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    upgrading 110/220V Ac controller to DC

    The half wave strings will burn like bacon.... Canac ???? Here boy. Here boy..... 😁
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    upgrading 110/220V Ac controller to DC

    Confused... triacs only work on a.c.. and the optocoupler that comes with the board is NOT zero crossing... The power transformer on the board will ONLY work with AC. Technically a triac will work in a dc circuit HOWEVER only one side of the bidirectional SCR pair will be used THEREFOR the triac will need to be de-rated to1/2 of its rated output.
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    HEADLIGHTS !! voice file

    Greetings All ! I'm looking for a voice file that would ask people that are watching the show to please pull over to the side of the road, and turn off their headlights (but leave their park lamps on so other cars can see them). I Can make the file, but have a somewhat gruff sounding voice (would most likely scare ppl away......)
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    Sound outputs music & voice to different speakersI

    Anything that can be converted to digital (mp3's for example) can be converted to multi-channel. With that said, you will need a preamp (or integrated) that will do true Dolby Digital 5.1 (6.1 is a bit harder). 5.1 the center speaker is encoded by phasing the left vocal and right vocal to each channel out of phase with each other, (both go to each channel but create a null IN the null envelope there is a trigger frequency around 25khz that tells the decoder to throw one channels input to the decoder out of phase ), the decode process this re-phased left and right as the vocal track and outputs it to the centre channel, causing the vocals to "pop out" at the center. rear left and rear right are done with the same idea, however the processing uses summed phase angle with small inversions of phase to create them from the original source. You can do a simple center speaker by attaching a 3rd speaker to ONLY the POSITIVE outputs of the Left and Right channels... THEN using a stereo mixing console use the voice source into TWO MIXER INPUTS, BUT ONE OF THEM IS OUT OF PHASE WITH THE OTHER... (reverse the + & - of ONE CHANNEL ONLY, THIS IS THE INPUT TO THE MIXER...). pan ONE channel to the left, the OTHER to the right. the volume of the voice source, is SLIGHTLY QUIETER THAN THE REST OF THE PROGRAM. once heard in the final mix, the two channels ( L & R ) WILL CAUSE A BRIDGED output effect on the speaker outputs, the voice track will "pop out" of the centre speaker at a louder volume (since it is perceiving that it has 2x the power (bridged) from the amp, it will be 3db louder than the original recording into the left and right channels.. you will still hear the voice in the original left and right however, it will be buried in the song mix, only the center speaker will have a louder voice... simple 3 speaker systems where used back in the 70's for "rear speakers" on many home stereos of the time period, the zenith "allegro" console is a good example of this the switch above the "bass" fader "2 on 2 Matrix" is what Zenith called it........
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    Wireless extension cords

    Telsa "Everything is light"..... Here's one for the file... Photons do NOT move... the Universe is filled with them... Think Kinetics.. like the box with 8 or 10 balls hanging on strings... clack, clack, clack..... Kinetics. Why is all of space moving away from itself... NO it's not dark energy or dark matter... every vibration of "light" is a new photon(s) from the surface of a star.... fill the universe with photons... things have to move out of the way, as new photons are created with the vibrations of light.. NOTE: I did NOT say wavelength... light is vibrations NOT waves.
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    FIRST Photo... NORMAL CABLE, this is what should be used in ALL LOR data cables (note the wiring differences) from the first to second photo). BELOW... Crossover cable You can (if you need to) use a mix of cables of method 568-A and / or 568-B but NO crossover cables LOR uses ...... 1 & 2 (not used), 3 & 6 power (12 volts DC), 4 & 5, data (RS-485), 7 & 8 (not used). See where the power wires are going ?????
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    THE KEY to your problem is the crossover cable. LOR is NOT using a cat5 cable for TCP/IP they use it out of convenience to the users. the center 2 wires (generally blue - white/blue MUST run from the center pins in the cable to EACH end... your crossover cable does not... CHANGE the cable to a standard pin for pin cable.
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    Problems with show

    so when you say it just shuts down... how long does it run ? 1 min. 10, the length of the animation ?? there is a setting you have to check to "run show continually" or from x time to y time.
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    Facial Capture for Singing Faces

    AGREED... Greg
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    Lights at the Ranch has come to an end

    LMAO At HD, too funny.
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    Schedule Sequence still playing

    I'll add to what Don said... Animation sequences can be used to simply turn lights on between shows. (or even do other things) In fact, I'm trying to figure out if I can trigger one animation as an overlay on another.. this way I can use motion detection to trigger leaping arches overtop (overlaid) on a static display as to follow cars, as they drive by (I have a Really long front yard)... over 600 feet..... could put 20 some arches all side by side.. LOL< and if they are coming from the other direction a motion sensor at that end going the other way...
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    HEADLIGHTS !! voice file

    Got one ! thanks to all,
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    HEADLIGHTS !! voice file

    good points from all of you. TY
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    When do you just stop...

