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  1. Facebook isn't required. You can pay $15.00 via Paypal https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.me%2Fsocalchristmas%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR13_S84VD3OSXyeNcRjm48aEUIls7Eu2FC-6Rd8-XL2PMYNJLPgrXqKu8k&h=AT2AI4A5JHFX15P1Yx9uJLrfSNaUV3xjKv9HlRSOmgC2TuNfHg60FwluyPHDdTNImIbFTJleuA750KBDH5gO4tcOFIyge9oTWtiDvWUtnDGFFu6OiBcvURW74sfsJZaH6TF3Jf2uEPM8KKGqf1Y
  2. Same location as the last ones. Where:Monster Energy Headquarters 1 Monster way, Corona, CA 92879 Join the Facebook group then you can see details. You need to join the group to RSVP and pay the $15.00 anyways.
  3. So Cal mini time again. September 7th 10am-7pm in Corona. This is going to be a pretty big event. Check out the FB page for more info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/socalchristmas/ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pastries, coffee, informal chit-chat, and show & tell. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch (TBD) 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Welcome, Intros & Giveaway 1:20 PM - 1:40 PM Address by Vinny Bittinger of Holiday Lighting Think Tank 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM Presentation by John Spiker (Universes & Power Injection) 2:20 PM - 2:30 PM Break 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Projection Mapping / Presentation by Jorden Nash 3:10 PM - 3:20 PM Break 3:20 PM - 3:30 PM [SURPRISE GUESTS] 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM Hands on Labs (see event description) and Professional Triers Podcast 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM Raffles 4:50 PM - 5:00 PM Pictures 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Informal chit-chat, and show & tell
  4. I see you're located in Los Angeles.There is a SoCal lighting group you may want to look into. Tons of people close to you that can help out. There is a mini on September 7th in Corona. Check it out if you haven't already. www.facebook.com/groups/socalchristmas/
  5. If you want something stand alone the HC-1 panel controller is very simple and great for a tune to sign https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32643418307.html The software for it isn't the greatest but it works fine for a tune to sign. I used one of these for several years for a 3x4 P10 matrix for my tune to sign. This would be much easier and cheaper than BBB, Pi, Colorlight etc. The Matrix Pihat from CFOL is another option. I used two of the Matrix Pihats last year and it was very easy to setup and worked great. Lots of options out there
  6. uncledan

    totally new

    I would strongly recommend you read the ACL101 manual several times. This is a must for RGB or pixels. https://auschristmaslighting.com/threads/auschristmaslighting-101-manual.1889/
  7. I'm about 30 minutes away in Buellton. No longer using LOR though. 30k+ pixel display with Xlights. Glad to see someone else in the area. There aren't any other displays I know of close
  8. I suggest Xlights and its FREE! Another option worth looking into
  9. +1 for a Pi. Cant beat the price for a "show computer" at a whopping $30.00...
  10. I've tested actual current draw on over 30,000 12v nodes. NONE of them were 60ma(.06 amps). That's a very safe number if someone doesn't have the capabilities to actually test them. I find it nice to actually test items in my display and not just go off of what a vendor tells me.
  11. Lots of ways to attack this. My math says the matrix will be 24 nodes wide by 29 tall or 696 nodes(2088 channels). You could do this with 12 outputs of the pixcon with 58 nodes each and a 320/350w power supply for each bank. You can limit the intensity on the outputs and use 6 outputs of 116 nodes if you have 12v nodes. You didn't mention the voltage? Do you prefer connections on the top/bottom or sides?
  12. The easiest is to get a DC clamp ammeter. Not cheap but I find it very useful in this hobby. You can purchase a Digital Multimeter such as this for as little as $5.00. https://www.amazon.com/Function-Digital-Multimeter-Harbor-Freight/dp/B07BV833YN Its only rated for for 5a so need to be careful. Most of them are fused internally. You're running the power through the meter (in series). You could also use something like this which is typically used in the RC hobby. https://www.amazon.com/Precision-Detector-Analyzer-Current-Voltage/dp/B07PKHPC1T/ref=pd_day0_hl_60_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07PKHPC1T&pd_rd_r=002a392b-664e-11e9-a637-6b060766031a&pd_rd_w=VRPv3&pd_rd_wg=f8JlA&pf_rd_p=ad07871c-e646-4161-82c7-5ed0d4c85b07&pf_rd_r=T9D8F80Q013Q746QM7C6&psc=1&refRID=T9D8F80Q013Q746QM7C6
  13. Don't go off of what the manufacturer tells you. Test the strings. You can buy a $10 meter from Harbor Freight. I've never had 12v nodes that were 60ma white. I run my whole display at 30% intensity or less. Average is around 20ma white at 30% intensity
  14. I cut mine to length and put a piece of EMT inside the 1" Sharkbite. Left them out in the SoCal sun for a few days and they were fine. There was still a slight bend at the ends but once I put them in the bases it wasn't noticeable. A heat gun might help too
  15. The great thing about pixels is they can be used for Halloween and Christmas. I start on house outline, windows, etc in mid September usually. Halloween display comes down November 1st and its 200+ hours setting up Christmas display. Thanksgiving night the show begins
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