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    Default Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    I'm sure this has been discussed before.

    Why are leds so expensive?! To me, it seems cheaper to run pixels. The lights(pixels) are cheaper, I don't need to buy different colored lights or covers. And I can control them with my show easily with my existing controllers.

    I guess I thought led strands would of been cheaper these days.


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    Default Re: Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    i have come to the realization, that once you get past the hardware, controller, pwr supply, enclosure setup, then yes it is cheaper to buy pixels. but if you don't have all of the above in place, pixels can get really expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdj6107 View Post
    i have come to the realization, that once you get past the hardware, controller, pwr supply, enclosure setup, then yes it is cheaper to buy pixels. but if you don't have all of the above in place, pixels can get really expensive.
    I guess that's the difference - I do have all that in place - I was just looking for the traditional look of wireframes,... but I guess for the price, I'm going with pixels. Tradition meets tech I suppose


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    Also, LED's with colored caps (which is what I did) is a lot easier to install and place about your yard. They seem to go bad less often, and aren't as time consuming to replace (IMO). That said, my only pixels are a matrix, so it isn't like I am using pixels all over the place.
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    i have alot of AC channels to use as well as alot of led strings. so deploy a mixture of both. my house is smart with pixels and my yard is dumb with AC lights. having a corner lot, long runs of a/c is alot more forgiving than long runs of data and pwr injection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdj6107 View Post
    i have alot of AC channels to use as well as alot of led strings. so deploy a mixture of both. my house is smart with pixels and my yard is dumb with AC lights. having a corner lot, long runs of a/c is alot more forgiving than long runs of data and pwr injection.
    I've never run controlled ac lights. So to do that would be a little investment. I was just gonna stick the wireframes out in the yard with no control... but with the price of the lights(leds)... I'm going with pixels.


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    Default Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    Quote Originally Posted by rdj6107 View Post
    i have alot of AC channels to use as well as alot of led strings. so deploy a mixture of both. my house is smart with pixels and my yard is dumb with AC lights. having a corner lot, long runs of a/c is alot more forgiving than long runs of data and pwr injection.
    Pixels are a little more challenging to replace.


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    Default Re: Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    Hi Mr Think
    I don't know if you have seen this setup before but maybe it can work for your setup and add some pixels to your house you can do one buy one or add more power to run more than one they also sale just the controller with out the remote. You can also get this stuff on eBay or amazon

    Good luck Bob
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    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5v-1...2-a05a9a14b744

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    Default Re: Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkAgainAgain View Post
    I'm sure this has been discussed before.

    Why are leds so expensive?! To me, it seems cheaper to run pixels. The lights(pixels) are cheaper, I don't need to buy different colored lights or covers. And I can control them with my show easily with my existing controllers.

    I guess I thought led strands would of been cheaper these days.


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    The one variable that has not been mentioned so far is the clips to mount the pixels. They cost around $.20 each vs. $.03 each for LED clips in the same qty.

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    Default Re: Pixels vs led's for wireframes

    I used the 1/4 clips with a small wire tie. Time consuming but effective.

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