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  1. Light intensity Question/Confusion

    Jim, OK, let me explain on the nightmare I was talking about. I have some some props located close to each other (small yard) and due to the lights of how bright/dim they are, one seems too bright and overshadows the other. I can relocate them but they do not seem to look right in the setup. In sequence editor I would have to individually control each prop to different intensities due to the brightness inequalities. That is the nightmare going to each prop and set the max intensities to balance them out on each selection. Or am I over thinking it and not using the sequence editor correctly? John
  2. Light intensity Question/Confusion

    Thanks for the inputs, everyone! My take on this is, straight single color LEDS on the CTB16PC 3rd gen have to be set on 100%. I have tried different settings on it and it seems to cut out around 40 to 50% intensity settings. If my memory serves me correctly, LEDs need .7 vdc to start forward biasing to turn on. Since the CTB16PC 3rd gen is just an AC unit and will only control the AC voltage settings (120vac to 0 vac) the control for LEDS is out. If I had good dependable incandescent lights then I can control them as I see fit (cost vs electricity). Mixing both the AC unit with dc units and pixies seems to be a nightmare for sequencing. Has anybody tried Xlights for intensity settings to convert to LOR? John M
  3. Light intensity Question/Confusion

    Hello everyone, Hope everyone's light show was successful this past year! My show this past year was a simple show setup (no music) to get use to the programing, lights and other quirks that need to be worked out before the music can be added. I have found the light intensity to be too bright in some props and need to be toned down to balance the light intensity with the other props. I am asking/confused on how to set the light intensity for my pixels (Pixie 16, 8 and 4) as well as other units such as the CTB16PC 3rd gen, CMD-16, and CMD-24 balance them out. It appears the light intensity can set on the Sequence Editor prior to the sequencing but when I look in the help section, it shows the cards need to have it on the hardware utility. The CTB-16 appears it needs to be set at 100% (or off) for my single colored led lights because the LED lights cannot have a fade ramps. Can someone out there set me straight? Thank you! John M.
  4. Mega Pixel Tree?

