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Everything posted by jerrymac

  1. What ever you do, do NOT use The UPS Store. They are a rip off! If you use UPS go to them direct.
  2. The ribbon is that plasticish ribbon (water proof) and a bit stiffer than regular ribbon. Holds up file to UV but needs to be replaced every couple of years. One of the ribbons actually has a wire running down the length (encased in the ribbon). Get at Michaels or floral supplier.
  3. Build your own quick and cheap. Cut two pieces of coro plast (get it from the local sigh company) For instance if you want a present that will be 24" X 18 "X18", cut two pieces 18 X 24 X 18. score the coro at 18".24" and 18" (this will be the outside bend). Bend the pieces into 2 "U" shapes. Fit together and hot glue. Leave on of the ends unglued (this will be the bottom and how you open the present for lights). affix the lights (led or RGB to the bottom (the flap not glued). decorate with fancy ribbon. Wala you have a great present. You will need to pin it down as it will be very light weight. Here is a slide show of some I made a few years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VITIhrfsVxY also a lighted demo
  4. Be careful of speaker wire outside in sunlight. Wire is NOT UV protected, continues exposure will cause the wire to degrade and fail. Tried this wire (same manufacture) in Florida and it failed the second year (twice) didn't realize what happened the first time. May not be a problem for those where the wire is not exposed to direct sunlight.
  5. look into 3/8 rope lights rather than strips (strips are to delicate and very directional).
  6. A matter of what you want it to appear as. Ribbons look more link a solid line of color. Pixels more like Christmas lights depending on the distance between the pixels. Ribbons are VERY delicate and difficult to repair as well as not really that weatherproof. Pixels are very sturdy. If you want the look of ribbons with the weatherproof of and strength of pixels look into rectangular modules. If you zip tie them to Boscoyo strips end to end you will get the same look as ribbons and the easy of repair as well as the weatherproof of pixels (each module has 3 5050 pixels addressable as one, same as a 12v ribbon).
  7. The 4 wire are the original CCB's and use the LOR CCB controller. The 3 wire are the new CCB and are WS2811 chip that use different controllers than the older type and will NOT work with the older style CCB controller. You can use the new RGB controllers.
  8. I have been buying from HC for 5 years. Not 1 bad instance. If you look back you can see at least one of our members takes EVERY chance to throw a barb at HC for some reason. Look at the overall. Great service, quality products. TOTALLY recommend them.
  9. U.S.M.C Airborne 1964 - 1970 Vietnam 1966 -1967
  10. I did 21 of those for my window frames (from the inside) 7 feet by 7 feet. I would suggest that you have keep them closed with hook and loop tape. My first ones were hot glued shut after the strips were attached. Hard to get open for adjustments or replacements. Occasionally you may need to open them for one reason or another and Hot glue works TO GOOD some times.
  11. Disparky: are you planning on being at the Florida mini later in Feb ?
  12. keep in mind, RGB pixels will not run from the ac controllers you run your led's from. You will need a different type of controller (E1.31 type). RGB pixels (ribbons) are DC (5 volt or 12 volt) not 120 AC.
  13. Like most there are a number of ways to go about this. A dongle will give you 170 dub stings worth of room. Depending on how many different addressable strings on the dumb mega trees you could use 1or a few of the 9 channel controllers (daisy chained) and if the small trees are a single addressable string(s), it might be best to use the small 3 channel controllers on each of the mini trees. Many of the newer smart string controllers have dmx outputs (eliminating the need for a dongle) and allowing future expansion to smart strings. LOR's newest RGB controller can still be sequencer and set up like a standard controller making the move to DMX a little easier. Other smart controllers (E1.31) also do not need a dongle as they are connected to your network plug on your computer.
  14. the issue isn't the glue or the PVC it is the silicone. can't remember at the moment but there is a discussion two years ago about the same issue. there is a liquid that you can apply to the back of the strip then silicone glue the strip (just can't remember the name of the stuff at the moment).
  15. If you are cutting along the flute the VERY simple and VERY easy way is with a coro cutter (cheap, fast and great). cutting across the flute is a bit more difficult.VERY sharp box cutter and a metal ruler with a large piece of cardboard under the coro or a scrap piece of coro works pretty good but you MUST go slowly, and Watch out for your fingers NEVER NEVER towards yourself. Don't be a cheap scat change the blade often.
  16. I have used canes from sets of 3 for 6 years now. I cut the tree into singles. Yes you end up over powering each of the canes. Out of about 125 canes I have only lost one. Since the canes are powered for such a short period of time each the bulbs do not fail. I have done this with double and triple strings. The one that actually failed (after a couple of years, I just pulled a pair of 12 bulb strings though it. DON'T leave the canes on for an extended period of time.
  17. Take any one of your 32 channel sequences and add 32 additional channels to the end. Do NOT change the location of any of the original 32. This will now be your MASTER Track. Any additional channels will be added to the end of your Master Track. Copy your channels to an additional track for sequencing and changing to viewing order. save the configuration. This will now be the base for any new sequences. You can then import your previous sequences without damage to the original data.
  18. jerrymac

    Maximum Pixels?

    general rule of thumb is inject power every 50 pixels (lot depends on the actual pixels, size of wire, starting voltage at the first pixel etc). inject power at 75 pixels and the end of the 150. keep the power connected from #76 and #75. This will allow power from the beginning and end of each of the 75 pixels.
  19. What the instructions are telling you is NOT to connect directly to the Ethernet port (network port) on your computer.
  20. You might want to use something other than rope or cable to attach the ribbons to. Although they can work (many do with sucess) the more you flex the ribbon the higher probability of failure. Something flat is likely to be a better choice. Be careful when zip tying the strips and ONLY at the cut marks and NOT to tight. I suggest white electrical tape or white waterproof tape (Duct tape), this holds without to much stress. (may be an issue in VERY cold climates). Also remember the strips are 16 1/2 feel long (5 meters).
  21. Try contacting your city . / county lighting authority. I contact the electric company in our town. they turn off the light from Late November until early January. Of course some towns may not be so accommodating.
  22. 5v vs 12v All above info is good. Big IMPORTANT thing to keep in mind if you have both 5V and 12V, !!!! Mark them well !!!!!!, I generally use 12V pixels and 5V ribbons, but do have a few 5 V pixels; Unfortunately I have applied 12 V to 5 V pixel strings and once I did it twice to the same string after fixing the killed pixels the first time. There is no 3 second rule on voltage (magic smoke gets out immediately). Mark each string/strip WELL, check them TWICE before applying power then check them once more before plugging in the power supply. Best bet is keep all your pixels in the same voltage, same for your ribbons.
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