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Offline terrifrost

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Color cosmic ribbons
« on: January 26, 2011, 02:23:42 PM »
Does anyone know a vendor who sells a product like  Color Cosmic Ribbons  only not as expensive? I want to do a mega tree, but Cosmic Ribbons price make it impossible at this time.
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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 04:16:03 PM »
Terri, this is a hug can of worms...

That's a hot topic right now, the best place to get cheap RGB lighting.  So far the cheapest way is to buy the strings of lights directly from China, and pair them up with controllers.  There are DIY controllers along with a few commercial controllers on the market.

So far this PDF by FastEddy is one of the best I've seen in terms of explaining what's out there and how it works together: http://holidayuniversity.com/forums/index.php/topic,443.msg4816.html#msg4816

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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 04:45:08 PM »
Terri, this is a hug can of worms...

That's a hot topic right now, the best place to get cheap RGB lighting.  So far the cheapest way is to buy the strings of lights directly from China, and pair them up with controllers.  There are DIY controllers along with a few commercial controllers on the market.

So far this PDF by FastEddy is one of the best I've seen in terms of explaining what's out there and how it works together: http://holidayuniversity.com/forums/index.php/topic,443.msg4816.html#msg4816

Ive used the 6803 strip, its very cheap but the quality is fairly cheap as well. I was happy with its performance for the price and couldnt tell the difference in colour or intensity compared to a CCR. I only had 2 100mm sections loose 1 colour during the whole season out of 25 metres of the 6803 strip. There are more expensive strips on Rays site as well that would be of better quality but for me if a section doesnt work ill just cut it out and solder in a new section. Its cheap enough to buy a spare.
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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 04:50:08 PM »
What would you use to control the indivual leds Thanks for your help I saw a video on Utube by spiderman I believe. He built a mega tree with 12 strings that was awesome. I figure 100 bulbs per string 3leds x100bulbs= 300leds x12 strings would be 3600 channels. Is this right?
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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 05:08:28 PM »
What would you use to control the indivual leds Thanks for your help I saw a video on Utube by spiderman I believe. He built a mega tree with 12 strings that was awesome. I figure 100 bulbs per string 3leds x100bulbs= 300leds x12 strings would be 3600 channels. Is this right?

I used the TP3244 controller from AuschristmasLighting forums, download the RGB info PDF from the below post for further info and links

Terri, this is a hug can of worms...

So far this PDF by FastEddy is one of the best I've seen in terms of explaining what's out there and how it works together: http://holidayuniversity.com/forums/index.php/topic,443.msg4816.html#msg4816

http://forums.auschristmaslighting.com/index.php


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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2011, 12:16:53 PM »
Yes, that's correct Terri, if you want individual control of each pixel, then you have to deal with 3,600 channels.   Since that would likely be a DMX setup, you're talking 8 DMX universes.
 
What would you use to control the indivual leds Thanks for your help I saw a video on Utube by spiderman I believe. He built a mega tree with 12 strings that was awesome. I figure 100 bulbs per string 3leds x100bulbs= 300leds x12 strings would be 3600 channels. Is this right?

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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2011, 12:38:15 PM »
You might also check out http://diylightanimation.com. RJ will be offering something similar to a CCR for approx 100. But you need a controller for each strip and a hub and then software that will talk pixelnet. LSP and Vixen are a couple. The COOP for the controllers and Hubs ends I think on the 31st. The COOP for the strips hasn't started yet. The controllers also will control other kinds of lights like nodes and rgb squares and rectangles. The hubs are approx 30 and the controllers approx 8. The nodes are the type of lights that you are seeing on most of the RGB megatrees although there are different brands including LOR's CCB coming out this year.

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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2011, 12:17:49 AM »
Using 1 ECG-DR4 DMX dongle ($130) and 2 TP3244 ($45ea) you can get 8 universes (4096 channels) running in hyper DMX (4 universes for each TP3244) , you will then have 2 spare DMX outputs for future expansion or for splitting up your network further.
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Re: Color cosmic ribbons
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 01:20:41 AM »
Does anyone know a vendor who sells a product like  Color Cosmic Ribbons  only not as expensive? I want to do a mega tree, but Cosmic Ribbons price make it impossible at this time.

You may want to consider strings of pixels as an option to the strips.  My personal experience with the reliability of the strips has not been good.  And I feel your pain, the cost of doing a mega tree in CCRs is what prompted me to start my own pixel controller project.  You should be able to do a decent sized pixel project for about $1 per pixel including pixels, controller, and power supply.