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  1. WeissWelsh

    How to test amps on Pixel String

    Jim, sorry it took so long to reply. I had to order a new DVM because my old one could only handle 250ma. I received my new one and finally had a chance to try out your suggestion. It worked perfectly. Even though Ray Wu's site listed the string at 6.66A, the string only pulled about 4.2A at full white. You helped me out considerably. Thank you so much!!! Bob
  2. Hello, I have some pixel strings that I bought from Ray Wu. The stats on some of his lights often have conflicting numbers. I have 2 Questions: #1 -- I would like to hook up his lights to my PixCon16 and turn them on at full power (all-white) and measure how many amps/watts it is actually using. I have absolutely no idea how to do that. I have your typical standard meter, but I don't know what settings to put it at, nor do I know where to hook up the ends. Do the meter leads connect to the PixCon16 or on the string itself. Any help would be appreciated. #2 -- I noticed that there are different power stats for different light strings, even though they have similar descriptions. For example, these two strings from Ray Wu (Links Below) are both 12V 12mm Ws2811 Nodes 100ct. However, one is listed as 0.3W/30ma and the other is listed as 0.8W/66ma.I'm assuming that means the pixels themselves must be different in some way. What makes them different? Is one brighter than the other? Is there a reason I should choose one over the other (besides the power use.) Thanks, Bob https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DC12V-input-12mm-WS2811-pixel-node-100pcs-a-string-IP68-rated-with-all-black-wire/701799_877900558.html?spm=2114.12010615.0.0.1aa6dc9c1YDQTK https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/18AWG-wire-100pcs-string-DC12V-12mm-WS2811-addressable-RGB-led-smart-pixel-node-with-all-BLACK/701799_32599191945.html?spm=2114.12010615.0.0.3b52f81dLemiAb
  3. WeissWelsh

    Pixel Question

    Hello, I have a question concerning pixel strings with different max power and different max current. For this question, I'm going to give links to 2 different products. #1 -- Ray Wu 12V 12mm 50 node WS2811 (https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DC12V-WS2811-pixel-node-50pcs-a-string-IP68-rated-epoxy-resin-filled-with-all-black-wire/701799_867072780.html?spm=2114.12010615.0.0.12c3744furhuU5) #2 -- A different Ray Wu 12V 12mm 50 node WS2811(https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/50pcs-DC12V-addressable-12mm-WS2811-led-smart-pixel-node-with-all-GREEN-wire-20AWG-IP68-rated/701799_32727364075.html?spm=2114.12010615.0.0.7bf4a7318294jv) They are all WS2811 and all are 12mm nodes. Yet, the watts and amps are different. #1 above is: 0.3W and 30ma #2 above is: 0.6W and 50ma What does this mean in terms of the pixels? Is one going to be brighter than the other? If not, why the difference is power/current? Bob
  4. WeissWelsh

    SuperStar License

    I currently have the latest S4 software with 40CCR SuperStar and it's been more than a year since I bought the software or renewed it. Some Questions: #1 -- If I purchase an upgrade of SuperStar from 40CCRs to 80CCRs, will that also renew the license for my S4 software? #2 -- Does the SuperStar software need to be separately renewed annually like the S4 software, or is that all part of the renewal of the S4 license? #3 -- Will the SuperStar software be included free in S5 or will it still be something I would be paying $200 for. In other words, I don't want to pay for something that's going to be free later. Bob
  5. WeissWelsh

    Connecting a fan to the Pixcon16

    That's what I thought. It must have been a misprint on the Light-O-Rama's Pixcon16 stats page that the AUX OUT was using PWM. Thanks for clarifying that for me.
  6. WeissWelsh