    Hi Jim, I was surfing the forum looking for power injection answers and came across your response on the mega tree with good links for future use (Newburg lights and Boscoyo Studio). I guess I need to surf more to learn about the pixel tree since I haven't built mine yet. Great Information and THANK YOU! John
  5. For all you newbies from another newbie, I have a 100 count strings (50 plus 50 soldered together) tailored to Pixie 4, 8, and 16 cards. The end 50 pixels did not work during ANY sequence but would in the Hardware Utility. Why? WELL it works when programed and light tested in the Hardware Utility with no issues other than needing a power boost on some of the pixel strings (white would work the first 50 and the last 50 in some faded white color). While troubleshooting I found the simple solution of a programming error in the Sequence Editor. When inputting your device (Pixie 4, 8, or 16) make sure you select 100 pixels, not 50 like I did. When the mistake was found and corrected, it now works fine with all the lights. Also, had a problem with the CTB16PCG3 not lighting the way it should. I had 10 stings that needed to be lighted out of the 16 available. Make sure you LABEL THE OUTPUT CABLES CORRECTLY!!! I had them backwards and it did not dawn on me that they were incorrectly labeled until an hour later of troubleshooting. The things you learn while doing your setup and testing them. Hope this helps anyone, so, pass it along from one newbie to another. Happy Lighting!!!
  6. Hi Everyone, I have several WS2811 Light Strips that are going on my setup and have checked them out using a T-1000s when they arrived. After many hours of figuring out my Pixie 4, 8, and 16 cards, there are only 2 out of 22 ws2811 light strips that will work with the cards using the Hardware Utility (HU) Pixel Console. Most all of the lights will light up white for about a second and extinguish when turning on the card (Pixie 4). When putting them through the Pixel Console test, most will not light up, a few will light just a few of the pixels on the strips. The 2 that do light were given several lighting tests and were great. I made sure all cables were continuity checked and no problems to the lights. When powered up, all have 12vdc on the light strip. When I shift gears and try the WS2811 Pixel bulbs (5 vdc) on any card or cable, there are no issues whatsoever. My first guess is the WS2811 light strips IC 's are bad and need to find another vendor (any suggestions on vendors for light strips?). I am out of ideas on what to check next, can anyone help? Thank you! John
  7. Anyone out there have this problem? When my ws2811 pixel light strips come in, I test them with a T1000 led pixel tester and run them through a series of tests. After programing my LOR Pixie 4, 8 and 16 cards, they will not work off of the card test under the LOR Hardware Utility (HU). Using a built Sample color pixie card test in the sequence editor, the ws2811 light strip still will not work. There are times when the LOR card first turns on the light strips will go to full white and turn off. When using the ws2811 led bulbs, there is no problem and works really well for both the HU and pixie sample test. WS2811 light strips use 12vdc and the ws2811 bulbs use 5vdc and have check both sets of power supplies for voltage issues but have none. I have checked the ws2811 light strips and they appear to all work except for 1 strip having a pixel out and the rest working. All ws2811 bulbs work great! Any ideas? John M.
  8. Mr. P Thanks, I finally found what you are explaining buried in the Pixie 4, 8,16 Manual on page 16 under software control. While I do understand the speed situation from a network standpoint, it did not make sense to me from a program point and knew I would have to upgrade to a high speed USB for the display. So hopefully, I will re-ID the other pixel cards to see if this is the issue. Thanks! John
  9. Mr. P. Thank you for the quick response! So let me get this straight, I use 01 for a Pixie16 and it will identify as 01 on the HU, but it will use IDs 01 through 16? and the next Pixel card will need to use ID 17 though how many ports it has (i.e Pixie 4 will have 17 through 20)? Also, the speed in which the Pixies will operate should be up to 500k or 1M but the USB48B limits the speed up to 115k. I should get a high speed USB RS485 HS to replace it? I did get the last Pixie16 to take an ID (03) with no problems but will not operate the pixie light strips. The blink all white but will not go through the test in both the card or though sequence editor. Any idea? John M.
  10. I am trying to set the IDs on my Pixies 4, 8 and 16 using LOR software 4.3.24Pro. There are 2-Pixie4 cards, 1-Pixie8 card and 2-Pixie16 cards.The software was able to set the ID on the Pixie 16 with no issues and was able to do a test on the card, as well as the LOR Hardware Utility (HU) and was able to do a purchased sequence with the LED pixel lights. I have not tried the other Pixie 16 due to the other cards giving me so much grief. When it comes to the Pixie 4s and 8, I get weird issues with the software such as the Hardware Utility will not work or it will not recognize the comm port. I was able to find both on the forums and LOR website how to correct the problems, upgrade to 4.3.24Pro (had problems with HU locking up with 4.3.18) and USB drivers download. Now I can see my comm port from the HU but cannot set the ID to the Pixie 4s or Pixie 8. On the Pixie 4s, I get the power LED light and was able to set the ID but the HU will not recognize the ID. The card will not do a test of the led Pixel lights (like the Pixel 16) except one port (random). I am using WS2811 Pixel Strips with them and 12vdc for the card. On the Pixie 8 I have tried to set it using the HU manual ID set but the Pixie 8 will indicate that it has no power anymore (LED will not light). This card is using the LED Pixels bulbs like the Pixie16 and 5vdc on the card. All voltages have been checked and are good to the cards. I am using a USB485B to program the Pixies and have tested the cables between them and they appear to be good. The USB485B will do 19.2, 57.6 and 115 K as well as the ELOR but when I look at the speeds of the Pixie 4, 8, and 16 all are at the 500K, 1M and ELOR. Is this a possible problem as to why the Pixies will not program the ID due to the speed? or is it something in the software I am not utilizing and am unaware of? Can anyone advise or steer me in the right direction?
  11. Hopefully, I am missing something either via the Hardware Utility Software versus Pixie 4 Card. Using Version 4.3.18 Pro, I can program my card to 01 and seems to read fine with everything else on the Hardware Utility. I had all 4 ports with 1Pixel strip, 50 pixels per port, light up solid white briefly only on port 1 and found some wiring and connection issues. After remedying them (ohmed them out and made sure each string/wire was correct) prior to reconnecting and now each string still lights up solid white. I tried the HU test to go through the color and nothing happened and blew the fuse (fuse on order) while reconnecting one of the port lights. I have tested the utility on a CTB16 and it works great. There are a few more cards to program (Pixie 16, 8 and another 4 each with different WS2811 pixel strips and pixels) and am wondering if I am going in the right direction or the card is bad (my fault probably). This is my first time in programming the pixel cards so this is new to me and using the LOR website videos on programing them. It seems I am following the LOR videos to a tee but need some guidance or helpful tips to figure this out before there is another "accident"/frustration of the rest of the cards. Thank you everybody in advance!
  12. Power Suppy Bridging for Pixels Question

    I figured that was the case since I could not find anything on bridging the power supplies for added current and wattage. Oh well, back to adding the injection lines.......
  13. I am running a couple of Pixie 16s (mega tree and porch posts) with a power requirement barely exceeding the wattage and current of 2 power supplies (12vdc and 5 vdc). Instead of trying to do inject power on the pixels themselves (extra wire and time) has anyone tried to bridge an extra power supply on each power supply to augment wattage and current that powers the Pixie 16s? This works for batteries but am not sure it would work for power supplies. I have tried this will small power supplies and it has worked (testing small motors) but they were small wattage and current.
  14. Current Draw of 12v WS2811 5M Strip

    Thank you Jim! Yes, it is at 12v. The full white is never in the specs for these lights and have to be asked about. I really appreciate the info as I would be still digging up odds and ends of research leading me astray. I do have a couple of sequences that have 16 strands at full white but it is for a couple of seconds (beats). I do have extra power supplies that I can separate them into 5 strands per power supply (last one has 6). I do overkill on just about everything when it comes to electrical and electronics. Better safe than sorry. Thank you! John
  15. Current Draw of 12v WS2811 5M Strip

    Hi Jim, It seems I can have two -30 amp, 360 watt power supplies to power 16 strands (8 strands per power supply) of the pixel lights with some amps and wattage left over? Correct? John
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