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CMB24D Controller Setup For Dummies


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Hey all, I'm looking at purchasing the CMB24D Controller + 8 RGB single pixel ribbon. The idea is to create a smaller mega-tree with 8 rows, or if it doesn't look dense enough, add to my existing megatree (link below).

 

According to the store info, it requires an external power supply and enclosure. I really have no idea what I'm looking for there. It looks like there's a PSU available on the website here: http://store.lightorama.com/1260waposu.html, is that any good? What enclosures would you recommend? How hard is it for a noob to cable this up? Is soldering required? 

 

Is this really the best solution for a "dumb" single-pixel mega tree, or are there better solutions out there (specifically all-in-one, assembled kits, for lazy people like me.) :)

 

Last-Year's Megatree:

 

 

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You will need a 12V Power supply, no solder necessary to wire up op the board, here is the best place I have found for the CG-1500 enclosure. Your board and power supply will fit in there perfectly, they also have a great price on the 350W power supply. Its pretty straight forward to wire up. Using a 4 wire pigtail makes it easy to unplug/change out your lighting if necessary.

http://store.creativelightingdisplays.com/CableGuard-CG-1500-Enclosure-CG-1500.htm
 
http://store.creativelightingdisplays.com/12V-DC-360W-30A-Regulated-Switching-Power-Supply-PS-12V-360W.htm
 
http://store.creativelightingdisplays.com/4-Wire-Waterproof-Connector-Pigtail-Set-24-Black-18AWG-15mm-4W-WP-PT-24.htm
 
Here is an enclosure mounting board for the CMB24, makes mounting a breeze

http://www.holidaycoro.com/Light-O-Rama-LOR-CMB24D-Mounting-Kit-p/641-kit1.htm

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I needed to write something!

 

That transition at the beginning was funny.

 

That costs so much more! A power supply would have cost $20, and an enclosure $30. That package is overpriced.

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Once you add in the cost of me breaking something, or getting frustrated and throwing the $129 controller, the price is just right. There's also the lost opportunity costs.

 

I could be trading stocks or increasing market shares during the saved time!!! (Note: I don't remember most of Economics 101, but I think I'm in the right here.)

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I have purchased four rgb controllers, "do it yourself" versions, from creative light display. If you know how to strip wires, use a screw driver and properly add connectors then you can do it. Just be careful and take your time.

Also I highly recommend the website. Kevin has been very responsive and has fast shipping.

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Agree. Bought enclosure, power supply and cordsets from Kevin and board from LOR. This is my third one so getting pretty good at assembly. Last one took only 4 hours. I found it easier to wire all the cordsets to the LOR board prior to mounting the LOR board to enclosure as space is limited. Piece of cake!

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I took a bunch of pictures building one....just need to put it together in a document. It takes me about 1-2hrs to build one depending on how motivated I feel.

Installing the wires to the DC board before mounting is easier.

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Agree with Vince and Kevin. Wire before mounting the boards. Not trying to hijack the thread but where do yall buy your outdoor four wire cable for longer runs?

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