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Crimson Lane Lights Etown

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  1. I like this thread. So for 2020 I'm going wireless on the four Moving Heads in my show using S5. Universe One DMX (1-11, 22-32, 33-43, 44-54). Sequencing is not easy, but I have found a pattern to use that helps. I'm using an Actidongle with a Wireless Transmitter plugged into the dmx port. That sends a signal to the Wireless receivers plugged into the Moving Heads. The receivers are battery powered and last 8 hours. So I will have to charge them after the show over night or during the day. Granted, I already have all the dmx cables from previous years, much cheaper than buying wireless, but I'm about reducing clutter around my show laptop area in the garage. We'll see. Below is a list of items I currently use. Actidongle Tomshine 80W 9/11 Donner Transmitter Donner rechargable receiver p.s. the links and prices are not actually where I bought or paid. Look around for better deals, they always change!
  2. I spent alot of time programming two moving heads with 11 channels in S4 under a dmx universe 1 (channels 1-11 & 12-22). I have two laptops. On my programming computer, yesterday I upgraded to S5, I have a Pro license. I got pretty far but noticed that any S4 sequence dmx programming I did for the moving heads, it did not transfer to S5 5.5.4. Where did it go or how can I find it? I have no conflicts and all green check marks. It just did not transfer.
  3. For example; A coro star with 48 node holes, what do I do with the extra two nodes? IF, I buy a coro star with 50 holes, then problem solved. Or a snowflake with 105 nodes, how do I get the extra 5 to work in sequencing? How many 12v pixels can I put on one port of a LOR Pixie II and how do I program that number of Pixels (bullet, square or bulb)? Does S5 allow you to customize the number of pixels per string? I'm using LOR controllers. I don't want power injection or to buy any other brand controller. Just curious, maybe I'm over thinking. I just like the ready made LOR plug and play equipment and I want to make it work with odd numbered nodes!
  4. When I first began, I was buying led strings from Ace Hardware after Christmas Sales..Basically BOGO. They didn't last very long. Then I discovered long lasting, few fails, sealed full wave led lights from other vendors like holiday light express or christmas light emporium. The sealed bulbs and the brighter led color due to the full wave are worth it to me, plus they fade so nicely.
  5. I just acquired 12v Pixie II port extensions for "LOR to HC" connections. They are like four inches long and work perfectly (I made my own last year to use but these are nicer). I am using them to connect the smaller LOR Pixie port pigtails (string 1 & string 2) to the larger HC bullet string connectors. I am adding more Peace Lights to the side yard this season. P.S. I am sticking with 4.6 this year, too.
  6. I am using 3X Tomshine 80 watt total (50 watt LED) moving heads this season to replace the 3x 30 watt total ( 10 watt LED) moving heads from previous years. I had no luck searching online for a user manual that gave the DMX numbers. So I created it and attached it in .pdf if you need it. Ross Tomshine 80W Total Moving Head 11 Channel Setup.pdf
  7. jw, I like the candle idea using the peace stakes. I will work on adding that into a sequence. Just curious, the #5 flicker bullet, is that a yellow or white and does that shimmer or twinkle? I will have a complete set of stakes in this year's show (40 total stakes, 20 on each string of the pixie II). That takes up or covers the whole front yard area. BTW I am still using S4 this season. Ross
  8. What, Wut? You mean the 50W UV lights from LOR kill germs at 390nm? As well as give you a tan? I have to read that article again. I could program the light to come on every night in my kitchen and sanitize everything the light touches. I wonder how long you have to leave it on? There must be study.
  9. I just acquired 2x Tomshine 80w moving heads at 90.45 each on ebay with free shipping. They arrived timely and work as described. I put them on a Killowatt meter and they are indeed 50watt LED power and up to 80watt total power depending on the action. Compared to the 8watt LED, 30watt total units I used the last two years, these are bright. Tomshine 80w tot 50w LED I do like the look and feel of the front buttons. The display options are unique. They have a blackout mode. I am using This DMX unit .
  10. Update: Success! So I acquired the two examples above (the dmx board and the adapters). *UNPLUG* the CCF50 (CF50D); you have to take the back off. 4 screws and separate from the seal. Then gently spread open so you can disconnect the two cat5 cables. Then you can open enough to get to the dip switches and the jumper block (page 14/15). The dip switches are set to all off and the jumpers are all set to LOR configuration. You need to move the jumpers over to the DMX configuration (over and down one) (look at the board it tells you there how to set it up). Then set the dip switches to the DMX channels needed (page 16 & 21). tip: remember there are 12 dip switches and only the first 9 are used to set DMX channels, reading left to right. The dmx board I acquired says, fixture CCF50 one can only be up to 16 channels of DMX. Since the CCF50 only has 5 channels, that fits (dip switch 9 on). So fixture CCF50 two starts at DMX 17 (dip switch 5, 9 on) see page 21 Appendix A. Fixture CCF50 three starts at DMX 33 (dip switch 4, 9 on), etc. It works! Yeah! Then I went and bought a Donner Wireless DMX Now Wireless! It works!
