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  1. Wow, I got everything sequenced, put together, and hung up in 30 days, 30 days ago I did not think I would be able to do a halloween show because of time. here is my first video I have posted. I should also mention I'm 16 years old and was able to got this all done by my self in 30 days. If you would like any sequences or have questions let me know. Also If you have any tips for filming my lights better its a bit of a bad video quality. Thanks! and Happy halloween!
  2. We have added a page on our website to help you put lights on your wireframes. It's not much but we hope it will help you light up your frames. This info was gathered for several locations and people and combined into one location. Here is the link http://www.wireframedlites.com/howto.shtml and if you have anything to add to it please let me know.
  3. Hello All, I need some help with anyone who is familiar with 10w RGB Led Floods from Ray Wu. I had posted my question in another thread where Tom recommended I open a new topic to get more exposure. I recently started learning about light-o-rama and rgb leds. I also recently purchased the CMB24 controller board. I was looking into connecting this with some 10w rgb led flood lights. I have heard good things about Ray Wu's store and his products. I found the following floodlight on his store. http://www.aliexpres...2037336497.html I want to find out if I can use these out of the box without any changes/hacking as some of the other rgb flood lights need. On the flood light description it mentions about wireless control. Hence I have a feeling that it may not work out of the box. I reached out to Ray and this was his response: "this 12v rgb flood light is 4wires, it works in the same way as the below rgb strip and rgb nodes: can work with LOR 24 channel 12 volt controller http://www.aliexpres...1742526381.html http://www.aliexpres...522236867.html" I would prefer to avoid hacking so I hope someone can help me with this. Thanks for your help! Cheers, Andy
  4. I need some help, as a newbie jumping into the RGB world. (sorry about the big pics too) I have watched a lot of the videos....and I get it...but just not confident that I get it! I have connector pig tails , the 27 channel circuit boards , RGB LED strip CCR , RGB flood lights, 15 DMX modules and RGB CCB (I think) I don't yet have the power supplies, because I don't know how many I need. I have 100 of the CCB, 5x 15m of the CCR, 15 RGB floods. I have one USB connector (RS232?). Do I need another adapter for the RGB set up? I am running 6 x 16 LOR controllers. I guess what I am asking is how do these things go together? Do I need 1 DMX module per flood? 1 DMX module per strand of RGB? I am a little lost as to the actual set up............. Any assistance or pointing in the right direction is most appreciated. Thank you in advance. Garreth MacDonald Eugene OR
  5. Hello, I just purchased my first LOR controller! Anyways. I received the controller, pieced it together, and got a nice flashing red light! Excellent! So, before I purchased, I had done plenty of research on the LOR and everything about it. I found out that all LOR's accept DMX-512 Natively! Aint' that awesome!?! Coming from a stage lighting background, I loved the idea. Reading further, I found that Light-o-rama has their own guide to making an XLR to RJ-45 patch cable to run DMX signal to your LOR. Here:http://www1.lightorama.com/Documents/DMX-DOC.pdf I followed the instructions EXACTLY, even checking continuity on each pin when I was done. I even created the crossover version of the patch cable like listed in the .pdf. And still, no cigar. I can't figure out why this doesn't work. Is there a different way of doing this? are the pins wrong? Whats the issue here? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  6. I have a 10x17 (170) pixel matrix sign I have just made. Hopefully I have not messed up with the design. I looked over at the Holidaycoro site and saw where David suggested that the pixels go right to left pattern. I did not do that. I went up and down from the right corner going left. Hopefully I have not messed up. I know this topic is under the "Software" side of things so here we go (again if I have not messed up on configuring the pixels). How do I get the above mentioned pieces of software configured correctly to reflect my pixel layout? Also when exporting it, how can I label the channels in S3 without having to go and type in changes on all 510 channels? Thanks, Robert
  7. Hey all, I'm looking at purchasing the CMB24D Controller + 8 RGB single pixel ribbon. The idea is to create a smaller mega-tree with 8 rows, or if it doesn't look dense enough, add to my existing megatree (link below). According to the store info, it requires an external power supply and enclosure. I really have no idea what I'm looking for there. It looks like there's a PSU available on the website here: http://store.lightorama.com/1260waposu.html, is that any good? What enclosures would you recommend? How hard is it for a noob to cable this up? Is soldering required? Is this really the best solution for a "dumb" single-pixel mega tree, or are there better solutions out there (specifically all-in-one, assembled kits, for lazy people like me.) Last-Year's Megatree:
