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  1. wow, really? starting in may?! i thought 2 weekends would be too long. maybe i will 2 weekends prior to 4th...?
  2. I have never done a 4th of July show before. I was wondering when/what date , weekend, etc. do you start your show. I think one month is way too much, but I dont want to do sequencing for just one night either. I'm thinking 2 weekend before or just the weekend before (june 30 this year) through the 4th. your experiences please...
  3. dito

    IP65 vs IP67 vs IP68

    should have used IP3000! 8)
  4. it looks like IP65 would be sufficient for roof line (mounted on the vertical face) but always like to hear what others have to say. Also, it's only a couple dollars more for better protection. I'd rather spend the $5 vs having to buy new RGB strips due to lack of protection from the elements. Hindsight is always 20/20, or so they say. So I'd like to learn from others decision and appreciate if you could vote on this poll, http://forums.lightorama.com/forum80/32242.html
  5. so i think i am going to dive into the RGB strip for this year. I've seen varying prices depending on the IP rating (waterproof protection. From what I understand: IP65 "can" get wet IP67 can be submersed for a short period of time IP68 can be continuously immersed without damage. I don't want to spend extra money for something I won't use. I was wondering what IP rating you buy and does it work for you? what are your weather conditions? Do you wish you had bought better protected strips? Knowing what you know now, would you have spent/ not spent the money for the extra protection?
  6. my reply got cut off... what i was trying to say is that IP65 "can" get wet, IP67 can be submersed for a short period of time, and IP68 can be continuously immersed without damage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code to compare the same "product", you'll have to look for IP68 on ebay, http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=5m+5050+ip68+rgb&_sacat=0&_sop=15&_odkw=5m+5050+150led+ip68+rgb&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313
  7. do note that ray wu's are IP68 and the ebay ones are IP65. i have been researching the difference in IP ratings, Troy Mann wrote: Too much money in my option, they will work with the CMB16D. This is the same type for half the price http://www.ebay.com/itm/180784140733?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_5170wt_1110
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    Chasing Lights

    dkoehler42 wrote: these are "smart" strips, correct ? or the more expensive ones...
  9. Does "double up" mean you piggy back two RGB strips on one set of 3 channels on the controller (6 wires into 3 channels) or do you attach a second strip to the end of the first strip to make one really long strip? Very good question! I'd like to find out the difference , if any.
  10. thank you all for the replies, it has helped clear things up, especially the photos! one question i still have is why can rope light LED be OK at 150ft runs, but RGB can only be 5-10Meter runs? and yes, thanks cracker, i will have to test my own double strip to see if i get dimming.
  11. ok, so i am pretty sure i got the power wire explenation wrong. i THINK the power wires (4wire) go from LOR controller to RGB string, but I am still not sure how you would only use 4 wires for 3 channels. 1 channel for each positive, and a shared negative (common anode)? but do you just hook up to any negative, or...?
  12. ok, i am overwhelmed at this point considering RGB LED vs individual ropelights. i know the RGB will be MUCH lighter to put on my roof line and millions more colors than rope lights (non RGB). cost will probably be less with RGB vs individual ropelights. so far i have gathered that i will need at least the following: 5050 RGB Strips http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209843764-329544925/5m-one-roll-5050-SMD-30LEDs-m-led-strip-waterproof-by-silicon-tubing-and-coating-RGB.html . at least one power supplies http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209855560-289599951/350W-Dual-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-88-264VAC-input-12V-350W-output-CE-and-ROHS-approved.html . And you can control the strip using the LOR controller http://store.lightorama.com/cmdedcca2.html power wire for the strip (from the power supply I THINK)? 4 wire/speaker wire CL2 rated 100' http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023904&p_id=4043&seq=1&format=2 so my questions are: -how do i get power to the power supply? do i plug a car battery to it or do i have to buy a plug/converter/adapter that plugs/connects to the power supply? I've heard i can use old computer power supply, what? how? ugh! -where the hell does the power supply go in line with the other components? does it only plug into the "power input" of the LOR? -how do i physically connect the LOR controller to the RGB strips? would i take up 3 channels/strip? for example channels 1,2,3 all go to same strip? but what about the common anode? if someone has a drawing or technical "map"/diagram, it would be really helpful and GREATLY appreciated!
  13. The speaker wire (4-wire) is for power to the 5050 strip (i think/ from the power supply)? someone please correct me if i am wrong since i am not sure, but that's what i deduced. i would love to see photos or a diagram of how all this is put together. i'm starting to think sticking with NON RGB LED's is easier. Carl S wrote:
  14. Is this correct? typical LED lightrope = 1" spacing 5050 150LED = 5Meter/150LED =196"/150LED = 1.33" spacing 5050 300LED = 5Meter/300LED =196"/300LED = .65" spacing
  15. here's a link to some 4 wire/speaker wire CL2 rated 100' for less. I've been buying from Monoprice for a long time and trust their products. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023904&p_id=4043&seq=1&format=2
  16. Does anyone leave their 5050's outdoors full time/year round? I live in a climate where it can be 100degrees (easily 90's) for most of the summer, and a little rain in the winter (no snow). I'm thinking the heat might dry up the strip and I'll end up with cracking on the circuit board/ strips. I think Ray Wu's should be safe from the water as they are double protected. any advice?
  17. Thank you for the links Bret and Andrew. Thanks for the picture difference of the "ebay" and "Ray Wu" style 5050 rstaley
  18. for the RGB, http://www.ebay.com/itm/280807473466?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
  19. i think this is what Bret was talking about, 5M RGB strip for
  20. Andrew, ^ are these the ones you are using for your mega tree?
  21. the only thing i found on ebay for 4 wire RGB was this... http://www.ebay.com/itm/165-Spool-4-Wire-LED-Flat-Rope-Lighting-RGB-Color-Changing-Controller-/260890648911?pt=Lamps_US&hash=item3cbe4b614f
  22. Bret, I'm confused... 350 watt power supply? 8 controllers? 1 roll 4 wire 100' $25, really? USB for DMX, I actually understand this one! CAT5, I understand this one too! links would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
  23. ok, let me back up for one minute. if i want to do RGB on my roof should i be looking at RGB strip or RGB rope light(4 wire for each, right)?
  24. yes they are on seperate channels (icicles). blue and white. 4 channels. this is a pic before i got the garage doors lined with rope light too. damn, i forgot there's MORE RGB strip i'll have to buy... if anyone ever responds.
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