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TheDucks last won the day on February 11

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  1. Bullet pixels in candy canes

    I did 60 count WW Strips, very bright compared to the original 12V @ mini bulbs.
  2. Meanwell PS Fan Runs 24/7

    Are they running warm? The thermistor (I suspect it will contact the main HS) some place may be damaged or misplaced. If the fan runs full speed, the fan control transistor may be shorted
  3. It was amazing to see how fast my first order of 20 pairs of vampires got used up. Or how 'short' a 250' spool of SPT is (I was just making 7-12' cords)
  4. Many LED strings are non-polarized. Vampire plugs have a Wide pin that will need to be filed down. CAUTION: if you do this, DO NOT mix in any polarized strings further on down the cord. Alternate method: use a 'cube tap' or 3 outlet cord from the controller and 'Y' off to the strings
  5. Length of Network

    You are correct. I stopped viewing shortly after the wet terminal part. Bathroom fans seem overkill. I was thinking a 4" muffin fan, commonly used in larger computer cases.
  6. Length of Network

    Wood (any) box needs ventilation to get rid of moisture condensed from the air. All it takes is colder on one side for this to happen. Colder outside is really bad. For what you spent on wood and outlets, the LOR case and pigtails seem to be a easy outdoor solution. I happen to use CG1500's for my DC stuff, with my 2 (WR) PSU's mounted on the outside back of the case. that leaves room for 2 CMB24D or Pixies. (I pole mount the case, with the pole between the mounted PSU's. Nothing stopping this from being a 2+ high stack, except weight
  7. Length of Network

    All 2nd Gen Pixies have JP4 according to the latest manual (LOR documentation download)
  8. Length of Network

    I noticed the new (v2) Pixie4's have a Jumper assigned as Termination. That makes it simple, JUST jumper the last unit on the line.
  9. Length of Network

    I forgot about that issue LOR needs a bit more talk about network topology (issues) like this in the Adapter manual
  10. Length of Network

    The length of any Ethernet (E1.31 for you light folk) run is 100 Meters from the drivers (Usually the switch or device). No Daisy chain allowed. RS 485 (the standard LOR network) allows 4000ft (when properly terminated at the cable ends) on a single network. eg. a 'Y" arrangement with the dongle at the stubby base of the Y, would have both tops terminated, but not at the base) the Term<->Term should not exceed 4000', the spur (bottom) should be very short, since it can't be terminated. Star configurations are not permitted. (Has anyone tried with an active RS485 splitter?)
  11. Light Type Where?

    When you use individually addressable nodes, they count as 3 channels (RGB) @ bulb. You and I mostly use dumb strings, where the entire string is 1 channel per outlet or DUMB RGB board.
  12. Another Newbie Starting Out

    Geometry of your tree comes into play in the number of strings. I currently have a Half circle, of 9 dumb strings, Kinda thin, if I was to do patterns with smart pixels. Other things to consider:available Controller outputs (typ 4/8/16), Tree topper extra) channels. Outputs seem to be like potato chips. You start the project and then they are ALL GONE
  13. How do you keep it fresh?

    Like yourself, I had years of the same, static displays, repeatedly using the same strings (mostly because they were bought to fit the placement) Then I switched to 'energy saving' LED Every year at least one string was rotted (leads on the LEDs rusted off) during pre-install tests. This year may be different...little RAIN while the display was out. So my 'freshness' is partially driven by the need to 'replace' (the other is the inability to resist store displays ) This is also my first year with RGB Bullets. We will see These appear to be better sealed than those Indoor/Outdoor strings from the 'Box' stores.
  14. Another Newbie Starting Out

    Why not Bullets? 5M (~16') . that should give you about 13' tall ( I avoid ground contact) with a medium spread. I like the more random 'fall' of the lights. So unless you are aiming to use you MT as a detailed 'projection canvas,' bullets are cool
  15. Smaller Pixel Controlers

    Good point. Also, I would rather distribute (fused) 12V from a more centralized , protected PSU, than have all those non-weatherproof power bricks tripping GFCI all the time. It is the first port, that is expensive. Just look at the prices of pixies 4,8,16 or the 4 and 16 port (home) AC controllers