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Everything posted by craigmarshall

  1. What's wrong with a little lead in your diet - LOL !!
  2. Those look really good Randy!! Welding is something I always wanted to mess with but now that I have this computer in my chest, I have to stay away from electrical discharges - haha
  3. I was checking into storage places till my oldest got an apartment. Now I use his old bedroom to store all the stuff (I don't have much but I have lots of room)!!
  4. I would contact LOR directly or post the question on their Forum. I have little experience with their software, most on this board know 100 times more than I do about sequencing. Sorry, but I hope that helps by geting you to the answers. Craig

  5. Thanks Mark!! I am looking forward to shaking your hand and buying you that beer(s) that I owe you!! Chris, new friends are the best and I am looking forward to making a few. Our hobby is for joy and happiness which I want to share with everyone. Well off to bed, have to get up at 4am but I'm all packed and ready!!
  6. Snow, WOW!! I don't get to see much of that. Now I know it will be a neat trip!! I don't drink because of my health but I would make an exception to taste one of Gary's fine homemade brews. In fact, I would consider it an honor!!
  7. I've got a 7am out of Tucson thru DFW which get to Chicago around 3pm. It will be good to meet all of you and to say hi to others that I met at PLUS last year. I am so excited to be able to attend!! See you all there!!
  8. Hi Roger and welcome to PC!! May I suggest a more appropriate place to post this question - that would be in the Computerized Displays, Do-It-Yourself or Lights sub forums. Dashers Diner is fairly general and you might get a better answer in a sub forum more particular to your question. Have fun and hope you find what you are looking for.
  9. There is also this option available, The Spiral String Length Calculator or SSLC. A free and useful program that doesn't require a spreadsheet. Download Spiral String Length Calculator
  10. I agree!! If he wants to stick with Renard he will be ok with the Rainbow Flood. It does use smaller 20ma LEDs that will work well with current limiting. The thread you referenced, in my opinion has been calm, intelligent and informative - hardly what I would call 'rubbish'
  11. Everything is looking good Chuck!! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication. And something I like is back, the members currently online feature!! PC is looking like home away from home again, Thank you!!
  12. We are doing our best, once a day is all we can do, but we will do it, and I hope that it is enough to help you win!!
  13. craigmarshall

