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About k6ccc

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  • Birthday 04/19/1959

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    http://www.newburghlights.org

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    Glendora, California (Los Angeles area)
  • Occupation
    I run a regional Public Safety 2-way radio system.

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    You mean besides lighting? Ham radio, Geocaching, flying, target shooting.
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    The web somewhere
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    Christmas

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    5.2.4
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  1. 10,000 pixels on a single network is way too many. Split into four networks with all running at 1000k speed, and you are right at Max recommended for those network speeds. With that many pixels, I would recommend using a computer so you could run as many as 16 networks (if needed). This is particularly true if there are other things that can't run at 1000k speed.
  2. First of all, that is five outputs or ports on your Pixcon 16 - NOT five channels. Each string is many channels. As for getting video onto your entire house, this is not something I have done, but you would need to get the entire house into one Motion Effects row and then use either SuperStar or Motion Effects to add the video. Sorry, can't give details as I have never done that.
  3. There are a bunch of different trade names for transmitters that essentially look the same - the one you linked being one of them. I am using one just like it with a different name and it works quite well. I do recommend that you stay away from the Whole House transmitter. Whole room is a better description according to MANY reports.
  4. Two ways to build one. The way I do it is to crimp a RJ-45 plug with a 1/8 watt 120 ohm resistor across pins 4 & 5. I also have about a one to two inch stub of a cat-5 cable with the other six wires crimped in as well so you have something better to grab. The second way is to take an existing cable (this is where you would use an old cable with one damaged end), split out the wires for pins 4 & 5 (normally the white blue pair), and solder a 120 ohm resistor to the wire ends.
  5. What are you going to display the name on? Displaying on a pixel tree for example is pretty easy in SuperStar.
  6. Since you installed the newer version of the software, do a complete un-install and delete the Light-o-rama directory in c:\program files or c:\ program files (x86). Then install the old version.
  7. https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=880 Pick the desired color. I use green for E1.31 and purple for LOR networking.
  8. I don't believe any of the DC controllers supply power on the cat-5 cable for a director.
  9. k6ccc

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    There is a BUT. One disadvantage to 12 volt pixels is that the current is the same regardless if they pixels are 5V or 12V - in the case of WS2811 pixels, they draw 55 to 60 mA per pixel. That means that your total power consumption is about 2.4 times higher with 12 volt pixels - therefore larger or more power supplies. Taking numbers right out of the Falcon F16v3 controller manual: a string of 50 5V WS2811 pixels has a total power consumption of 13.85 watts, whereas 50 12V WS2811 pixels will take 33.24 watts. Note: I am talking about strings where each pixel is individually controllable - NOT strips where 12V strips often series three RGB LEDs together.
  10. Except when you want that dazzling bright color. I have one sequence that goes from almost a fully dark yard to every pixel at 100% white in about 100 mSec. You can see part of that at 32 seconds into this video: It's impressive as all get out in person - especially now that the pixel tree has four times as many pixels as it did in that video. Pixies do not have that capability. Depends on what you are driving. My current pixel tree and star (2,670 pixels this year - and will be 2870 next year) uses four 350 watt power supplies. That was enough for this this year ONLY because I have the pixels turned down to 50% in the controllers. Do the math. 2,670 pixels at 60 mAmp per pixel comes out to about 160 amps. Granted that for WS2811 pixels, 60 mA per pixel is a hair high - WS2811 pixels are generally between 55 and 60 mA each. However for this purpose, better to use the high end of the range.
  11. Best answer for this is to hook up the actual lights, get out your DVM and measure the current at various settings. This of course is best done months ago during construction.
  12. k6ccc

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    MOST smart pixels these days are three wire ( V+, V-, and Data ). There are some that also have a Clock wire. As the ducks said, all dumb RGB are four wire - and NOT controlled by any pixel controller.
  13. Running a show does not take much. Until a couple years ago, I was running my show (with thousands of channels) on a Pentium 2 based computer running Windows XP. The fastest sequence was able to max out the CPU until I switched almost everything to Intensity files, and then it was down to about 18% CPU at the max. Replaced that two years ago with an i5 based computer running Windows 7 - not so much because I needed more CPU horsepower, but I wanted to get away from XP. If you are concerned that a computer wont be able to run your show, set it up and run your show during the day and watch the CPU performance.
  14. I'm curious what you mean by "the file doesn't pop up in the list". How are you trying to select it? I can do a couple screen captures tonight if needed.
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