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Al Saunders

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Al Saunders last won the day on November 25 2019

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    Centreville, MD
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    Insurance Underwriter

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    Classic cars, history of Ford and Henry Ford and of course Christmas decorating especially lighting!
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  1. Hi Holidaddict, Welcome to our addiction! 😁 I would suggest starting mostly the way I did. The best thing probably would be a starter package that the software, at least one controller, cables and connector are included. You'll end up wanting to upgrade later which is easy. Since you are using mostly regular incan lights a starter package is perfect. Once you have this setup all you'll need to do is buy some sequences from the LOR sequence store and you'll be up and running this year. Just remember if you do go this route to make sure you decorate the 4X4 method LOR sequences. This i
  2. I too am adding the LOR CCRII tree kit this year. I already have several superstar sequences for it. As for the RGB star I'd suggest buying the one from Brian Bruderer. Here is the link for it. www.superstarlights.com/SuperStarConstruction/RGBStarPurchase.php He also sells the mounting plate and drop down bracket to mount the CCR's to. I got it but haven't put it together yet. Looks to be very good quality and Brian packs it very well. Hope this helps. Have a great day and stay safe. Al
  3. I too looked into it a few years ago. To me it was very hard to understand, especially trying to get the timings from Audacity to their sequencing software. From what I saw in videos, read and over heard in person at mini's I formed an opinion for a difference between LOR and X-Lights. To me, LOR is a true sequencing software. With LOR you have very specific control of timings with normal lights as well as pixels/RGB lights. To me, X-Lights is an "effects generator" in that you pick an effect like snowfall, fire, spinning and you drop it at a certain timing for a specific length of time and th
  4. We usually have 7 songs and they loop the whole time during show hours. We run 6-9:30 Sun - Thursday then 6-10 on Friday and Saturday. I feel this gives viewers enough songs to watch and then when they hear/see a repeat they will move on unless they really love something and want to wait longer. Even though I have a good amount of viewing space I don't want several cars staying for long periods of time. Hope this helps. Al
  5. Hi Phil, Actually the white when on full looks fine. It's the fading of the red color looks pinkish during the fading. I'm going to add a second power supply to have each bank being powered by a 200w PS. I didn't know of limiting the intensity on pixels. I have several sequences that are all maxing out at 100%. They are bright, that's for sure. Thanks for the info. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! Al
  6. So the LOR help desk was very helpful and instructed me to reset the CMB24 with toggle #12. That worked and got the strings to fade properly and the sequences run fine. This being my first time with RGB pixels, it looks like the red seem to fade to pink when not at full power. Like either dimming up or dimming down they look pinkish. Is this typical of these types of lights/pixels? Or is this happening due to them being only powered by the one 200w power supply? Would adding a second PS and putting one on each bank help with the fading? Thanks, Al
  7. Hey Guys, Thanks for the replies and info. I guess I didn't word my question about the power supply too well. The power supply I have now has two leads coming from the power supply that each have a red + lead and a black - lead. I was wondering if I need to put both positive leads and both negative leads from THE SAME power supply to each bank (One on top the other). Or should I use one lead and cover the other lead of the power supply? And then do the same with the second power supply for the other bank of the CMB24? So one red and one black on each bank of the CMB24 or two reds and two
  8. Ok, so when in the Pixel Console it is on CMB24 as in the picture above and I select the correct unit id to test. I get blinking/flashing as I fade a color up from 0 to 100. At 100 it holds the color fine. Last night I had all of the frames lit on white at 100% and my single 200w LOR power supply was powering them. When I went and ran a sequence the blinking/flashing happened at every fade. It looks as if white is flashed VERY QUICKLY during the fades both up or down from 100% of the programmed/sequenced color. If I end up having to add a second power supply, do both power leads from the
  9. Ok sounds good. I'll look into those power supply. The blink I'm getting is a major blink, almost strobe like. What I'm not understanding is why when I only have one 50 node string hooked up and ramp up the power in the pixel console the light flashes as it ramps up to 100% power. With one string I'm no where near the power limit, I would think. Thanks, Al
  10. Yeah I used the pixel console for the CMB24 and the light console for my 1602 controllers. I don't remember clicking on a button for a CMB24 controller but will try that later. Yes, the controller is set to #7 by the dip switches 000000111000 on the board. Thanks, Al
  11. Good Morning Guys, I now know I need to get another power supply as I looked at the LOR store and this is what I'm using: PS-LED-12V-200W. So it's only 200 watt and I'm powering both banks with it. But the other thing is during setup and testing I only had two strings plugged into two ports of the CMB24. Each string was only 50 pixels. When using the Hardware Utility the string blinked as I bright the power level (fade) up. When on 100% whatever color I was using it worked fine. Last night I had all windows on different colors all at 100%, each frame had 100 pixels on them and two of
  12. Hello Everyone, I have a CMB24 controller being powered by the LOR power supply. I have Holiday Coro 12V dumb pixels in window frames. Each frame has 2 strings of 50 pixels on it. I just ran a test sequence and during all the fading the strings blink badly, mostly white while changing from the desired color to black or to another desired color in the sequence. In the Hardware Utility if I pick a color and put it at 100% the string looks perfect. If I use the pixel controller in HU, while fading up the string blinks until it gets to 100%. I am reading over the manual and will double check
  13. Thanks Everyone. I'm very thankful that I was blessed by the fall not doing more damage. I'm a big guy and I've been joking with my wife that I guess I'm not a "Bumble" that bounces! LOL Today is the first day back in the office and I'm doing pretty good with a small pillow behind me. We decided we will look into renting a lift for both setup and take down next year. Thankfully since my accident I've only had to sneeze and cough once. The sneeze wasn't too bad since I could kind of hold it in but the cough about sent me to tears!
  14. Hi Everyone, Just wanted to remind everyone to be careful out there. I wasn't being as careful as I should Friday 11/8/19 and as I was QUICKLY going up a 12' A frame ladder I felt as though it was buckling or folding under me. I panicked and fell/jumped off from about 6 feet up and ended up landing on my back and fracturing a rib on my right side. Thankfully I had a major portion of our display done when this happened. I still have a lot to do and all last week I barely left the house as just deep breathing was sometimes painful. With some help this weekend I'm hoping to get most remainin
  15. Thanks Jim and JR. I just checked and I'm running 4.3.22 Pro so I should be good version wise and I have two red adapters. Jim, I was planning on having the Superstar sequences for the CCRII tree imported to SE as data file and will take your advise in using the enhanced network. I didn't get a chance to try my animation sequence to see how it looks but will soon. Thanks guys, Al
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