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I plan on getting a few rgb floods for my 2013 display. But i have no idea what i am doing when it comes to rgb. I would like to run them off of light o rama, without doing anything too complicated. Is this possible and where would i find the floods and other parts i would need?

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LOR has RGB Floods and their floods are just the ticket for you if you just want plug and play convenience. Plug them in and sequence any color you want> Don't get much simpler than that  ^_^

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There are many alternatives out there but most do require a lot more work on your part to purchase and you install the boards, power supply, housing. and some require soldering on the boards .......From your post I thought you wanted a plug and play. Right now I use LED spots that I'm not very happy with. I plan to purchase the LOR floods when they go on sale in march. 

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I added RGB floods to my display this year, all being driven by LOR S3. LOR does sell RGB floods, looks like you get a couple of them plus connectors and such for about $300.

 

I opted for 6 RGB flood lights from HolidayCoro at $40+ each (I don't think they sell them any longer though). I also purchased an Enttec DMX Pro USB controller which handles the ethernet connection to the floods. I *also* purchased 2 power supplies @ $13/each for the RGB floods, since they don't plug themselves in (the power comes through the ethernet cable.) And with the RGB floods that I purchased, I had to solder the power supplies into ethernet cables to "inject" power. All in this year for about $450 plus some work.

 

So, which deal was better for me? By far, the purchase from HolidayCoro was better because:

  • 6 flood lights vs. 2
  • I have an independent DMX controller that allows me to add other things to the display besides LOR-based stuff
  • Going through the process of soldering power supplies to ethernet cables and configuring RGB floods with DMX addresses brought me up the learning curve to understand about RGB and DMX protocols. I'm now much more comfortable with RGB and can move the display forward this coming year.

As always, your mileage may vary. For me, it was much better to go the non-LOR route.

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where can a person go to learn more about RGB lights ? it looks cool. but need to know more about how it works and what it takes to get them to work. any info ?please pass it on.... you can get ccr or rgb strips, or rgb light strings and pixel strings. which are better and where to use them. and where to buy them? so many questions.

 

thanks, from all of us newbees.

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where can a person go to learn more about RGB lights ? it looks cool. but need to know more about how it works and what it takes to get them to work. any info ?please pass it on.... you can get ccr or rgb strips, or rgb light strings and pixel strings. which are better and where to use them. and where to buy them? so many questions.

 

thanks, from all of us newbees.

 

When I wanted to find out information or learn about RGB just like you, I found Holiday Coro to have very good information.  Here is the link to his video's.  They will answer questions for you and cause you to have more questions.  Overall, they are very useful.

 

http://www.holidaycoro.com/kb_results.asp?ID=15

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AUS Christmas Lighting has a ton of knowledge about RGB Lighting, go to their RGB section and read all of the literature which is posted and that will give you a great start.  I added a 16' RGB Mega Tree this year and they helped me tremendously in getting everything correct and going.

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I have 3 Aether II RGB Floods

http://www.diylightanimation.com/wiki/index.php?title=Image:AetherII.JPG

 

They work off a landscape 12v AC transformer. They worked great.

 

They were $87 each in last years coop. They have a 35w LED. The kit does not include the case, i got those from Home Depot for $7 each.

 

Ray Wu also sells RGB floods

 

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/701799/search?SearchText=rgb+flood

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