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  1. Any error messages would be useful. yhas SE worked for you before or new install. When trou ble shooting software issue, too much info is better than too little.
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    Chinese pixel controllers with LOR software.

    I would stick with controllers that you can buy from U.S. dealers that have proven track record such as Sandevices, Falcon, etc. LOR also has a Pixie series of controllers that do have some string limits, but may neet your needs. Since you can't place display element too far from a controller, which controller(s) you go with will depend a lot on you proposed display element and where you place them in the jkyeard. Do you go with a single controller with 16 outlets or several controllers with a lower number of outlets that you can place around the yard. Here's a comparision chart on popular controllers. Controller Comparision Chart A lot of past thread son the subject is you do a thread title search by "pixel controller". The decision is going to be more involved that someone telling you what to buy since your display plans will have a lot to do with it. As you get more inform on controller options, keep asking questions.
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    Cable and enclosures

    For pixel extension wires, I use 16/3 extension cords since I'm running some extensions 25ft from controller to display elements. 50ft HDX brands from HD for $13..hard to beat that price. For pixels, have stuck with the male/female screw connectors from Holiday Coro. The pins matchup and screw together better than the various 2 and 4 conduction couplers I have purchases over the lyears. For 16 outlet pixel controller boards, have been using larger enclosure made by Bud Industries, over the CG-1500. Get them from Amazon for under $40..larger, straight sided, deeper and better sealing than CG boxes. I like the extra room and not having to cram everything into a CG-1500.
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    Extension Cord Routing ideas

    Yep....when we start to overthing stuff, we do risk "mental stability".
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    Extension Cord Routing ideas

    I quess I would just keep it simple. Lay the cords out for the 2018 season and zip tie every few feet, multiple cords that are going the same direction. After the season, just roll the "bundled" cord up. Easier than trying to storage lengths of PVC. Want to move a few displays around, just smip a the needed zip ties, reaarange cord and re-zip tie.
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    Advise on next LOR Purchase

    What controllers to buy will largely depend on the types of lights you use for singing face/tress. 3/8" rope light which many use that provide for smooth lines, comes in 120v incadescent and led versions. So a CTB16 would be an option. 120v mini, m5 and m6 led strings could be used on this controller. The 12V CMB24d could be used for single color or dumb 12mm nodes and rectangle modules. For single color (not rgb), a cmb24d would handle 24 cannels or 3 faces with a few left over channles. A few people are starting to use smart pixel 12mm nodes for faces and this would require a pixel controller (ie sand devices, falcon, etc..) While this would provide a lot of flexibilty with string segment colors, would advice not to get to color/flashy crazey with pixels for faces. I'm planning on switching from rope to smart pixels for faces down the road but many b e be able to simplify connections and to go from warm whitge to daylight or coll white to better matter the rest of my led display. Used ctp16's are getting to be a better used value as people upgrade to pixels. Remember, now matter how need used quipment is, it's not warentied by LOR. Any other contgrollers such as cmb24d and pixel controllers, I would buy news. They aren't as common and seem to be overprices, compared to new price. I have jack-o-lantgern type faces and also use them for Christmas with a few stocking hats added. Another reason for switching to pixel nodes will be that I would uses a more generic type of faces and not so halloweeny.
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    First setup Need sequences for flag

    One of the big misconception by newb ie is that sequences are portable between displays (ie I have16 channels and need 16 channels sequences). Read the following past thread on a more logical plan when it comes to requesting sequences. Past Thread IMO, zero on on a handful of songs you might be interest in and request sequences for those songs. You will have to have at least a basic understanding of the LOR Sequence Editor. Number of tutorials on youtube and the LOR website has an inventory of "video tutorials" with a numbe rof them dealing with Sequence Editor components.
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    P10 panel matrix was quite easy

    So you guys are running your P10's from LOR sequences? I know there was lenthy thread last year with question about this and indication were that most were running from xlights? So is the FPP basically the a panel(s) configuation file? Is this kind of similar to setting up a e1.31 controller for universes, channlel, etc.? What's involve with the "bridge" when using the p10 with LOR? Thanks
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    Newbie in Fort Worth

    Lots of great people on the forum and fully expected ;that someone would reach out to you. But as you progress through this hobby and to be successful, you will have to roll up your sleeves and do the research and ask questions. Tthat way, you will b e better able to ask question, whether online or in person. Has to been sort of a joint efforts between people askin for and those providing info/help
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    Looking to get into pixels this year. Where do I begin?

    I run e1.31 pixel controlers and have not used any of the pxie series. But would assume they would be an easy 'plug and play" route for a newibe even if they might have some limiation. With 6 months to go, you would have to jump on the design/construction of a mega tree. Tons of past thread if you to a thread title search by "mega tree". One big initial decsion would b e using strips versus nodes. Search Youtub e for mega trees and you'll find examples of both styles. You said small mega tree...exactly what are your plans. BTW, would not be a cheap display element if considering 16 strips/strings. My iinitialL thought, might be getting a little late for 2018. Another job consumer would be sequen ccing but Pixel Editor in Ver4 would help streamline that. Depending on size of mega, purchasing mega tree sequences would be an option. If you still try for 2018, go with fewer sequences initially.
  11. Thanks James, I'll take a copy mkpageler@comcast.net
  12. Having the correct tools can simplify7 wiring and display building chores. While watching a Youtube on another one of my hobbies, I stumbled on these great flush cutting pliers. Flush Cutting Pliers They will cut zip ties off flush so you don't have that sharp stub left. Also easier to cut off ties when you can't get the nose of the plier under a tie. Just wired up a pixel controlor and was nice to get stripped wire, cut to a precise length for terminal insertions. If you do a Amazon search by "flush cutting", a bunch of them at all price ranges. $12 for the ones I bought was a no brainer. BTW, also consider getting a pair of automatic wire slippers, less than $20.
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    No motivation yet - help!

    If early in the hobby, you have to not try and do everything you want, right away. I stated with 3 year plan and now have added a 4th and 5th to the plan. To each sequencing workload/burden, co with fewer songs (1/2 dozen) and do them well. Really no need to change songs every year but to adds songs as your sequencing skill grow and/or you have more time. While it still takes time, you can build really nice sequences by copy/pasting from shared sequnces. All my Halloween and Christmas sequences were built this way, using anywhere from 2 to 5 shared sequences. As thing s calmed down and my sequencing skills grew, I've gone back and have done significant tweaking of sequence. So have a plan for new hardware/element for down the road but for this year, concentrate on sequence a handful of songs.
  14. I bought my 120v 3/8 rope light from 1000bulbs in 150ft spools. They also carry 120v LED rope but cut lengths are about 40 inches while 120v incand's were 20 inches or so. Theuy carry power cords that attach to the rope via pins and compression nuts. The cords are specifics for the rope light you buy (incand verus LED 120v.) Accessories like cords are listed with the specific rope lights. Cords are $5 or so. For 120v, you don't want to try and diy something (2 nails with attach cord). Using LOR AC controller and this rope, my faces preform perfectly. BTW, black "wire loom" is good to covering the excess rope that that you don't want visible because of the cut length. It's so much easier than using black tape. 4 seasons on 225 ft of rope and have only add to replace one segment of the 27 segments in 4 faces. And that 1 segment was midway through the first season. Instead of pulling the frams down, just zipped tie another segment over the burnt out one and switched out the power cord.
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    Programming

    Believe holidaysequen ces.com does custom sequences.
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