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What type of lights and where to get them from?

Discussion in 'The Family Room' started by Dez, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Dez

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    Hi all. This will be my first set up so I need all the help I can get please. Many are telling me I should go with DC rather than AC. I have no idea about what I'm doing so please keep it simple. My question is, what lights should I buy and where from? Can all lights be run on DC power?
     
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    Hi Dez, Most of us buy our Pixels from China, (RAY WU)
     
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    Oh ok. I will look into that.
     
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    AAH I love blinky lights :) Community Project Designer

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    There's links to most of the commoner RGB lights and pixels in the ACL 101.
     
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    Hello Dez,

    Decide on the first few elements that you want to build and then accordingly the hardware and lights that are best suited for that. For example , quite common now is WS2811 pixels (string or strip depending) for a mega tree , 2811 pixel strips for a house outline . For smaller pixel trees , dumb strings , RGB is often used , but equally is pixel strings. "Big W" lights are also often used if you already have them etc . People have different preferences and / or reuse what they already may have had .
     
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    Most of the DIY pixels come from Ray Wu on aliexpress. Lots of people like the big w LEDS
     
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    Ok thanks everyone. Is there a minimum number of channels as a starter whilst keeping a decent look to the display?? I just wanted to keep costs down for now.
     
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    bpj1980 posted his video on http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php?topic=3560.msg61862#msg61862
    with what I believe is under 30 channels as he's using 1 of my 2801dc30 boards. Being well in synch with the music compensates a long way for massive channel counts. He's used dumb rgb strips for the boards of the house and garage and therefore uses 3 channels where others might use a few hundred.
     

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