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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_UK
    What if the lights have a transformer? because I am getting the feeling I need male IEC's to connect to the system.
    I'm not sure I know what you mean by transformer. :?

    You don't have to have a direct male IEC on your lights. You can build or buy adapters. I have a set of theatrical lights that I put a male IEC on. Then I built several IEC to Stage Pin (theatrical outlet) adapters, and bought some IEC to Edison (house outlet) adapters. Now I can plug the light into a theatrical dimmer or a house outlet just by changing cables.

    You are basically doing the same thing but in the other direction.
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    The transformer cuts the power down

    Mains->transformer->lights

    I doubt its a problem!

    Thanks for all thehelp, I might get that DMX you showed me and go from there I; guess it will plug into my pc so I program it?

    Thankyou so much

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    Hey again.

    Right I've been thinking and looking around!!!

    If I was to buy that DMX (above) and then get
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Shrouded-3-pin...ayphotohosting

    Then I go from the male plug to a plug socket, then plug in the lights, would that work? If mate makes sences!! if not I will draw a pic! LOL :D

    cheers
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    That should work fine.
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    Brilliant thnkx for your help.

    I am sure I will have more questions soon!!

    Just one more the DMX how does it connect to a computer, what connection type?

    cheers
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    The PC to DMX dongle interface is USB. The DMX dongle to dimmer interface is DMX cable.
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    ahh ok got ya :D
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    @DynamoBen - thanks for your help, I have decided I am not going to try to do with for this year I have too much going on at the moment to spend time getting things to work so I have got a friend that is going to help me build my own (with help of this forum ;)) we hope to start in feb 08.

    For this year I am just going to add more lights and things to the display.
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