Today I finished up the Candy (Pixel) Cane project by building the power supply enclosure. Shown is the 12V @ 12.5Amp supply mounted in a Cable Guard CG1500 enclosure. The left cables are the output (Data + 12V). The center is the data input via a box mounted CAT5 jack, and the right cable is the AC power in.
I updated the HOW-TO section with a couple of extra pictures so you can see how the whole thing comes together. Basically, there is the controller with a CAT5 run to the power supply where Data and Power are mixed and output to the candy canes.
I'm calling the project compted even though I may rethink how to stand the canes up in the display. I have a pretty good idea on how to do it, but knowing me, I'll come up with 5 different ideas before "lights on" on Thanksgiving night.
I also finished the rework of the power/data for the North Poles. Basically the same concept but I used a different power supply and mounted it inside a piece of PVC pipe. The North Poles need VERY little power and I couldnt see dedicating a CG1500 and a 12.5Amp supply to something that uses MAYBE an amp (32 RGB nodes and 8 DMX controllers) .
Its almost MAY, and I have been more productive this year than ever. There is still a LOT of work to do. Parts have been order to pixelize the Merry Christmas sign and I already have a quote on building me a steel frame. I'm having more fun this year than ever. So much more to do AND all the programming. But I understand that FastEddy from AusChristmasLighting.Com is coming to the LSH Acedemy in July and talking about a different programming applicaiton called Light Show Pro. Having seen eddy's display (only in video) I may have to take a second look at LSP.
Well thats enough for now. I didnt want ya'll to think I had gone into summer hibernation. I'm still hard at it and honestly .... loving every minute of it.
Bob and Sandra Moody.