iDMX1000 from LOR, or the ELOR from SanDevices.
  13. However, the original CCR controllers rapidly change the values they send to the strips in order to add 3 more bits to each pixel. Basically, it tweaks the firmware to add resolution to the hardware.
  14. I use a cheap Gemmy fog machine outside my front door during Halloween, with a home-made fog chiller (ice in a cooler). The first couple of years I did this, enough fog came in through the front door when we greeted the trick-or-treaters that it triggered our fire alarm! Since then, I learned to tape a plastic bag around the smoke detector in the hallway while the fog machine is being used.
  15. You want to get some AC79. It's a primer for silicone that makes it stick with superglue. I used it to glue a silicone RGB strip to Velcro strips, but it should also work to glue silicone to PVC.