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About Rockhammer53

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    Spokane, Wa
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    Retired Electrical Engineer/Engineering Geologist

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  1. I also bought several of these. The loose end of the dangle wires into the controller, and the male and female screw together. My packages had this diagram, swhich I have wired into a Pixcon 16. Hope this is helpful. Jim
  2. VERY COOL! I have a grandson that has a similar problem so I can relate...
  3. I've been running a show with an assortment of LOR controllers since 2013 in temperatures down to minus 27F without any problems. All connections waterproof and raised up above ground level with power cord ends treated with dielectric grease. Never had an issue with wind or rain/snow/ice although a hard wind tore up my singing faces and flung them across my yard during the Halloween show. I purchased the dielectric grease at an automotive supply house for a few bucks, one tube lasted three years for my stuff, YMMV. Bare in mind that those plastic power strips are cheap, they are cheap for
  4. I'm using a Pixcon16, with a 5vdc p/s. Pretty much any pixel controller that can be configured for the WS2801, 5vdc pixels with enough ports.
  5. Yes, very similar in S5, the window for S5 has tabs on the right edge for the Preview, Control Lights and Effects. Be sure PC is running, the Control Lights require the proper boxes to be checked and if LOR, DMX or what any other network you are CURRENTLY wired into and testing IS CHECKED! Otherwise the Control Lights will be disabled. Have fun and good luck. I would also add...upgrading to Pro has great advantages. Jim
  6. In my area, if there is more than a 3 minute pause, they drive off. Some only stay 4-5 minutes max no matter how complex or entertaining the show. In talking with a couple others doing similar shows this seems to be the average at least for the Spokane, Wa. area. We run ours as a continuous program varying 36 to 44 different sequences each day as a looping show from 5pm until 10pm M-F and 4:30-11pm Sat & Sun. We shut down the external audio at 10pm as we have a city "quiet time" mandated at 10pm. From Dec 23 to Jan 1 we run the show until 11:30 with only the FM transmitter on after 1
  7. I concur with k6ccc, the differences between S4 and S5 are HUGE ! Wait until after the New Year to upgrade....then spend the time with S5 and delving into the land of pixel-mania...yes you can do pixels in S4, just a bit more cumbersome. Regarding S4, there ARE some very good experts here for that help.
  8. Glad to have you join the fun, strait jackets to the left and ignore the crazed looks from the others...lol! ~~ It sounds like you have a good start.~~But you need LIGHTS !!! Think in groups of four, four windows, four trees, or what have you...four 4's equal 16...the number of outlets on an AC controller or groups of four on the controllers you have. Most controllers can be divided by 4. For your consideration, AC lights are the simplest, Dumb RGB - LED strings intermediate complexity and smart pixels the most complex, the LOR networks are fairly easy, and it gets more complex from
  9. I've been using some old Dynex 5 port switches, bought on eBay a few years ago used, $5 ea for our LAN. One has been out in the typically unheated/overheated shed, winter/summer up here in Spokane,Wa. accompanied by the server. One other gets dragged around the yard in a Cable Guard-1500 box for the shows, and a third sits on my desk connected to the LAN, the plotter and printer with the wireless link to the net ...nary a hick-up, burp or sniffle in the last 5 years. If it is outside, protect it with some type of box or cover minimizing connector movement and moisture. In my experience, t
  10. I've always been the jeans and sneakers type, even while working at Boeing and NASA...riding my Harley onto Edwards AFB. It's a clip on tie and a pair of Dockers at dress up time.
  11. 10Y MTBF is awesome for stationary installations...in the entertainment lighting hobby/business we play in, there is an exception because <most> of us remove, package and store our lights and props. Bending and twisting sometimes not as careful as we might otherwise be, thus changing the entire paradigm. One push might be good, but another good shove makes it fit... oops...make a note to fix that later...grrrr. Anyway, DevMike has valid points. Jim
  12. Very interesting analysis. As a retired electrical engineer, I've looked into the mean time between failure on almost every item I have purchased for my shows since 2013 and other lighting projects since 2009. LED technology has made extreme advances during these ensuing years, reliability has vastly improved each year as manufacturing processes have evolved. Purchased items, specifically LED's in various forms, from US distributors like Mouser, with their good warranty and others of that caliber, gave a failure rate of 12% during the 2009-2012 period while items purchased directly
  13. With roughly 8 weeks until Christmas... a VERY short time for a new show, new software, I would suggest just some walmart lights to hang for this year and take the time afterward to learn the differences of the controllers and begin to learn the software...confusion abounds when stress driven...
  14. I know LOR really does not support third party hardware and Mary usually answers the phone, seems strange. The above photos are for that Fairy Light controller which is not an LOR product... and you are trying to use WHICH LOR controller to interface this with?
  15. Maybe a better setup with horizontal rows of 25, more even spacing and follow.
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