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Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« on: January 19, 2017, 09:06:59 PM »

I have always wanted to do something like this, but somehow, in the 11 years we've been at it, I've never had or taken the time.  That changed this year.


The link below contains a 35 minute long walk through, behind-the-scenes video of our display, including links to products used.  We had 17,500 ws2811 pixels this year in a variety of different display items.  I tried to talk about most of the questions I get asked most commonly.  Check it out and let me know if there are any comments.


https://vimeo.com/200163736



This is being posted in a few different forums...


Thanks for looking,


-Louie
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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 10:23:23 AM »
Awesome! Thanks for sharing. You have giving me some good ideas to move forward on some of my future display items.
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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2017, 12:09:07 PM »
You're very welcome.

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2017, 01:16:15 PM »
Awesome!

Thanks for doing the video. I always love the behind the scenes videos, it gives me new ideas and allows me to see things I may not have noticed or thought of if I hadn't watched the video.

You should add a link to your Kobalt tool boxes on your video comments, I remembered seeing it and had to search for it.
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2016 - Grad School Stinks :(
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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2017, 06:27:20 PM »
In the video I thought I put a link to which toolbox it was, didn't I?  Just checked, it is around 10:37 in the video.  I just put the model / item number as the Lowes link was too long.


Glad you liked the video!


-Louie

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2017, 08:06:51 PM »
Nice video Louie, thanks for sharing. Your palm trees were the inspiration for my getting into pixels.

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2017, 07:03:49 AM »
Wow, thanks Ron!

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2017, 05:24:13 PM »
Louie,  what is the dimensions (pixels h x w) on your window grids?


I know in the video you said you used the 4'x8' pixnode nets and cut them down to make them 16:9 aspect ratio.  I'm wondering what that comes to in pixel count (rows x columns)
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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2017, 08:13:02 PM »
Louie,  what is the dimensions (pixels h x w) on your window grids?

I know in the video you said you used the 4'x8' pixnode nets and cut them down to make them 16:9 aspect ratio.  I'm wondering what that comes to in pixel count (rows x columns)


I'm running 24 high (full 48" height) and 40 columns wide (80" width).  I ordered strings from Ray that were 48 pixels with pigtails at pixel 1 and pixel 48.  The F4V2 had four outputs and then I run dual F8 distribution cards with 16 power injection points.  An output from the F4V2 connects to string 1, then power injection is connected at string 1>2, 2>3, 3>4, and 4>5 junctions using Ray's tees.  The end of string 5 just has a cap covering the pigtail.  Then you repeat that three more times (F4V2 outputs connected to pixel 1 of strings 6, 11, 16, power injection connected to 6>7, 7>8, 8> 9, 9>10 & 11>12, 12>13, 13>14, 14>15, & 16>17, 17>18, 18>19, 19>20).


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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2017, 05:42:46 AM »
Very nice ! Thanks for taking the time to make the video.


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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2017, 05:45:09 AM »
You're welcome Gerry

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2017, 11:21:45 AM »
Excellent tour, thank you!  ;D Nice creative mounting.

I'm planning for my first year of RGB and trying to figure out everything I need to get in on the presales. You mentioned you use a lot of 5v with power injection, and some 12v runs. For my display, I'm planning on using 12v for most runs with power injection as I feel 5v would just be too many extension cables. How far can you run your 5v extensions and at what gauge wire? I want my 12-strand/50-pixel megatree to be 5v so I only need one 350w 5v power supply. If the controller is running 12v, can I output the negative- and data (not positive+) and feed a string of 5v injected?

BTW, if anyone wants to look over my plans to make sure they are correct or have better suggestions, I'd be most appreciateive.

Thanks

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Re: Nutz4lights 2016 Behind The Scenes "Cape Sable Lights"
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2017, 11:41:23 AM »
All of my extension cords come from Ray and i believe are either 20AWG or 18AWG wire.  I routinely run his 25 foot extension cables for power injection without issues.  I think I even have one run that is 50 feet.  You can't run (at least I wasn't able to) run more than 25 feet to first pixel with those extension cords.  I'm using F16V2 controllers.  5V definitely requires more extension cables, but the 12V pixels cost more and typically require a higher number of power supplies.  I'm not sure that even with those factored in if 5V isn't still more expensive.  Never was interested enough to do the math / comparison.

The way I understand it, you can run half of your controller with one voltage and the other half with a second voltage... or, you can do as you described and just feed data and ground to the pixels and have a 5V power supply there powering the string.  I have never tried either approach, but may be forced down that path tihs year for one set of props that I want in our display.

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