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    Amateur radio, photography.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Was running with a Mr. Christmas and a friend who found out about it sold me his unused LOR gear.. The rest is history!
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  1. jtomason


    I work in information security, so I follow this sort of thing professionally. For passwords, I highly recommend you consider buying an application called “1Password”. It works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android and can sync passwords across those platforms for easy entry into web forms and phone apps. Best of all, it can generate highly secure passwords for you to use on high-value sites like PayPal and your bank. Next, ALWAYS verify the site you are on BEFORE you enter your password! One nice thing about 1Password is that it will not offer to send your password to a phony look-alike site. Lastly, do NOT click links in email that go to a site that asks for your password. If your bank or PayPal sends an email asking you to do something, go to your browser and surf to the site manually. FYI, credit cards have legal protections, debit cards DO NOT - you are at the mercy of the card issuer and provider (Bank and Visa/MC, for example). Most will mirror credit card protections but they do not have to. Same with ACH transfers. As for skimmers, well, once gas stations get on board with contactless payments, that problem will go away. Always use Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay whenever you can. As for me, I have a “burner” credit card used solely for the merchants that don’t take contactless payments and for online use only.
  2. jtomason

    50 watt flood not working

    Follow up - third try was the charm. This unit plugged in where desired and has been working fine for the past two nights. I added the previous unit to the beginning and end of the chain and immediately the Pixie2 and the working 50w flood dropped off the network. I want two more of these, so I hope they figure out the issue with the two that didn't work. I did swap power supplies first, but that didn't fix the issue, so apparently it wasn't a dirty power supply.
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    This is clear, not translucent white - would not have the same effect. They don't have the same diameters as the product that I think most of us are ordering - 2" OD, 1 3/4" ID - and they only sell 100' rolls. If you were making 10 arches, that might be worthwhile if the diameters didn't bother you. I didn't bother creating an account to see what the shipping cost would be for a 100' roll.
  4. jtomason

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    The strips you will get will have 3-pin connectors on each end. They sell extension cables with the same connectors. Don't forget to show us what you built!
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    Mine came on a freight truck so big it couldn't get down my street and deliver to me at curbside. I got four 9.5' sections, they were bundled together but not packaged in any way. The shipping charge stung, but I figured that they must have paid a lot more than going with UPS....
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    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    Yes. Assuming your controller had 4 ports, and assigned them DMX universe 1 through 4, then you could do it either way (let's assume your arches have 25 pixels each): 4 cable runs, 1 from each port to an arch: Arch #1 is DMX universe 1, curcuits 1-75 (each pixel will use 3 channels in your sequence - although LOR S4 will combine them). Arch 2 is DMX universe 2, circuit 1-75, etc, etc. 2 cable runs, 1 from port #1 to Arches 1 & 2, and then 1 from port #2 to Arches 3 & 4: Arch #1 is DMX universe 1, circuits 1-75, and Arch 2 is also DMX universe 1, but circuits 76-150. Arch 3 is DMX universe 2, 1-75 and Arch 4 is also universe 2 but 76-150. ..Think of DMX universes like IP subnets, if that helps, with the pixels as nodes on that subnet and the circuits as ports. The logical assignment looks like this, with sample addressing: PC: Pixel Controller: Pixel controller port 1: DMX universe 1 Pixels connected to Port 1: DMX universe 1, circuits 1-xxx. Pixel controller port 2: DMX universe 2, circuits 1-xxx Each pixel when configured in LOR has three "circuits" - one each for red, green, and blue. In the LOR network utility, you tell LOR where each universe is by IP address. So has universes 1-4, might have universes 5 & 6, etc. In the sequencer, you configure an RGB channel as DMX universe x, circuits a, b, and c. As a practical example, my first arch is connected to the pixel controller at It has 4 ports, DMX universe 1-4. The arch is connected to port #1, so: The first pixel is addressed as DMX universe 1, circuits 1-3. The second pixel is addressed as DMX universe 1, circuits 4-6. ...Etc. A "channel" in LOR terms can be any individual element. In the AC controller, a channel is one AC plug to which AC power is supplied to whatever is plugged into it - say a string of lights. For pixels, a channel is technically either the red, green, or blue element of the pixel node, but LOR allows you to group them together as a "logical channel" for each pixel. You will still sequence it at the R/G/B level, saying which color is on or off and the intensity at any given time. Here is part of a sequence showing my left arch - pixels 9-22 are visible in this portion, and I've expanded the RGB channels for Pixel 15. I've painted some of each color, and the "master" channel for the pixel shows the color that will result when this part of the sequence is reached. You fill in the colors on the grey RGB channels, and the black master channel updates to show you the result. This will be clearer once you get some experience working with it.
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    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    You could do that, or just two runs - one to one arch, daisy-chained to the next, and the other run to the other two arches.
  8. jtomason

