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  1. Greetings fellow light fanatics! I'm new to the LOR family, having just made the plunge last month. I bought the ShowTime Central package, which gives me access to the basic-plus version with SuperStar Demo, thinking that this gives me everything I need to get started. I also splurged and bought the Plug-N-Show pre-programmed SD card, in case I ran out of time and didn't get to build my own sequences. I shouldn't have worried... In less than two weeks, I've got three sequences completed that will provide an awesome 10 minute show using just the dumb LED light strings that I've been collecting over the past several years. I'm now considering buying an input pup, so that I can have the entire house lit until someone drives up to start the show (I live on a cul-de-sac that gets some drive-by traffic during the holidays, but I don't want to give any of my neighbors an epileptic fit with lights flashing all night long during December). So here's my question: How do I program an SD card with my show to use in my ShowTime Central controller? I've read through what I found online that looked like applicable documentation, and watched several helpful videos about setting up and checking hardware. I've launched the schedule editor on my PC, set-up a schedule to display the sequences, and it runs just fine... on my PC. The step I'm missing in all this is actually programming the SD memory. Does the show scheduler need to see it plugged into the PC to figure out it needs to update the SD memory? Or is there a secret command hidden somewhere that I'm missing? Or, is it as simple as just copying the sequences to the SD card and building the show from there? A little about me... I'm an EE/CS engineer that has been building, and programming, everything from single-board computers to artificial intelligence applications on distributed computing environments, so even if this were rocket science - which it's clearly not - I could probably figure it out. Actually, I'd probably figure it out on my own if I just continue to tinker with it, but it occurs to me that if I'm having problems with this, there's probably at least a couple of other newbies that will benefit from my having asked the question. Thanks in advance for any help or insight anyone has to offer...
  2. This year i wanted to livestream my display on youtube so that famly members and friends could see the display form other countries, Has anyone on this forum livestreamed their display? I was thinking of using an old CCTV camera and running the wires to an easy cap (RCA to usb converter) and having that run into youtubes livestream feature.
  3. 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:
  4. I want to incorporate some linear actuators into my Halloween show. I have some frightprops controllers, but was hoping to use LOR because the 3 axis skull I have, is using the Servo board. I wanted the linear actuators to open the lid of my column slowly, and then raise the platform of the skull up. One the sequence was finished, I then wanted to lower the platform, and close the lid. So, how should I wire the linear actuators so they can function with LOR, or how can I wire LOR and the frightprops controller together, so at least LOR could trigger the frightprops controller? Thanks in advance for your help.
  5. hi first go at dmx using lor software problem is i made up a test sequence in lor running it though a separate com port (5) though a holiday dongle version 2 into cat5 and into a ray wu 27 channel dmx unit . but the lights are not going on as programmed into lor ,( they are going on all over the 27 channels) but seem to be in a consistant pattern) ) the lor listener is working fine i am getting dmx signal at the dongle (green flashing light) on the controller the red light is flashing has any one had this problem or can solve it for me ? thanks in advance
  6. Good Morning, I have a 64 channel set up. I had no plan or idea when I started. After 4 years I am to the point of starting over with the whole rewiring with extension cords. I have used 3, 6 and 15 foot extension cords. I now know what my basic layout is and will stay. I would like to splice together the different extension cords to meet the length that I will need to get to that part of my layout. Next time I will buy a 1000 foot roll but for right now I need to use what I have. For example I am using 10 15' cords to reach my longest point. I see no problem with splicing the existing cords but thought best to ask. I was also thinking of using the original male and female plugs. Any problem with this idea? Thanks for your suggestion and direction. Later in Life, Mark
  7. Well, I thought I posted this a few days ago but I think I may have forgot to click submit. Obviously I'm new here, new to LOR as well. I did decorate may home with about 5000 LED lights last year using a Gemmy 6 outlet "controller." It was fun, but I wanted more individual control. So far I have been playing with the LOR software, the only hardware I have is the USB adapter and a CMB24 controller. I'm anxiously awaiting the spring sale so I can get a few AC controllers! As my first project / experiment in this realm I plan to re wire some old solar landscaping lights with 12v rectangular RGB modules (from holiday coro) and control them with the CMB24 (in standalone mode). I have also ordered a 12v/33amp/400watt power supply from holiday coro to power the RGB lights. My question is can the RGB modules be wired in series or do they have to be parallel. For the wiring I have 7 conductor 18 gauge direct burial sprinkler wire - I plan to use one conductor each for RGB and 3 conductors for the common positive (not sure if this is overkill). The total length of this wire would be about 50 feet. It seems to me the most practical way to do this for ease of repair, etc is to splice the male end 4 conductor connectors (also from holiday coro) to the areas in the main wire where I would like to place the lights and attach the other end of the connector to the RGB module / fixture. So this would be wiring the RGB lights in parallel rather than series. Is there any concern about reduced resistance and overloading the modules when wiring in parallel? I only had a few physics classes in college but I believe wiring in parallel actually reduces resistance (although maybe this only applies to actual resistors). It seems the advantage to wiring in parallel vs series would be less resistance and therefore all of the lights should be evenly bright even the one at the end of the line although I know the length of the wire may cause some resistance and some decrease in voltage 50 ft down the line. Anyway It is late and I'm rambling, any advise would be helpful. Thanks. One more thing, does anyone have any experience with the holiday coro "rain proof" power supply I mentioned above? Is it reliable and does it provide consistent voltage?
