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Okay, I don't know if this has ever been asked before, but I doubt it. I want to install some lights in the back seat area of my car and do light shows to songs, just as a fun project to do. Now I've got a couple questions. 1. Does the input voltage/amperage need to be that of a home outlet or can it be less? 2. Do the outputs need to be the same voltage/amperage as the input or could I use resistors to lessen the current if needed? 3. Is there a way to run shows without being connected to a computer? I have a laptop but it would be nice to have shows ready without it. And if I read correctly, all I need to get started is this http://store.lightorama.com/16chkitstwih1.html and the software, right?

Well, thanks in advance! And don't worry, I plan also on setting up a standard light display on my house as well :)

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Well, first, I hope you don't plan to be driving while the show is going on! Next, you could use the CMB16D, it runs off of 12 VDC and is used to control DC voltages. http://store.lightorama.com/cmdedcca.html If you plan to use mini lights, you might have to rewire them for 12 volts vs. 120, although the CMB16D can handle up to 60 VDC. I think you could use the mini director with MP3 to control the show. http://store.lightorama.com/midiwimp3pl.html You would still need the software to do the sequencing. Other option would be a power inverter for 120 VAC, but I don't know if LOR likes that or not.

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Thanks for the info! And no, no way I'm driving with it on. I just like tinkering with my car so I figured I'd try to install this just for fun. And thanks for the link to the 12 VDC board, I didn't know that LOR made those but it could be exactly what I need.

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Denny is right. Stick with the DC board. If you read the instruction manual it actually lists "vehicle lighting" as one of the things the board is used for.

You could also use an inverter. You have to be careful however that it puts out a constant and steady voltage. Some of the lower quality ones vary and do not put out a constant voltage. A lot of people here (including myself) either work or volunteer for fire departments or EMS organizations. We can use the inverters that come with the trucks to power the boards. Those are very strong and very powerful and work great, as I have tried. There is a video around here somewhere of someone's fire truck that is synchronized.

If you use the CMB16D, you could always just use LEDs as well. That way you won't need to worry about rewiring the minis for 12 volt use.

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