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Say watt?? last won the day on December 7 2016

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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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    Product development

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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.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas (Halloween is a very close second)

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  1. Open doors automatically

    I would look at an old garage door opener. The drive output gear is relatively slow, they have internal limit switches for both directions and you can use an LOR output to blip a relay to simulate a wall button push. Pulleys or chain & gears to connect to doors. If it's a screw drive opener, some sort of linkage hooked to the tram. A little fabrication is needy, definitely doable.
  2. First Time Setting Up A Dual House Display.

    I would start by getting all the controls connected, working and set up in the sequence editor as channels 1-48. Then at the very least, group channels 1-32 as your house and 33-48 as your neighbors. Two tracks would probably be better if you have the software level that will allow additional tracks. This will allow you to look at only the house you're working on and avoid possible confusion. Your approach to actual sequencing depends on how you want the show to look. Two independent shows running the same song? Will the shows visually "interact" with each other? Just starting out, you may want to consider program each house separately (within the same sequence) at first to see how it goes for you. You can always build on it later if you have time. In my opinion, one or two well thought out and executed sequences is far better than ten just OK sequences. Post your progress/results and how you went about it. I can see multiple house in my future too. Lol BTW, welcome! You're gonna love it.
  3. How do I add CMB24D controller to my show?

    k6ccc, Thanks for the quick correction on this info! I just bought three CMB24D's and an upgrade to Standard level. I read this post and thought I was going to have to purchase another software upgrade this year. Thanks for clarifying! Gary
  4. CMB-24D channel config/settings

    I agree that an oscope will indicate a pulse amplitude of 12 volts. That is what oscilloscopes are designed to do. However, a PWM output at a 50% duty cycle will be a stable 6 volts if the frequency is high enough (100+ Hz). This is the essence of how PWM works. Anything connected to the output will have an effective 6 volts applied to it, whether it's a motor, analog meter or an LED.
  5. CMB-24D channel config/settings

    I'm actually using arrays of 3.5mm red LEDs. Their operating voltage is around 2.6. The issue is that I need to use a specific number of them per array. If I can get an output around 2.6 vdc, I can connect them in parallel and be able to add or subtract any number of LEDs without consequence. My experience with PWM is that the output will be proportional to the duty cycle as long as the TOTAL period is relatively short. So if the PWM frequency is high (kHz), an input voltage of 12vdc and a duty cycle of 50%, will result in an output of around 6 volts. The key here is the switching frequency, especially when driving an LED.
  6. CMB-24D channel config/settings

    Perfect! So I assume an independent DC channel on one of these controllers will look and sequence the same as a channel on an AC controller. I'm mainly concerned about being able to set the max intensity for the single channels. Ducks, this might be what you were referring to. I plan to run 12 VDC to each bank on the boards and would like to reduce the intensity to roughly 20%, to obtain an output of around 2.5 volts per channel. Sound reasonable?
  7. Can the CMB-24D be used as 24 independent DC channels? If so, can I mix independent channels and RGB on the same controller? From what I have read here and on LOR's website it looks to be as simple as a channel setting in SE, but was hoping someone can confirm. Thanks - Gary
  8. Adding a programming only PC

    It's good to hear that LOR software runs well on Win10. I appreciate all of the suggestions made, looks like I have some playing around to do to see what works best for me. Thanks!
  9. Adding a programming only PC

    Hey all. It's been quite a while since I've posted, BUSY summer with a deck and patio overhaul. I hope everyone is well and getting lots of stuff done! I want to dedicate a computer to running shows only and have a second so I can work on more sequencing while everything is set up and ready to run. My existing computer is running Win 7 and the one I'm considering is a Win 10 machine. Both are laptops. I would like to use the Win 10 computer to run shows and program only with the Win 7 PC. Does anyone see any issues with this? Does LOR play well with Win 10? Could there be issues with file transfers between these two versions of Windows? Will I be allowed to download updates/upgrades to both machines? Any tips or tricks on strategies for keeping things organized between the two computers would also be appreciated.
  10. There is hope for the future!

    http://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2016/12/local-teen-builds-synchronized-light-display/ I don't know this kid, but he lives about 25 miles south of me. I'm definitely driving down to check out what he has done. I'm especially impressed with the fact that he took the initiative to do this all on his own. He saw what he wanted, did what he needed to do to get some equipment and made it happen. Good for him! I hope he stays with it for a long time. Gary
  11. Noob question: Turn on lights automatically?

    I think this would be a nice addition to the functionality of the controller. Maybe an "AUTO/MANUAL" switch. The manual position could be an input to the microcontroller that commands all channels on. In auto mode it operates as normal. Maybe even a 16 position DIP switche so you can select which channels come on in manual mode. Gary
  12. So just curious... who here is still old school?

    Stima took my cake.
  13. I bought two more DIY 16 channel AC controllers this year and when I powered them up for the first time, one of them had no status LED at all. I quickly realized the COM chip was getting hot. I double checked my work and found that I had the two voltage regulators swapped. Smoked 485 driver... (must have been a late nighter) lol I opened a service ticket with the LOR help desk and explained that I had goofed and what was going wrong because of my error. I said that I was sure a new chip would get it fixed and asked how I could go about purchasing one. Within a few hours Mike responded to my ticket and agreed that the COM chip might be the only damaged part and had one shipped out by the end of the day at no charge to me even though this was clearly my mistake. The new chip arrived, I installed it and the controller works just fine. I couldn't be more pleased with my first help desk experience. Thanks LOR!
  14. New Guy - up and running

    This is good stuff! I agree with default...love, love, love the can do attitude. We could use a lot more of that these days. Nice work whyintheworld. A big thumbs up for you! Gary
  15. So just curious... who here is still old school?

    At just over 4 amps per string you could be right, but I couldn't help my myself. Red, green and white C7's dancing along a roofline just screams Christmas! I added a subpanel in the basement and ran eight 15 amp circuits to the front porch. I have four DIY 16 channel controllers and each one has two power cords connected to it. Basically, each bank of eight channels is on it's own 15 amp breaker. This allows me to put each string of 85 on it's own circuit and have capacity to spare. The subpanel is also switched on and off by a mechanical timer, which is really convenient.