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  1. I sure do understand you string 4 in the center idea, but for me sequencing on the beat and quite often music is in 4/4 time - I like things in 8s because I can then hit the beat and the between beat with a string to make it pulse with the music. Just my thoughts...your mileage may vary!
  2. But those software versions would require different sets of files as they are not the same. I do wonder how many folks would require S3 sequences - hate to ignore a large group of users, but...who knows. I hadn't thought about the animated vs musical options - thanks for that. I would agree - about searching - a simple list would not be as helpful.
  3. I couldn't find it either - just the sharing forum. I agree there would have to be S4, S5, and non-Pixel.
  4. Hi, all! I'm thinking about working on a project to help those of us who use LOR Software to sequence our shows find free shared sequences, and to, perhaps, show off to the users of "that other software" that we are every bit as creative, and that our software is just as versatile in creating our Holiday Lighting Shows. If any of you who read this could tell me who you think I should contact as an "LOR expert sequencer" (someone that is not a vendor who sells their sequences), I'd appreciate hearing from you. Yes I know there is a Sequence Sharing forum here...but I'm thinking more along the lines of a central repository of the actual sequences available for download, not people emailing stuff back and forth. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.I know who I see posting a lot, but I"m hoping some of you might suggest people that slip under the radar that are very helpful.
  5. I have arches in any incarnation of my show...Halloween, Christmas, New Years - even 4th of July!
  6. While I said computer - some folks also get the Showtime Director (or something similar) sold by LOR and use that to run their show rather than using their computer. In that case the entire show, with music and sequences is loaded on an SD card and that then drives the controllers rather than the computer. I have a small laptop devoted just to my light show but the first year I did use one of the showtime directors.
  7. The RJ-45 connect (you call ethernet connector) is where the data from the computer connects to drive the controller and subsequent pixels. the Pixels have a screw on connector that attaches to the controller's outputs. So you have a power cord, a data cable, and 2 outputs coming out of the waterproof box (which contains the power supply, and controller.
  8. As THeDucks mentioned - the 2-output units come all assembled and ready to go - the others do not. I'm not one to fiddle about with assembling all those things to make sure they are waterproof, etc.....I just get the preassembled 1-outpu units ---- these work best for me since I have to spread the controllers out around the eaves and on various locations in the landscape.
  9. And the controllers (if you get the prepackaged sets - which is what I always do) have their own built in power supplies....so they have a standard electrical plug and two (or more) outputs to the pixels. I wouldn't suggest buying them as pieces and parts, just get the packaged one - under the category Plug-N-Show Cosmic Color Packages (CCCII). You can get them with strands of 50 or strands of 100; and as bulbs or bullet (pixels). They also make ribbon style - but I have felt the ribbons seemed more fragile.
  10. And, yes, the pixels can connect to the controller straight out of the box, as they come. Only need to buy extensions if you want to move the first pixel farther away from the controller (I believe there is like a 4' or 6' lead in wire on the first pixel - can't recall exactly).
  11. BTW - there are several companies out there that produce sort of inexpensive coroplast cutouts with predrilled holes for pixels (bullets not bulbs) in the shape of stars, snowflakes, etc. The one I have purchased from is Boscoyo - though other folks seem equally as pleased with some of the other companies - I just have no experience with them.
  12. You cannot put more than 100 pixels on one output from the controller. Now you can get controllers that support 16 outputs (or 16 strands of 100 bulbs)...but the all have to come from the central located controller. In my case I've purchased the controllers that support only 2 outputs...so that I can scatter them all around. if your strands are all going to start within 25 set of the central controller then you can easily get just the one 16 output controller. You can also buy the controllers with strands of 50 if having 100 connected to one output is too many bulbs. This problem is one of the reasons I concentrate my pixels on the eaves/gutters and on props in the landscape. I do not outline any of my windows. I have thought about hanging a big snowflake on each window though - haven't made that happen yet - but it's a thought I've been contemplating!
  13. That is a problem I have yet to adequately solve - certainly if you cut and spice the LOR pixels you wipe out the warranty. I guess your best bet is to run them in a continuous path (even though some may not be needed). then in the S5 Preview of the house, set up sections of the string of 100 to be each window while ignoring those you don't want to light. You'd have to be certain that you only sequenced to the specified groups so the others would stay unlit. So, for example, you could take Unit ID 8 which contains 100 bulbs and set the first 29 as "Window 1" - using pixels 1-29; then set 30-37 as "Unused 1"; then 38-52 as "Window 2"; then 53-65 as "unused 2"; then 66-95 as "window 3"; and finally 96-100 as "unused 3". Then you can sequence each window or all windows by addressing "Window 1," Window 2," and Window 3." As long as you don't send signals to the "unused" pixels they will not light up during your sequence. Perhaps someone else will offer some other suggestion, but that is how I have used pixels to cover different areas.
  14. Oh - as to how they hook together - the 100 bulb strands are actually 2 strands of 50 that screw together with a built in connector...and screw on to the controller the same way. I believe, if you need to spread them out further you can attach an "extension cable" (available from LOR) to the controller as long as you don't make the first pixel any farther than 25' from the controller.
  15. I use all RGB Bulbs from LOR on my eaves and gutters. They are spaced 6" apart (standard as they come from LOR). You can get them in sets of 2 strands of 100 bulbs with one controller for both strands. So that makes each strand about 50' long. Of course you have to get power and data cables to each controller but since you can place the controllers 100' apart to spread the two 50' lengths out - that's really not a big deal (at least I don't think so). I also have some of those 100-bulb strings wrapping some tree trunks in my yard. 6" spacing seems to be very easily visible from the street. I also have 6 of the LOR 16X25 (6.5 foot tall) RGB Trees. I have never had any problems with them - perhaps if you reply with the issues you're having we might be able to help on that, too.
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