    Pentatonix Up On The Housetop?

    Thanks! This will help a lot. The timings on this one are... Challenging.
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    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    I'm quite happy with it. The candy canes are a kit from them as well. I love them.
  10. jtomason

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    You can use an LOR controller which will connect in-line with your existing AC controllers: http://store.lightorama.com/newcococopac.html E1.31 would be more necessary if you weren't using LOR equipment already. You *can* use E1.31, but you don't have to. You might want to use an E1.31 controller that you found cheap, for example, or that offered more features. You might also just want to use E1.31 simply because it is based on TCP/IP over Ethernet and you are more comfortable with that. Pixel controllers that you would integrate into an LOR setup generally fall into two categories: 1. LOR's controllers - which connect to your existing AC controllers and look similar in Sequence Editor. 2. E1.31 controllers - which connect to your Ethernet network and are configured in Sequence Editor as DMX universes (and set up in the Network Editor, which tells LOR which DMX universe goes to the controller at a given IP address).
  11. Have a read here: Get an LOR pixel controller and pixels - they integrate on the same RS-485 network that the regular controllers work on.
  12. jtomason

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    My pleasure. If you have questions, ask. Lots of helpful and friendly folks here that are willing to help. I know it's a lot to absorb (and most people don't get into the complications of RGB to start!), so definitely go with the assumption that the only stupid question is the unasked one.
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    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    OK, then I'd recommend using LOR since you can get controllers for both. Start with one of the RGB packages here: http://store.lightorama.com/newcococopac.html You'll need a USB-RS-485 adapter to connect the PC to the controller and the S4 Sequencing Software: http://store.lightorama.com/spk800.html If you are pretty sure you'll want to add LED lights, you might combine the USB adapter, sequencing software, and a 16-channel controller into a package: http://store.lightorama.com/rese16chstpa.html. Otherwise, you can add that controller later. You'll also need to get the audio to your audience. You can use outdoor speakers and an amp, a low-powered FM radio transmitter, or both. For the speakers/amp, just find a solution you like. I use an old amp from Radio Shack and waterproof speakers I got from Best Buy. For the FM transmitter, LOR sells this one: http://store.lightorama.com/whhofmtr20.html ...but I (and many others here) prefer this: https://www.amazon.com/CZH-CZH-05B-Wireless-Broadcast-Transmitter/dp/B01JS39622/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1513803240&sr=8-3&keywords=CZH-05B
  14. jtomason

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    OK.. Then that's the first step - choosing a sequencing/display platform. Since you're on a Light-O-Rama forum, you're mostly going to find people who prefer their platform - and to be honest, while I know that there are others out there, I'm not well versed on them myself, so let's start with the assumption that you will want to use LOR. Do you want to control "regular" incandescent or LED lights (that plug into regular outlets) as well, or only pixels?
  15. jtomason

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    Are you using LOR controllers today? You are referring to the Visualizer. I don't actually use it, to be honest. I kinda see it in my head as I sequence it.