Looking for a high voltage AC light controller board to mount in your own enclosure?  These are some of the same controllers used inside many of our professional units and are perfect for custom installations.  We also have lighter duty board for residential applications.

What kind of lights can you control?

These controller boards are designed for 110-240VAC environments typically meaning if you can plug the lights into a wall socket you can connect them to our controller. Most incandescent and LED based lights will work fine. Make sure the lights are rated to fade or dim in order to take advantage of all of our capabilities. We do not recommend using non-dimmable lights.

CTB32 series 16 channel high voltage AC light controller board

CTB32L Controller Board with LED Display

CTB32L Controller Board with LED Display

What makes 16 channel CTB32 controllers special?  Intelligence.  They have the ability to run on their own or take commands from a master.

Worried about electrical capacity?  Each CTB32 lighting channel circuit can handle eight amps of power at 120 VAC.  The entire controller can switch a maximum of 20-40 amps depending on the configuration.

Each CTB32 high voltage AC light controller board can function independently, operate as the director unit in a multi-controller network or as an add-on unit of a larger synchronized network of controllers.  Each of the independent channels have a number of special effects such as dimming, ramping, twinkle and shimmer.

The CTB32 series can be used in 3 phase environments

The CTB32 series high voltage AC light controller board is an excellent choice because it also works in three phase power electrical environments typically found in commerical and governmental environments.

Multiple CTB32 controller boards can be connected to the same Light-O-Rama data network.  Each controller typically has a unique location code so it knows when to respond to commands.  More than 200 controller boards can function on one Light-O-Rama data network giving you the ability to independently control thousands of lighting channels.  If you need more channels, add another data network or give us a call.

  • Input: board can monitor an input to start a sequence of patterns and special effects
  • Unit IDs: Over 200 uniquely addressed controllers on one a Light-O-Rama network
  • Fading: 1024 levels used for smooth fading effects. Fades from 0.1 to 25 seconds
  • Dimming: 100 levels (0%…100%), custom curves for LEDs for smooth dimming
  • Built-in Effects: ramp, fade, intensity, twinkle, shimmer
  • Sequences: 5,000 command internal flash memory sequence storage
  • Presets: High-burn and low-burn settings
  • Voltage: 120-240VAC
  • Optional: LED display and switches for directly setting board characteristic

DMX-512?

Already have a communications infrastructure using DMX-512 typically used in the entertainment industry? We've got you covered. Light-O-Rama light controllers are smart enough to analyze the type of data network they are connected to and adapt to DMX-512 if needed. Depending on the unique network assigned to your Light-O-Rama controller, it will occupy that DMX-512 address plus the next 15 (for a 16 channel controller.) The control channels (depending on the controller) must be in the same DMX-512 universe.

What do you need to make your CTB32 controller board to flash your lights to music?  If you’re the creative type our ShowTime Sequencing Suite provides all the tools needed to create your own incredible show.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to create your own shows, we have plenty of off-the-shelf songs already sequenced to lights in our sequence store.

CTB32 Manual
On-line Store

 

How many lights can a high voltage AC controller handle?

The number of lights you can control depends on the primary voltage available, the types of lights you have and how much current the lights consume.  Rap the button below for more details.

How many lights?

 

CTB08 series 8 channel high voltage AC light controller Board

CTB08Dg3 8 Channel Controller

CTB08Dg3 8 Chanel Controller

What makes eight channel CTB08 controllers special?  Intelligence.  They have the ability to run on their own or take commands from a master.

Worried about electrical capacity?  Each CTB08 lighting channel circuit can handle eight amps power at 120VAC.  The entire controller can switch a maximum of 15 amps depending on the configuration.

Each CTB08 controller board can function independently, operate as the director unit in a multi-controller network or as an add-on unit of a larger synchronized network of controllers.  Each of the independent channels have a number of special effects such as dimming, ramping, twinkle and shimmer.

Multiple CTB08 controller  boards can be connected to the same Light-O-Rama data network.  Each controller typically has a unique location code so it knows when to respond to commands.  More than 200 controller boards can function on one Light-O-Rama data network giving you the ability to independently control thousands of lighting channels.  If you need more channels, add another data network or give us a call.

  • Input: board can monitor an input to start a sequence of patterns and special effects
  • Unit IDs: Over 200 uniquely addressed controllers on one a Light-O-Rama network
  • Fading: 1024 levels used for smooth fading effects.Fades from 0.1 to 25 seconds
  • Dimming: 100 levels (0%…100%), custom curves for LEDs for smooth dimming
  • Built-in Effects: ramp, fade, intensity, twinkle, shimmer
  • Sequences: 5,000 command internal flash memory sequence storage
  • Voltage: 120-240VAC
  • Presets: High-burn and low-burn settings

DMX-512?

Already have a communications infrastructure using DMX-512 typically used in the entertainment industry? We've got you covered. Light-O-Rama light controllers are smart enough to analyze the type of data network they are connected to and adapt to DMX-512 if needed. Depending on the unique network assigned to your Light-O-Rama controller, it will occupy that DMX-512 address plus the next 7 (for an 8 channel controller.) The control channels (depending on the controller) must be in the same DMX-512 universe.

What do you need to make your CTB08 high voltage AC light controller board to flash your lights to music?  If you’re the creative type our ShowTime Sequencing Suite provides all the tools needed to create your own incredible show.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to create your own shows, we have plenty of off-the-shelf songs already sequenced to lights in our sequence store.

CTB08 Manual
On-line Store

 

CTB16PC series 16 channel high voltage AC light controller boards

CTB16PC Light Controller Board, Generation 3

CTB16PC Light Controller Board, Generation 3

Light-O-Rama 16 channel CTB16PC series of high voltage AC light controller boards are geared for lighter duty applications such as residential or environments not needing professional grade equipment.

