Residential Light Controllers
Think of a Light-O-Rama light controller as a device that can make lights do amazing tricks. Look how easily that switch on the wall turns on or off the light in the room you’re in. The switch controls one electrical circuit. Replace the switch with a dimmer and suddenly the light can be set to almost any brightness. Multiply that dimmer circuit by eight or 16 and imagine the lighting possibilities. Now put all those dimmers in a box and add a little computer to control each circuit independently. Suddenly each light circuit can blink, twinkle, ramp up or down or take on just about any effect you want. Go to the next level and start linking controllers together in a Light-O-Rama data network and imagine the possibilities of everything being synchronized. When you’re ready to do really dazzle your audience, add music and your lights will dance creating an unforgettable show. As we’re fond of saying at Light-O-Rama, Imagine it, then do it.
We created the ShowTime PC residential light controller unit. Why call it PC? Chuck Smith, considered by some to be the father of computerized Christmas displays, started PlanetChristmas in the 1990s as a place for people to learn how to light up the world. Members of the PlanetChristmas community became pioneers in animated displays, building their own home brew systems and starting a trend that has now brought joy to millions all over the world. The CTB16PC was designed with those pioneers in mind. People on a budget or who just like to build things can use the CTB16PC to create displays that will simply astound people.
Light-O-Rama introduces the ShowTime CTB16PC series of light controllers geared for lighter duty applications such as residential use or environments not needing commercial grade equipment. Each ShowTime CTB16PC controller unit is encased in a PVC enclosure designed for long life and when mounted correctly, will provide a weatherproof environment to keep the control circuitry functioning in almost any outdoor environment. We do suggest common sense usage and keeping the cable access holes pointing down so the entire enclosure can shed the rain. The pigtail outlets must be at least one foot off the ground and we strongly recommend keeping the unit away from heavy splashing water and forced water flows such as from irrigation sprinklers. Read more in our datasheet or user guide.
Worried about electrical capacity? Each ShowTime CTB16PC lighting channel circuit can handle up to eight amps of AC power. The entire controller unit can switch a maximum of 15 to 30 amps depending on the configuration. ShowTime CTB16PC units plug directly into wall plugs and we recommend these be dedicate power circuits for power hungry applications. Our 30 amp units require two independent 15 amp power feeds. Controller light channels have a number of special effects such as dimming, ramping, twinkle and shimmer.
Multiple ShowTime controllers can be connected to the same Light-O-Rama data network. See some examples of a typical network layout. Each controller typically has a unique location code set by your personal computer so it knows when to respond to commands. More than 200 16 channel controllers can function on one giant Light-O-Rama data network giving you the ability to independently control 3,200 lighting channels. If you need more, give us a call.
What else can you do with ShowTime CTB16PC controller units? 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, you 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.
Multiple CTB16PC controller boards can be connected to the same Light-O-Rama data network. See some examples of a typical network layout. Each controller typically has a unique location code so it knows when to respond to commands. More than 240 16 channel controllers can function on one giant Light-O-Rama data network giving you the ability to independently control 3,840 lighting channels. If you need more, add another data network or give us a call.
Unit IDs: Up to 240 controllers in a Light-O-Rama network. Up to 3,840 channels (16 * 240)
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
Presets: High-burn and low-burn settings
What do you need to get your ShowTime CTB16PCPC controller unit to flash your lights to music? If you’re the creative type our ShowTime Software 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 ShowTime Tunes area.
Already have a communications infrastructure using DMX-512 typically used in the entertainment industry? We’ve got you covered. ShowTime CTB16PC series 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 ShowTime CTB16PC light controller, it will occupy that DMX-512 address plus the next 15 (for a 16 channel controller.) The 16 channels must be in the same DMX-512 universe.
What’s the difference between the commercial and residential controller units?
|Number of fully independent electrical channels||LOR800 Series: 8
LOR1600 Series: 16
|Commercial grade steel enclosure available with a UL508 industrial rating||no|
|PVC (plastic) enclosure available||no|
|Warranty||2 years||1 year|
|Operate stand-alone if required||no|
|Can run commands from ShowTime Director or computer (via one of our converters) when connected to Light-O-Rama data network|
|Amperage rating design||40 but down-rated to 30 for safety||30|
|Use in 3 phase electrical environments||no|
|Unit ID address setting||Easily set on controller||Requires a computer|
|Dedicated On/Off switch inside enclosure||no|
|Easy access fuses inside enclosure||on circuit board|
|All standard Light-O-Rama lighting effects|
|Can operate with any other Light-O-Rama controller on same Light-O-Rama data network|
|Preferred by||Pros, commercial installations and live performance venues||lighting enthusiasts|
|120VAC or 240VAC, 50Hz/60Hz operation|
|Dimensions (without electrical pigtails)||10.5″w 11.5″h x 5″d||9.5″w 12″h x 3.5″d|
|Weight (approximate)||22 pounds||6 pounds|
|Can understand the DMX-512 protocol?|
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 outdoor Christmas lights.
1. The Light-O-Rama Software Sequencing Suite works on your personal computer running Microsoft Windows and allows you to design your own shows. The Software Sequencing Suite then runs your shows and sends the right commands at the right time to the various control channels. The Software 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 controllers using a device plugged into your computer’s serial or USB communications port. The blue line shows the standard serial output of your computer (RS-232 or USB) out of your PC where it enters our converter that transforms the signal to the native Light-O-Rama network protocol (the green line) that 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. The Light-O-Rama commercial or residential controllers include special effects such as simple on/off, intensities, smooth fading, twinkling, shimmering. Up to 240 controllers (each handling 16 unique electrical circuits) can be daisy chained on the LOR network giving you the ability to control over 3,840 channels. Need more channels? Add another Light-O-Rama network.
5. Electrical power is supplied to the controller placed close to your lights so you don’t need to run long extension cords. Commands from the Software Sequencing Suite are performed on each controller. Power to each of the attached lighting circuits is controlled independently. Think of having many dimmer switches that the computer can change very quickly and independently.