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    Default I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    I've searched for motorized spotlights. I can't seem to find a forum for the motorized spotlights I've seen on some of the more popular light show displays. Can someone point me in the right direction? I'd like to incorporate a row of these on my roof line this year for Halloween and need to get started learning how these work and how they are controlled and sequenced. Can Xlights be used to sequence these spotlights and their positions?

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    Default Re: I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    Hi, yes it can be done - the forum is a little quiet this time of year, someone will pop up with a link.

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    Default Re: I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    the lights you usually see are quite expensive. they are theatrical lights and for outdoor use are enclosed in a purpose made dome. you could (there is a thread. someplace) take a flood light and add some servo motors and create a version of the spotlight or if you can settle for DJ equipment something like
    http://m.ebay.com/itm/292105731477
    find a cheap dome to cover and try it out. 30w won't light up the sky but if you projected around the yard, you might see it.

    The spot on ebay uses 9 dmx channels according to the spec. xLights has a dmx effect that can be used to control the channels but any nine channels could be mapped to spot. you would just need to figure out each channel and what values will do what you want.

    as you probably know, fog, smoke, haze, snow or mist (bubbles?) will enhance the beam. so figure that into the layout as well.

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    Default Re: I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    Gil has a number of videos at videos.xlights.org that show exactly how to control these in xlights.

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    Default Re: I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    most xlights questions get posted on either our facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/628061113896314/
    or on our xlights forum http://nutcracker123.com/forum/

    this forum is 3rd in volume., diyc.org is 4th, australian chsitmas is 5th in volume.
    , As stated , Gil Jones has created extensive support for moving head volumes. Our preview screen draws the moving heads as they rotate and zoom in and out on the beams.
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    Default Re: I'm not even sure this should go... Moving spotlights

    Quote Originally Posted by Lance Caffey View Post
    I've searched for motorized spotlights. I can't seem to find a forum for the motorized spotlights I've seen on some of the more popular light show displays. Can someone point me in the right direction? I'd like to incorporate a row of these on my roof line this year for Halloween and need to get started learning how these work and how they are controlled and sequenced. Can Xlights be used to sequence these spotlights and their positions?
    Yes you can control anything that uses DMV with xlights thanks to Gil. I use quite a few dmx fixtures. Moving head lights, fog machines, and lasers. There are a few videos on how to get these going. Let me know if you need any help.

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