  8. I'm new here and new to the hobby (although I did use a gemmy "controller" with about 5000 LED lights last year). I have been playing with the software but the only hardware but all I own so far is the CMB24 which I got from the synchronized Christmas spring sale. I'm anxiously awaiting the LOR spring sale so I can get a few AC controllers! I have ordered some dumb RGB lights and rectangular modules from holidaycoro, waiting for those to come. I also have a 12 v, 400w (33 amp) power supply on order. For my first project / experiment I plan to use the RGB modules for landscape lighting - I plan to mount these modules in existing landscape light housing (currently solar and not very good, or colorful!). I have purchased 18 gauge 7 conductor direct burial sprinkler wire. I plan to use one conductor each for RGB and 3 conductors for the common positive. The total length will be about 50 feet. With all that said, my actual question is can these be wired in parallel or do they have to be wired in series? My plan is to use 4 conductor waterproof connectors spliced into the main wire so the at the lights could be easily removed for repairs. It seems that wiring in series would be more difficult as I would have to have a wire in and out of each fixture. Now I vaguely remember from my limited number of college physics classes that wiring in parallel actually decreases resistance, which is a good thing for a longer run of wire (ie the light at the end should still be bright) but will the decreased resistance lead to an overload of the modules? Am I over-thinking this? Also, and maybe this is a question for holidaycoro, do these modules have resistors that prevent overload as long as an appropriate power supply is used? Additional information - I plan to use about 12 modules for this and run it from a single RGB channel on the CMB24. Since the max per channel is 4 amps and it is stated on the holidaycoro website (and I know I need to test it) that 20 modules use only 1 amp with all colors on, using one channel should be no problem. Any suggestions or clarification would be helpful. Thanks Ed
  9. I have an E1.31 network already running and can control it from software. How do I figured out the DMX addresses so I can control it from a DMX controller?
  10. Currently (v3.12.0) to create DMX RGB pixels in the Visualizer you must create them one pixel at a time using the "Single Bulb" tool. This can be difficult if you have a large number of pixels, and since each bulb counts as a fixture in the Visualizer you are limited to 1000 pixels because the Visualizer only allows 1000 fixtures. In the next release of S3 the Visualizer will have a DMX Pixel tool that will make it easier to create DMX pixel strings and since each string counts as a fixture, your only limit will be having 1000 strings instead of 1000 pixels. Until the next release, there is a "back door" method of defining DMX strings using key words in the comment line of a Prop that holds one or more CCR strings. The visualizer will still think it is a CCR, but when imported into SuperStar, SuperStar will treat the CCR as a string of DMX pixels and export them as DMX pixels. The dmx keyword feature in in v3.10.14 and above. If you have an older version then download the latest version by going to the lightorama main page, click on "Support" then click on "S3 Download" then click on the "Download Now" button. There is a new keyword that you can put in the comment line of a Prop that tells superstar that the prop is to be treated as DMX lights. NOTE THE KEYWORD WILL ONLY WORK IN THE COMMENT LINE OF A PROP, IT WILL NOT WORK IN THE COMMENT LINE OF A FIXTURE. If you have a visualization with CCR fixtures you must use the "Add new Prop" tool which is the rightmost button on the Visualizer toolbar. Create a new Prop, add the CCR fixture and then you put the dmx keyword in the comment line of the Prop. The following is an example of how to use this new feature do the following: 1) Launch the Visualizer 2) Click on the "CCR Draw Wizard" tool, this is the one that has a multi-colored circle with a 2 segment line on top of it. (do NOT use the "Draw Cosmic Color Ribbon" tool) 3) Do a click and drag to draw a single line, double click to terminate the line. 4) A dialog box titled "Number of Pixels" will appear, Type in a name for the "Prop (CCR) Name" and then change the number to the total number of pixels in your DMX string. This number can be any number from 2 to 500. In other words, don't worry about having it be more than the number of pixels in a CCR which is 50. In most of my testing I used 60 as the number of pixels in a string. 5) After clicking on OK, a dialog box will appear titled "New/Existing fixture". Use the default which is "Create as many new Fixtures as required (Recommended)" 6) After clicking on OK, the visualizer will create a string that will have one or more CCRs in it, enough to create as many pixels as you specified. Don't worry about defining the Unit IDs for the CCRs, you can leave them undefined because SuperStar will ignore them. 7) On the right side of the visualizer are two buttons labeled "Fixtures" and "Props". Click on the "Props" button and then double click on the prop that you just created. 