    MR16 Spots

    I am glad to see that there is some very good information in this thread and no bashing. That is exactly what I only ever wanted for the community, the best of what was available. Many times I acknowledged that if you needed a flood now, to buy the best of what is available now. There are no hurt feelings on my part no matter what decision someone makes for their flood purchase, everyone has different needs and I have no horse in this race. My major point was to explain the significance of properly powering the LEDs and what that means to the operation of such a device. Now that I see other options being considered and that many now understand this, I see this as a good direction for the decorating community.
  14. It's just that your numbers were a little off, favoring your argument, something I see allot of. I think I will leave it to others to point these things out from now on.
  15. What is the same are the LEDs and the proper current being supplied to each one, that was my logic. Remember we are talking current here and those voltage percentages mean nothing till you calculate current. And also remember that there are different resistors out there depending if you used 12 or 24volts, (I am using a baseline 60 and 120ohms for these calculations) so the voltage drops of 16% and 4% don't hold true current wise. At 24 volts, a voltage drop of 2 volts results in a CURRENT loss of 9%, and at 12vdc that 2 volts results in a current loss of 17%. Thats 2x not 4x. Yes, a two volt drop at 24 volts would yeild less current loss at the flood (down to 183ma) and a 2 volt drop at 12 volts would bring it down to 166ma, however, my point is that a constant current supply will keep the current the same despite voltage drops or length of cable. Same current if through a 1 foot cable, or a 100 foot cable. Now that I feel that I have broken some of the myths, rumors and false information that was being given out about drivers, color mixing and price probability, maybe a product (whatever flood) can be marketed on it's merits instead of hype and misinformation. And if I see any more misinformation being given, I will point that out as well. I will not argue which one is better, I think I made my point to those that will listen. Misinformation to sell a product I, and others will continue to 'correct'. Good luck in your endevours,
  16. I believe that your TV and your computer monitor do white just fine? They do that by mixing RG and B and have no white 'channel'.Floods that keep the R, G and B in a tight configuration , like a TV, do not have this problem. When RGB is done properly, white is NOT required. Look, has white, that's a pure white cabinet!! And where is that color fringing thing that you people say exists when mixing RGB? There are shadows but they are not in 'colors'. Like I said, just trying to help people make informed decisions. Again, No criticism, just facts.
  17. There is a good reason why people ask questions, mainly because they want good answers. The answers given here are not so good. Because of the miriad of XMAS/LOR flood posts that have been taken over by talk of this flood, I felt it gives me the opportunity to try and set things straight. First of all, the statement that 24vdc is required and better to run two floods is completely false. The MM flood uses 24vdc because of the configuration of the LEDs. If the series string forward voltages add up to more that 12vdc, then a higher voltage is needed to satisfy the Vf of the particular LEDs. And, the statement that it is better for cable length and lowers the voltage is again, completely false. Lets look at ohms law shall we? I know that may be difficult since multiple revisions of the MM flood were released without these simple calculations being performed correctly. OK, 200ma at 24vdc and what do you get for a resistor. Now lets change the configuration so that we require 400ma at 12vdc, same answer!!, What do you know. Now lets look at the voltage drop that you find in the wire. Drop that 24vdc value by two or three volts and see what current you now have at your floods. How bright are they now? And one that is on a 10 foot cable is brighter than the one on a 30 foot cable? None of what I have said can be undone by anything but 'smoke and mirrors'. Now lets talk about a constant current driver, which the MM does not use. Constant current drivers are UNAFFECTED buy voltage drop and cable length, they also provide power in the proper way to the LEDs increasing the life of the LED and prolonging the color that it emits. You may hear different, oh yes the failures were caused by the resistors. Why does the supplier have NO problems with everyone that IS NOT PWM dimming these LEDS? Because when you do that, it requires a constant current supply to operate properly. Is the MM the only place where the values were not figured correctly? Now that the resistors are 'right', what will the next LED failures be chocked up to? Is that what you want in a product you spend your money on? Now let's talk specs. Would you buy a product that DRAMATICALLY alters their specs just to look better? The cool white LEDs that the MM flood uses are rated at 110,000mcd at 140 degree beam angle, that's 454.763 lumens per LED, does that sound right? And they are made by who? Now lets talk about power supplies. 24vdc more common than 12vdc, a complete false statement. The fact that 24vdc is standard (which it is not) does not even enter into things when you consider the hundreds of thousands of PC supplies out there that supply 12vdc. As an Senior Engineer in the Test Equipment world for over 30 years, I can tell you that there is no standard voltage. Now, lets talk state of the art, these pictures are two years old: Does that case look familiar? Remember, these pictures are TWO years old. Completely self contained, including constant current DMX controller and power supply, all in the same package as the MM. What all of you will be able to purchase this year is way beyond even this. I hear talk of a heat problem, that is completely false. Lots of work went into solving that problem, but bottom line is 'solved'. Then I hear that the MM is so much cheaper. How much do the LEDs that go into the MM flood cost? You all know. The LEDs that went into a single XMAS flood I can purchase, in single unit quantities, for $24. Now, what does that say about probable costs? Funny how things look a little different when you get real answers to those pesky questions. All I ask of fellow decorators is to make an informed and intelligent decision when spending your good money on products. Think about design, reliability and support. Think about what was said to you to get you to purchase a product that will be obsolete before you even need them. Look at what RJ is doing with Aether, at least he is getting up to speed. Do you want to be left behind? Those that can see beyond the hype will understand, all the others, I hope you find the same joy in your purchase as you would have if you had waited. And for those that say, It has been coming out for a long time, I make this promise, 'If the LOR flood is not released this year, I will create a flood and controller that will blow away ANYTHING available, and, I will make them available at MY COST". That's my confidence that you can take to the bank, bring all the hype there and see what you get. BTW, thank you trashers of the XMAS and LOR flood threads who allowed me that right to come here and set things straight. If I said ANYTHING wrong here, please let me know, I mean if my electronics knoweledge is lacking in some way, please inform me. Now before anyone accuses me of pushing a product that I am making money on, I gave my flood to the community and don't have any ties to it other than my commitment to making sure everyone gets the best product for their hard earned money and that I made a contribution to the hobby. Remember, purchase wisely!!
  18. The 3' sections seem that they would be easier to handle, good idea I need solutions that I can install and take down myself so this would really work well.
  19. I don't know but I have many small pieces. You are right they may not be able to handle UV so a test in the Tucson sun might be required. I mainly just wanted you to know that the idea really came from you, I don't know if I will do anything with it or not, just one of those 'I wonder' moments brought on by your trim idea. I can't wait to get some trim and set them up for the front of my house. I grew up around C9s and it is what we always used on the house. I think your mounting idea is the best way I have seen to make sure everything is even, straight and all pointing the same way. It also gives me that chance to do most of the work not standing on a ladder. The clips are a great idea, what spacing on the clips do you find you need to support everything?
  20. That's a great idea Gary!! I have lots of these chip carriers around and I stare at them all the time in my workroom but when I saw your idea, I looked at them in a different way. I found that 5mm LEDs fit perfectly. I wouldn't have noticed without seeing what you did. I don't have any LED strings to try it with but I would think it might work. I cut a piece of paper and slid it in the carrier to see how a diffuser would fit in it. Maybe colored gels or frosted mylar would work for a diffuser. Anyway, fantastic idea and thank you for giving me a possible use for these things I hope I get a chance to try your mounting ideas this year.
  21. Man, you groupies are really getting desperate, chill. Your not doing the product you are pushing well. There is a reason all of you jump up and down everytime this flood is mentioned. Many know that and more understand it every day.
  22. You mean like this :giggle: This is a X.M.A.S. flood, as they would have been sold TWO YEARS AGO!! Does the case look familiar? All self contained and 'state of the art' as you say. Is this what you are wishing for? This is old stuff, and outdated. The case and the controller were light years behind what can be done now. Lets say a product does come out that has unethically reverse engineered the LOR protocol which is a very bad business practice, and is using it. What other bad business and ethics do they practice? What happens if the protocol changes? or becomes encrypted? You would now have a paperweight. Like I said, I won't talk about the LOR flood anymore but I can still darn well be proud of my X.M.A.S. design and defend it against wannabe's and copiers that pop up three years after I started the initial conceptual design work.
  23. Again, the title of this thread is "LOR LED Flood Lights". Please post your opinions about other products by starting another thread Thank you,
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