Introductory information about our products.
Our LED lighting products can display a full spectrum of color by mixing light from Red, Green and Blue LEDs together in varying amounts. This mixing is done by a special chip inside every light. Some of our products have a single RGB LED, and others have 2 or 3 wired together to provide higher brightness. The chip we use has 36-bit color control which allows for fine mixing and smooth dimming, often not possible with lower grade products that only use 24-bit or less color. Our controllers still take in 24-bit color values but internally convert and scale them (using a gamma-2 curve) into 36-bits.
Controllers output data to lights over a single data wire, plus power (usually 12vdc) and ground. The data wire can be split (using our T-connector), in which case both branches will receive copies of the same data. When data is split like this, it is not possible to control the different sets of lights independently. So for example if you want to have 5 light tubes all displaying the same thing, you can just split the data signal (with 5 T's in a row). But if you want to control 5 tubes independently then you need a controller that has 5 separate outputs (or using the Smart-T).
We offer a few different controllers for the lighting products. The Mini-Controllers have a single output and are designed to run a single string of lights, or multiple strings if split using T's. The Mini-Controllers have built-in effects and a USB port to allow complete control from a computer system.
The Effects Controller plus Data Distribution Boxes are for larger systems. The Effects Controller has many built-in lighting effects for large 2D displays. It can run a complete lighting show by itself without need for a computer. Custom light shows can be generated on a PC and stored on SD cards, which are inserted into the Effects Controller. Effects Controllers can be daisy chained together to synchronize larger systems.
The Network Distribution Box (NDB) is a 16-port light string driver that supports both ArtNet and DDP protocols over ethernet. It needs to be used with some external computer system that will send lighting data to the NDB to control the lights. There are numerous free and commercial software packages that support ArtNet.