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Multiple colors displaying on roof

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I'll look back in a few years and feel pretty embarrassed I had to ask it, but you have to start somewhere!

I've noticed in watching LOR sequences that people will have their entire roof/display go from solid red to solid green to a multi-colored look. To get that effect are you actually putting a solid strand of each color and bundling them together then feeding each respective color into it's own channel in the LOR controller?

I just purchased a 16 channel LOR kit and am anxious to dive in. I would like to use my garage as my "canvas" this year and outline it and put horizontal rows that can change from red to green to white. I am trying to figure out if I need to buy solid colored strands or multi-colored strands.

Thanks!

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With the LOR kit i presume it is an AC voltage model so for you the best thing is to buy individual coloured strands, this will then take up 1 channel per colour but give you the effect you talk about

The new direction in the lighting community is the use of low voltage DC RGB led lights (red/green/blue), this then will allow you to use any colour combination to create thousands of different colours and the place to find out more about whats happening with RGB is Auschristmaslighting forums which can be found at http://forums.auschristmaslighting.com/index.php

Good luck with your build

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I'll look back in a few years and feel pretty embarrassed I had to ask it, but you have to start somewhere!

I've noticed in watching LOR sequences that people will have their entire roof/display go from solid red to solid green to a multi-colored look. To get that effect are you actually putting a solid strand of each color and bundling them together then feeding each respective color into it's own channel in the LOR controller?

I just purchased a 16 channel LOR kit and am anxious to dive in. I would like to use my garage as my "canvas" this year and outline it and put horizontal rows that can change from red to green to white. I am trying to figure out if I need to buy solid colored strands or multi-colored strands.

Thanks!

Welcome to PC! I feel honored to be the first to respond to your first PC post. By the way, there are no dumb questions here, but if it has been asked and answered, you may get a short "look here" response. And answers are a little harder to come by as everyone is under the gun to get their own displays up -- so ask away now.

As to your question, "To get that effect are you actually putting a solid strand of each color and bundling them together then feeding each respective color into it's own channel in the LOR controller?" Yes. Some people wind say 3 strings together (R/G/W) into a "super string" and others put them up separately. But in either case, you need at least one channel for each color. You'll need more channels if you want to make the lights "move" across the roof or depending on the amps you're drawing.

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Thanks for the answers! I had looked up "super strings" last season while I was building my mega-tree. That looks like the way to go right now just starting out. I've also been reading the forums concerning LEDs. They seem like the way to go from a power consumption stand point. What about visibility? My house sits about 175 feet from the street. I've read some people say they're slightly dimmer than regular lights and others say they're brighter, so I'm not sure. I would hate for my display to look dim.

Thanks!

Jeff

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We do our roof lights just like explained above. String each color and give each it's own channel. We use red/green/white. We also have our tree's and also deer and this year light poles wrapped in 3 different colors so we can use them as either green, red or white during the display. And sometimes all at the same time.

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I wouldn't worry about LEDs looking dimmer as long as you are working with a quality light. I have been lucky that I got into lights big time while LED were being reworked to look very close to the standard C7 or C9 bulbs. Two words of caution for you, the first is probably not a problem because you are in Texas but LEDs do not produce enough heat to melt snow on them. We had tons of snow last year and I ran into this problem. The second piece of advice is when buying clear LEDs read the box there are cool whites and warm whites. Cool looks blueish and warm is the traditional clear. Just some things to think about. Please post video or pics it sounds great what you are planning, good luck.

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