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I am planning on upgrading my power panel for next year. The bug has hit hard but I wont have time to get everything together this year. Does anyone have a wiring schematic so that I can understand how you route everything for computer animation? I am looking at doing a 100+ amp service and know that I will have to get the power company out and do the upgrade. I also know that I will need to put a power distribution center together with breakers and plugs. What I dont understand is how it conects to the LOR or the computer. Do you plug a box that has plugs in it for the different strands of lights that are connected to computer boards? This was a project I had wanted to do this year but just couldnt find the time. I recently found this website and and read tons. I am just a little confused. Please kick me in the right direction so that I can put my wish list together and understand how this works.

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Each LOR board has two 120V 15-20A power inputs and 16 power outputs. So with one LOR board you can control 16 different strands of lights.

The board interfaces to the computer viaan RS232 to RS485 adapter. Additional LORs daisychain from the first one using CAT5 cable. There is no board to install in the computer.

The computer tells the LOR board(s) what power outputs to turn on/off or otherwise manipulate (fade, shimmer, etc...).

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I mispoke about the board. I understand that there is not a board that you put into the computer. I was refering to the LOR as the board. So you plug an extension cord into your house that plugs into an LOR that the lights plug into its plugs? Right? I think what I need to ask is (and the reason is I am tring to figure where to mount my panel) do most of you have a box in the yard with the LOR mounted so that you run one main cord to an LOR in a watertight box in the yard so that you dont have so many cords going to the house or is it just a short cord from your main power to the LOR and then extension cords running to everything in the yard?

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I mispoke about the board. I understand that there is not a board that you put into the computer. I was refering to the LOR as the board. So you plug an extension cord into your house that plugs into an LOR that the lights plug into its plugs? Right?

Right.

I think what I need to ask is (and the reason is I am tring to figure where to mount my panel) do most of you have a box in the yard with the LOR mounted so that you run one main cord to an LOR in a watertight box in the yard so that you dont have so many cords going to the house or is it just a short cord from your main power to the LOR and then extension cords running to everything in the yard?

I think guys do it both ways. Some guys put the LORs in the garage or back yard to prevent theft (at the expense of extension cords) - others put 'em up front in the bushes or a box to save money (at some risk of theft).

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Thank you. I think Ive got the basic understanding now. So you will have a cord from the house to the LOR to the lights or strings of lights you want controlled. Then there is another cable routed into the house where the computer is from each LOR...right?

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The "control" cable goes from the PC to the first LOR unit and then another cable goes from there to the next LOR unit, etc. They are "daisy chained" so only ONE cable goes back to the PC.

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Very good. Thanks very much. How many minis can you run off of 1 LOR? It looks like there is a 30 AMP DIY kit on the LOR website. I am assuming that would be a 16 channel controller.

http://store.lightorama.com/ctkitcpa.html

Looking at the printed circuit boards and compnents that comes with it I think I could do it with the help of one of the guys who works for me and save some money and have fun at the same time.

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