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(Archive) Help with difference between CTB16D and CMB16D

Discussion in 'LOR General Discussion' started by Dwayne_LOR, Jul 20, 2011.

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    Dwayne_LOR Guest

    Originally posted July 16, 2009

    Hi All,
    Been a lurker here for ages, finally got around to joining a week or two ago.

    I'm a previously unsequenced Christmas light displayer, who is getting into LOR this year.

    I'm putting together my first order during sale time at LOR, and have settled on the starter software kit with Basic+ and the pre-assembled PC-CTB16PC standalone card, with plans to add my own cordsets and enclosure.

    That will take care of my AC lights, but I now need something for my DC lights. The DC's will be some BigW/KMart LED's (yes I sort of understand what I need to do about voltages and current limiting resistors) and also some dedicated 12V LED strips, but am confused about which card to control them - do I need the CTB 16D http://store.lightorama.com/ctcotrbowihe.html or the CMB16D http://store.lightorama.com/cmdedcca.html ??

    I'm planning on controlling the whole show from a dedicated PC, if that makes any difference.

    Many thanks

    Rgds

    Dwayne
     
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    Geoff_Brisbane_LOR

    Geoff_Brisbane_LOR Guest

    Hi Dwayne
    For DC LED lights, you need the CMB16D which is purely a DC board.

    The CTB16D is a deluxe AC (ie 110/240v) board which includes on board memory giving the capability of stand alone operation. In running a show from the computer, the CTB16PC and CTB16D are very similar. The 16D has slightly higher current capability which I have never found to be a problem in Australia because of our higher AC voltage (240).

    Welcome to our group of Christmas light addicts.

    Geoff-Brisbane
     
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    Dwayne_LOR

    Dwayne_LOR Guest

    Many Thanks Geoff,

    the LOR website isn't the most informative - must be all the time they spend on the user support and product !

    Rgds

    Dwayne - Perth
     
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    Geoff_Brisbane_LOR

    Geoff_Brisbane_LOR Guest

    Dwayne - Perth
    A useful page on the LOR website for info is the "Support" page at http://www.lightorama.com/support.html
    It includes downloadable manuals and spec sheets for all LOR products, FAQs, tutorials and guides as well as the latest firmware updates for their boards.

    Well worth a look

    Regards Geoff-Brisbane
     

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