Worried about electrical capacity?  Each CTB16PC lighting channel circuit can handle up to eight amps of power at 120VAC.  The entire controller board can switch a maximum of 15 to 30 amps depending on the configuration.

Multiple CTB16PC controller boards can be connected to the same Light-O-Rama data network.  Each controller typically has a unique location code set by your personal computer so it knows when to respond to commands.  More than 200 controllers can function on one Light-O-Rama data network giving you the ability to independently control thousands of lighting channels.  If you need more channels, add another data network or give us a call.

Residential Use

CTB16PC controller boards are 16 channels and perfect for residential use where you want to control the lights.

What else can you do with CTB16PC controller boards?  Although the CTB16PC controller unit cannot be used in a stand-alone mode, by attaching one of our ShowTime Directors to the Light-O-Rama data network or one of our other controllers that can work in a stand-alone mode, the CTB16PC will take commands from others so can have a stand-alone system of synchronized lights and music.  Versatility is the key and we strive to provide you with everything needed to create a great computerized show.

  • Unit IDs: Over 200 uniquely addressed controllers on one a Light-O-Rama network
  • Fading: 1024 levels used for smooth fading effects.Fades from 0.1 to 25 seconds
  • Dimming: 100 levels (0%…100%), custom curves for LEDs for smooth dimming
  • Built-in Effects: ramp, fade, intensity, twinkle, shimmer
  • Voltage: 120-240VAC
  • Presets: High-burn and low-burn settings

DMX-512?

Already have a communications infrastructure using DMX-512 typically used in the entertainment industry? We've got you covered. Light-O-Rama light controllers are smart enough to analyze the type of data network they are connected to and adapt to DMX-512 if needed. Depending on the unique network assigned to your Light-O-Rama controller, it will occupy that DMX-512 address plus the next 15 (for a 16 channel controller.) The control channels (depending on the controller) must be in the same DMX-512 universe.

What do you need to make your CTB16PC controller board to flash your lights to music?  If you’re the creative type our ShowTime Sequencing Suite provides all the tools needed to create your own incredible show.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to create your own shows, we have plenty of off-the-shelf songs already sequenced to lights in our sequence store.

CTB16PC Manual
On-line Store

How many lights can a high voltage AC controller handle?

The number of lights you can control depends on the primary voltage available, the types of lights you have and how much current the lights consume.  Rap the button below for more details.

How many lights?

What’s the difference between the professional and residential series controller boards?

CTB32L-with LEDs CTB16PC Generation 3 Light Controller Board
CTB32/CTB08 CTB16PC
Number of fully independent electrical channels 16 or 8 16
Warranty 2 years 1 year
Operate stand-alone if required Icon-Checkmark-20x20 no
Can run commands from ShowTime Director or computer (via one of our converters) when connected to Light-O-Rama data network Icon-Checkmark-20x20 Icon-Checkmark-20x20
Amperage rating design (at 120VAC) 15 – 40 15-30
Use in 3 phase electrical environments Icon-Checkmark-20x20 no
Unit ID address setting Set on controller with LED option or set from computer Requires a computer
All standard Light-O-Rama lighting effects Icon-Checkmark-20x20 Icon-Checkmark-20x20
Can operate with any other Light-O-Rama controller on same Light-O-Rama data network Icon-Checkmark-20x20 Icon-Checkmark-20x20
Preferred by Pros, commercial installations and live performance venues lighting enthusiasts
120VAC or 240VAC, 50Hz/60Hz operation Icon-Checkmark-20x20 Icon-Checkmark-20x20
Dimensions (without electrical pigtails) With heat kinks:
9”w x 6 5/8”h x 2 1/8”d
Without heat sinks:
8½”w x 5¼”h x 1½”d
With heat sinks:
6 ¾”w x 5 ¼”h x 1 ½”d
Without heat sinks:
7 ¼”w x 6 ¾”h x 2 ¼”d
Can understand the DMX-512 protocol? Icon-Checkmark-20x20 Icon-Checkmark-20x20

 

How does it all fit together?

Having trouble understanding how your computer will control the rest of the world using Light-O-Rama products?  It’s not the hard to understand once you master the basics. Here’s an example of controlling your high voltage lights.

Basic layout showing connecting to LOR controller boards and ready-to-go units

1.  The Light-O-Rama ShowTime Sequencing Suite works on your personal computer running Microsoft Windows and allows designing of your own shows.  The ShowTime Sequencing Suite then runs your shows and sends the right commands at the right time to the various controllers and channels.  The ShowTime Sequencing Suite can even keep music synchronized to the controller commands.

2.  Speakers to play the music accompanying your show are attached to the computer sound card.

3.  Your personal computer communicates to the Light-O-Rama controllers using a device plugged into the computer’s serial or USB communications port.  The blue line shows the standard serial output of the computer (RS-232 or USB) connected to our adapter that transforms the signal to the native Light-O-Rama network protocol (the green line) that then connects to our various types of controllers over standard computer network wire.  We recommend Cat 5 LAN cables available from us and off-the-shelf from your local big box store in the computer section.

4.  Various Light-O-Rama controller boards can be connected in any order on a Light-O-Rama network

5.  Various Light-O-Rama controller boards can be connected in any order on a Light-O-Rama network

6.  The Light-O-Rama professional or residential high voltage AC light controllers include special effects such as simple on/off, intensities, smooth fading, twinkling, shimmering.  Over 200 controllers can be daisy chained, mixed and matched on one LOR network giving you the ability to command thousands of channels.  Need more channels?  Add another Light-O-Rama network.