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Discussion in '101 Display Basics' started by Kahls09, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Kahls09

    Kahls09 New Elf

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    Ok, so I want to basically order a plug and play situation from LOR. The only problem I have is what lights do you use? I will be ordering with australian plugs and voltage, but I have no idea what LED's you use. Can someone please help me? Also, I live in the Pilbara and we have a huge selection of KMart, a tiny Target and a super tiny Home Hardware
     
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    I'm not a LOR guy but I think it depends on what controllers you have purchased. Pixel controllers will not control line voltage lights for instance.

    Big box store LED lights, as I found out, require some leg work before they can dim. A full wave rectifier is required and each string needs to have the wires cut and reversed so that they can run off of the DC circuit that you just created.

    I went the route of building full wave rectifiers and modifying my strings this year, so not a good one to ask about quality from specific venders. I'll let others answer that part.

    You can buy "Dmmable" led strings that are line voltage if you don't want to do that yourself, they do cost more though as a result.


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    I'm assuming that you're consideering 240V controllers? Unfortunately they aren't particulatly suitable for anything that doesn't have 240V along the entire light set. If you do decide that you want 240V controllers then second hand is the way to go - it will save you hundreds and there are always forum members trying to sell them here.

    There's no real easy way to get Australian store bought lights working unless you buy all the same type at once. There are low voltage DC controller options (some from LOR, most not from LOR) that will replace the 8 function units that come with the light sets. The problem is that when you buy different light sets, they require slightly different voltages while the DC controller setup uses central power supplies. You can hack the light sets to get around this (I did) but it is not plug-and-play. There's also the problem that some light sets are wired differently to others and require a different type of DC controller. You can tell by the number of wires going to the first LED. I prefer the type that has 3 or more wires going to the first LED or 2 wires and no 8 function unit. Those sets with 2 wires AND an 8 function unit require the DMX-2 controller from Hanson Electronics.
     
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    If using 240v lor controllers then you would be looking at using lights that don't have a chaser box. Rope lights are one type that works well. If you have lights with those
    chaser boxers you might want to consider bypassing the chaser box so save blowing a triacs (loosing channels)
    https://auschristmaslighting.com/wiki/Bypassing_Multi_Function_Controllers


    but before you do I need to recommend to you that read and understand the following these guidelines



    https://auschristmaslighting.com/wiki/Power_Supplies#240V_Connection
     
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    Thanks everyone. I have a lecky friend that has had a read and can do it for me ☺
     

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