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Steven

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About Steven

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  • Birthday 01/01/1963

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    Sunnyvale, CA
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    Software Engineer

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  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Carson Williams' video in 2006.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.3.14
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. HELP please, will pay

    No, you have COM 4 configured as the "Regular" network, so that's why you have "Network" set to "Regular". Each LOR box has its own unit ID, which is either set with switches, or programmed. You typically start with unit 1. Circuit should be 1 through 16.
  2. Change schedule from command line

    I found the problem. I forgot the /B (binary) option to the COPY command. When the file is copied in text mode (the default), it adds a DOS newline to the end of the file, which confuses the show player (and the schedule editor). Now it works as expected.
  3. Change schedule from command line

    I tried that (using COPY /Y weeksched-Christmas.lsc+nul weeksched.lsc) but it didn't seem to work last night, on the show computer. I'm going to restart Light-O-Rama and see if that fixes the problem.
  4. I change the schedule by copying a different weeksched.lsc file by running a BAT file with something like this: C:\Light-O-Rama>COPY /Y weeksched-Christmas.lsc weeksched.lsc or C:\Light-O-Rama>COPY /Y weeksched-Halloween.lsc weeksched.lsc The trouble is, the LOR control panel sometimes seems to ignore this change, and just sits there showing the "Next Activity" as what it was before. In order to get it to change, I have to start the schedule editor and click "Save". Why does this work sometimes, but not other times? Is there something I can do from a BAT file to "poke" the control panel to make it notice immediately?
  5. Do you know Chuck?

    Chuck stopped doing light shows after the popularity of the reality show The Great Christmas Light Fight made light shows seem mainstream. You can find Chuck on Facebook.
  6. Pixie16 - Pixel Editor to SE

    To play an intensity file, you need to have the LORCommListener running (which will start automatically if you have the LOR Control Panel running).
  7. AC and RGB integration

    In the world of animated lighting Ethernet means E1.31. The Pixe4 does not do E1.31 (Ethernet). The LOR network has different speeds and an "advanced" option. When controlling a reasonable amount of pixels, the Pixie4 needs the highest LOR speed. The PCB-16 controllers can't handle high speeds.
  8. Why do you bother turning them off? The LOR controllers, and all modern computers, are designed to be powered up 24x7.
  9. I have used various methods to turn my FM transmitter, outdoor speakers, and security lights on and off, and this year I found something new. It's a USB Controlled Power Strip. It uses a Windows command to turn individual outlets on and off. Last year I used X10 controllers, but they had a reliability problem last year, perhaps due to noise on the power line. After the transmitter didn't come on once or twice, I ended up turning it on manually and just leaving it on, which I don't like to do because I might be exceeding the FCC limits a little, and I didn't want anyone to complain during the day. I don't use an LOR controller because the FM transmitter is in the garage, and all the controllers are in the yard, next to the display fixtures. My audio amplifier is also in the garage, wired to outdoor speakers. I need those to switch off precisely when the show ends, because I play Christmas music over the radio for an hour after. I got the PowerUSB - Digital IO option, which connects to an Insteon I/O module. This will tell my home automation system to turn the outdoor security lights off during the show. I'm looking forward to more reliable control this season.
  10. Is it ok that I power injected like this?

    I don't cut the + lead on my 5v pixel tree where I inject power. The Meanwell power supplies I use don't seem to care. Perhaps the 60' of ribbon wire isolating them makes it work.
  11. Too much in one case? heat issues?

    The fans on the PSU will push the warm air before it has a chance to rise. I would take the advice to route the fan output directly out so it doesn't circulate hot air. If you keep all the holes on the bottom then any water getting in will have a place to drain.
  12. I've been using 1/2 wave LEDs for years with very little fading problems. The only issue is that they will flicker when very dim, but that is fixed by adding "snubber" resistors, which I built into plugs.
  13. FM transmitter

    The price needs to be factored against quality and durability. I purchased the EDM-LCD-RDS-EP in 2009, have used it for 8 seasons, and it still sounds great! I paid $235, so if you divide that by the time I've been using it, it's less than $30/year. It's in the garage, connected with a cable to a vertical antenna on the roof.
  14. Splicing LED M5 mini lights

    Red and amber LED's are about 2 volts. Green, blue, purple, white are about 3.5 volts. What this means if you remove 20 white bulbs (that are one series segment!), you can replace it with about 35 red bulbs (in one series segment). If you use less than 35, it will still probably work, but they may run hotter, which mean they may not last as long. If you have some sacrificial strings you can test, I would leave them plugged in overnight to see if they are still working the next day.
  15. Constant on

    Please note that this "all on" animation sequence needs to go in the "Musical" tab in the Show Editor, not in the "Animation" tab. If you accidentally put it in the "Animation" tab, it will play it at the same time as your musical sequences, which is not what you want! Musical sequences can only be placed in the Startup, Musical, or Shutdown tabs, or as a Jukebox or Soundboard sequence. However, an Animation sequence can be placed anywhere, including tabs along with Musical sequences.
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