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6803 RGB Pixels

Discussion in 'RGB Lights - Intelligent Pixels and 3-Channel RGB' started by Tabor, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Tabor

    Tabor Full Time Elf

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    Well I finally got my pixels and decoders from RayWu.

    After setting up my DMX Dongle first tests were promising.
    Then with the help of everyone on the Chat room tonight I was able to create a small sequence in LSP.

    The original postings on these pixels can be read here:
    http://forums.auschristmaslighting.com/index.php/topic,120.0.html
    Thankyou Eddy

    and more details are here
    http://forums.auschristmaslighting.com/index.php/topic,127.0.html
    Thanks John.


    I set up 100 pixels in a 10x10 matrix.

    The first quick video is here, showing just some patterns.
    6803 strings
     
  2. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Dedicated Elf Administrator

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    These are so cool.

    I have just ordered 100 to play with myself

    Phil
     
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    ThaiWay 1500 C9's are not green

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    Well done Tabor!

    Cutting edge fun times ahead!

    John
     
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    my 100 are on the way, sitting at HK airport waiting a DHL flight to the US.

    Given the construstion of these pixels I am not sure about their suitability for outdoors yet, unless I can protect them from the occional shower.

    The MPH pixels do appear to have some added benefits that may make them the way to go.
     
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    What did you do differently than ThaiWay? I thought that you both were doing this:

    LSP > DMX Dongle > 6803 "controller" > 6803 pixels

    It looks like it's working correctly. So would you pronounce it "working" with standard DMX?
     
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    Its all up to the user on how they want to spend their money but at under 60 cents a node compared to over 2 dollars a node for the MPH/JEC nodes i know what ill be buying. A lot of us enjoy a bit of DIY and our next little challenge is to improve the water proofing of these lights, I for one will be going the cheap path and spending some time improving the water proofing as the price difference is so huge that its worth for a lot of us to go down this path. The MPH/JEC pixels would be what i would consider commercial quality. Also remember that these controllers will also control the pixel strip as well and thus is a far cheaper alternative to the cosmic colour ribbon (CCR) from LOR. So to expect/compare quality between the two is really not a fair assessment. What we are looking at is the pixel control that has now become affordable for the average DIYer and a bit of extra work to improve water proofing is really not an issue for most of us.

    Stay tuned for methods on improving the water proofing of these lights.
     
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    It appears that Thaiway who received his DMX decoder direct from L-Tech as a free sample got a dud unit, Tabor received two units from Ray and both worked as expected.
     
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    Eddy, I am still with you on this, the DIY option is still a valid option and spending a little time and enjoyment is a great way to go. I think I need to get my DIY hat back on as well.

    Neil


     
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    Tabor

    Every time you post my wallet gets a little bit lighter.

    Very very nice

    Now if someone would just do a custom controller....

    Cheers
    Phil
     
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    very nice rainbow colour effect, these look very nice, now to get some cash together to get a few myself.
     
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    That is a really cool effect and smooth

    Thanks for posting it Tabor

    Cheers

    Rick R.
     
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    Okay Tabor, now you've got me thinking about an RGB Matrix for my display as well. That looks awesome!
     
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    MasterChef (I thought I had hit a wrong button ... lol) + lights ... 8)
     
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    the 6803 chip is what i used last year on the megatree.. And my experience is that i'd never use them again.. they are really unreliable.. ( lots of lock ups ).. the problem is that they are manufactured in Mainland CHina in a factory that well is'nt quite up the job.. other thing is that they are just 5 bit control, so the colour control at the lower end is somewhat clunky..

    Don't underestimate the trouble that the waterproofing will give you... :)

    and Just FYI, the opensource driver i'm about to post, will with a small firmware modication, will happily convert DMX --> 6803, so if you want to use that you can.
     

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