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Say watt??

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Say watt?? last won the day on December 23 2017

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About Say watt??

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  • Birthday 09/10/1970

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    central Iowa
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    Controls Engineer

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    Muscle cars, Notre Dame football, Steelers football, carpentry and woodworking. Hanging out and doing projects with the wife and kids.
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    Through internet search.
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    Christmas (Halloween is a very close second)

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  1. Say watt??

    Using CMB24 as single channels

    Good info k6ccc. If it does in fact work the way you are saying, that works for me. Overall I like the looks of S5 and will most likely upgrade after this season. I just hope that in the future LOR doesn't leave the standard controller people in the dust. I realize pixels are all the rage now, I bought my first pixel controller this year myself. However, I can't see myself ever not being mostly incan. I just like the look of them better for Christmas lighting.
  2. Say watt??

    Using CMB24 as single channels

    "The controller does not care - it FULLY operates as 24 independent channels in all cases." This is exactly what I needed to know. Thank you! Any idea what was meant by "no more RGB splitting" in S5?
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    Using CMB24 as single channels

    If you are using a controller designed for DC outputs I wouldn't imagine you having any problems. I'm referring to a controller that is designed for RGB devices, but could also be set up as single channels in S4 sequence editor. An 8 channel RGB controller can then be used as 24 independent DC channels.
  4. I was looking through the "What's new in S5" literature and in the section where they were talking about old or unused features available in S4 being removed in S5. The one that caught my attention was "no more RGB splitting". I bought 3 CMB24 boards last year with the intention of doing exactly that; running them as 24 separate channels each. Does this mean if I switch to S5 the new prop I'm building won't work?
  5. Say watt??

    building a design

    That prop is AWESOME....rock on!🤘
  6. Say watt??

    No LED light

    Not sure if you have solved this yet, but the same thing happened to me on a controller I built two years ago. I had the two voltage regulators swapped. One is 5V and the other is 10V if I'm not mistaken. That little mix up most definitely fried U1. LOR was kind enough to send me two 485 driver chips in short order. Free of charge as well, even though I totally admitted it was my mistake. Great service.
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    7 Segment Display ???

    I started working on something like this last year, but ran out of time for getting it going this past Christmas. It's going to be a roughly 20"x72" box with five 14-segment displays in it. I originally planned to use it as a "TUNE TO" sign, but I'm thinking I will scroll text across it as well. As others have suggested, my thought was a separate sequence everyday for a countdown. I hope to get it finished by summer, just need to find the time.
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    Tune To Sign - Built and Testing!

    What material is the box for your sign made from?
  9. Say watt??

    When do you just stop...

    Great news! You sound really pumped about. A perfect venue for an animated light display. That flat roof......I can see cool things happening up there. There's just something appealing about putting stuff where it really shouldn't be. Put as much up there as you can! Good luck and thanks in advance for the pics and video when it's up and running.
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    Has anyone ever encountered this...

    I had something similar happening last week. I unloaded and reloaded the LOR control panel and that fixed it. I also saw Chinese characters at the top of the log in the status window. Every few days I see the Chinese text and reload the control panel before weird stuff starts happening, so far it has worked. I'm running SE version 4.2.6, but will be updating when the season is over. Apparently updating to version 4.2.12 or higher will cure this.
  11. Say watt??

    It's almost here

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all!
  12. Say watt??

    The same ol, same ol GFCI tripping issue

    If you were using some sort of electrical device outdoors that you were coming in contact with, a circular saw for example, I would say use a gfci. In this case I think you would be fine. I guess if you have local regulations that say you have to have them then there's not much you can do.
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    Transferring version update via thumb drive

    What version of S4 did you update to at that point?
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    The same ol, same ol GFCI tripping issue

    I think gfci outlets are similar to breakers in the fact that the more they trip, the more they are prone to tripping. If it was me, I would get rid of them. You're on a breaker, the controllers are fused and a typical light string is as well. I realize gfci is meant to protect people, not property, but who actually hangs out in the middle of their light show amongst all those cords?
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    Lights at the Ranch has come to an end

    My comment had nothing to do with traffic flow or anything like that. I was just agreeing with what I quoted. I know my neighbors really enjoy our display, they've told us many times. I'm in a town of 2500 and we would have to drive at least a half an hour to see anything like what we do. I play songs I like, but I'm not opposed to using next door neighbors suggestions if they had any. After all, it is for other people to enjoy too. If it was just for us it would be in the basement or garage, where it's warm and my fingers and hands work better.