  11. DMX Controller ; Dmx to cat5 adapter ; These two links are to ebay examples of the dmx controller and the adapter that I think I need to be able to control Cosmic Color Flood 50w outside of LOR S4. I have four CCF50 that I want to use for some stage lighting at the spring HS musical. The documentation on the LOR website says that one CCF50 will occupy the first 5 channels in DMX on the same universe. So CCF light one would be Channel 1-5 & light two would be Channel 6-10, etc as they would be daisy chained through the cat5. Does the unit ID need to be something or does that not matter since I would not be using LOR software? Will this work? What thoughts have you to offer? Thanks all.
  12. I also have used clipped out vampire plugs without any issues except the occasional cover of the plug slipping off center. thank you
  13. Ok I understand, thanks. Now, if I want two vampire plugs on one channel of SPT wire, do you recommend two seperate SPT wires crimped in one +/- spade connector or do you recommend an inline vampire plug attached to the same SPT channel (giving two plug in points per channel). background: I currently have an outdoor three way connected to the end of the 3 wire black rubber pigtails. Very heavy and bulky.
  14. I want to convert my several CTB16PC 16 black heavy power cables/pigtails to SPT1 or SPT2 wire with vampire plugs. Getting rid of the weight and stiffness of the black three prong pigtails. I have already removed one power cable with a jumper in the controller. All LED lights used. How do I handle the common/ground (white/green) wire issue? Where do I plug them in on the board? I have seen a photo of the conversion somewhere on this site. Can't find it. Thanks
  15. Are the 126 pixels horizontal as part of one port? I'm guessing LOR bullets at 50 per string. So you have cut them down or are 24 bullets turned off? 7938 active bullets? Thanks, just trying to get ideas.
  16. Phil, your lights say 60watt. Have you actually taken a watt meter to them? I have seen 60w heads advertised at the same price as 30 watt heads but the actual LED light wattage is in question. For example, my total 30 watt head only actually has an 8 watt LED in it. And the total wattage never gets above 26. Looks exactly like yours. There must be different 'electrical standards' in China
  17. Eric, I made a bracket out of wood that I countersunk and screwed to the bottom of the head where the metal bracket would be. Then I mounted thumb screws and sunk the nut into the overhang.
  18. I see there are no suggestions yet. Have you resolved this on your own? I don't know if this is a S5 issue. I use S4. or a sequencing issue.
  19. So far so good! I will bring them inside if the weather is going to be bad but they do perform fine in the light mist or fog.
  20. https://vimeo.com/305115771 I opened these up and unplugged the fan. Thanks for the tip. Merry 3rd day of Christmas!
  21. Anyone need my "Ten PM announcement" ? 11seconds of me saying, "Thank You for coming and viewing our Christmas Light display. Our dancing Christmas lights runs until ten pm tonight. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" Put it multiple times throughout your show. Make it your own sequence file. I'm the author owner creator and I say you can use it. Merry Christmas the bit rate is 192kbps and 276KB
  22. Eric, mine are mounted under my garage door openings near the sides so I can get my truck in the garage. So, upside down. Last year I only mounted them when there was no threat of rain. This year I have left them out even in the rain. As long as the rain is not blowing to be sucked into the fan, I have not taken them down. Phil, I also have developed a number sheet that is used for the points of DMX that hit my driveway and not the neighbors. Basically DMX 100 is straight down, 42 is the middle of the driveway and 15 is the sidewalk at the driveway end. I pan between 190 & 220 (that's it). These lights are not powerful enough to see it spinning around when not needed. I prefer sequencing the DMX in larger numbers because I can see them in the sequence. I can't see 15 in DMX unless I point the pointer at it,, even in Ramps mode.
  23. Dustin, how's it going with these heads? I use two of these cheap "unbranded," Uking, Lixada, Tomshine, CE(China Export), Whatever the name of the day is..FYI-. all of these that say 30 watt is for total power consumption at full color/gobo/speed, but the White LED light is only at 8 Watts per my Kilowatt Meter. I also use a Holiday Coro Actidongle. I put the Actidongle out of it's own usb port and setup it's own network. Universe One. Channels 1-9, 10-18. After you plug in the entec/dongle it will assign a com port. Make note of that number. In Network Preferences you have to setup using the DMX tab and chose the adapter and protocol. Should be listed if plugged in. Save. In Sequence Editor, use the DMX intensity values to make your adjustments. i.e. DMX value 0-255 on channel 6 may be fade(dimmer) 0-100% Yours could be different, that's why buying all the same model is helpful.
  24. Track skewing, under Edit Tab in S4 is how I do it. Does that help or not what your looking for?
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