Handy with tools? Save money and build your own high voltage AC controller.
Not afraid of a little soldering? Ready to say I built it myself! We have some of our high voltage AC light controllers available in kit form. Each comes with everything you need except the soldering iron and patience. A typical kit can be built and tested in two to four hours depending on your skill levels.
Our DIY products can produce the same spectacular shows as our fully assembled Ready-To-Go or board products. Some of our DIY products only require the use of a screwdriver and pliers; other products require that you solder parts onto a circuit board.
What kind of lights can you control? These DIY kit 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.
Professional Do It Yourself (DIY) kits
The CTB16K is a kit (requires soldering) and is similar to the circuit board used in our professional ShowTime LOR1602 high voltage AC controller.
Residential DIY kits
The CTB16PC is a kit (requires soldering) and is a part of the residential series of DIY products. The PC series provides the parts that give you everything needed to build a powerful light controller that rivals anything available in the market place. The high voltage AC light controller is also available fully assembled and tested.
The Light-O-Rama promise: If you choose a DIY product that requires soldering, we will stand behind you 100 percent. Almost every problem can be fixed via email or a phone call. If you cannot get your controller to operate we will attempt to repair it absolutely free. If you damage a component we’ll replace it. If we cannot determine the problem we will replace the kit. In the extremely rare case that you physically damage the kit beyond repair, our standard warranty will cover 40 percent of the replacement cost. Note: customer pays shipping for repairs and replacement parts.
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 does it all work together?
Having trouble understanding how your computer will control the rest of the world using Light-O-Rama products? It’s not that hard to understand once you master the basics.
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. 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.
7. Pixie 4 smart pixel controller board. Four smart pixel ports and each port can control 100 pixels. Requires a low voltage power supply to drive the smart pixels.
8. Pixie 8 smart pixel controller board. Eight smart pixel ports and each port can control 100 pixels. Requires one or two low voltage power supplies to drive the smart pixels.
9. Pixie 16 smart pixel controller board. Sixteen smart pixel ports and each port can control 100 pixels. Requires one or two low voltage power supplies to drive the smart pixels.