Pixel Controllers

Pixel controllers will control low voltage DC RGB pixel lights (aka addressable RGB, intelligent RGB). These RGB lights must have an IC. Pixel controllers cannot control dumb RGB lights or any other type of 'dumb' lights.

The controller sends out data that communicates to an IC chip that is embedded into each section so you have individual control of each section. Data is transferred using one or sometimes two wires, depending on the IC type of the pixel lights. Where present, the second data wire transmits a clock signal or a backup data signal. Otherwise, this signal is embedded into a single-wire data transmission.

The recommended (input) protocol for pixel controllers is E1.31.

Feature Comparison

Please note that limited information is contained within this table. Other details, such as supported Pixel IC types, should be checked prior to purchasing a controller.
ManufacturerModelDC VoltagePixel OutputsPixels per OutputProtocolDMX OutPer Output IC TypeTotal Price (US$)Price Per 100 Pixels (US$)
PixelController LLCFalcon F16v3 (site)5V - 36V161024E1.31 3$200$1.23
PixelController LLCFalcon F4v3 (site)5V - 36V41024E1.31 1$120$2.93
PixelController LLCFalcon F48 (site)5V481022E1.31 3$404 (with 12 receivers)$2.48
Advatek LightingPixLite 16 MkII (site)5V - 30V161020E1.31 4$219.95$1.35
Advatek LightingPixLite 16 Long Range MkII (site)5V - 24V161020E1.31 4$319.85 (with 8 receivers)$1.96
Advatek LightingPixLite 4 MkII (site)5V - 24V41020E1.31 1$129.95$3.25
Light-O-RamaPixCon 16 (site)5V - 30V16340E1.31, LOR 4$219.95$4.09
Light-O-RamaPixie 4 (site)5V / 12V4170DMX512, LOR$59.95$8.82
Light-O-RamaPixie 16 (site)5V / 12V16170LOR$99.95$3.70
SanDevicesE682 (site)7V - 24V16~75 (7-12 universes per board)E1.31 1$180$15.13
SanDevicesE6804 (site)5V / 12V4~295 (7-12 universes per board)E1.31$99$8.32
AVD (da-Share)APC718 (site)12V - 35V125DMX512WS2801 or LPD6803$33 (AU)$-
Light-O-Rama Pixie controllers cannot run in E1.31 mode. Most also cannot run in DMX mode (except Pixie 4).

ManufacturerModelFPP DevicePixel OutputsPixels per OutputDMX OutTotal Price (US$)Price Per 100 Pixels (US$)
PixelController LLCFalcon PiCap (site)Pi2800 (WS281X) 1$35$2.19
Hanson ElectronicsrPi-28D (site)Pi3 (2 + 1)1000 (WS281X) + 600 (WS2801) 1$35 (AU)$1.35 (AU)
Hanson ElectronicsHE123 (site)BBB16680 (WS281X) 1$90 (AU)$0.83 (AU)
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