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Discussion in 'RGB Lights - Intelligent Pixels and 3-Channel RGB' started by Akentut, Jun 26, 2014.

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    OK wifey says text, so I build a 16' x 12" display of 8 strips of 2812B (30led/M). OK so each strip has 150 pixels, or 450 channels, x8 wow, that's 3600 EEEEK! :-\ . Now she says "I don't like the scrolling left to right. So now I'm making 4 rows of 8 strips cut at 75 leds so I can make text scroll down. Now I'll have 7200 channels. OMG! :eek: So I have 2 E682's and a Renard 24, am I gonna need another E682? :'( .

    See my attached garage mess, after wife give me permission to go hog wild with Christmas lights. SInce I was a hit last year. :) Also is the text display I'm working on.
     

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    Awesome Akentut!!!

    2 x Pixlite's would have done the trick as each one is 5440
     
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    She likes text scrolling down. Just turn the display 90 degrees and hang it long ways.
     
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    Have fun with that :D
    And I hope your grass isn't growing too fast this time of year cos it doesn't look like you are getting to your mower any time soon :eek:
     
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    Kaden Pixels! I need more pixels!

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    Gotta love it when the minister for finance says she wants it bigger! (stop snickering)
     
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    LOL, fortunately, the lawnmower is accessable thru the golf cart garage door. As for turning it sideways, I'm sure she'd take away my DC power supplies and make me sleep in the garage. ;) But she did give permission to make it bigger. Everyone needs a wife like her. :D

    I've been working on using Vixen 3, but I'll probably use Xlights to do the grid.

    I'll check on those Pixlite's and see if that will meet my need, as I'm sure I'm gonna run out of channels sooner than expected.

    All total, I have a mega-tree (1200 channels), 2 sets of three tri-level trees (1300 channels), 10 mini trees (1200 channels) and 4 arches (420 channels). Not including this text grid. So my 2 E682's should be able to handle this. Maybe I'll have some left over to do my LED star on the roof and turn it into pixels. :)
     
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    Very nice. Gotta love a wife like that.

    So much fun to build ..... Theeeennn you have to sequence ;)
     
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    OK, got two lines done. PROBLEM! xLights has 4 lines possible, but I want to scroll top to bottom (down). The problem is both lines start at the same time so they overlay each other. Any other software out there that will do scrolling text? Or is there another solution via Nutcracker? Or maybe I'm just doing it wrong. :eek:

    Tnx
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    The fix is to use new lines


    Line 1: Merry
    Line 2: Christmas
    Line 3: Happy
    Line 4: New year


    Change it to
    Line 1: Merry\nChristmas\nHappy\nNew year
    Line 2:
    Line 3:
    Line 4:


    \n indicates a newline
     
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    Thanks Sean, I'll tinker with this later today. I do remember those codes from my years long past programming days. :)

    First Year Baby Boomer. 1946 :)
    Alan
     
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    nzlongfellow Dennis from NZ

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    Looking at your garage pic in your opening post there are some green mesh "trees". Are these your "mini-trees"? Can you put their dimensions in this post is poss. Be really appreciated. Made mine from chicken mesh but messy. Yours look nice.
     
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    nzlongfellow -> The fencing is from Home Depot it's construction fencing, plastic with 1" squares. I made a template 1/4 circle about 26" then used tie-wraps to hold it together. Made it very easy to put the lights on. I used WS2811 strings and cut them to 40 leds, so I can use 4 strings of 50 to make 5 tree's.
    The arch in the background is 9' and uses the same LEDs tie-wrapped to the outside of A/C flex pipe. I did put them inside but they weren't bright enough.
     

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    nzlongfellow Dennis from NZ

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    Great and thanks Alan. Well detailed and good pics. I can see the addiction taking control AGAIN :-\ .......bring it on :D .
     
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    nzlongfellow Dennis from NZ

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    Alan Wrote "The arch in the background is 9' and uses the same LEDs tie-wrapped to the outside of A/C flex pipe. I did put them inside but they weren't bright enough."
    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Alan, for what it is worth, I found that I could drill a 1/2" hole clear through the tube (test check the bit size against your pixels), then open out the back-side with a 9/16" drill (be careful that drill doesn't catch and pull right thru) pixels then clip into hole and protrude thru like they are designed. Note: there can be NO tension on the pipe as it may fail with too many holes. But this kept the pixels nice and neat.[/font]
    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Started my arches like this then I changed design to modules LOL.[/font]
     

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