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  1. Default Light Controls 
    #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
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    Oscoda, Michigan
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    I am always looking for ways to control the lights in our Haunt. We mainly use incandesant and flouresant lights. Things that we have used are: residential motion sensor lights, dimmer switches, flouresent starters, and pull-string switches. I am trying to find fairly inexpensive ways to make the lights turn on and off by themselves, blink, flicker, or anything else besides just on and off. I also have some experience building electronic circuits, so that is an option, too. Anything would help, and thank you in advance!
     

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    #2
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    Nov 2008
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    Mesquite, TX
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    Talk to these guys there the best
    www.efx-tech.com/
    go to their site and check their forums there, Im sure a similar thread is on there.
    Allen H
     

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    #3
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    Sep 2007
    Location
    Hollywood, CA
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    Thanks for the plug, Allen, but let me correct the URL:

    www.efx-tek.com

    We have an active support forum where one can find answers and solutions when using our products.

    forums.efx-tek.com
     

  4. Default Dmx 
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    DMX kids is by far the cheapest, and most flexible way to go.
     

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    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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    DMX is an amazing protocol, however it seriously suffers in that it's an output only protocol. Depending on your needs, it may or may not work well for you.

    DMX controlled lighting can be very inexpensive, but fixtures add up. There's a lot of DIY kits to control LED's and other lighting via DMX, which is pretty cool, too. To add input support to DMX (eg, trigger a light or cue by sensor), you will need something that can do Input into a PC (or controller), and the software to trigger your DMX cue.

    The best thing to do is to use the correct technology for the correct application. In our show, we use DMX for our front facade, and occasionally slave a few fixtures together when we don't care what they do, as long as they do something.

    If we need to respond to a trigger, we tend to use a microcontroller to listen to the sensor and then drive LED's with it.

    Sometimes we don't need to respond to a trigger, but it's super easy to do a micocontroller to create the desired effect... strobes, random flashes, fades, interesting fixture reworks... all LED/Microcontroller driven.

    The possibilities are endless, just depends on budget, skill level, and proper use of the available tech!

    -- I
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    http://www.fx13studios.com
     

  6. Default lor 
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    May 2008
    Location
    North Carolina
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    Light O Rama controls eveyrthing in our haunt. best thing ive found...
     

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