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Discussion in 'How is your display put together...' started by jamesski, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. jamesski

    jamesski New Elf

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    Hi guys James here, I bought my own house 2 years ago and for the past 2 years I have done a static Xmas light display.

    Below is a photo of last years set up, but I have recently discovered xlights and ACL in December and have been playing with xlights ever since.

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    Here is a photo of my rough layout, I’ve set myself a budget of $2000 all up for 2000 pixels. I’ve made a few eBay orders from China for stuff like cable glands, stand offs, fm transmitter etc.

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    I’ve picked up a Raspberry Pi from Umart and a F8 distro board from Ben.

    I’m currently in the process of getting details for my Ray Wu and Boscoyo/ExtremeLightingDisplays order.

    I’ll be using a F16V3 as my main controller for this build as my display is fairly central.

    My aim is to have everything built by July and then I can sequence from then up until Halloween/Xmas.

    I was going to do a custom Ray Wu order for all my pixels but decided to do everything myself as a learning curve and if something going wrong I can easily fix.

    I’m located in Brisbane, hoping to get to the mini meet but depends on my work etc.




    Will post updates along the way
     
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    Lot's of progress happening, got my Falcon F16 from @darylc and vents from @David_AVD. Got everything mount to the piece of plywood in ammo box.
    Did my first order from Ray, have bought one power supply to test everything which is on it's way. Will order 3 Meanwell's from Ray in my next order.

    Can anybody see anything wrong with my wiring?

    Also have created a Facebook Page for my display www.facebook.com/HamiltonFamilyLights

    Will be doing my Boscoyo order from @Troy ELD soon as I'm pretty much set on my layout.
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    looking good.. I'm not fan for sharp bends like that one with the red tape on it.. me I would make it a lot longer and loop under the PCB.
     
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    Good point @burnt There are actually bend radius specifications and sharp bends should be avoided especially if they are right at the connector.
    Found this wire calculator, which includes a bend radius calculator.
     
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    Thanks guys, I have to re-do that connection anyways as there is exposed copper. will make the wire a lot long and loop it back around
     
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    Looks nice James, I know the feeling well about starting out and at first it can seem all a little daunting

    I like your layout and looks like you are making some solid steps in getting everything done.

    I did Halloween last year as a "Test" and I am glad I did as it gave me a chance to sort a couple of minor issues out etc.

    My little question: Why the cover for the F16 (it does look neat), you looking to provide protection to the board etc, just make sure it has adequate ventilation etc and there is also a fan output direct from board if you want to connect your controller box fan direct to the F16, or you can simply connect the fan directly to your power supply.

    I like your Falcon sticker in your box (hint, hint, Daryl)

    Thanks for sharing your build progress so far also, its nice to see how others design and implement their setups etc.
     
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    Thanks, yeah Halloween will be the test. I left the cover on for the time being, will take it off when it comes time to power it up.

    Only going to have 2 songs for Halloween will have about 5 for Xmas. The google drive sequence’s have been a big help, going to try do one of my own.

    Edit- I’ve got extension on order for fan to reach the f16 connector. Also do I need exhaust and intake fan? I’ve ordered 2 but only installed the exhaust fan.
     
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    Hi James,
    Did you make the F16 cover yourself or purchase from somewhere?
    I like it - but does indeed need some kind of direct cooling around it (just to be safe :) )
    Cheers, Chris
     
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    The cover came with the F16 it was just protection for transporting, i have since chucked it out.
     
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    Thanks James.
     

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