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alright guys and gals,wife has me on a mission for a Christmas light display, my yard is full of homemade Christmas trees made of light strings from 2 ft to 18 ft , I am a welder by trade and just happen to have a pipe roller so that's how it got started, but it is getting pretty boring so I had the bright idea to try and build a controller, only problem is I don't know a thing about it!!! I live north of Columbus ohio and I guess I'm looking for a mentor to help me through the process of building a homemade controller that is somewhat inexpensive, I have no idea where to get parts and pieces or where to start, please help me out as I really love lights and want to make this happen, I understand I am way to late for display this year

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Welcome to the forums! Sorry no one has answered yet, I am sure people will chime in to help you in respect to the controllers. Plenty of helpful folks on here. I can not offer any assistance as my display is all static.  Youtube is your friend for DYI controllers for LOR or RGB pixels. Also use the search bar in the forums!

I am sure most people on the forums are in the full swing with their displays/shows, therefore most likely they will chime in when they get a spare minute. Good luck, and take it slow, lots to learn from the members and posts here! 


Merry Christmas and welcome aboard!!

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Light-o-Rama (LOR) has DIY kits where you assemble the enclosure and board yourself.  that saves a bit off the cost of a pre-built controller.  As far as building it from scratch by yourself, sorry can't help you there.  Sounds like a fire waiting to happen. :)

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