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SanDevices RGB LED pixel controllers are used by:
Holiday Displays
Night Clubs
Broadway and other Stage Lighting
Architectural Lighting
Amusement Parks
Mardi Gras Floats
Burning Man Vehicles

RGB pixels allow you to independently control the color and brightness of each individual pixel to allow unlimited lighting design creativity.

A large matrix of pixels can even be used to display text, images, even videos.

Coupled with the proper software running on a PC or laptop, SanDevices pixel controllers can create light displays that are synchronized to music.

Many contestants on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” use SanDevices controllers.

The SanDevices controllers act as the bridge between your PC and the pixels. Lighting control data is sent from your PC over the standard ethernet LAN connection. The controller connects to your LAN also and receives the E1.31 or Art-Net lighting data from the PC, and converts it into the proper signals to drive the pixel strings.

Each controller can operate up to 16 separate pixel strings (4 strings for the E6804), and by using multiple controllers the number of pixels that can be controlled is virtually limitless.

How Pixels Work

How Pixels Work

RGB pixels represent the ultimate level of control in computerized lighting displays. Pixels allow the lighting display designer to have the ability to control each individual light element separately, both brightness and color. You are no longer limited to controlling entire strings of lights, instead you have the ability to set each and every LED on each and every string to the specific color and intensity you choose. This allows literally unlimited creativity in display design.

The typical RGB pixel string is, in appearance, similar in many ways to a standard string of LED lights, but there are several important differences:
Each light actually has 3 separate LEDs inside, red, green, and blue. They are very close together so that by mixing these 3 primary colors, virtually any color in the spectrum can be obtained.
Each LED element is larger, because each pixel conntains a tiny circuit board with a small microcontroller. It’s that ‘chip’ in each pixel that allows each and every pixel to be controlled independently.
Pixel strings are wired with either 3 or 4 wires, depending on the type of control chips used, instead of just 2 wires.
Pixel strings don’t just plug “into the wall”, they have to be connected to a pixel controller.

That’s where the SanDevices products come in, they act as the bridge that allows the display software running on your PC to communicate with your pixels.

Though the technology involved is quite complex, putting together an RGB pixel system need not be. You need 4 basic pieces to make a complete pixel system:

A PC running lighting control software that is compatible with the E1.31 (sometimes called SACN) or Art-Net industry standards.
(see the lighting software tab for more information)

A pixel power supply, perhaps more than one depending on the number of pixels to be controlled and how they are arranged.
These will typically be either 5 or 12 volts DC, but there are 24 volt pixels also.

One or more pixel controllers. The controllers connect to the pixel power supply, your network, and the pixels themselves.

One or more strings of RGB LED pxels.