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    Default Re: I read read read and makes me more confuse!!! Help

    Thank you both for all the explanations....

    well i want to make a show (lights and music)


    Starting with a simple show

    pc + vixen + arduino + ssr + lights/music (i think this is the easier way)


    Some day in the future

    Pc + vixen ----> Raspberry pi + FPP + arduino + ssr + Lights/music


    Something i didn't understood was the controllers, can someone explain me a litle more?

    Thank you all

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    Controllers are probably one of the bigger topics on this forum. At the moment they come in three basic types:

    Controllers for AC light (110v & 220v)
    Controllers for DC lights (5v & 12v)
    Controllers for pixels (Many types and voltages)

    There are a wide variety of controllers within these groups and the controller comparison guide on the wiki does a pretty good job of describing them. I suggest that you do not let the choice of controller drive your choice of display elements. Here is my suggestion for a controller selection process.


    • Draw out your display area on paper or a computer (Does not matter as long as you have a picture of your "Stage").
    • Decide what types of display elements you want to use on your stage and add them to your drawing. Draw a rectangle on the roof line and give it a name (for me I just put boxes with element names in them). A circle for a tree etc.
    • Determine the best lighting technology for those display elements.
    • Use the Wiki to help select the controllers that can drive those elements.


    The next big thing that will hit you is power distribution. That also is driven by the elements and will be the subject of a few messages once you get to that point.

    2017 adding 2 more candy canes, 7 Mid trees and a Halloween show. Removing most 2812 strips and replacing them with bullet pixel mounting strips. Replacing many buck converter waterproof bags with printed boxes.

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    Thanks everyone,
    i have now a plan and i'm starting to get things working.

    Thanks again....now i have a new problem with code/sketchs on a new thread.

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