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I am looking to add a 12 deer leaping sequence to my back fence and was wondering if someone might know of a simple standalone controller that would run 12 channels in an on off loop to look like my deer is running on top the fence. I would prefer not to commit 12 channels of one of my LOR controllers. Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks.

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What Kind of lights? LED or minis?  If they are LED, you could convert a multifunction controller with 4 channels into a 4 channel stand alone module.  Then you could hook up 4 deer to the 1 channel each.  3 multifunction controllers would do it (set to chase) and assign them 1 channel in LOR.  It may not do exactly what you want but it's a step in the right direction.

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Plan to use incandescent rope. Got a great deal on 12ft lengths post Christmas sale.  You may be on to something as I have a 8 sequence rope controller that I will disassemble and tap into to see what I can come up with. Thanks I didn't think about that option.

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Be careful.  Pulling too many amps on those small board will fry them.  My buddy and I learned that this year when he added them to his static display.  He converted to mostly LEDs too.  If you need more multifunction light sets for their controllers, I have 4 of them I can sell ya ;)

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www.christmas-leds.com sells controllers that may do what you want, you may need a few of them but their only around $20 ea
That's pretty interesting. I'm adding 3 light towers with a 3channel star flare on top. Could I buy three of these and only use 3 channels of my lot controller instead of 9 channels for the stars?

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$83 with shipping. Maybe a used controller would be a better investment. But something to keep in mind.

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$83 with shipping. Maybe a used controller would be a better investment. But something to keep in mind.

agreed... I don't know how many channels that is, but it would be cheaper to go with a used PCB 16pc LOR controller.  Fret not ;)  people will sell them. keep your eyes pealed to the forums.

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$83 with shipping. Maybe a used controller would be a better investment. But something to keep in mind.

Good Luck finding a used controller for that price thats any good...........and you would still have to pay shipping with that.........

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Clyde, off topic but how many channels are you using for your candy canes? I tried to see it in your video but I cant figure it out. Also if you ever have free time could you send me a sample of how you sequence the moving effect. I'm going to attemp that this year with 44 mini spiral trees. Your spiral trees are insane BTW!!! Great work!

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Good Luck finding a used controller for that price thats any good...........and you would still have to pay shipping with that.........

I purchased 4 LOR cards last year used for $89 each.  Yes I had to install and assemble them into enclosures and that takes time and money.  And yes, you pay shipping.  I also found 2 used contrlers in home-made housings for $150 THIS YEAR.    The deals are out there... you must be willing to have patients.  Also, you must be prepared with a "fund" for emergency controller purchase.  I have not purchased a "new" PCB 16PC card in 2 years because people offer them here.

 

http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SN-CONT

As for this controller here suggested by gmac, it is very similar to what I was explaining in my original post at the top.  It is a bigger version of a multi-function controller.  These will work for you!!!!! Just remember the limit is 150 watts or 1.37A per channel (if my math is correct).  Your 12' rope lights will pull ~ .65A per string (check your set for the actual).  I don't know how many rope lights you'll use per channel, but 2 sets may be the max with this controller.

 

At $24.50 that is good price.  For 3 of them @ $73.50 + shipping, well to me that gets close enough to warrant the purchase and use of a controller....

 

 

OR!!! What if you had a separate extension cord and ran it on a timer?!  If you want them to come on and turn off with the show, just set the timer?  No channels, no fuss!  Easy stuff :D

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The link is exactly the type of controller I was thinking of in my design. Simple and stand alone far away from my musical animation display.  The effect I was trying to achieve is a 12 stage 1 deer running / leaping. I am not sure if I could coordinate 3 x 4 channel controllers to create this effect? Worst case I could use 1 controller and have 3 deer leaping with the same timing or just add another LOR controller which will give me even more options for future design changes. Thanks for the advice guys.

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