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bryan wilson

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These are some of the differences between controllers, as described by Dan Baldwin, the founder of Light-O-Rama.

The LOR1602W (LOR) is a commercial grade controller with a UL508 (industrial) rating. It is the only controller in the Animated Christmas Market Place with safety certification. The CTB16PC-ReadyToGO (PC) is not safety certified (but is designed with safety in mind!).

The LOR is in a heavy duty steel case, the PC is in a plastic case.

The LOR is has a 2 year warranty, the PC has a 1 year warranty.

The LOR has (non-musical) standalone mode and can as director to control other controllers, the PC cannot.

The electronics in the LOR are designed for 40amps and down rated to 30 amps; the PC is designed for 30amps.

The LOR has unit ID switches for easy setup; the PC requires that you use a program on your computer to set the Unit ID.

The LOR has safety plate to protect the electronics and reduce shock hazard, the PC does not.

The LOR has an on/off switch with easy access fuses, the PC does not.

The LOR and the PC do have the same lighting effects and are rated at the same current. They can be used interchangeably in a LOR network.

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Lor1602w controllers are often called Showtime Controllers (now LOR is calling them Showtime Pro) and the CTB16pc controllers are often referred to as PC controllers (sometimes referred to as a Showtime PC or residential controllers on LOR's website)

Both will control lights the same way (same ability to fade, shimmer, blink, etc). If doing a musical show, there isn't much difference between the show. If not using music, a Showtime controller can technically run stand-alone (not connected to a computer or director) and store the some length of non-musical sequence internally.
I use all PC controllers since I am running a musical show. All LOR products are compatible. (they all just connect to each other with cat5).

Good discussions on this topic:

(changed to this discussion half way down the page)

(best discussion starts on page 2)

Also a comparison chart here: http://www.lightorama.com/ShowtimePC.html (Similar to what Don posted above.)

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