8) In the comment line of the prop, add the text "superstar dmx=<universe>,<channel>" (do not enter the double quotes into the comment line, just the text inside the double quotes) <universe> is the universe to use for the first pixel of the prop and <channel> is the channel to use for the first pixel of the prop. For example, if you had 6 strings with 60 pixels each, you would add 6 props and you could add the following in the comment line of the props: superstar dmx=1,1 superstar dmx=1,181 superstar dmx=1,361 superstar dmx=2,31 superstar dmx=2,231 superstar dmx=2,410 In the above example, the third string starts with universe=1 and channel=361. SuperStar will automatically bump up to the next universe when it runs out of channels for the current universe. So the last 10 pixels in the third string will use universe 2. Also, as noted earlier, when SuperStar sees the keywords "superstar dmx=" then it ignores the unit id settings in the CCRs that are in the prop and uses the universe, channel settings that you specify. Note that because SuperStar is using the comment line to supporting dmx, you cannot play the exported sequence back to the visualization because the Visualizer doesn't recognize the dmx settings that you placed in the comment line. Also, when superstar exports the dmx strings they may appear to be in random order. This is a bug in superstar. In the Sequence Editor you can reorder the rows by right clicking on them and selecting move up or move down, but you don't have to, it will play to your lights just fine regardless of the order of the rows in the Sequence Editor. Also, this approach was designed for a matrix of DMX RGB pixels. If you use it for a string of DMX RGB pixels that is a part of a larger visualization, it will work, but superstar may place the DMX RGB pixels onto a sequencing row that is out of order in relation to your other lights. As you can tell, when I created this feature I made sure it would basically work but I did not test it well for all situations.
  11. stctbird91

    Dimming leds

    What is the device called that has a 390K resistor in it and plugs into the end of a stand of leds for dimming purposes?
  12. Alright...newb-ish question... I'm going to be using the CMB-24D to power and control the 8-pack of RGB ribbons that LOR sells, (here) but I'm placing this controller further away from my other two controllers that will more than likely control other features of the house. The reason I'm putting this controller further away is so that the wire that comes from each RGB strip will be less than 50 ft away from the controller and will actually light up. My concerns are two-fold: Cat5 over long distance - the cat5 needs to be at least 75-80 ft in order to be daisy chained to the other controllers. Will this be a problem with the data it is sending? Or will it be just fine? Which cat5 should I buy, if it is a problem? [i know I can use the Easy Light Linkers too, but why waste $250 on 8 channels? It's only at most $10 to do Cat5 if I use the correct one.] This CMB-24D is going to be outdoors in frigid California winter temperature. Will this affect the cat5? Is cat5 suitable to be outdoors? It will also be around water/on my roof so... should this be a major concern?Any and all advice, even as simple as it may seem, will definitely help. Thanks a bunch!
  13. Hi, I have a LOR board that does not natively accept DMX. I was planning on using the iDMX1000 as an interface between a DMX control board and my LOR. Would this work the way i want? or does the iDMX1000 ONLY convert LOR protocol to DMX, and not DMX to LOR? Thanks.
  14. Is it possible to wirelessly control LED costumes? I've done it using an arduino microcontroller and xbee transceivers, but it would be much easier with the sequencing editor instead of writing code. Also, has anyone used the sequencing editor with arduino?
  15. I have 4 windows with a perimeter of ~18.3 feet each. Rough dimensions are Height = ~76" and width = ~34". A CCR Pixel segment is 4". Since I could not extend a CCR and address any additional pixels I think my only solution if I wanted to use CCR's on my windows would be to shorten CCR's and utilize 2 per window. But what about using RGB Ribbons? Knowing that a RGB ribbon does not control each pixel individually (dumb pixel), therefore does not need to address a known number of pixels and with adequate power injection if necessary to extend a RGB Ribbon, would it be possible to take pixels (LED Segments) from one RGB Ribbon and add them to the end of another? (I have CCR's, but I do not have any RGB ribbons to examine) Q1: Does an RGB Ribbon have a pixel segment like a CCR that it can be separated at? Q2: If so, What is the length of a segment on the RGB Ribbon? Q3: If adequate power is supplied to the ribbon would it be possible to add pixels to the end of a RGB ribbon to make up the additional 2.3 feed that I need? Q4: Has anyone already extended an RGB Ribbon? Q5: What would be the additional power requirements to extend the additional LED's 2.3 feet? Thanks, Howard
  16. After having an incredibly fun time as newbie last season, I began thinking about how to expand my display and what avenues I could explore next. I'll admit, I've got Christmas fever and I just don't care. Anyways... I was thinking of a way to make my show more...interactive. I thought about taking my old Rock Band Xbox 360 drum set and somehow integrating it into the show. Has anyone done anything similar? Is this a feasible task? [Or, more likely, am I biting off more than I can chew?] Are there other ideas that I should look into first? LightingNewb XMAS 2015 will be my second year doing an LOR show, just an FYI...
