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lightingnewb    30

Also -- I'm looking at doing smart pixels and would like some advice:

[1] I'm buying the Pixcon 16 from LOR (unless there's this ginormous deal changer that I should be aware of)...
    a. Where do I find an enclosure for this? And the power supply?
    b. I'm thinking of using the ribbon from Holiday Coro with this... will that work?
    c. Any other notes?

[2] I might use the S4 Pixel Editor, but I want to know what's most commonly used to program smart pixels...

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BMurray    55

Its pretty common to use a cg-1500 enclosure for any controller.  I use the controllers and  power supplies with enclosures offered at Holiday Coro. I am going in my fourth season this year and have had no issues with any of their products.  For the power supply it depends on the types of ribbons you get be it 5v or 12v. I use all 12v pixels, strips and dumb nodes. I don't mix and match so I don't have any accidents. I am using xLights this year for all my sequencing. The pixel editor is still very limited on what it can do compared to xLights. 

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lightingnewb    30
20 minutes ago, BMurray said:

Its pretty common to use a cg-1500 enclosure for any controller.  I use the controllers and  power supplies with enclosures offered at Holiday Coro. I am going in my fourth season this year and have had no issues with any of their products.  For the power supply it depends on the types of ribbons you get be it 5v or 12v. I use all 12v pixels, strips and dumb nodes. I don't mix and match so I don't have any accidents. I am using xLights this year for all my sequencing. The pixel editor is still very limited on what it can do compared to xLights. 

I'm looking specifically to do Pixcon16, will it work with the cg1500?

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uncledan    33

According to email.. I guess I was following this back in 2014... A Pixcon16 will fit in a Cg1500.  You will have to make or buy a mounting plate to mount in the enclosure.  I recommend Meanwell power supplies. One of my favorite sources is  https://holiday.lighting/  There is free software such as Xlights that many use..  I would reach out to members in your area.   Lots of them up there!   Might be a good idea to start a new thread with your goals and what you're looking to accomplish. 

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dibblejr    376
5 hours ago, lightingnewb said:

Also -- I'm looking at doing smart pixels and would like some advice:

[1] I'm buying the Pixcon 16 from LOR (unless there's this ginormous deal changer that I should be aware of)...
    a. Where do I find an enclosure for this? And the power supply?
    b. I'm thinking of using the ribbon from Holiday Coro with this... will that work?
    c. Any other notes?

[2] I might use the S4 Pixel Editor, but I want to know what's most commonly used to program smart pixels...

You can get the CG1500 on HC for a good price. As for the ps. After following various members advice and threads I would advise you to turn to Amazon. If you have to run 2 power supplies there is no way you can fit them and a pixcon16 in a CG1500. No way. Been there wasted the $ but donated the boxes to the OKC mini so all was well. Look at the measurements of the power supply. If you can get a single power supply that will meet or exceed your supply demands that is the route to go.

As far as ribbons or strings, doesn't matter where you get them.

I ended up buying huge boxes, I added to vents per box. A lot of mods but it worked out well for me. I got the boxes off ebay and they did cost me about 3-4 times a CG1500 but its what I needed based on my components. I still have at least one more matrix to build and I will be using the CG1500 however this time I will purchase the Meanwell 700 watt ps. About $160 but saves me the other headaches.

Depending on your climate look at vents for your boxes.

I have a thread somewhere here that shows my setup for my first matrix. I went to lowes and they cut plexiglass that I used for my mounting plate since my box was not standard to the mounting plates readily available.

Best of luck

JR

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lightingnewb    30
8 hours ago, uncledan said:

According to email.. I guess I was following this back in 2014... A Pixcon16 will fit in a Cg1500.  You will have to make or buy a mounting plate to mount in the enclosure.  I recommend Meanwell power supplies. One of my favorite sources is  https://holiday.lighting/  There is free software such as Xlights that many use..  I would reach out to members in your area.   Lots of them up there!   Might be a good idea to start a new thread with your goals and what you're looking to accomplish. 

Thank you! I will definitely take this into account. I did start a thread in Newbies but there was great debate over different pieces and some of my questions didn't get answered. Now that I have responses I needed, I can do my research and shopping.
 

5 hours ago, dibblejr said:

You can get the CG1500 on HC for a good price. As for the ps. After following various members advice and threads I would advise you to turn to Amazon. If you have to run 2 power supplies there is no way you can fit them and a pixcon16 in a CG1500. No way. Been there wasted the $ but donated the boxes to the OKC mini so all was well. Look at the measurements of the power supply. If you can get a single power supply that will meet or exceed your supply demands that is the route to go.

As far as ribbons or strings, doesn't matter where you get them.

I ended up buying huge boxes, I added to vents per box. A lot of mods but it worked out well for me. I got the boxes off ebay and they did cost me about 3-4 times a CG1500 but its what I needed based on my components. I still have at least one more matrix to build and I will be using the CG1500 however this time I will purchase the Meanwell 700 watt ps. About $160 but saves me the other headaches.

Depending on your climate look at vents for your boxes.

I have a thread somewhere here that shows my setup for my first matrix. I went to lowes and they cut plexiglass that I used for my mounting plate since my box was not standard to the mounting plates readily available.

Best of luck

JR

Phenomenal advice. Greatly appreciate everything you do in this community, too. I see you're always out helping others on here.

Thanks everyone!

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TheDucks    28

I went another route as I disliked putting the PSU heat inside. a secondary advantage is I can put a second PSU on the other side of the post (closet rod)smCG1500wLOR.jpg.c92848838c4b8d6b2148ce7080111aa0.jpg

There is a pixie4 and CMB24D inside, but there is room for 2 CMB24's instead (PSU is also from HC for just a few dollars more then the inside model

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