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  1. I honestly don't believe the LOR solution will be that much easier to use compared to the greatly increased cost. If you get one string and a controller for $300, but are planning on buying let's say 12 of those it would be thousands if dollars. Or you could get the p12s that Lee mentioned and 12 x 100 count strings to plug into that controller for around $750. And that is a pretty easy solution. You could knock that down to right around $600 with a little more work required (using an e6804) controller. I had been using exclusively LOR hardware and software since 2006 and made the jump to
  2. Hi Tom, just my $0.02 but if you order during the LOR sale you can probably get five PC controllers, with cord sets and cases for around $200 each if I remember correctly. I have used SPT wire or of PC LOR car and controller before but really prefer the actual cord sets more. Your other option is used... last year I moved to RGB lights and sold half of my 12 PC LOR controllers here and on the LOR forums, for between $150 to $175 each and they worked perfectly... just some thoughts... coming to you live from Tapatalk
  3. Sorry, I ended up shooting new video now that I fixed some additional items with the display. https://vimeo.com/83465018 https://vimeo.com/83465019 -Louie
  4. There are plenty of amazing megatrees with far fewer strings than I use and they probably look equally good as mine does. And there are plenty of folks using HLS, Nutcracker, Xlights, etc, that do just as nice of a job sequencing (if not nicer) than I can probably do with LSP... I tend to overkill things spend too much money for stuff... -Louie
  5. Lee, I did dabble with Nutcracker and Xlights and thought they were pretty cool. I went with LSP because of the fact that I wanted to apply effects to the whole display. Additionally... we moved into a new house in the fall of 2012 (didn't run much of a display in 2012) and I had to completely blow up my old sequences anyway and start from scratch... so it was a good time to make a grand switch of everything, including sequencing software. I wasn't trying to "add in" new effects... if I had, I probably would have stuck with my LOR sequences and tried to mix the new stuff in... There ar
  6. Robert, I switched away from LOR software (superstar) and went to Lightshow Pro. I dabbled with Nutcracker a bit, but decided I wanted what LSP had to offer and dropped the $350 on it... My base diameter is 12 foot... My pixel spacing is 4.25" and I wish I would have gone with 5"... you can't really see it, but the "bottom" of the megatree is really close to 3 feet off the ground. That was a mistake on my part... not sure why I did it... probably in the rush of things. I have two options. Leave it as is (the bottom of the megatree is surrounded by 3 foot tall minitrees anyway)
  7. Hi Lee, thanks! I was actually using Unicast all along though. I am using LSP for programming. I had an in town light nut come by again last night to brainstorm. As I said, I was using Unicast all along, but definitely saw an improvement when I moved from the daisy-chained 5-port switches to the single 16-port switch. I also saw a massive improvement when I moved from a Core 2 Duo laptop with 2GB RAM to my Core i7 desktop with 6GB RAM. Last night we went and moved away from image shifting macros using JPEGs to color shifting macros (both rainbow type effects) and we saw an improvement th
  8. Hi Robert, I haven't recorded any "good" video yet. This year was a nightmare for me. After getting the ten twig/stick trees done by August/September, my second RGB/power supply/cabling order to China was placed 9/02 and didn't arrive until 11/30. I had essentially 3-4 weeks to build 11 controllers into casing (the power supplies and cabling were part of the order from China), attach 2400 RGB pixels to PVC pipe for use on the megatree, string up another 50-80 strings of RGB lights total in the yard, etc... needless to say, I didn't even get around to the other parts of my display that I
  9. First, you mentioned using the LOR 24 channel board and then mentioned pixels later in your sentence. The pixels imply "smart" which the LOR board isn't used for. It is used for dumb RGB nodes where the whole string length turns one color. If you meant to type "nodes" and not "pixels", then yes, as Lee said, you can do what you're talking about. But, you need to specify what your megatree looks like. I will use mine as an example. It is one of the 20' tall ones and has 48 sections currently (using RGB pixels). I know another guy here in town doing a 15' tree with 32 sections (again,
  10. One more note here on figuring out how many lights to use. I briefly made mention of this somewhere above but will hit it more concretely here. You have two considerations. Brightness & wire length - bulb spacing. For instance, I took one of my twig trees and went through and added up the total branch length of the twelve branch levels on the tree. I came up with somewhere around 750 lineal inches of branch that I needed to cover with bulbs. I decided that I wanted to keep the distance between bulbs to as little as I could, so I elected to zip tie each bulb to the branches instead of
  11. Hi Lee, I am also using the p12s (actually still have one of the older p12r's and one p12s on the two banks of twig/stick trees). The way I am setup involves running two of the 50 count pixel strings per output, and with 200 pixels per tree, I am able to do six of my twig/stick trees per p12s controller (each output pushing 100 pixels). The nice thing about the p12s/r controllers is that, for Duane's situation where I think he will want 300 pixels per tree based on the higher branch count, he could still get six twig/stick trees per controller by doing 150 pixels per output. The power i
  12. I was asked for more information through personal message and I figured it would be useful to post some of my reply here as well... Here it goes... Rather than thinking about the tree first, I would think about the controller first. For instance, if you go with the LOR 24 channel DC RGB controller, you could control 8 strings of dumb RGB nodes (3 channels per string). That controller is $110 and I would factor in another $50 for power supply, case, wire, etc. 9 trees with 3 x 100 count strings per tree is 27 strings which is 81 channels of RGB which would require 4 of those 24 channel
  13. Sorry, one more thing. I used these from Ray Wu but requested a custom spacing. They are nice because of the white string. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Promoion-DC5V-50nodes-WS2811-pixel-light-12mm-diameter-IP68-rated-256gray-scale-all-WHITE-wire-epoxy/701799_1557006174.html As you can see, they are $16 per string of 50. The dumb nodes are $12 per 50 which is not that much of a cost difference. I can do six trees conservatively per pixel controller based on the outputs but I could only do four with something like the 24 channel LOR DC controller. -Louie
  14. Hi Duane, You are precisely at the point I was a couple years ago... I had twelve twig/stick trees wrapped with red, green, and white on white wire lights. I was sick and tired of the horribly ugly green I was getting out of those lights and the fact that the three strings of lights were doing a good amount of damage to the trees from the wear and tear of installing uninstalling them each year. I had heard of the RGB things and decided to take a look... One string of lights that could make any color would surely be much better for these trees that just aren't built the way they used to b
  15. Hey all, these are gone and this is closed. Thanks for playing. -Louie
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