  17. our 2014 addition to our animated xmas display www.youtu.beOF2ZWDsxSxA
  18. mikewlaymon

    I'm stumped?

    MegaTree: PixLite 16 (e1.31/16 output) 16 - 50 pixel strips 1 universe per strip Universes 21-36 Software: SE 3.80 Advanced All LMS sequences Situation: Run hardware test pattern on PixLite card - all strips light up Run test pattern on xLights - all strips light up Run a sequence from SE, strip #4 does not function (at all) - rest of strips/sequence is just fine. The universe (24) is set up just like the other 15 universes for this MegaTree in Network Preferences. Everything looks good in Channel Configuration (checked for duplicates). It happens on all sequences (however, I did use the same lcc config on each one). Why is #4 not working!!! I know I'm missing something???
  19. looking for the mp3 for the Broken THX to add t our music.
  20. 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.
  21. Hello friends: ​ ​I want to make my own animated ligths with LED and I have see the 16 channel DC controller, but I have doubts... ​ ​1) Exists the 16 Channels DC controller for KIT (DIY)?, which is the price?. ​ ​2) Can I use 2 DC controllers to have 32 channels with only one PC?. ​ ​3) The software is Free for 2 controllers?. ​ ​4) Need I any more than software, controller, pc and led lights to start?. ​ ​ Thanks in advance!!.
  22. I have been unable to find out how to tell the LOR Software that I have some strips that start from the bottom, and some that start from the top. And I am having problems with injecting power. I couldn't upload the photos due to size, so I uploaded more details to my dropbox page. I realize it is a bit unorthodox but I wanted to describe things as thoroughly as possible. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/spa/pbm4rut0gwi7qef/rgb_pixels/index.html
  23. I feel fortunate that I have the ability to use a jigsaw and have a knack for painting, HOWEVER........ I am trying to determine the best and sturdiest (if that is a word) way to add lighting. Currently, I have either done a ground flood or added simple string lights to each decoration. I am experimenting with a hole saw and staple gun to place receptacles through the back of my wooden décor. This is something of a pain in the butt and since both sides of most of my decorations are painted, this ruins the look of the back side... Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Here is what I am dealing with. (One picture I am unable to upload) I cannot take credit for all of these decorations. I have a Craigslist addiction as well and have acquired some of them by simple luck. Feel free to email me directly if it is easier than posting Thanks in advance for your help, Roberta Roberta.j.rieger@gmail.com
  24. Newbee very late to the party ! I just purchased a 16 channel LOR and want to put it to use this year. I would appreciate advice from some of the seasoned users for their suggestions on some simple displays or display ideas that give the best bang for the buck. I am sure some of you have tried ideas that worked better than others. I realize that with very little time my display will have to be simple and I am not going "big" this year. I am thinking of net lights on bushes and wrapping a tree and some porch columns. For the open spaces are displays such as mega trees and leaping arches good to start with ? Is a single color best to get more animation or are several colors better in a smaller display ? I recognize personal preference and exterior house features will greatly affect the outcome. Also, I am hopeful for the kindness of others to share some of their craftsmanship of 16 channel sequences. GiGa Wilson shared some of his files - THANK YOU. I would like to collect some sequences set to TSO or Mannheim Steamroller tunes. But at this late date any sequences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help !
  25. josuemtz

    Adding RGB

    I'm new to the LOR and would like to start expanding my show. I know it's already too late for this year, but want to start figuring things out for next year. I bought a 27CH RGB Controller, I've created a 3 pin XLR to CAT5 cable using the following pinout RJ45 pin 4 to XLR pin 3; RJ45 pint 5 to XLR pin 2, and RJ45 pin 6 to XLR pin 1), I also have an external power supply. BUT I cannot get the board to communicate with the program. I've watched about every youtube video and have read information on the forums, but I can't quite figure out my problem. I've read some information that LOR with communicate DMX without the need of a "converter" such as entec, but I dont think my board is really a DMX board, but rather a dumb board. I've tried setting it up as just another LOR device with RGB channels, but again cannot get it communicate. I currently only have a 16CH controller. Any ideas? I've also heard some people get together in the sacramento area. I'd like to join you guys for your next meeting and meet some people that I can learn from. I'll appreciate any help I can get. Thanks, Josue
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