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DIY vs Readymade

Readymade or Do It Yourself? This article will list the pros and cons of these options as well as compare the more popular controllers.

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Readymade

Some controllers can be bought premade. Additional items such as power leads are still required. General info about plug & plug e.g. who it is aimed for, what it involves, after sales support, safety, prices.
  • Light-O-Rama [Light-O-Rama]
  • D-lights [Aurora]
  • Animated Lighting [Lighting Director, Maestro]
  • DMX-based controllers (some) [Vixen, LightShow Pro, Light-O-Rama*, Aurora^]
  • E1.31/SPI-based controllers (some) [Vixen, LightShow Pro]

Do It Yourself

Other controllers come in a DIY kit form. Sometimes all parts are provided in the kit and other times parts will need to be sourced individually. General info about do it yourself e.g. who it is aimed for, what it involves, after sales support, safety, prices.
  • Renard (Native) [Vixen] / (DMX) [Vixen, LightShow Pro, Aurora]
  • Olsen 595 [Vixen]
  • DMX-based controllers (some) [Vixen, LightShow Pro, Light-O-Rama*, Aurora^]
  • E1.31/SPI-based controllers (some) [Vixen, LightShow Pro]

Notes: * Available with LOR S3 Advanced licence only, otherwise requires additional hardware components; ^ Requires Additional hardware components

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