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Recent content by uncledan

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    First year of pixels - controller choices

    That looks like a great setup for a F16v3 to me. I see no need for an F48 with that layout.
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    Newbie about to buy! Let’s see if I have got this right

    No matter how big or small the show I would still recommend a Falcon. Look into it at least before you buy a Pixlite..
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    Hello from OHIO

    Welcome to ACL! Not sure on your background or plans but the ACL 101 manual is a great place to start. https://auschristmaslighting.com/threads/auschristmaslighting-101-manual.1889/ Tons of information and helpful people here. Usually someone is lurking in the chat room if you have questions.
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    Newbie about to buy! Let’s see if I have got this right

    Welcome to ACL! Sounds like you're about to start having fun. The Pixlite4 board is a great controller. I used to have several in my display. I would recommend the Falcon F4v3 for an extra $5 over any of the boards you've looked into...
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    Hello Everyone!!! Fresh Meat Here from Massachusetts LOL

    Another option is the Falcon F4v3, which is my favorite. You can get the F4v3, differential expansion and two receivers for about the same cost as the F16v3. This would get you 4 outputs on the F4v3 and 4 outputs on both receivers. All outputs capable of 1,000+ pixels. The controller should...
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    When you use two 18AWG wires its approximately 15AWG. Heres a calculator I found online https://www.wirebarn.com/Combined-Wire-Gauge-Calculator_ep_42.html . The power consumption of most pixels is listed in the ACL101 manual or from the website you're purchasing from...
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    18/4 works great for power and data from the controller as well as power injection. I double up the wires, red and white V+ and black and green for V- when using for power injection. I would definitely recommend using a distro board. 100% of my display is fused. There are calculators...
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    Wiring for power injection

    Majority of my power injection is 14AWG or 18AWG. There is a handy calculator to determine what size wire is needed. https://www.da-share.com/calculators/cable-voltage-drop/ Majority of pigtails,extensions and wire on pixel strings is 18AWG or smaller which generally limits you to 7.5 amps...
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    Wiring for power injection

    Gauge and AWG are the same thing. Either will work for power injection.
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    I buy most of my wire from local Home Depot because its convenient. You can find some decent prices online as well. I've seen 18/3 white security cable on Amazon with Prime. I would avoid CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum), make sure the wire is copper.
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    I run 1,054 12v nodes off a Meanwell LRS350-12. I would say get 3 to be safe. Don't buy cheap power supplies. You can get genuine Meanwells with free shipping from https://www.arrow.com/en/products/lrs-350-12/mean-well-enterprises
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    I know you can on the F16v3 but you lose outputs on main board. F4v3 I'm not sure.. I would recommend just buying the differential expansion for the F4v3 and two receivers. Still cheaper than F16v3 or F48 I think. You can always give David Pitts @pixelcontroller.com a call. His customer...
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    Newbie looking for suggestions on new display

    I'm not a huge fan of the F48 unless you have a huge display covering lots of area. Most of us don't have that... I would go with Option C - F4v3 with differential expansion and a diff receiver or two. One receiver for sure for the mini trees and arches. If using 12v you have two arches and...
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    Hello All

    Welcome to ACL. This "hobby" can get out of control in a hurry so get ready for it. Best of luck in 2020 with the display! Tons of information and helpful people here.
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    FPP / F16V3 setup

    Setup the wlan on FPP to home network/wifi and you should be good. I can access all my Pi's from home network via wlan 10.0.0.x. All of show network is 192.168.0.x. My Master FPP connects to a switch. I have the 3 remote FPP and (8) Falcon controllers connected to the switch. Only wire from...
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