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New need help
« on: December 30, 2014, 02:07:22 PM »
hey so im new to this group and this hole light thing and i need help getting everything i need to get everything setup. im looking to do a roof out line, window and door outline, a few mini trees to get started  then down the road ill keep adding more once i get the hang of it all. so i have no idea what to buy lights, boards, power supplies, and how to hook everything up any help would be great. ill attach a pic of house outline i drew the pic and its not the best but gives you a idea what im working with. i have no idea how to do outlines what lights to use if i can cut lights to fit around windows doors what not. one last question can i use standard lights also or they all have to be rgb lights?




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Re: New need help
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 02:50:25 PM »
Welcome to FalconChristmas.

For lights I would use 12V pixels or strips. 12V allows you to go further distance without voltage drop being an issue. Once we narrow down your choices we can provide links to equipment you will need.

Let's talk about your roofline first and then move to the other areas.

Questions
1) Do you like the traditional C9 type roofline or a more modern look of pixel strips?
2) How many feet of roof line?

If you are really looking for perfect spacing with traditional looking lights take a look at Matt's rail system in post 27
http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?35968-Behind-the-Scenes-of-the-Johnson-Family-Light-Show-(with-beginner-explanations)&p=354736#post354736

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Re: New need help
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 03:52:14 PM »
hey so i like the traditional c9 look and i have 90ft of roofline i wanna do

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Re: New need help
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2014, 10:51:31 PM »
hey so i like the traditional c9 look and i have 90ft of roofline i wanna do


Welcome to FalconChristmas.

For lights I would use 12V pixels or strips. 12V allows you to go further distance without voltage drop being an issue. Once we narrow down your choices we can provide links to equipment you will need.

Let's talk about your roofline first and then move to the other areas.

Questions
1) Do you like the traditional C9 type roofline or a more modern look of pixel strips?
2) How many feet of roof line?

If you are really looking for perfect spacing with traditional looking lights take a look at Matt's rail system in post 27
http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?35968-Behind-the-Scenes-of-the-Johnson-Family-Light-Show-(with-beginner-explanations)&p=354736#post354736

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Re: New need help
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014, 12:38:07 AM »
There are a few choices in lights. It depends on how you plan to mount.

There are TM1804 nodes you can get from Ray Wu in China. You can place faucetted covers for m Ray over these pixels.
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/50-node-LED-pixel-string-DC12V-input-new-model-IP68-TM1804IC/701799_495657175.html

There are nodes called Technicolor Pixels that have a flat bottom. I believe these are the nodes Matt used with his rail system. Maybe someone can jump in and give a link to those.

You can use several different Falcon controllers to drive them which include
1)Falcon 8v1
2)Falcon 16v1
3) uSC controllers and a Falcon Hub. (Great for long distances from central location)
4) We are also building a new Falcon16 version 2 which will be pretty awesome.

Other options
Sandevice E682

As far as power will need 12V power supplies like these. You can run about 800 pixels from one supply.
http://www.amazon.com/Genssi-Power-Supply-Regulated-AC-DC/dp/B004MS4Z70/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420011093&sr=8-2&keywords=12v+350+watt


I welcome anyone else to chime in.


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Re: New need help
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 10:29:53 AM »
Thnx for the info how would I find out how many I need. It doesn't say anything about how long the lengths are besides 50/100 lights.



You could use these with a rail system and get the different globes to screw on them.     http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/100nodes-DC12V-WS2811-LED-technicolor-pixel-waterproof-RGB-full-color-in-GREEN-color-case-and-wire/701799_1655471872.html.
These actually come with the cover.
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/50nodes-DC12V-WS2811-LED-technicolor-pixel-with-C9-cover-waterproof-RGB-full-color-in-GREEN-color/701799_1655471902.html

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Re: New need help
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 10:33:37 AM »
I like those lights wouldn't they be small for a roof line?? I'm thinking to use pvc piping to mount unless I come up with something else till Thn. So I need a controller or hub for every light design I do or can I get one hub n be good?

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Re: New need help
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014, 10:37:53 AM »
The spacing is about 4" apart but they will do custom lengths. Also the lens is c9 or you could get them in g40. ( I think that's what its called.) all the info is in the link. Ray will work with you. As for being small, that may be true but the light is GREAT.

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Re: New need help
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2014, 10:42:31 AM »
I like those lights wouldn't they be small for a roof line?? I'm thinking to use pvc piping to mount unless I come up with something else till Thn. So I need a controller or hub for every light design I do or can I get one hub n be good?
an f8 or any of the ssc controllers. Which ever you prefer. I'm using both for what I'm doing. I like the f-boards most but i would do some more reading on each of the different parts and see which will work for you.

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Re: New need help
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2014, 10:46:55 AM »
If you go the uSC and hub route you will be able to drive 16 uSC's with each hub and each uSC can drive 100 pixels without a problem. More with power injection. Used to be more but newer nodes from ray take more power.

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Re: New need help
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2014, 10:49:29 AM »
Ordering from Ray how long dose it normally  take to get in to the USA?
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Re: New need help
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2014, 10:54:00 AM »
Ordering from Ray how long dose it normally  take to get in to the USA?
this always depends on the season. Sometimes its quick. The last order I made was about 3 weeks to get here. I'm sure it varies.

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Re: New need help
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2014, 10:57:21 AM »
Ordering from Ray how long dose it normally  take to get in to the USA?
this always depends on the season. Sometimes its quick. The last order I made was about 3 weeks to get here. I'm sure it varies.


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Re: New need help
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2014, 11:21:22 AM »
Ask ray for a quote. The shipping isn't what it shows on the site.

 

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