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  1. I had a problem like this. It turned out to be caused by one of the controllers. IIRC, replacing the comm chip in the bad controller solved the problem.
  2. With more investigation, it appears the problem may not be the ELOR. The DMX output from the ELOR goes to the Seasonal Entertainment Multiport Blender, which repeats the DMX signal on 4 outputs, allowing me to have 4 DMX cables come to one point in the garage instead of being chained in one line. It also inserts power, so I can have 1 power supply in the garage powering all my DMX fixtures. The Multiport Blender has a 5v regulator, an RS485 receiver chip, and a quadruple differential line driver. When I got home today, I measured the output from the 5v regulator on the Multiport Blender. It was 7.5v. The line driver states the absolute maximum rating for the supply voltage is 7v. The RS485 receiver also specifies 7v. I suspect one or both of these chips have been damaged, because it doesn't work even after replacing the voltage regulator. I'll order some replacement parts, which won't help the remaining 2 days of this season, but at least it will work for next season.
  3. The DMX part of my display failed last night. Since 2012, I have been using the ELOR from SanDevices. It emulates 4 iDMX1000s, translating the output to E1.31 multicast, and mirrors universe 4 to a DMX output. I have been using the DMX output to drive 5 RGB DMX floodlights, 3 RGB ribbons, and an 8-RGB-channel mini tree. The E1.31 is connected to an E6804 (which is connected to some GE Color Effects strings). I would like to repair/replace it, but it is no longer made. I could get an iDMX1000 and bridge the E6804 to my pixel tree network, but that seems overkill, and a lot of work for little gain. One reason I used the ELOR (emulating an iDMX1000) is that the shimmer effect is much better than directly driving the DMX network through a USB interface. Any ideas an how to get my DMX fixtures working again?
  4. Actually, you could. LOR uses pins 3,4,5,6 and DMX uses pins 1,2,7 so you could combine both networks in one cable. This would only work if your DMX devices passed pins 3,4,5,6 through without doing anything to them.
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. To play an intensity file, you need to have the LORCommListener running (which will start automatically if you have the LOR Control Panel running).
  17. 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.
  18. Why do you bother turning them off? The LOR controllers, and all modern computers, are designed to be powered up 24x7.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Steven

    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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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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