  8. Hey all, I'm looking at purchasing the CMB24D Controller + 8 RGB single pixel ribbon. The idea is to create a smaller mega-tree with 8 rows, or if it doesn't look dense enough, add to my existing megatree (link below). According to the store info, it requires an external power supply and enclosure. I really have no idea what I'm looking for there. It looks like there's a PSU available on the website here: http://store.lightorama.com/1260waposu.html, is that any good? What enclosures would you recommend? How hard is it for a noob to cable this up? Is soldering required? Is this really the best solution for a "dumb" single-pixel mega tree, or are there better solutions out there (specifically all-in-one, assembled kits, for lazy people like me.) Last-Year's Megatree:
  9. I just purchased a CMB24D and some 10w flood lights. I also purchased a cable guard cg1500 enclouser to mount it in and was trying to figure out how to mount it when I came across this at Holiday Coro. It allows you to mount the board and a power supply. I ordered it and it worked awesome. I got it all up in running quickly. http://www.holidaycoro.com/Light-O-Rama-LOR-CMB24D-Mounting-Kit-p/641-kit1.htm
  10. Would anyone have Carol of the Bells (Dubstep) by Capital Kings´╗┐ with no RGB's sequence for free or to purchase? I would be happy with beats to add to my mega trees and arches. 32 or 64 channels would be fine. EMAIL TROBERTS21277@GMAIL.COM
  11. Hello I have an old Christmas light show system called the Gemmy Light Show and I wanted to try to connect it to my existing LOR controller using a cat5 cable. The Gemmy has 6 channels however it had 10 preprogramed songs and doesn't connect to a computer. I wanted to crack it open and try to get it to be controlled off of a Cat5 cable so that I can plug it into my existing controller. I'm 14 years old and have no idea how to do this kind of stuff, all I know are the locations of some to the main computer chips on the control board. Please tell me if you have any ideas or experience on this topic so I can see if it works. I know people have done this with another system very similar to the gemmy (Mr Christmas) so I know it can be done. THANKS!
  12. Hi, I'm a newbie this year looking at buying LED rope light to try LOR this Christmas season. I had a couple of questions about Sequencing Software + LED rope lights that may help in deciding (a) whether I buy rope lights or incandescent and ( what effects I use in the software. Dimmable LED? If I buy this kind, does this mean I can use the fade effect? I intend to also use the twinkle and shimmer effects with LED rope light. Will this be possible? Hanging LED onto a GUTTER. How should I go about this? I saw other posts advising velcro, some saying zip ties with a screw insert, others tell of electrical tape. Which one has worked THE BEST? Show length. In making a show, how many songs should it last? I don't want people to have to sit for 20-30 minutes for a whole show (unless they wanted to), but I also don't want it to be just 2 songs. Currently I am sequencing (with some assistance) 3 songs.Any and all insight will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. I had an idea to cut up a CCR and use the pixels in different areas of my display that have some distance between them. e.g. I have many pumpkins with a single light bulb inside that I now light with a 16 channel controller. (16 pumpkins max and only one color.) I thought that maybe I could cut up a CCR and put a pixel in each pumpkin for not much more money than a 16 channel controller. (Up to 50 pumpkins and in any color!) The problem I imagine would be with the distances between the segments. But I am sure I am not the first to think of this, so can you please share any other problems and if you know of a way to solve them? Thank you for sharing!
  14. I currently use LOR controllers for my Halloween and Christmas displays but this year I am adding a few objects that will be independent of the main display. The task at hand is illuminating the object using motion sensors and having it illuminate in 3 timed segments both forward and then after a dwell time of about 5seconds reverse the illumination to off again. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to approach the electrical side of this. I think I have the construction part solved just falling short on a simple solution for the electrical side.
  15. The RGB ribbon lights on my building are up year around. Normally set to 50% blue most evenings, but since it's Memorial day I added a little action with Red, White and Blue. http://lightshow.franktronics.net/index.php/memorial-day-2014-night-at-franktronics/
  16. This is my 3rd year to use Light-O-Rama products in my home Christmas display. I have received so much help from this forum, I thought I'd attempt to pay back and post my most recent adventure building a controller box for the CMB 24 controller I purchased at the Mad Grab sale. I bought the package that has the 8 dumb RGB strips. I want to add the RGB floods next year. I've attached pictures to show what I did. I went to Home Depot and bought a big plastic box in the electrical section. The Power supply I purchased from Light-O-Rama is the biggest piece and is 9" long, so I bought a 10" X 10" box. I want to run CAT 5 cable from the box to the strips and I want to be able to just plug them in, so I bought some outlet boxes, CAT 5 jacks & cover plates. You can see from the pictures the process I used. I made some mistakes along the way, but am pretty pleased with the result. I hope this can help someone else. Enjoy!!
