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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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. Hello, I'm not exactly great with electrical wiring. Can someone look at the attached photo and tell me if this is safe? I'm wiring two Pixcon16 boards with four 12V Power Supplies. I randomly chose colors for the picture, so ignore the incorrect coloring. My main question is whether or not I can daisy chain all the power supplies together like the picture shows even though they are going to two different Pixcon16 boards. Will that affect the Pixcon16 normal operation in any way? Are the two Pixcon16 boards separated properly? Thanks for your help Bob
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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?
  15. Is this wiring safe for Pixcon16?

    I knew that would drive you crazy. 😁
  16. 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?)
  17. Multiple Pixcon16 boards setup

    Thanks TheDucks. That makes a lot of sense. That way the new cold air will run across the equipment. Thanks!!
  18. Hello, I will be using E1.31 and am not very knowledgeable about the subject. I will also have a computer, router and switch in my garage. I wish to have 5 Pixcon16 controllers at a specific location in my yard. Here's my question: Do I need to have 5 different CAT5 cables coming from the switch in my garage (one for each controller?) Or....... is there a way to have just 1 CAT5 cable come from the switch to just 1 controller AND then have that controller connect to the other 4? The reason I ask is because the PIXCON16 controller has five RJ45 jacks that can be used as "DMX Bridge Ports," but I'm not sure what a "DMX Bridge Port" is and if they can be used to connect the other 4 controllers. I attached a picture of the board from the manual. Bob
  19. Multiple Pixcon16 boards setup

    Thanks for the link to the vent cover. In the video I couldn't see the actual vent. But now that I see it on the link, I can see why you had no problems. I didn't realize it had a cover pointing downwards. I'm buying some of those!!! Thanks again!!
  20. Pixcon16 Gigabit Speed??

    Oh no.... I absolutely do not want to return them. I didn't really care if they were Gigabit or 10/100. I just wanted to be sure I was hooking it up for whatever maximum speed it ran at. Thanks so much for everything.
  21. Hello everyone. Before I create a support ticket, I thought I'd try here first. I am trying to get my Pixcon16 running at Gigabit speed and not understanding why it isn't working. Here's my setup: I have a completely isolated network (no Wi-Fi) with ONLY a computer, a switch and a Pixcon16. I am using E1.31. I have my laptop plugged into the Netgear ProSafe 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Model JGS516. The switch shows that the computer is connected at Gigabit speed -- YAY!!. When I connect the Pixcon16 to the switch, the switch shows that it is connected at 100mps. I was recently told by LOR support staff that the Pixcon16 can run at Gigabit speed, so I'm sure I've got something set wrong. I thought it might be the CAT6 cable or port on the switch, but I switched the computer and Pixcon16 cables, and the computer still connects at 1,000Mbps, and the Pixcon16 still connects at 100Mbps. So, it's not the cable nor the switch. That kind of leaves just the Pixcon16. I can plug in the Pixcon16 into the switch without the computer attached at all, and the switch still shows 100Mbps, so I don't think the computer is involved either. My Pixcon16 was bought either last year or the year before. Could that be an issue? The Pixcon16 board has a "Version 1.2" written on it. I've never upgraded the firmware because the firmware is at version 1.4.8, which is what LOR shows on their website as the latest version. On a side note, the controller is completely setup and works great, just not connecting to the switch at Gigabit speed. Is there a configuration setting on the Pixcon16 itself or through the S4 software that must be set? I'm at a loss. Bob
  22. Multiple Pixcon16 boards setup

    How funny... I literally just finished watching that exact video BEFORE reading your message. What a coincidence. Yep, I'm going to be adding a switch to one of my boxes. I also noticed in that video that the person added a 12-volt fan to the enclosure. I have two questions about that. #1 -- Should the air blow "into" the enclosure or "out" of the enclosure? #2 -- He mounted it on the side of the enclosure, so won't water come in through that hole? Bob
  23. Pixcon16 Gigabit Speed??

    No problem Mike. I'm actually glad to hear that I didn't do anything wrong while setting it up. I appreciate you taking the time to check that out.
  24. Pixcon16 Gigabit Speed??

    Thanks Mike & Jim. I was worried about having 9 Pixcon16 boards running off the switch because I had no idea how much data that meant. This stuff is way over my head. However, your comment about the link from the computer to the switch being the important link reminded me that running E1.31 in Unicast won't throw all the data to every controller (hitting myself in the forehead.) I also had no idea that it's only 9 Mbps for a fully loaded Pixcon16. I'm only going to have 100 pixels per port, so I shouldn't even get remotely close to the max. Thanks for your help and for easing my mind. :-) I think it's going to be hard for me to get used to what kinds of speeds were talking about with E1.31.
  25. Pixcon16 Gigabit Speed??

    Thanks Mike for checking this out for me. I really appreciate it. I'll wait to hear from you. Bob