    Connecting a fan to the Pixcon16

    Hi, I read the manual, but was still confused as to why the fan always stayed on at high speed. It's a 12v fan and the board is being supplied with 12v. Part of the reason I was confused was because on the Light-O-Rama Pixcon16 page (http://www1.lightorama.com/pixcon16/) where it said "Auxiliary output allows PWM control of an external fan for automatic temperature regulation inside an enclosure." I wasn't aware that PWM could work with just 2 wires. I'm still confused as to how the Pixcon16 can do PWM with just the two wires, but I'm not even remotely experienced with that. Or maybe their description is incorrect about PWM on the Pixcon16. I have no idea. However, I did find out that I don't have the problem I thought I had. I took a meter and measured the actual volts coming out of the AUX OUT. The reason I thought the fan was always running at full speed is because the board outputs about 10.8 volts at the initial start of the fan. It then gradually increases until it reaches the full 12 volts, in about .2v increments. The difference in fan speed between 10.8v and 12v is barely noticeable, which is why I didn't notice. I had expected the fan to run much, much slower initially. But at least I now know that nothing is wrong, it's just not a big difference between initial start and full speed. Thanks again for helping me out. Bob
  7. WeissWelsh

    Connecting a fan to the Pixcon16

    Thanks Ebuechner, When the fan comes on at 80 degrees it's at full speed. In fact, whenever it's on it's at full speed. Is there a special kind of fan I need to buy that will run at different speeds? Is that what PWM fans are? If so, those fans seem to always come with 4 wires, but the AUX OUT on the Pixcon16 only has 2 wires (Positive and Negative.) Bob
  8. Hello, I need some advice on hooking up a fan on the Pixcon16 Controller. I bought a small 12v computer fan and hooked it up to the Pixcon16's Aux Out connector. The fan does turn on, but not at the right temperature. The Pixcon16 is configured to "fan turns on at 100% at 95 degrees." However, the fan comes on much sooner. When the fan came on, the board was showing a temperature of somewhere around 80 degrees, which was not near 95 degrees. Also, what does it mean when it says "fan turns on at 100% at 95 degrees? Does this mean the fan doesn't always turn on with 100% power? Bob
  9. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    Thanks so much. That's exactly what I needed to know. I apologize for all the questions, but I wanted to be sure I didn't blow anything up when I turn all this on for the first time. :-)
  10. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    It sounds like there are two things going on here. If I'm reading this correctly, TheDucks suggested putting a bond wire Between a V- terminal of one power supply to a V- terminal of the other power supply. Also, Dibblerjr suggested putting a bond wire between the Ground terminal and a V- of the same power supply (and do the same to the other power supply.). My question is this: Are both of those suggestions needed or does one make the other redundant? Bob
  11. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    OK..... This may be totally stupid, so forgive my ignorance. What I had planned to do was to buy a small 2-foot 12-gauge 3-pronged extension cable. I was going to cut off the female end and connect those wires to the input terminals on Power Supply #1. Then I was going to connect those exact same terminals on Power Supply #1 to the input terminals on Power Supply #2. Then connect those same input terminals on Power Supply #2 to the input terminals to Power Supply #3...... then do the same thing from #3 to #4. Does that work fine or is there something in your head screaming "This guy is insane." Oh, the male end of the 2-foot 12-gauge 3-pronged extension cable would plug into a 12gauge extension cord from the 20A receptacle.
  12. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    In the picture I uploaded, aren't the grounds already bonded together? All the grounds are connected together. Is that what you mean?
  13. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    I do have a few 20A circuits available. We had a subpanel put in awhile back. Most of the breakers are 15A. However, there are three 20A circuit breakers in the subpanel, each going to 20A receptacles using 12g wire. If I use a 12g extension cord from one of those receptacles to the 4 power supplies, will that be sufficient?
  14. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    I knew that would drive you crazy. 😁
  15. WeissWelsh

    Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    They are 360W power supplies, which I think comes to 3A each on 120V. So that would make it 12A for all 4. Is that too close for a 15A circuit? I'm not sure what you mean by "bond wire." Sorry, I'm really new to this. Do you mean connect a wire to a negative terminal on one power supply to a negative terminal on the other power supply (the two power supplies feeding one Pixcon16?)