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Hi all,

 

Sorry if this is in the wrong section but i'm looking at setting up myself a computerised show. Where do people get the lights from? Do they need to be specific ones? Im based in the UK so anywhere in the uk?

 

Looking at Changing colour strips etc.

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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I have a friend in the UK, and he is using CCRs from Light-O-Rama for his RGB items, beyond that, you can check out places like http://www.aliexpress.com/ for LED lights, good prices and many of them are 220V. They also have "Dumb RGB Strips" which is like a CCR, but the entire strip changes color and only uses 3 channels instead of 157 like the CCR. 

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I have a friend in the UK, and he is using CCRs from Light-O-Rama for his RGB items, beyond that, you can check out places like http://www.aliexpress.com/ for LED lights, good prices and many of them are 220V. They also have "Dumb RGB Strips" which is like a CCR, but the entire strip changes color and only uses 3 channels instead of 157 like the CCR. 

Hi,

 

Thanks for the reply, What do you mean by 'Dumb' strips. I''ve been looking at the addressable led strips? Would that be the same as the CCR?

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the reply, What do you mean by 'Dumb' strips. I''ve been looking at the addressable led strips? Would that be the same as the CCR?

 

A CCR you can control each pixel individually, the CCRs have 50 pixels, and you can control each one by itself, whereas a "Dumb" RGB Strip you control all the pixels on the strip, and you don't have the option to control each pixel individually. 

 

If you get a chance, look up videos of RGB displays on YouTube, and you'll be able to see the difference. Many people use the "Smart" strip for their roof lines and use the "Dumb" strips for around the windows and doors (obviously those are not the only applications). In this show

uses "Smart" strips along his roof ling and then "Dumb" strings around his garage doors and up the sides of his house (This is a Halloween show, but it works :P )
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A CCR you can control each pixel individually, the CCRs have 50 pixels, and you can control each one by itself, whereas a "Dumb" RGB Strip you control all the pixels on the strip, and you don't have the option to control each pixel individually. 

 

If you get a chance, look up videos of RGB displays on YouTube, and you'll be able to see the difference. Many people use the "Smart" strip for their roof lines and use the "Dumb" strips for around the windows and doors (obviously those are not the only applications). In this show

uses "Smart" strips along his roof ling and then "Dumb" strings around his garage doors and up the sides of his house (This is a Halloween show, but it works :P )

Love that video  :)  - So the  addressable led strips i've been looking at i guess this is the same as ccr?

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I run all Smart lights this year as a test...a place to start for controllers and links to lights is www.sandevices.com  the PS1  is a turnkey controller that is designed to control up to 800 RGB lights..  you can buy the lights  in strips or as I did in individual pixels in a string and then I mounted them on inexpensive plastic rails... 

 

LOR software can control them individually using DMX over ethernet..  other software such as Lightshowpro, Madrix (pricey), or Lightfactory(pricey) can control them in groups  and has effect functionality....

 

I have 1600 RGB Lights in my show this year  and for a small yard like mine they are nothing less than incredible!!!  I did not do any Music due to time constraints but have the lights performing various effects.. along with some regular lights too...

 

the links posted above by fellow members are a great place to start for information..  I bought TLS-3001 pixel strings from Ray Wu that connect to my controller..  the learning curve to get up and running was very small....

 

Because time was short, I opted for the more expensive Madrix software... which doesnt give you individual Light control..  but allows you to overlay canned and created effects over a group of lights..  some effects are influenced by audio input, some are not..  since you have a year to get started you can take your time and explore many options.

 

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