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zvacman

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About zvacman

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    Petoskey, MI
  • Occupation
    Self Employed

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  • Interests
    Hunting, hiking, ice fishing, cruising the woods in my Polaris Ranger. Most of all doing things my wife thinks I can't.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Research after watching several YouTube videos of displays.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.1.2
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. I build all of my props, strings, and extensions with IP68 3 pin connectors that I get on eBay for a reasonable price. At this stage of the game select a US vendor and pony up a little extra loot. I use 16/4 shielded speaker wire and water proof the connections and have had no problems with rain or snow. I definitely agree with the smaller controllers closer to the props, that way you are only sending data long distances, (safely up to 250' on some controllers or switches). There are so many different ways to do things, just commit to what you're going with early and stick to it and save money. Hope this was helpful, light it up! Z
  2. Well said Phil. Only problem was with the last part, "that's enough for now". 😂😂😂😂 You and I both know that's not possible. Z
  3. It's a Falcon controller which is able to push the outer limits on distance, but in this case the trees have built in 12' cords. Z
  4. Thanks for the response. No they don't, they only flicker when there is a moving effect applied, Z
  5. Hi all, I know it's crunch time but any help would be appreciated. This year I added 4 mini mega trees. They are 300 pixels each connected to a F16 V2 Falcon controller. They use 3 outputs on 3 universes 100 pixels per universe. Ea 100 pixel string folds 3 times to make 4 legs of 25 pixels each. In the controller test mode the work fine but when I try to do a test in PE they flicker (seizure inducing flicker) when I add an effect such as spiral or bars. It doesn't matter if I do one or all four at once. My power supply is holding steady at 11.8 volts and I have tried adjusting it up and down with no change. When I use color wash set to one color they don't flicker. I have also set them as low as 10% and it only makes the flicker dimmer. I'm sure the solution will be a forehead slapper but I'm out of ideas as to what the problem is. Help please. Thanks in advance, Z
  6. Different vendors sometimes utilize different pin locations. I have purchased multiple pixels from various vendors and I wire the ends myself so the pin outs are all the same throughout my show to eliminate the possibility of an error during setup. Probably not the answer you were looking for but that's how I do it. Enjoy the madness that this hobby is. Z
  7. First off, what level license do you have? I believe you need Advanced or higher. I have Pro and use the pixel editor for my sequencing and visualizing. Hope this helps. Z
  8. I'm sorry that I don't have any experience with the MP3 director, I've always run my show from my computer that is dedicated to the show and is isolated from my home network. Multiple controllers are no problem, especially the 110v 16 channel LOR controllers. They simply daisy chain together using individual unit ID numbers. Start at unit 01 not 1 just in case you end up with more than 9 controllers. I didn't think I would 3 plus years ago, but last year I has 26 controllers of varying types. Welcome to the insanity, er, I mean hobby. You will find a wealth of information here that will help greatly as long as it is before September, we are for the most part too busy after that. Good luck, don't stress, and have fun. Z
  9. zvacman

    Rgb in SE

    Meegan: After the season tear down I will be selling some of my RGB controllers. I'm pretty certain that I have four LOR 24 channel controllers that have literally never been powered up. PM me your info and when I do the tear down/ inventory I'll let you know what I'll be parting with. I'm thinking 50 cents on the dollar plus postage. Z
  10. I'm trying to move the visualization and prop list over to SS from the PE. Is there an easy way to accomplish this? I'm hoping to tap into someone smart who has their show all set and running. Thanks in advance, Z
  11. I connected them just like every other pixel string. I was wondering if maybe someone found that the LOR version of the C9 pixels had the wire pattern as -,+,data. Or some other combination of the three. Z
  12. I purchased 4 strings of the green wire C9 pixels from LOR during the try it for free sale. The directions say that the black stripe wire is ALWAYS negative, the middle is data, and the last wire is positive. When wired like this and connected to my E682 controller I get nothing on a test pattern. If I switch the pixel type to something other than 2811 I get some pixels to light but no test pattern. I am feeding from the correct side and the controller works fine with all of my other pixels. Any help would be appreciated, these strings are for my roofline and need to be up before I get any snow. Thanks in advance, Z
  13. Running any kind of extension cord off of the female end of a light string isn't advised, that's why it isn't polarized. For the most part it doesn't end well, the fuses in the male end aren't heavy enough to handle the additional load. Z
  14. If you're running 12v you should be ok having the controller on the ground. I've found that 20-25' has been pretty safe. If you want you can add a null pixel inline or consider power injection, totally up to you. I've been getting crisp white out to 25' without any help. Z
  15. I can't agree more. My viewers always like the hand done ones overall, but like the chases that SS does. I'm trying to wrap my head around building a prop in the visualizer before building it in real life. I'm laying out a 16.5' tall 16 leg megatree right now for real life construction. Funny thing is I created my visualizer and channel list with regular led's my first year before I hung a single string. Pixels are just still a different animal to me still. Thanks for the input everyone, Z
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