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    Carson Williams' video in 2006.
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  1. I looked for a 12v power supply on Amazon, and I many manufacturers. This is to replace an unnamed one that simply quit, so I'd like to buy something more reliable. ALITOVE DC 12V 20A 240W MENZO 12v 30a eTopxizu 12v 30a BMOUO 12V 30A SUPERNIGHT 12V 30A EPBOWPT 12V 30A EAGWELL 12V 30A Mean Well NES-350-12 12V 350 Watt Any recommendations?
  2. Last year we bought some Halloween lawn ghosts, and I have discovered that they look really good with a spotlight. The trouble is, I only have 1 spotlight (that I use to light the "Tune Radio to..." sign at Christmas). I need to get about 8 tiny spotlights. I have a bunch of spare AC channels (used for the color changing tree at Christmas). I also have most of a DMX universe, although I believe white spotlights are sufficient. Another option is to tie into the landscape lighting and just leave them on static. Your suggestions are wanted. Which way should I go with spotlights?
  3. I was originally thinking: Sure, I can learn S5 fast. It can't be that much different, can it? Then I tried to figure out to do things that I know how to do in S4, and I have to admit that I agree with you guys. There are many questions I want to ask about S5, but now is not the time. I'm going to uninstall it, and reinstall S4.
  4. Report Number: SS05 Module: Control Panel Software Version: 4.4.4 and 5.3.8 Description: The Control Panel menu can be invoked from 2 places: Right-click on the LOR notification area icon, or from the "Commands" menu of the Status window. Certain menu items are disabled at certain times. For instance, if a "Show On Demand" is not running, the "Shut Down Show on Demand" menu item is disabled. The problem is that the menu is not updated, if invoked from the "Commands" menu in the Status window. Repeat By: Show the LOR Status window. Bring up the "Commands" menu and start a show on demand. Bring up the "Commands" menu again, and notice that the "Shut Down Show on Demand" menu item is still disabled, even though a show on demand is running. The work-around is to bring up the menu from the notification area icon. Bringing that menu up enables the appropriate menu items on both the notification area menu and the Status "Commands" menu.
  5. Lumenplay strings can't be controlled directly by LOR (because the Lumenplay controller uses Bluetooth, and LOR doesn't), but it may be possible to use a 3rd party device, like an E6804, but you'll need to cut the wire that connects the stock Lumenplay controller to the string, and then you need to figure out which RGB pixel chip is used in the Lumenplay bulbs. I couldn't find this information online, so it may be either that: No one has gone to the trouble to figure this out; or They use a proprietary chip, in which case you're out of luck.
  6. I've been using 50 GE Color Effects G35 bulbs (with a SanDevices E6804) for several years. They are very durable, but one bulb has seem to have lost its red LED, which makes my orange, yellow, and purple come out green and blue. Unfortunately, I didn't buy any spares when I bought them years ago, and now they are very difficult to find. Does anyone have some spare GECE G35 pixel bulbs I can buy? If not, what do you recommend as a replacement?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. To play an intensity file, you need to have the LORCommListener running (which will start automatically if you have the LOR Control Panel running).
  13. 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.
  14. Why do you bother turning them off? The LOR controllers, and all modern computers, are designed to be powered up 24x7.
  15. 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.
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