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  1. Hello all, just an FYI ... I placed for a shipment of things from Rays Store, and as usual, he had it shipped out and it arrived in 4 days! I have placed another order, and just to let everyone know, Customs from Shenzen to China Mainland (which is where the package goes to leave china) has slowed things down. See Ray's email below... "my dhl forwarder said there is a sudden very strict inspection in the board between HK and shenzhen (China mainland),and my DHL forwarder use HK DHL, once the inspection has been approved, the dhl website will update the tracking number information. i have explained this matter to many customers these 3 days, this is a Emergency situations for us." thanks Kip
  2. Does it matter which end is the input on the 12v RGB dumb nodes. I notice one side of the nodes have ICs.
  3. I purchased a set of 50 C7 DC5V 5050 SMD WS2811 LED Technicolor Pixels from Ali Express and they did not come with the input wires marked. Does anybody know how to identify the order of the positive, negative and data wires. See attached web page for more information. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Technicolor Wiring.txt
  4. I just purchased a CMB24D and some 10w flood lights. I also purchased a cable guard cg1500 enclouser to mount it in and was trying to figure out how to mount it when I came across this at Holiday Coro. It allows you to mount the board and a power supply. I ordered it and it worked awesome. I got it all up in running quickly. http://www.holidaycoro.com/Light-O-Rama-LOR-CMB24D-Mounting-Kit-p/641-kit1.htm
  5. Hello I have an old Christmas light show system called the Gemmy Light Show and I wanted to try to connect it to my existing LOR controller using a cat5 cable. The Gemmy has 6 channels however it had 10 preprogramed songs and doesn't connect to a computer. I wanted to crack it open and try to get it to be controlled off of a Cat5 cable so that I can plug it into my existing controller. I'm 14 years old and have no idea how to do this kind of stuff, all I know are the locations of some to the main computer chips on the control board. Please tell me if you have any ideas or experience on this topic so I can see if it works. I know people have done this with another system very similar to the gemmy (Mr Christmas) so I know it can be done. THANKS!
  6. I have Two (2) sets of CCR Controllers and Power Adapters for sale (Does NOT include the CCR Ribbon). Each set is $50 (plus postage), These have been used very sparingly for the last three (3) seasons. All were tested and worked right before this posting. I also have Two (2) sets of LOR NEMA-5-15R-18-8 Dongles, each consisting of Sixteen (16) pigtails and One (1) Power Cord. http://store.lightorama.com/rewigr18.html Each Set is $15 (plus Postage). PM me if interested or post if you have any questions.
  7. I put together a CMB24D controller for 6 RGB flood lights. 3 floods are the Holiday Coro kit, 2 are Light O Rama 10 watt floods, 1 is a 10 watt flood I picked up on Amazon for $15.00 then hacked it. All the floods work great except they're not bright enough as I have a street light across from me. Has anyone tried RGB 20 or 30 watts floods? Are they 12v or 24v? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nmm872blpwz6zbc/QpWlqlelPU
  8. Built a new computer for my show. Solid state drive for quick start up and a 2nd drive to hold all my files. I decided to go with 3 monitors to help in sequencing and playback. I use the left for the visualizer, middle for sequencing, and the right for videos which is also connected to a projector. So far it's been working great. Anybody doing something similar or have a better setup? I like to see what you guys are using to make sequencing faster and easier.
  9. Hi, I'm a newbie this year looking at buying LED rope light to try LOR this Christmas season. I had a couple of questions about Sequencing Software + LED rope lights that may help in deciding (a) whether I buy rope lights or incandescent and ( what effects I use in the software. Dimmable LED? If I buy this kind, does this mean I can use the fade effect? I intend to also use the twinkle and shimmer effects with LED rope light. Will this be possible? Hanging LED onto a GUTTER. How should I go about this? I saw other posts advising velcro, some saying zip ties with a screw insert, others tell of electrical tape. Which one has worked THE BEST? Show length. In making a show, how many songs should it last? I don't want people to have to sit for 20-30 minutes for a whole show (unless they wanted to), but I also don't want it to be just 2 songs. Currently I am sequencing (with some assistance) 3 songs.Any and all insight will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. I had an idea to cut up a CCR and use the pixels in different areas of my display that have some distance between them. e.g. I have many pumpkins with a single light bulb inside that I now light with a 16 channel controller. (16 pumpkins max and only one color.) I thought that maybe I could cut up a CCR and put a pixel in each pumpkin for not much more money than a 16 channel controller. (Up to 50 pumpkins and in any color!) The problem I imagine would be with the distances between the segments. But I am sure I am not the first to think of this, so can you please share any other problems and if you know of a way to solve them? Thank you for sharing!
