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I have some of the CCR's  from LOR that I used last year.  And I see the talk about DMX and dumb light strips and smart strips so started looking into this DMX stuff.  From looking at the

stuff needed to get a CCR look  similar to what I get from LOR I do not see much of a price savings.  Am I missing something or can someone give me a comparison.

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A CCR is $250 and only runs 1 strip per $250 spent

 

 

DIY allows a lot more options and flexability but this also brings in complexity,

 

ECG-P2 - $78 can run over 24 strips from 2 outputs with one controller

ECG-P12R - $180 can run over 36 strips from 12 outputs

Power supply 350 Watt - $25 will run upto 8 strips

Strip 2811 50 pixels 12vdc- $32 for 5metres and is very similar to the CCR specs and construction and can be used in the LOR superstar program

Sudaries like cabling and a box - $50 to $100

 

The more that is used the cheaper this equation becomes but if just comparing 1 or 2 strips then the price difference isnt that great between LOR and DIY.

 

A good comparison is if building a 12 strip mega tree, LOR would cost you $3000 ($250 x 12) not including waterproof box

With DIY the same thing would cost well under $1000

 

ECG-P12R - $180 + S&H

2 x 350 watt 12vdc power supplies - $40 + S&H 

12 x 2811 intelligent strip - $384 + S&H

Cabling and case - $100 + S&H

 

 

Total -  $704 + S&H

 

add a network switch if using more than 1 x e1.31 controller - around $50 to $100

 

So as you can see a lot can be saved

 

 

BUT

 

DIY is not for everyone as there is a much larger investment in time and knowedge and people must weigh up what their time is worth. LOR also have great support and warranty and is basically plug and play compared to DIY.

 

Some people lack the skills and time to be able to do DIY succesfully and in the end up spending more on DIY due to the difficulties that they have getting it going, ive seen some not even get a show going, So cost shouldnt be the only factor for making a move to DIY

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Thanks for the information.  That is what I was thinking as far as the amount of time trying to learn about DMX.  I am just feeling like not getting involved with it is going to leave me behind the times.  I hate thinking doing a display

is getting beyond my ability.

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I read all the literature over at AUSChristmas Lighting Forums and asked questions several times but I tried it this year and I loved it.  It has a little learning curve but it is not hard at all and if you do it yourself you can save a lot over the other options.

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I have some of the CCR's  from LOR that I used last year.  And I see the talk about DMX and dumb light strips and smart strips so started looking into this DMX stuff.  From looking at the

stuff needed to get a CCR look  similar to what I get from LOR I do not see much of a price savings.  Am I missing something or can someone give me a comparison.

Overeasy:   Everything Fast Eddie said is correct about DIY & LOR on pricing and work on your end..... I guess it all depends on what you want to accomplish ......I've been reading and planning for 6 mos. now & I plan to do a 24 pixel string......LOR pixel strings come in 2 sets of 50, a 24 string 25" tree would be $3000  BUT a 24 string 12' tree would be $1440 and If you  take advantage of their spring sale it will be considerably less & you get the best warranty in the business (If it dosen't work you ship back to NY not China). On the diy side a 24 string I was planning by using C9 string pixels from an American vendor and the P1s controller & power supply from an American Vendor my cost is $1270  AND  I have still have to by the correct connection extenders and no one of the 2 could tell me which one to buy the burdon of being correct falls on my shoulders. For total Plug and Play and peace of mind W/less headaches (Hopefully LOL)   LOR is worth the small additional money. But thats in my case you may want something totally different. IMHO

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