Thanks to everyone who responded to my post in the Introduction forum. I've been reading as much as I can. I read through the 101 manual twice yesterday...at least the parts I could understand. Time to dive in to this, as I want to get the details for my 2014 display nailed down so I can start building and sequencing. Quick summary of my background again. Only 2 years experience using LOR. Have 2 of their 16 channel controllers, controlling all incan lights. My computer and electrical skills are very minimal. I can figure out the basics of computer and know how to make my own extension cords, but that's about it. I don't know how to solder. Having said all that, I'm willing to learn. Reality is I don't have time to learn to be an expert at it, because I have very limited free time but would like to learn the basics. So here is my goal and my thoughts. I want to keep it simple this year, as I've got a lot to learn. I want to keep my budget on RGB to $400 or less. What I'd like to build with RGB are two stars on a pole. The stars will be shaped like this: * As I've been reading, these are the products I'm looking at, based on suggestions from a lot of folks: SanDevice 682 ws2811 pixel striphttp://www.aliexpress.com/item/5m-led-digital-strip-DC12V-input-WS2811IC-256-scale-10pcs-IC-and-30pcs-5050-SMD-RGB/568458133.html 12 vdc power supply http://www.aliexpress.com/item/FreeShipping-350W-LED-Display-Power-Supply-Output-12V-29-2A-Switch-Power-Supply/590985012.html I already have an LOR S3 sequence license, but I think it needs to be upgraded to allow me to use RGB. I have a basic understanding of what the components I listed above are, but still have some questions. Forgive me if they're stupid questions. 1. Can someone walk me through the physical layout of how this works? If I understand right, my computer would have a cable going to the power supply, which is connected to the controller via cable, which is connected to the lights? My computer already has a cable now which goes to the RS485 (?) which then goes to my LOR controller. How would the RGB stuff hook into that? 2. I assume the power supply needs to be kept inside, as it doesn't look weatherproof. 3. With my LOR controllers, I run short extension cords from the dongles to the light strings. How does it work with RGB? How do I bridge the gap from where the controller is to where I want the RGB strips? In a related note, how many RGB strips can be put in a series? Does each RGB strip get connected individually to the controller? 4. Someone suggested I try Nutrcracker to sequence RGB. Would you agree? How do I make all of it work with my existing LOR sequences, so it all works together? I already have several songs that I sequenced (not very well...but I try... ) in S3 and was planning on just "adding" the sequencing for the RGB into it. I would think the best way to do that is run the existing sequence and add to it so everything is choreographed. I'm sure I'll think of more questions, but this will at least point me the right way. Thanks for reading through my ramble and any advice you can offer. Oh, one last thing...do I need to solder with any of this?