I am starting this thread as a place to discuss the differences between D-Light and LOR. Both are great products made by great people and used by great people (that includes you!). Even though AL is also a great product, this thread will focus on D-Light and LOR because they are more related to each other.
Over the next few months we about to some major changes in Computerized Christmas Light Control. What we are mostly looking to do is find a system that turns our Lights OFF and ON to some sort of music. These systems are tools. We use these tools to make the the most dramatic shows we can in the most efficient way possible.
If you wanted to make a computerized Christmas light show a few years ago, you pretty much had to make your own tools which required a lot of know how and work. Thanks to a few people who had a vision and saw a need for the technically challenged to make their own shows, a few companies went in the business of providing off the shelf tools. Tools such as AL, LOR, and D-Light.
Like any product (besides Microsoft Windows) they get better and better and sometimes cheaper and cheaper.
We now have a new boy on the block that is about to challenge other systems and that system is D-Light. As many of you already know, D-Light is about to release their own software so they are now going to be a complete Software and Hardware Solution.
So now there are going to be debates about AL, D-Light, and LOR. These tools all have one thing in common. They turn lights off and on.
Personally I like debates about which system may be better. You can do this while respecting each other and the people behind the products. Some people like tools better than others and it is very useful to hear why and what real experiences they had with a product and why they choose one over the other.
So why did I create this thread and what am I trying to say? I wanted to create a thread were we can discuss the differences and the upcoming differences between LOR and D-Light.
I don't know the History of D-Light but it seems like LOR came out first and then D-Light made Hardware Controllers that were compatible with LOR. It seems they mostly provided kits where the end user had to do some work putting them together. They also have DC based products where you can control DC devices like LED lights directly. They are the only company (that I know) who has made a DC based controller that works on the LOR network.
Now it seems like D-Light is expanding their product line. They are now going to have pre-built systems and they are introducing other effects into their boards that LOR does not have. With these new products the price is cheaper for this hardware than LOR hardware. Even though their products seem to be rock solid, they do not have the track record that LOR has.
A system is only as good as the weakest link in the system. You can have a lot of the hardware but without software, it is worthless. In the past and currently you have to use LOR software to control D-Light and LOR controllers.
This is about to change since D-Light has just announced their new software that will directly control their controllers without having to use LOR software. D-Lights new software will also control LOR controllers at the current firmware. There are no guarantees about controlling LORII based controllers because we don't know the details of the LORII protocol and how it will work. Those who saw D-Lights new software in action were very impressed with the new and time saving functions of the software. I think they walked away from the experience thinking the software is much better than LORI but remains unknown if the new system will be stable and bug free when it is released. They have annouced the release at the end of OCT which means there is very little margin for error (yours or theirs) if you run into problems.
Now welcome to LORII
LORII is a big mystery and we only know of a few things that will be included and maybe a couple of bug fixes. All we really known is that it will be released sometime in the future. We really have no idea what the version of LORII is going to be like. It might have advanced so much it will have more features than D-Lights new software and WOW everyone even more than D-Lights software.
Back to the purpose of this thread. I wanted to start a discussion on the differences between the changes we are starting to see between these two great products. How to you think they will effect each other. Since D-Light was designed to work on the LOR network, what compatibility issues are we going to be seeing now between the two products since LOR is changing its protocol with their new version.
I welcome Rumors, Ideas, Thoughts, and whatever input you have. I am not trying to make this a "My Daddy can Beat up Your Daddy" style thread but a place where people can honestly talk about the Pros and Cons.
Competition is a great thing. It makes current products better and I welcome D-Light with their new full solution hardware and software. I have a feeling that both D-Light and LOR are both great products and will advance the Technology of Christmas Light Shows.