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    Default Fa-la-la-la-la.....la-la-la-la

    I thought it would be fun to animate the refrain from "Deck the Halls." So for 2019, I made this...



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    Great Project! The Elves must be back from Christmas Vacation! LOL
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    HI,
    Is there a limit to the number of nodes that this could handle? I have some dumb pixels that I wanted to use around my windows and this circuit looks fun to build and useful if it could handle the 100 or so nodes on a window.
    Thanks for your time.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jValue View Post
    HI,
    Is there a limit to the number of nodes that this could handle? I have some dumb pixels that I wanted to use around my windows and this circuit looks fun to build and useful if it could handle the 100 or so nodes on a window.
    Thanks for your time.
    Jim
    You're asking about whether the Pixel-SSR can do 100 nodes? Well, it can handle up to about 2A per channel, so I'm guessing each color of a node would take upwards of 20ma so that's about 100 per channel running at 100% intensity. At less intensity than that you'd probably be okay. On paper anyway....
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    Default Re: Fa-la-la-la-la.....la-la-la-la

    Thanks. I am thinking I can connect an expixelstick module to this and then make the windows with dumb pixels wireless. Is there a better way to achieve the same goal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jValue View Post
    Thanks. I am thinking I can connect an expixelstick module to this and then make the windows with dumb pixels wireless. Is there a better way to achieve the same goal?
    Regards,
    Jim
    That's one way to do it. The Pixel-SSR uses a WS2811 chip and pixel-firmware control. I used a MiWiFi to run this, which is essentially a super-cheap, stripped-down (wayyyyyyyy down) version of an ESPixelStick.

    Another way is with a RenStick which is essentially a 4-channel wireless DC-SSR. Either one must be powered by DC power since your dumb pixels are DC. If you changed your mind and went with AC-powered led strings instead of dumb RGB, you could use either a FourStick or a MiniRen8/4 controller, which are both 4-channel wireless controllers for AC lights -- and eliminate the DC power supplies. I have a couple dozen MiniRen8/4's and they've been real workhorses. MiniRens can use either ESP modules or XBee modules for wireless operation.

    With dumb RGB, you'd have the same number of "lights" (maybe 100) around a window regardless of the color; with strings, you might make four "super-strings" by bundling four strings of lights together (maybe red, green, blue and white) and you'd have 400 lights around the window instead, which would make it much more full because there'd be 4x the number of lights yet you still have color control.

    It all depends on your vision of your display. I always have told folks to take a photo of their home, print out several black-n-white copies in draft mode so the picture is lighter on the paper, and then use markers or crayons to draw their layout vision on them to simulate what the end result might be.
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    Default Re: Fa-la-la-la-la.....la-la-la-la

    Thank You. I see that you had some of the RenStick boards still available so I ordered them up.
    I appreciate the help. I will miss the store. So many "things" I didn't realize I needed.
    Regards,
    Jim
    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    That's one way to do it. The Pixel-SSR uses a WS2811 chip and pixel-firmware control. I used a MiWiFi to run this, which is essentially a super-cheap, stripped-down (wayyyyyyyy down) version of an ESPixelStick.

    Another way is with a RenStick which is essentially a 4-channel wireless DC-SSR. Either one must be powered by DC power since your dumb pixels are DC. If you changed your mind and went with AC-powered led strings instead of dumb RGB, you could use either a FourStick or a MiniRen8/4 controller, which are both 4-channel wireless controllers for AC lights -- and eliminate the DC power supplies. I have a couple dozen MiniRen8/4's and they've been real workhorses. MiniRens can use either ESP modules or XBee modules for wireless operation.

    With dumb RGB, you'd have the same number of "lights" (maybe 100) around a window regardless of the color; with strings, you might make four "super-strings" by bundling four strings of lights together (maybe red, green, blue and white) and you'd have 400 lights around the window instead, which would make it much more full because there'd be 4x the number of lights yet you still have color control.

    It all depends on your vision of your display. I always have told folks to take a photo of their home, print out several black-n-white copies in draft mode so the picture is lighter on the paper, and then use markers or crayons to draw their layout vision on them to simulate what the end result might be.

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    Default Re: Fa-la-la-la-la.....la-la-la-la

    Quote Originally Posted by jValue View Post
    Thank You. I see that you had some of the RenStick boards still available so I ordered them up.
    I appreciate the help. I will miss the store. So many "things" I didn't realize I needed.
    Regards,
    Jim

    Thanks for visiting the store, but the only things we have for sale in the store are Gerber files and DipTrace design files -- and a very few packages of leftover PCBs, none of which are the RenStick. I'll send you a PM....

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