What are RGB ribbons?  They are 16 feet of whatever color you want.  Watch the following video submitted by one of our customers.

 

 

The strips of lights outlining the house are based on RGB ribbons (also known as dumb pixels or dumb ribbons.)  They can be cut to length (typically at 4″ intervals) and the entire ribbon made the same color by changing the red, green or blue levels of the RGB based LEDs..

What else do you see in the above video?  Several RGB floods are used to change the colors of the reflected light on the house.  The dancing tree to the left of the driveway uses our Cosmic Color Ribbons (smart pixels) and is sequenced with SuperStar.  The leaping arches that change colors are simple Cosmic Color Ribbons.

 

Outline and change the color

RGB ribbons (also known as dumb ribbons) can add real pizzazz to your display.  The entire RGB ribbon is the same color at any point in time.  Easily change the look and feel of your venue by altering the ribbon color.  The entire ribbon can be thought of as one RGB pixel so only three control channels are needed.  We suggest using our CMB24D RGB 8 pixel controller.

 

Our RGB ribbon is a single pixel (dumb) device meaning the entire ribbon is the same color at any time. To use this ribbon we recommend the CMB24D controller. You will also need a 12VDC power supply available in our on-line store.

RGB Ribbon Red RGB Ribbon Colors RGB-Ribbon-Dimensions CMB-24 RGB control board with 8 RGB channels.
RGB Ribbon shown in red A few RGB ribbon colors RGB ribbon dimensions CMB-24 RGB controller
with 8 RGB pixels

 

RGB ribbon details:

  • Power: 12VDC, 20 watts with all colors at 100%
  • Dumb RGB ribbon meaning all LEDs are the same color at the same time
  • 150 – 5050 type RGB LEDs
  • Cut points every 4″
  • 3 RGB based LEDs between each cut point
  • Weatherproof covering
  • Comes with 4 conductor, 6′ power cord
  • Requires a DC-PWM driver for RGB effects (use the CMB24D controller)
  • Requires a 12VDC power source
  • RGB ribbon length: 5 meters, 16.4 feet or 197 inches

 

 

Why is the RGB ribbon 16.4 feet (or 5 meters) long?

The ribbon is really a very long and thin printed circuit board holding the RGB based LEDs.  Because of the thinness, making it any longer means there’s not enough current available to drive more LEDs.  Bottom line is you cannot extend the length of RGB based LED ribbons.

 

 

RGB starter package

RGB dumb pixel starter package layoutNot real sure how all the pieces fit together.  Consider putting together your own RGB starter package.  We provide the CMB24D pixel controller, power supply, network adapter, software and your mix of dumb RGB ribbons or floods.

 

 

 

How does it all fit together?

Basic layout showing CMB24D RGB dumb pixel controller

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 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 CMB24D controller is connected to your network just like any other controller.  The board is designed to drive eight dumb RGB devices such as dumb pixel ribbons.  Each device has three channels (red, green, blue).  The dumb RGB devices are typically 12 volts.  Since we don’t know the types of RGB lights you will be using, you  must provide your own DC power supply.  Special note: Best practice is to mount the CMB24D in a weatherproof enclosure and make all wires exit the bottom so no water can touch the electronics.

5.  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.

6.  The Light-O-Rama professional or residential Ready-To-Go 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 on the LOR network giving you the ability to control thousands of channels.  Need more channels?  Add another Light-O-Rama network.