  17. I've had several folks ask how I built my 8 ft. starburst from 2013. I put together a quick how-to for an element I'm in process of building this year. This one is a Pixel Marty Fan, but the build concept is virtually the same, Just a half circle instead of a complete circle. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fel0narom0tlvp1/Pixel%20Fan%20Build.pdf Here is a smaller burst I have already built for 2014. Sorry, I didn't get any pics for this build. With the above how-to, the burst should be easily accomplished. https://vimeo.com/84608204
  18. I'm using the Holiday Coro Actidongle to run a 27 channel controller and three 3 channel controllers also from Holiday Coro using the S3 software. My question is: has anyone tried running any DMX stage type lights with this setup? I am looking at a couple of RGB DMX lights as well as a DMX UV light that I found for fairly cheap. I assume that I could just run a DMX 3-pin cable from the 27 channel controller to the first DMX light, set the address accordingly and sequence in LOR as regular channels set to DMX. Everything I'm using right now is set to RGB channels because that's all I'm using. The DMX lights I'm looking at use 4 channels, so I couldn't use the RGB option in LOR (right?)
  19. Hello. I live in the UK. We have 220-230 volt AC outlets, and because of this, the majority of lights (LED lights) available use transformers to take the currant to about 12-36 volts. From what I have read, the transformers would turn on and off, but not fade, shimmer or twinkle. I would like to know if this is true or if there is an alternative to transformers. Also, I have some rope lights and other lights with what looks like, no transformer. I'm not sure if they have a transformer hidden away in the controller box. And one other thing, I know I can switch the board to 230V, but will need 16+ US-UK adapters to connect the plugs to the LOR's outlets.
  20. I put together a CMB24D controller for 6 RGB flood lights. 3 floods are the Holiday Coro kit, 2 are Light O Rama 10 watt floods, 1 is a 10 watt flood I picked up on Amazon for $15.00 then hacked it. All the floods work great except they're not bright enough as I have a street light across from me. Has anyone tried RGB 20 or 30 watts floods? Are they 12v or 24v? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nmm872blpwz6zbc/QpWlqlelPU
  21. HI i was just wondering what to do i have two mega trees and there about 15 ft tall and i live in Wisconsin and we got about 2.5ft of snow total so my mega trees are only 12.5 ft tall because the lights are staked into the ground. any ideas what to do?
  22. I would like to create a 24x50 matrix using superstar. However I'm not using CCR's, I am using generic WS2811 strips (50 pixels long) I was able to successfully create a quick visualization of the matrix, however it's based on CCRs. So when I export it into the sequencer, I would have to have 24 CCRs and then copy the data over the DMX channels that they really exist on. Is there anyway I can avoid this additional step? Also is there anyway to get around the 1024 fixture limitation on the visualizer in S3? I tried to make a 24x50 matrix and got stuck after 20 of the strips were completed. Thanks _Dave
  23. Hello everyone.... A while back I had posted a problem with a controller I was having (3 channels on unit 01 (all on the 1-8 side)) "Spazz out" and blink, sometimes it's #3, sometimes it's 3,6, and sometimes it's 8 & 3, whatever, it's ONLY 3, 6, and 8 that do it and ONLY the one controller.... OK, So here's the thing, these 4 controllers are over 400 feet from my house (Out front), AND 400 feet in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION, we have a fencer... yup ! click......... click........... click............ click, ALL 4 controllers are on one outlet (15 amp), and the fencer is on another outlet (over 1000 feet of underground wire between them in opposite directions. ONLY Unit 01 does it, and ONLY those 3 channels.... Guess what.... yup !!! the channels blink in time (when they do blink) in time with the click of the fencer.... (AM radio, off channel proves this). I can deal with this and resolve it on my own, BUT some stuff to note: The solution (shielded cat 5 wire) actually I'm going to try Belden foil over 2 conductor, as the distance from the G3-MP3 to the first controller is (as the cable lays) over 1000 feet (currently it's just normal Cat 5 E from home depot) This is called "Ground Effect" funny that the elevation of both the fencer, and the 01 is the same (even though there is a small hill and rise between them), (as well as 800 + feet ). I tried moving the controllers breaker to the other leg of the panel, problem persists (this means it's NOT a spike on the AC being back fed from the fencer). So far I unplugged the fencer, the blinking does stop, (so I know it is the cause) but have to leave it running or we'll be chasing horses all over the place. ALSO to note is that it is ONLY 01, I am also going to re-address the unit while it's still in it's location, (software and hardware test), FMI (For My info) to see if it's physical location of that controller or software related, the other three controllers are all, within 100 feet of that controller, AND there is an extra 50 some odd feet of cable AFTER the last controller (truck out on the road) the network cable HAS terminators at the two far ends of the cable (far end of the 50, and at the end of the 1000). It IS the fencer, it's just HOW it's causing it, is what I want to know.... I already know how to fix it, just why............. Greg
  24. I was grinding some gears and wondering. 1) can you use cat6? 2) when you go to make it, does the LOR boxes need all 8 wires? 3) If not which ones? 4) Can I wire in device ends with out interference (data noise) for example head set ends, usb etc..
  25. When it comes to wiring the positive and negative for a single channel, can you only use the positive associated with the 3 channels next to it only or can you use that 1 positive connection for say 5 negative connections? If so what is the maximum amperage for one of those positive terminals if it's 4A per channel maximum?
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