  11. In terms of brightness of led pixels, is there any differences when using 5v vs 12v. Are the 12v led pixels brighter?
  12. I currently use LOR controllers for my Halloween and Christmas displays but this year I am adding a few objects that will be independent of the main display. The task at hand is illuminating the object using motion sensors and having it illuminate in 3 timed segments both forward and then after a dwell time of about 5seconds reverse the illumination to off again. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to approach the electrical side of this. I think I have the construction part solved just falling short on a simple solution for the electrical side.
  13. This is my 3rd year to use Light-O-Rama products in my home Christmas display. I have received so much help from this forum, I thought I'd attempt to pay back and post my most recent adventure building a controller box for the CMB 24 controller I purchased at the Mad Grab sale. I bought the package that has the 8 dumb RGB strips. I want to add the RGB floods next year. I've attached pictures to show what I did. I went to Home Depot and bought a big plastic box in the electrical section. The Power supply I purchased from Light-O-Rama is the biggest piece and is 9" long, so I bought a 10" X 10" box. I want to run CAT 5 cable from the box to the strips and I want to be able to just plug them in, so I bought some outlet boxes, CAT 5 jacks & cover plates. You can see from the pictures the process I used. I made some mistakes along the way, but am pretty pleased with the result. I hope this can help someone else. Enjoy!!
  14. I would like to create a 24x50 matrix using superstar. However I'm not using CCR's, I am using generic WS2811 strips (50 pixels long) I was able to successfully create a quick visualization of the matrix, however it's based on CCRs. So when I export it into the sequencer, I would have to have 24 CCRs and then copy the data over the DMX channels that they really exist on. Is there anyway I can avoid this additional step? Also is there anyway to get around the 1024 fixture limitation on the visualizer in S3? I tried to make a 24x50 matrix and got stuck after 20 of the strips were completed. Thanks _Dave
  15. The RGB ribbon lights on my building are up year around. Normally set to 50% blue most evenings, but since it's Memorial day I added a little action with Red, White and Blue. http://lightshow.franktronics.net/index.php/memorial-day-2014-night-at-franktronics/
  16. I've had several folks ask how I built my 8 ft. starburst from 2013. I put together a quick how-to for an element I'm in process of building this year. This one is a Pixel Marty Fan, but the build concept is virtually the same, Just a half circle instead of a complete circle. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fel0narom0tlvp1/Pixel%20Fan%20Build.pdf Here is a smaller burst I have already built for 2014. Sorry, I didn't get any pics for this build. With the above how-to, the burst should be easily accomplished. https://vimeo.com/84608204
  17. eurbani

    LPD1886 pixels

    Is anyone aware of a decoder for 5V LPD1886 pixels? If you can post a link, I would appreciate it.
  18. I'm using the Holiday Coro Actidongle to run a 27 channel controller and three 3 channel controllers also from Holiday Coro using the S3 software. My question is: has anyone tried running any DMX stage type lights with this setup? I am looking at a couple of RGB DMX lights as well as a DMX UV light that I found for fairly cheap. I assume that I could just run a DMX 3-pin cable from the 27 channel controller to the first DMX light, set the address accordingly and sequence in LOR as regular channels set to DMX. Everything I'm using right now is set to RGB channels because that's all I'm using. The DMX lights I'm looking at use 4 channels, so I couldn't use the RGB option in LOR (right?)
