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Jason Lucas

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DMX Controller?
« on: June 10, 2012, 08:21:34 pm »

My church is looking for a way of remotely controlling the 10 LED strips on our stage. We have control over the other lights in the sanctuary, but it doesn't have any room left to add the LEDs. We need a controller that has red, green, blue, and brightness control. We're not exactly sure what all is out there. Is there an affordable way to do this?
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 11:40:36 am »

I like http://www.mega-lite.com/prolight/dmxcont.php While not as cheap as AmericanDJ. They have software that has been design for use by volunteers. And they make everything in Texas, not China.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 12:17:28 pm »

I just bought the same controller. Less than $70. It seems to work fine for set and leave functions.
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 01:06:40 am »

Jason, a word of caution. Make certain your fixtures can be run in 3-channel (RGB) mode before you buy the ADJ controller, as it is designed to work only with fixtures that will respond in that fashion.
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012, 01:23:29 am »

lol whoops, one of our other techs has informed me that a controller is not what we are looking for, but rather the thing on the other end, to power the lights. Which makes sense, as we already use the program Bluelite to control the other lights.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2012, 10:21:43 am »

The "thing" on the other end? This could be a power supply, a dmx-12v interface, or both. More info is needed, maybe a pic (close-up) of the actual fixture. I'm guessing these are led strips, not actual light fixtures, and (if so) there are several different types with different requirements.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2012, 10:01:36 pm »

The "thing" on the other end? This could be a power supply, a dmx-12v interface, or both. More info is needed, maybe a pic (close-up) of the actual fixture. I'm guessing these are led strips, not actual light fixtures, and (if so) there are several different types with different requirements.
Ah okay, I didn't know it was  complicated. I'll talk to one of the guys who knows more about the setup. I'm more of an audio guy.

I'm almost certain this is what we use: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-300leds-3528-RGB-Non-Waterproof-Flexible-Strip-Lights-24Key-IR-Controller-New-/160787826974?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256fb3891e

We have 10 separate strips.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2012, 10:57:00 pm »

Jason, I've installed a bunch of this stuff lately. If you can get any details on what you have (power supply, control interface, etc) I can probably tell you what you need. Should be very little $$ involved if I am correct.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012, 11:04:25 pm »

Jason, I've installed a bunch of this stuff lately. If you can get any details on what you have (power supply, control interface, etc) I can probably tell you what you need. Should be very little $$ involved if I am correct.
right now the LED strips are powered by wall warts plugged into power strips. They're currently being controlled by the little plastic remotes they came with. The remotes are limited to roughly 10 ft.

The rest of the lights (house lights and the stage lights) are powered by "Bluelite": http://www.innovateshowcontrols.com
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2012, 11:32:53 pm »

How difficult will it be to get cabling to each strip from a central location? What voltage are the wall warts? Are the strips RGB only, or do they chase down the length of the strip?
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2012, 08:54:40 pm »

How difficult will it be to get cabling to each strip from a central location? What voltage are the wall warts? Are the strips RGB only, or do they chase down the length of the strip?

The lighting guy tells me the cabling shouldn't be much of an issue.

Working input voltage on the LEDs is 12VDC. Working current/meter is 0.4A. Output power is 48W /5 Meter.

Each strip has R, G, B and a few stages in-between. When you hit the color you want on the remote, each individual LED on the strip changes to that color.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012, 09:38:58 pm »

I suspect this is what you need:

http://www.usledsupply.com/shop/rgb-dmx-decoder-5a.html

If you want all strips to act the same, one of these plus a power supply:

http://www.usledsupply.com/shop/12v-150w-12-5a-power-supply-mean-well-rs150-12.html

or something similar. I nearly always use an over-sized power supply, considering the low $$ from this company.

Obviously, if you want individual control over each strip you'd need one interface for each strip (or one of the 24ch interfaces).
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2012, 08:24:37 pm »

I suspect this is what you need:

http://www.usledsupply.com/shop/rgb-dmx-decoder-5a.html

If you want all strips to act the same, one of these plus a power supply:

http://www.usledsupply.com/shop/12v-150w-12-5a-power-supply-mean-well-rs150-12.html

or something similar. I nearly always use an over-sized power supply, considering the low $$ from this company.

Obviously, if you want individual control over each strip you'd need one interface for each strip (or one of the 24ch interfaces).

It looks like that'll work great. Thanks!
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2012, 01:12:51 am »

lol whoops, one of our other techs has informed me that a controller is not what we are looking for, but rather the thing on the other end, to power the lights. Which makes sense, as we already use the program Bluelite to control the other lights.

Sounds like he's talking about dimmer packs.
LED lights don't need on dimmer packs.
DMX straight in
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2012, 11:07:47 am »

Sounds like he's talking about dimmer packs.
LED lights don't need on dimmer packs.
DMX straight in

Sounds to me like Duane hit it on the head. According to the info the original poster provided, it looks like he has RGB LED tape strip that need a 12 volt DC power supply and/or DMX interface, not AC from a conventional dimmer.
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Re: DMX Controller?
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2012, 11:31:53 am »

Sounds to me like Duane hit it on the head. According to the info the original poster provided, it looks like he has RGB LED tape strip that need a 12 volt DC power supply and/or DMX interface, not AC from a conventional dimmer.

I think you're right.  I should have followed all the links before replying.
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