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4 hours ago, Dave76 said:

Thanks. So I'm still not clear how you did the roof line? Is that tubing or half tub over ribbon lights and it's hard to see how mounted. I'm planning on using square nodes.  How did the ribbon pixels work out for you? First year using?

 

thanks!

It looks like this mounting hardware from Holidaycoro. http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm  I have used a ton of this stuff.  Little pricey but very clean install. Majority of my house outline has been on my house since mid 2015 with no failures.  Key is waterproofing.  

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10 hours ago, dibblejr said:

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You will not find a better price for connectors than Ray Wu. You may but I have really been shopping lately and he was way less expensive than everyone. If you purchase from him add to your cart and then copy paste your total to him and ask for best price. Normally its the shipping that he discounts.

JR

Where do I find his site?  Thanks

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It looks like this mounting hardware from Holidaycoro. http://www.holidaycoro.com/12mm-Strip-Holder-p/766.htm  I have used a ton of this stuff.  Little pricey but very clean install. Majority of my house outline has been on my house since mid 2015 with no failures.  Key is waterproofing.  


Yes the roof line is HC, I really like these channels. They stayed up all year with only minor yellowing, but you can't tell when the lights play.


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17 hours ago, Dave76 said:

Did you have any connection issues using ribbon pixels?

Any problems with moisture or rain?

Do you have a recommended connector?

 

thank you!!!!

No, I didn't have any connection problems after I figured out that a lower watt/temperature soldering iron was better for attaching the extensions.  I sealed them with hot glue and shrink wrap and so far, so good.  Mine were covered with Ice, Snow, and literally buried along the driveway.  Water and Icicles were dripping off the roof covering the connectors and wires.  So, I am fairly confident in what I did as I did not have any issues.

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Thank you for all the 'behind the scene' pictures..

How to vids are great, but only after you know what you want to do.  (and how much effort it might take)

 

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Whitebuck, what are using to control your matrix and what network type are you using. I am working on a matrix now and looking into control hardware. Do you think a pixie?

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Whitebuck, what are using to control your matrix and what network type are you using. I am working on a matrix now and looking into control hardware. Do you think a pixie?


I am using an E1.31 network (cat5 from the computer thru a switch to the Controller). My controller is a PixLite 4 for the matrix, but if I'd do it again, I'd go with a PixLite 16 because I have so much fun, it's just nicer to have more connection options.


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Is the PixLite controller compatible with the Light O Rama software using the E1.31 protocol? I am assuming that anything that talks E1.31 can be connected together but I am not sure.

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Is the PixLite controller compatible with the Light O Rama software using the E1.31 protocol? I am assuming that anything that talks E1.31 can be connected together but I am not sure.


I used 100% LOR, PE, and SS to program my show, so yes.


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I used 100% LOR, PE, and SS to program my show, so yes.


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Note, I have received great support the one time I contacted them and otherwise, no issues. I believe they have a real solid board, multi-year warranty and I have hooked things wrong without damage. Fuses blow when they should. Highly recommend them.


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The biggest issue I have with the Pixlite and the Pixcon to an extent is the smaller 4 amp fuse on each port as most boards out there are 5 amp,  You may say well that is only one amp, well that one amp can make a big difference in being able to run 50 or 100 pixels on a port especially if you don't want to do power injection.

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The biggest issue I have with the Pixlite and the Pixcon to an extent is the smaller 4 amp fuse on each port as most boards out there are 5 amp,  You may say well that is only one amp, well that one amp can make a big difference in being able to run 50 or 100 pixels on a port especially if you don't want to do power injection.


My boards have 5 amp fuses. In my video, I am running 100 Brilliant Bulbs without Power Injection, the matrix is 1152 with 4 connections and 4 injection points. The strips are the worst, but injection is still about 100 pixels or 150 leds.


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4 minutes ago, whitebuck said:

 


My boards have 5 amp fuses. In my video, I am running 100 Brilliant Bulbs without Power Injection, the matrix is 1152 with 4 connections and 4 injection points. The strips are the worst, but injection is still about 100 pixels or 150 leds.


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Did they upgrade the boards to 5 amp? They have always been 4 amp.

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Did they upgrade the boards to 5 amp? They have always been 4 amp.



I correct myself, the Pixlite 4 has 5 amp and the Pixlite 16 has 4 amp but both can be upgraded up to 7.5A. I blew all the P4 fuses and had to replace them with 5 Amp. So I know it works :)


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17 hours ago, whitebuck said:

 

 

 

 


I correct myself, the Pixlite 4 has 5 amp and the Pixlite 16 has 4 amp but both can be upgraded up to 7.5A. I blew all the P4 fuses and had to replace them with 5 Amp. So I know it works :)


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Just be careful when upsizing fuses.  Each bank of 8 outputs on the Pixlite16 is only rated for 32 amps.  That's why the board comes with 4 amp fuses.  8x4=32 amps 

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Just be careful when upsizing fuses.  Each bank of 8 outputs on the Pixlite16 is only rated for 32 amps.  That's why the board comes with 4 amp fuses.  8x4=32 amps 


Understood. So far for me the 4 amp fuses seem ok.


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On the matrix where you used a Pixlite 4, did you run four banks of 288 pixels? (If I did my math correctly) I am looking at a 32 x 40 matrix which would put me at 320 pixels per channel. Also, make sure the board traces can handle the upsized fuses. I have seen burned traces over time due to higher amps being used.

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On the matrix where you used a Pixlite 4, did you run four banks of 288 pixels? (If I did my math correctly) I am looking at a 32 x 40 matrix which would put me at 320 pixels per channel. Also, make sure the board traces can handle the upsized fuses. I have seen burned traces over time due to higher amps being used.

It's 1152 pixels and 7 universes. I have to check.


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It's 1152 pixels and 7 universes. I have to check.


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Ok, so I am running 2 universes per output 340 pixels each with the last one being the 7th universe and remaining pixels. Hope that helps. Sorry it took so long, I was out of town on business. I have the matrix 24 x 48 and 1152 pixels as that was the size of the net.


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do you mind sharing the details of the "Tune To" sign you made. I want to do something similar instead of just a plain old sign I would like to do pixel strips and make a scrolling sign or something similar. Was curious how good yours looks and what you're using, I know you mentioned pixels and a pixel grid but how many and what size? thank you!

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do you mind sharing the details of the "Tune To" sign you made. I want to do something similar instead of just a plain old sign I would like to do pixel strips and make a scrolling sign or something similar. Was curious how good yours looks and what you're using, I know you mentioned pixels and a pixel grid but how many and what size? thank you!


Hello Brichi;

No problem. I used 12v Pixnodes in a 9 x 18 rectangle because that equated to 162 nodes that fit into 1 universe. I made a pvc frame and used 2" spacing pixnode net. I took the net and cut the bottom 9 rows and zip tied it to my pvc frame. I had inputs at one end and power injected at the other end. I didn't get a good video of just the sign. Smaller spacing would be better (1"), but I had the net, so I made use of what I had. It's very similar to the large matrix but I used clear net.

I want to use strip for a matrix, still working on my details of how to precisely space the strips.

Thanks,
Mike

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awesome, thank you so much for the info man and awesome job on the house!

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awesome, thank you so much for the info man and awesome job on the house!


Thank You!


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