We're all about creating dynamic shows by mixing lights, music and
motion via electrical control of almost anything and everything. Ready to dazzle your
In the perfect world we'd use the same computer network like in your office
(Ethernet) but it's not really designed for outdoor use. We could use
the same technology the big data and telephone providers use but it's cost
prohibitive for the typical customer. After years of research we
determined the trusty RS-485 communications protocol was perfect for the
demanding use of computerized shows in all types of environment. We
use a special language for computers and controllers to communicate with
each other that's optimized for great shows. We put this all together
and call it the Light-O-Rama data network.
How do you connect your computer into the Light-O-Rama data network?
Don't worry. We've made it easy. We have several types of
converters to make the way your computer likes to talk and convert it into
the way the Light-O-Rama network likes to talk. In most cases it's
plug and play so everything is transparent.
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
- The Light-O-Rama ShowTime Software works on your personal
computer running Microsoft Windows and allows you to design
your own shows. ShowTime Software then runs your shows and sends
the right commands at the right time to the various control channels.
ShowTime Software can even keep music synchronized to the controller
- Speakers to play the music accompanying your show are attached to
the computer sound card.
- 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
- The Light-O-Rama ShowTime Pro or ShowTime PC controllers include
special effects such as simple on/off, intensities, smooth fading,
twinkling, shimmering. Up to 200 controllers (each handling 16
unique electrical circuits) can be daisy chained on the LOR network
giving you the ability to control over 3200 channels
- 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 ShowTime
Software 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.
Need some other examples of typical
Light-O-Rama data network setups? We've got a few suggestions.
Having trouble getting your converter to work? Checkout our
Still don't know how to start? We do!
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