    GOTA say.. GREAT IDEA !!!!!! +1 in so many ways
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    Lights at the Ranch has come to an end

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    Lights stay on - 2 channels

    as The Ducks said "A resistor is just a small non-polarized load. You could use a4W C7 Night light, or a Glade plugin... " The solution is to get a resistor, a small incandescent light bulb, a glade plug-in (to act as a resistor), what ever, use a cheap 3ft 2 wire extension cord (you know, those ones with a 3 way outlet on the female end they sell in Walmart) plug it into the channel, plug the light string into the 3 way end, along with a real bulb nightlight (not the ones with a light sensor, the old school ones with a thumb switch.) (or you could use the resistor in one of the 3 way outlets (tape it all up with electrical tape so the bare wires are not showing) ), or you could use a male end vampire plug and solder the resistor to the backside teeth, epoxy it (so there are no bare wires, and plug it into the 3 way end along with the said problem string. Bottom Left, is the back side of a male vampire plug, solder the resistor across the pins, epoxy over (so no bare wires), plug into 3 way cord along with light string.
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    lor channel conversion

    I'm out on a limb here, but 8 channels is a notable number... Shot in the dark... 1/2 of a LOR controller or something... BTW did you use groups in LOR to create the channel map ?
  18. Seasons Greetings All !!!! (2 days to go, YAY ! ) I'm thinking of moving my FM transmitter (EDM) up to my tower for our internet (we live in the country) SO, what I've done is, I've ordered some samples of some Audio 'Line drivers" and "Line receivers" this will allow me to run a 600 ohm, cable (2 for stereo) from where my G3 MP3 Director is, to the Transmitter up at the tower, some 300 feet away... Those that think they might want to do the same, OR have a use for this type of equipment, follow this post (top right, click), and when the chips come in (about 2 weeks or so) I'll post the results and "how-to" here. Greg
  19. it's not that bad.... ppl DO look when I show up with a coffee table or a bookcase and the middle finger on my left hand missing............ Lights are a lot safer.. you still have all your fingers.
  20. It has been a while since I started this project... (a year ago since my last post....) Anyhow, if you note, the cable shown between the Driver (DRV134 / 135) and the Receiver (INA 134 /137) is shown as a shielded cable (however note the twisted pair...) I have tested this in a stereo pair (4 wires) and have used the other 4 wires in a CAT5 cable as a "loose" shield, the white-blue / blue was the left channel, and the white-brown / brown was the right channel, I took the white-orange / orange and the white-green / green pairs and grounded them ONLY at the driver end of the circuit, once the other end of the CAT5 cable is in the housing at the INA 134 (receiver end) I simply covered them with electrical tape as to NOT cause a ground loop between the two power supplies. SO far, this is one robust circuit, I did NOT get it finished for this lighting season, however I am confident that it will serve well in the future. will slowly continue with follow ups as the time permits, and even photos of the project as I can.
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    Being original.

    If you have to ask..... OMG what where we taking about.. I forgot.
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    Lights stay on - 2 channels

    LETS get back to basics.... take the two strings that are giving problems...unplug them at the controller, and plug two OTHER strings into the channels that those 2 where plugged into.... even if you have to use 2 new strings OR simply move two known good strings to these controller channels, this will prove that it is the strings that are giving you problems and not the controller. let us know the results of the test... A) the problem is gone. (the strings are the problem) B ) the problem went to the two other strings you tried (controller is the problem)
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    Lights stay on - 2 channels

    I think I know where Mega is going with his request, and I agree with him.... (there is method in his (our) madness, it's just why do the rest of you see through my disguise of it being Christmas related......... (I'm referring to how nut ball sounding it is... however, it's me that is the nutball..........)
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    Lights stay on - 2 channels

    do you have any vampire plugs and access the the "far end" of those 2 strands of lights ?? if you do, simply get a couple of 1 watt 6.4k resistors (note the decimal in there) and have a buddy solder the resistor across the 2 pins of the plug, once done, cover the resistor and back end of the plug with 5 min. epoxy.. plug the "snubber" into the female end of the string that is giving you issues... do one for each channel that is staying on...
  25. a cheap outdoor timer on those instead of expensive channels... Just sayin...