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    Christmas
  1. How does everyone count RGB LED strips in their light count. I'm going to be using some of the 5M RGB strings this year and trying to decide how they count in my numbers....
  2. Bob, My answer would be to put a new blue string on and fix it after the season, unless you have time to spend. I think the only way you're going to find the problem is to strip it apart. The only other option I see is if it is neatly wrapped, you might be able to follow the string with a lightkeeper pro...
  3. Hopefully the quote from Bob below is fixed showing the back slashes....I think the forum removed them! bob wrote:
  4. meadmkr wrote: I think I found the issue, but would like to confirm it with someone from LOR. I have a phone interface which I worked out. Basically, each time a sequence is triggered, the windows command runs a script that checks a queue file and if a record exists, it changes the schedule file to that show (I set up a show for each sequence and a schedule for each show). If there is no request in the queue, it plays a random show. It appears that by doing this, the interactive triggers are NOT available after the first show begins. I can use an interactive trigger on the very first sequence (haven't tested it when that sequence runs again later), but any other sequence won't accept the trigger, even though all shows have the trigger configured. Hopefully someone can shed some light on this. I suspect it's not loading the triggers each time a show loads.
  5. Mine had an annoying low hum until I used an external antenna. I just ran some coax to my roof and mounted an old TV antenna with the 2 masts fully extended, opened 180 degrees apart. Seems to have cured the hum and also given me a bit better coverage than I had before. carsonsig wrote:
  6. tomskillman wrote: Well, I checked the show PC last night and the inputs work fine, so I'm good there.. My question now is what's wrong with my development laptop - is it Windows XP or a bad software install...when you enable the schedule, it says it initializes the show player and registers the triggers, but they never trigger!
  7. I'm trying to set up my trigger for the input from my donation box. When a visitor inserts money, it's going to call a special "Thank You" sequence. Our donations this year are going to a dog rescue group, so I'm going to use the dog barking We Wish You a Merry Christmas song. I hooked up my sensor (a LED and a photocell) to input #2 on controller 01. In the hardware utility, it shows the input being tripped. When start a show, the input never shows that it was triggered and it doesn't start the interactive sequence. I've done the triggers before in version 2, but haven't used them until now in V3. Anyone else having trouble? I'm not on my show computer, so I'll test on the show computer and see what happens.
  8. BrianBruderer wrote: The 2 CCR license level will do 2 CCRs or 1 CCR and up to 150 channels, or no CCRs and up to 300 channels. To do 2 CCRs plus some channels you will need the 4 CCR license. Also, be sure to do another download of the software, a new release was put out on Nov 8 that is worth getting. Brian, I'm having a problem exporting as well. I have about 144 channels defined in my visualization. It appears that each row in SSSE is 50 long....so a 2 CCR license is only giving me 100 channels available, not the 300 I should. I"m not using any CCRs. When my visualzation imports inot SSSE, it's showing a 3rd row, with 6 boxes....any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'm only using 9 controllers, so that woudl be a max of 144 channels. Thanks The statement on the SuperStar Software purchase page should be changed to say that the 2 CCR version supports 100 channels, and upto 400 channels if you have 4 colors of lights assigned to each fixture. If you have the most current release, when you import a visualization, there will be an option to "Scrunch the Sequencing Grid". This will pack in as many lights as it can into the rows. If you are not seeing that option, get the latest release. However, in your case you have 144 channels, and they may not fit onto 2 rows even if you "Scrunch". Do you have any fixtures that have more than one color of light in them? For instance, if you have a red, green, blue, and white set of lights around a window, that can be one fixture and that one fixture can contain four channels, one for each color of light and that one fixture will be mapped to one green square in the sequencing grid. If you want, you can zip up your visualization file (the .lee file) and email it to brian@superstarlights.com and I will take a look at it to see if there is a way to make it fit on 2 sequencing rows. Brian, Thanks for clearing that up. I discovered that I had drawn the 6 arches over my driveway with 3 strings each. I changed them to a single string of 3 colors and was able to export just fine. Thanks for the tip!
  9. BrianBruderer wrote: The 2 CCR license level will do 2 CCRs or 1 CCR and up to 150 channels, or no CCRs and up to 300 channels. To do 2 CCRs plus some channels you will need the 4 CCR license. Also, be sure to do another download of the software, a new release was put out on Nov 8 that is worth getting. Brian, I'm having a problem exporting as well. I have about 144 channels defined in my visualization. It appears that each row in SSSE is 50 long....so a 2 CCR license is only giving me 100 channels available, not the 300 I should. I"m not using any CCRs. When my visualzation imports inot SSSE, it's showing a 3rd row, with 6 boxes....any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'm only using 9 controllers, so that woudl be a max of 144 channels. Thanks
  10. clyfe wrote: Yes...See Dan's post above - any neutral on one side, to any neutral on the other.
  11. I simply drill a hole in the bottom and put a string of 100 incandescent minis in there(unraveled so that they mostly fill the pumpkin). I take the approach that you're never going to keep water out so you might as well let it drain out the bottom, kinda like electrical connections! Been doing that for a long time and never had a problem and they look decent. A sheet of theatrical diffusion gel will spread out the light and prevent seeing individual bulbs, but I've never bothered worrying about it. Give it a try and see what you think.
  12. Dan & Company, Several times I've been asked what I would like for my Birthday or Christmas. I would be happy to tell them a LOR Gift Card, but I don't see one available. Has any thought ever been given to selling gift cards. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had this situation and I'm sure we'd all be happy to get a gift card for that special day....maybe we could even get away with buying a gift card for our wife!
  13. I myself just use a ptouch label, wrapped around the cable. There are many different varieties, some stickier than others, but I found the regular ones last a few years at least. Another option would be custom heat shrink from heatshrink.com Only issue is I think you have to buy 25 of each item, so you'd be buying enough pieces to do 25 controllers. Been a while since I ordered from them....might be a group by opportunity though....I'd consider getting some for my controllers.
  14. Hello. It sounds to me like what you want to do is use option 2 - when you press the button, the gate opens, person comes through, gate closes. So...my suggestion would be to use a DIO32 ($150) with the 8 relay daughterboard ($86) OR....you could go cheaper ( and more DIY) with the ServoDog ($90) controlling a relay. In either case, NO contacts on a relay would connect to the 2 wires for the Button (in scenario #2). With the ServoDog, the Coil of the relay would connect to an output. You would likely have to use a SSR due to the power restrictions of the ServoDog. Also, you would want this output to be momentary - don't fire it for too long. If you're looking for the gate to open when a car drives up - there are other options out there such as driveway sensors used in home automation. Hope that helps and doesn't sound too confusing! JHolmes wrote:
  15. Bob, You Tube has been trouble the last couple years. Try Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com) boborino wrote: Well, YouTube was a bust. But I changed the privacy settings on that video, so try it now. http://www.facebook.com/v/1548142587848
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