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Hello All,

I have been toying with changing my current set up from AC Lights/dumb RGB to Pixels. In the process of researching everything I have come across Ray Wu's store. The prices do seem really good. Most of the RGB lights that I am interested in show there are 3 connector options:

Ray wu

paul zhang

xconnect 

Can someone fill me in on which style of connector matches with the Lightorama controllers (Pixie 8 and Pixie 16's)?

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Pixies and CMB24 all accept Only wire leads into screw clamp headers,

Ferrels or tinned wires seriously recommended

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A lot of people use waterproof connectors either between strings, at power injection points, or just outside the controller (with a pigtail into the controller box).  There are several standards that are commonly used.  Any of them will work, but for the most part, standardize on one and stick with it.  The exception is to use different connector standards for different voltage pixels.  For example, use Ray Wu for 12 volt and xConnect for 5 volt.  Personally for the most part, I don't use them at all except for my roof and eves where the lights are attached to wood or metal strips and there are connectors between each strip.  I do not use connectors with pigtails to get out of the controller boxes.  This page explains the difference:

https://www.wiredwatts.com/learn-connectors

 

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Thanks for answering but I don't think I was clear enough on my question.

Here is a better example. If I buy a Lightorama Pixie2D (12V) - which comes with connectors already prewired/soldered - what connector style would match:

Ray wu

paul zhang

xconnect 

Thanks

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according to the folks at Wiredwatts.com https://www.wiredwatts.com/wire they carry a connector with this description 18 Inch 3 Core Female Pigtail Black with LOR Style Connector.  It is the only commercially available connector that I have seen that says it is LOR compatable.  If you look at the web page I listed at the beginning of this note, they are listed almost half way down the page after all of the named connectors.

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4 hours ago, Rick P said:

according to the folks at Wiredwatts.com https://www.wiredwatts.com/wire they carry a connector with this description 18 Inch 3 Core Female Pigtail Black with LOR Style Connector.  It is the only commercially available connector that I have seen that says it is LOR compatable.  If you look at the web page I listed at the beginning of this note, they are listed almost half way down the page after all of the named connectors.

Easier to soldier your own and as my friend above stated, find one and never change. I do not buy anything from Ray any more becuase I had to change every connector I had on the controllers I built because he decided to change his source of supply and a consecutive order were all different.

Since that incident I have used xconnect / HC connectors. I never looked back and have enough in my supply to never run out.

The other thing to look at is extensions. You can make your own pigtails from extensions with one end F coming from the controller and the other end soldered to the light strips/ strings.'

Just my $.02

JR

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Saw this and I have a few questions now. First off, where do I find Ray Wu's store?

Second it was mentioned about rgb and maybe switching to pixels. There is a difference? What's the difference?

Lastly doe they all...the knock offs and LOR's all use a 4 wire system? Red.Green.Blue.Black?

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14 minutes ago, rgardner518 said:

Saw this and I have a few questions now. First off, where do I find Ray Wu's store?

Second it was mentioned about rgb and maybe switching to pixels. There is a difference? What's the difference?

Lastly doe they all...the knock offs and LOR's all use a 4 wire system? Red.Green.Blue.Black?

Every connector system is proprietary and usually can not be mix & matched (they may look similar, but the pieces seem to vary pin locations, sex of pin vs housing) . Pick one series for string type, and plan to stay there. 💡 A good plan is to make 5V and 12V ones incompatible with each other. 👍

I use HC 4 pin for my Dumb (except the LOR floods), HC 3 pin for smart. IIRC there is a local (USA) vendor that indicates which of theirs are compatible with Ray's and others)

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I would not buy pigtails or anything for the matter from Ray wu.

I stopped giving him business because I purchased a large qty of pigtails from him. I needed more and ordered the same item number as the first and they were different. After a bunch of back and forths I ate the cost, went with HC 3 wire for smart pixels they are Xconnect ends (in case you needed to know).

I have never looked at another Ray Wu product. It wasnt a lot of $ but to me my time is more valuable. When there is a local , stateside vendor its easier to deal with. Is there a markup, of course but IMO well worth it. Catch a sale or get them from Amazon.

Just find a brand and stick with it but that is exactly what I attempted to do with Ray. It backfired.

JR

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