Pixie Controllers. Think easy-way pixels.

Love pixels and you're not a nerd? We make it easy!

Ready to get into smart pixels?  Light-O-Rama Pixie controllers let you do it with ease.  Watch this video to see a great example of what multiple smart pixel controllers can accomplish.  Focus on the pixel trees and grids on the house.

Three different smart pixel controllers designed to get the job done.

Pixie4D Smart Pixel Controller
Pixie4D: 4 SPI port smart pixel controller

 

Pixie8D Smart Pixel Controller
Pixie8D: 8 SPI port smart pixel controller
Pixie16D Smart Pixel Controller
Pixie16D: 16 SPI port smart pixel controller

Three different smart pixel controllers with either 4, 8 or 16 ports offer an economical, smart pixel controller designed for pixel artifacts like ribbon, bulb or pixel trees. Each port can control up to 100 smart RGB pixels over a standard LOR network. LOR USB adapter to controller connection operating at up to 1Mbits/sec eliminates the need for a LAN.

The Pixie 4/8/16 controllers can be used with older sequences which do not use Enhanced Pixel protocol. It also supports Enhanced Pixel protocol for use with all the latest pixel support capabilities of our ShowTime Software Suite.

Sequences already written for the Cosmic Color Ribbon and Cosmic Color Bulb controllers can be used with this controller by changing the Unit IDs to align with the Pixie 4/8/16.

The controller is assigned one unit ID, which is the base unit ID. This unit ID controls pixel string #1. It responds to successive unit IDs to control pixel strings 2-4, 8 or 16.

Pixel controller pixel ribbon/string connector
Pixel controller pixel ribbon/string connector

The controller is supplied with screw terminal plugs for each pixel port. The pixels ribbons/strings are connected to these plugs which are then pushed into the connectors on the board. This arrangement simplifies prop storage, assembly and damaged component replacement.

Complete systems are available including a controller, power supply, weatherproof plastic case and multiple ribbons, bulb or pixel strings.

  • Up to 170 pixels per port*
  • Each pixel’s color and brightness is individually controllable
  • Simple LOR network connectivity; no LAN required. LOR network speeds to 1Mbit
  • Appears in the ShowTime Sequencing Suite software as 4-16 unit IDs with up to 100 pixels/unit ID (300 channels per Unit ID)
  • Supports legacy mode which makes each string behave like a Cosmic Color Ribbon or single string Cosmic Color Bulb. Supports all features of these devices (color effects and macros)
  • Each port individually fused
  • Three inputs for interactive shows
  • Test button runs red, green and blue down the pixels strings for simple verification of your connections and pixel strings
  • Supports all Light-O-Rama pixel ICs including WS2811 400KHz, WS2811 800KHz, WS2812, WS2801, LDP6803 and SM16716.  More to be added.
  • 5VDC or 12VDC pixels
  • Plug in screw terminal connectors provided for each string

*Each Pixie4/8/16 controller port is fused at 4 amps and can typically power up to 100 pixels.  More pixels on a port requires power injection that Light-O-Rama does not currently support.  Pixie4/8/16 controllers can be used on Light-O-Rama regular or enhanced networks at speeds from 19.2Kbps to 1Mbps. 170 pixels/port maximum.  Light-O-Rama regular network support is primarily for compatibility with old Cosmic Color Ribbon. Cosmic Color Bulb sequences. Compatibility (resolution/macros/color effects) mode is only supported for 50 pixel/port configurations when running on a Light-O-Rama regular network. You can run a Light-O-Rama regular network with any number of pixels/port up to 170, but the complexity of Light-O-Rama regular network commands may cause a lack of smoothness with more than 50 pixels/port.  We strongly suggest running your LOR data network at 500K Enhanced or faster when using Pixie4/8/16 controllers.

Pixie 4

4 SPI Ports

Each port can handle up to 170 smart pixels*

Uses 4 consecutive LOR Unit IDs

Current:

15 amps maximum

(15 amps for ports 1-4 )


Each SPI port has replacable ATM 4 amp fuse

Voltage

5 VDC or 12 VDC

Operating Temperature

-20 to +140 degrees F

Board dimensions:

lemgth: 4.625"

width: 3.375"

height: 1.000"

Pixie 8

8 SPI Ports

Each port can handle up to 170 smart pixels*

Uses 8 consecutive LOR Unit IDs

Current:

30 amps maximum

(15 amps for ports 1-4
and 15 amps for ports 5-8)

Each SPI port has replacable ATM 4 amp fuse

Voltage

5 VDC or 12 VDC

Operating Temperature

-20 to +140 degrees F

Board dimensions:

lemgth: 4.500"

width: 3.875"

height: 1.000"

Pixie 16

16 SPI Ports

Each port can handle up to 170 smart pixels*

Uses 16 consecutive LOR Unit IDs

Current:

30 amps maximum

(15 amps for ports 1-8
and 15 amps for ports 9-16)

Each SPI port has replacable ATM 4 amp fuse

Voltage

5 VDC or 12 VDC

Operating Temperature

-20 to +140 degrees F

Board dimensions:

lemgth: 7.875"

width: 4.750"

height: 1.000"

*Each Pixie4/8/16 controller port is fused at 4 amps and can typically power up to 100 pixels.  More pixels on a port requires power injection that Light-O-Rama does not currently support.  Pixie4/8/16 controllers can be used on Light-O-Rama regular or enhanced networks at speeds from 19.2Kbps to 1Mbps. 170 pixels/port maximum.  Light-O-Rama regular network support is primarily for compatibility with old Cosmic Color Ribbon. Cosmic Color Bulb sequences. Compatibility (resolution/macros/color effects) mode is only supported for 50 pixel/port configurations when running on a Light-O-Rama regular network. You can run a Light-O-Rama regular network with any number of pixels/port up to 170, but the complexity of Light-O-Rama regular network commands may cause a lack of smoothness with more than 50 pixels/port.  We strongly suggest running your LOR data network at 500K Enhanced or faster when using Pixie4/8/16 controllers.


How does it all fit together?

LOR-Typical Layout-Controller Boards

1.  The Light-O-Rama ShowTime Sequencing Suite works on your personal computer running Microsoft Windows and allows you to design your own shows.  The ShowTime Sequencing Suite then runs your shows and sends the right commands at the right time to the various control channels.  The ShowTime Sequencing Suite can even keep music and video 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.  For smart pixels (the orange line) it’s best to use a USB485HS converter to handle the high data demands of smart pixels.  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 (such as this CTB32L 16 channel high voltage light controller) can be connected in any order on a Light-O-Rama network.

5.  Various Light-O-Rama controller boards (such as this CTB16PC 16 channel high voltage light controller) can be connected in any order on a Light-O-Rama network.

6.  Various Light-O-Rama controller boards including this low voltage CMB16D can be connected to the Light-O-Rama network.  Over 200 controllers can be daisy chained and mixed/matched on one LOR network giving you the ability to command thousands of channels.  Need more channels?  Add another Light-O-Rama network.

7.  Various smart pixel controllers like this Pixie4 can be connected to the Light-O-Rama data network.  We suggest a high speed enhanced network for smart pixels.

8.  Various smart pixel controllers like this Pixie8 can be connected to the Light-O-Rama data network.  We suggest a high speed enhanced network for smart pixels.

9.  Various smart pixel controllers like this Pixie16 connected to a pixel tree kit can be connected to the Light-O-Rama data network.  We suggest a high speed enhanced network for smart pixels.

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