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    Default What Controller Now?

    So it seems I missed the bus on Falcon controllers for this year and was looking forward to building a mega tree. What would be the I cant get a Falcon so i will go with _____ controller?
    Looking to control 16 strands @ 100 per + possibly a topper(haven't picked one out yet) but would say 2000 pixels total. Would like to continue to use X-Lights as I have a few other small
    items already set up. Not a lot of experience with pixels but do have a basic grasp on them and not afraid to put in some time to learn more. A little help on this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    Watch ebay or start planning for next year. Your a bit late to start. Get the parts and start playing with it mid year.

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    We are using Kulp controllers and they have been great.
    Wired Watts has them.
    Or directly from Dave himself: Kulp Lights
    Other available controllers but we don't personally have experience with them are available from:
    Wally's lights, experiencelights.com, and mattosdesigns among others.

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    Some people entirely use ESPPixelSticks (or the equiv WiFi Pixel Controller) to run their mega trees and Xlights to do the animation. Fairly inexpensive, simple, robust and flexible.
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    You could go with a Kulp Lights cape for the Pocket Beagle. Daniel Kulp is one of the creators of the Falcon Pi Player. His stuff can be found @ https://www.wiredwatts.com/controllers

    Or you could go with SansDevices controllers. They are a bit older but, I think they can handle 12 universes in Unicast mode which can control 2040 pixels. I have these running my show and I've never had any problems with them. You can get them fully assembled or solder yourself kit. https://sandevices.com/shop/
    Last edited by Cmndr Brain; 11-13-2022 at 10:37 PM.

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    You could try looking here holidaycoro.com. Specifically, I would go for one of their ready to run like here:
    https://www.holidaycoro.com/ProductD...roductCode=845
    Be sure you get a compatible pigtail or if you bought pre-terminated strings order just the controller, box, mounting plate and power supply separately and find your own female pigtails.
    It appears they are in stock and ready to ship in short time frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xGROMx View Post

    Slowing moving from an all C9 show to Pixels, each year gets a bit more. "It feels like a carnival"
    Have you looked at the C9 pixels. I changed all my C9 to pixabulb and love the look. Using a mix of bullet pixel and pixabulb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrGrumpy View Post
    Have you looked at the C9 pixels. I changed all my C9 to pixabulb and love the look. Using a mix of bullet pixel and pixabulb.
    They don't illuminate like the traditionals do, I have found that PingPong balls on bullets work well, but still can't get that warm light of an incan.
    Slowing moving from an all C9 show to Pixels, each year gets a bit more. "It feels like a carnival"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spivey View Post
    So it seems I missed the bus on Falcon controllers for this year and was looking forward to building a mega tree. What would be the I cant get a Falcon so i will go with _____ controller?
    Looking to control 16 strands @ 100 per + possibly a topper(haven't picked one out yet) but would say 2000 pixels total. Would like to continue to use X-Lights as I have a few other small
    items already set up. Not a lot of experience with pixels but do have a basic grasp on them and not afraid to put in some time to learn more. A little help on this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
    I was fortunate to score one of the new controllers from experience lights, a lot like a falcon but with a few new features. Might give it a try but I can say it has been tough for those guys to keep up with orders too. Good Luck.
    www.experiencelights.com check out their genius line of controllers. (Note: I got permission to link from the folks at experience lights)

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    look at the dig-???? line from quinled. they recently got a new shipment of dig-quads. i have a few of them and they work nicely.


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    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show. Dim show (3000 pixels) had regular visits most nights.
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