  19. HI Gang, SO here is a new one for me, I have 5 real Trees (blue Spruce- Pic ENC) and I would like to put Faces onto them without hurting the tree. Just eyes and mouth at the minimum. Anyone have a thought how to do that? thanks Kip Pic @ https://picasaweb.google.com/kiplorenzo/May112013#5876724874295092610
  20. Hello. I live in the UK. We have 220-230 volt AC outlets, and because of this, the majority of lights (LED lights) available use transformers to take the currant to about 12-36 volts. From what I have read, the transformers would turn on and off, but not fade, shimmer or twinkle. I would like to know if this is true or if there is an alternative to transformers. Also, I have some rope lights and other lights with what looks like, no transformer. I'm not sure if they have a transformer hidden away in the controller box. And one other thing, I know I can switch the board to 230V, but will need 16+ US-UK adapters to connect the plugs to the LOR's outlets.
  21. HI i was just wondering what to do i have two mega trees and there about 15 ft tall and i live in Wisconsin and we got about 2.5ft of snow total so my mega trees are only 12.5 ft tall because the lights are staked into the ground. any ideas what to do?
  22. We will be meeting at the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Headquarter building located at 9195 East Mineral Avenue in Centennial, CO 80112 starting at 0900. This is just north of Park Meadows mall off of I-25 and County Line Road. Lower level at the west end of the hallway. We have plenty of room, full kitchen if needed, video screen with computer hookups. Come one, come all. Brian
  23. We had an abnormally warm winter and it baked all of my duct tape. When I run a wire across a sidewalk I tape it down to reduce trip hazards, well this year it left a mess and I was wondering how some of you clean it up. I have used a pressure washer in the past but it was still pretty hard and a lot of work. Does any one have any suggestions???
  24. Hello all. Question? I want to run a wireless setup with the mini Director. I made generic diagram below of what I was thinking and would like to know if it was posible somehow. Here is the standard setup What I want to do is get rid of the hard wire between the mini director and the controllers. like this
  25. Hello everyone.... A while back I had posted a problem with a controller I was having (3 channels on unit 01 (all on the 1-8 side)) "Spazz out" and blink, sometimes it's #3, sometimes it's 3,6, and sometimes it's 8 & 3, whatever, it's ONLY 3, 6, and 8 that do it and ONLY the one controller.... OK, So here's the thing, these 4 controllers are over 400 feet from my house (Out front), AND 400 feet in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION, we have a fencer... yup ! click......... click........... click............ click, ALL 4 controllers are on one outlet (15 amp), and the fencer is on another outlet (over 1000 feet of underground wire between them in opposite directions. ONLY Unit 01 does it, and ONLY those 3 channels.... Guess what.... yup !!! the channels blink in time (when they do blink) in time with the click of the fencer.... (AM radio, off channel proves this). I can deal with this and resolve it on my own, BUT some stuff to note: The solution (shielded cat 5 wire) actually I'm going to try Belden foil over 2 conductor, as the distance from the G3-MP3 to the first controller is (as the cable lays) over 1000 feet (currently it's just normal Cat 5 E from home depot) This is called "Ground Effect" funny that the elevation of both the fencer, and the 01 is the same (even though there is a small hill and rise between them), (as well as 800 + feet ). I tried moving the controllers breaker to the other leg of the panel, problem persists (this means it's NOT a spike on the AC being back fed from the fencer). So far I unplugged the fencer, the blinking does stop, (so I know it is the cause) but have to leave it running or we'll be chasing horses all over the place. ALSO to note is that it is ONLY 01, I am also going to re-address the unit while it's still in it's location, (software and hardware test), FMI (For My info) to see if it's physical location of that controller or software related, the other three controllers are all, within 100 feet of that controller, AND there is an extra 50 some odd feet of cable AFTER the last controller (truck out on the road) the network cable HAS terminators at the two far ends of the cable (far end of the 50, and at the end of the 1000). It IS the fencer, it's just HOW it's causing it, is what I want to know.... I already know how to fix it, just why............. Greg
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