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Everything posted by uncledan

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I've never heard of anyone having any luck with them on any forum. Buying pixels from China is a no brainer, the controller on the other hand.... Very happy with my Falcons. Xlights is FREE and worth a look
  6. Check out the BUD Industries Enclosures on Amazon. Very spacious enclosures at a reasonable price. I use a bunch of this enclosure with no complaints. https://www.amazon.com/BUD-Industries-NBF-32026-Plastic-Economy/dp/B005T94MQU/ref=sr_1_4?s=lamps-light&ie=UTF8&qid=1530998918&sr=1-4&refinements=p_89%3ABUD+Industries
  7. Sounds like my last 24 hours. Got 20 strings of 110 nodes for mega tree and 10 Boscoyo 99 node Daycor candy canes done. So much more to do.... The new 1,000 ft rolls of the HD strip from Boscoyo is awesome!
  8. Boscoyo is the way to go. The quality of the product is second to none. I just got two of the 1,000 ft rolls of the HD strip from them for a mega tree build. https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_6&products_id=154
  9. Thats a nice build with the exception of EMT. I could see that tree snapping in half... Its happened, I've seen pictures. You should be able to run that off a single 16 port controller if you reduce intensity to 40% or less. No real need to run higher intensity than that anyways. I say an F16v3, then you have plenty of room to expand in the future
  10. So are you planning 16 strings of 100 nodes and zig zagging them? In essence 32 strings of 50? 32x50 with 5" spacing on a 360 tree was my first pixel tree. I tried to keep things simple my first year with RGB.
  11. I would strongly recommend the ACL 101 manual when venturing into the world of pixels. It helped me a ton my first year! https://auschristmaslighting.com/threads/auschristmaslighting-101-manual.1889/
  12. I would never use top rail fencing for a Mega Tree that size... Asking for problems. Check out this site. http://www.magicchristmas.org/ I kind of tweaked the JUMP and Portable Hole from Walter Monkhouse. 18 ft + topper with no guywires. Withstood 70+ mph winds with no issues
  13. Avoid the cheap Chinese psus is my recommendation. I replaced all of mine with Meanwells and have had no issues in the last three years with close to 40 of them. HC psus are trash as far as I'm concerned. Chris over at holiday lighting has very good prices and has a presale starting soon. https://holiday.lighting/psorderform
  14. Used to be 100% LOR, now I''m 100% Falcon. (3) F16v3 and (3) F4v3.
  15. You shouldnt have any issues in Wisconsin. I used several CG1500's with 2 power supplies and a pixel controller or CMB24d with NO ventilation my first year. Mine worked fine in sunny California. The larger BUD's enclosures are ideal but I see no reason why you would have problems. If you vent the CG1500 you will definitely have no issues with heat
  16. You can cut to any length. The ones I'm selling were originally 50 ct strings from Holiday Coro. I soldered/spliced two strings of 50 together to make 100ct strings and soldered the pigtail on the end. I would also highly recommend checking out the ACL101 manual over ACL. https://auschristmaslighting.com/threads/auschristmaslighting-101-manual.1889/ Tons of great information regarding pixels and rgb.
  17. PM sent, the used dumb nodes I have are from Holiday Coro. Used for two years and about 1/4 of the cost of new ones from Holiday Coro.
  18. Dumb nodes dont require a pixel controller. A CMB24d will work great. Pixel= each node is individually addressable, dumb node = they whole string is the same color. I have used 100 12v dumb rgb bullet nodes on each output of a CMB24d for my minitrees. I still have several thousand left over that I'm not using in my display anymore if youre interested. I bought a ton of dumb RGB when I started into pixels/rgb a few years ago. Mistake as far as I'm concerned. Pixels are the way to go. 100% pixel now
  19. I've always thought it was a little misleading and confusing referencing dumb rgb as dumb pixels. LOR does this on their site and I'm sure its confused a few people.
  20. topper is still available. Drop me a PM if seriously interested and I can look into shipping quotes
  21. Thanks, its all 1-3/8 top rail fencing, everything purchased at local Home Depot. Bowing wasn't an issue, but it was heavy... I had a center support in the middle on the bottom and four mounting points on the top to my fence.
  22. Both square and bullet nodes have their purposes. If you have a prop that sits flat against a wall, fence etc the square nodes are lower profile/not as deep. I've found the square nodes are more secure and less likely to come out of the Boscoyo strip, Monster Matrix, ChromaMesh etc. I chose square nodes for my matrix because it seemed like the right thing for the job. Bullet nodes surely would work but would add and inch or so of depth to the back of matrix and the nodes aren't quite as secure in my opinion. Majority of my display is square nodes with exception of my 58 mini trees.
  23. Have you contacted Boscoyo regarding this? I thought James used to do custom orders
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