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  1. mammalalien

    mammalalien New Elf

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    Hi all,
    My name is Pete and I'm in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

    I found this page via Google http://auschristmaslighting.com/wiki/Bypassing_Multi_Function_Controllers. Interesting and useful stuff, thanks to those who maintain it.

    One suggestion regarding two wire, two channel light strings purchase after 2014:
    I wonder if these MFCs could be bypassed for steady-on opperation by simply providing AC to the strand at the appropriate voltage?

    I recently picked up a couple of two wire, two channel warm white strings from eBay and noticed they have a steady on function among other flashing options. I assume these operate LEDs wired in parallel but set in alternating polarity by cycling +-DC for channel one, -+DC for channel two, and AC to effectively illuminate both at once.

    I tested this by recording a video of them in their steady-on state and saw shutter-roll that would be consistent with high-speed strobing caused by AC illumination.

    On an unrelated note: I hate how most multi-function fairy lights have moved to two or even one channel operation, down from the old four channel types. Especially in the case of four colour strands. I'm sure I can't be the only one :D

    Cheers,
    Pete.
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    to ACL Pete

    If you haven't found it yet, the new revised 2nd addition AusChristmasLighting 101 manual is a great resource for all things RGB and more. :)
     
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    Welcome to ACL from another Adelaide member who also wishes he could buy 4 channel strings again. There is actually a recent thread about 4 channel net lights here http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,8489.0.html

    You are correct about how the two wire strings work although swapping them to AC power may increase the noticeability of the strobing and the AC controllers are really expensive if you want computer control.

    Keep an eye on the Adelaide mini thread. We're planning to organise a get-together this year for the ACL members around Adelaide http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,8435.0.html
     
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    Welcome to ACL
     
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    "Greetings earthlings," the aliens said, "we have returned to take you- Oh, how cute, you have pets!"[/size]"Bugger them," the cats said. "Let's go."
     
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    Welcome to ACL Pete... 8)
     
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