Six years ago I had a fairly big LOR setup. Three 16 channel controllers and two 24 channel Dumb RGB boards. Then six months after my final show that Christmas I had a heart attack at age 35. Actually a couple of heart attacks but who's counting? Anyway, triple bypass happened and it really knocked me back for some time. It took a year just to get my energy back and for all the soreness to be gone. Obviously a show did not happen that year and I eventually just sold all my equipment. My wife never really cared for the show anyway as she didn't like strangers pulling up and staring at our house so she was happy it was gone as well. Fast forward, six years and now I've been able to talk her into letting me have a "small" light show again. This time it won't be on and around our house it'll be on the .5 acre property we own next to it. My thoughts were to just start out this year with a relatively simple pixel tree that I can have some fun with then slowly add more elements as time and money allows during the off season next year.
I currently own an Advanced license of LOR with 8 CCR Superstar feature level. My max version is currently 3.12. I'll be looking to upgrade to the latest version soon. I'm a DIY type of person so I've been looking at the Pixie16 controllers and will purchase some WS2811 strings to go with it to make up my tree. My questions are...
Can I purchase the WS2811 12V strip lights from ebay , etc and they'll work with the LOR controller? I want to be able to control each pixel individually as I want to be able to have designs and words scroll across the pixel tree during the sequence. Looking for recommendations on which pixels are best and where to buy them. Also, I understand that I'll need a red USB485 dongle as I will run the sequences from a dedicated PC. Is there anything else that I'm missing? I already have an enclosure and power supply for the pixel board so I'm good there. I'll also need a FM transmitter. Any recommendations for one of those? Any help would be appreciated. I'm on a budget so the cheaper the better.