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Best practices in setting up a Christmas display
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/23/2011 9:49:14 PM
Some of you may find you are QUICKLY running out of channels of control. I know I sure have.
Do you run a mini tree or mega tree with more than one color? Don't have the money to buy a whole new controller just to add another color.

DYC-LOR maybe the ticket for you. Double Your Channels - Light O Rama.
I first read about this a few years ago on Planet Christmas... I knew right from the start it was for me, and I have used it ever since.
The idea is that you have 1 box for your controller, and another box for a set of Solid State Relay's(SSRs).
This is how it works... I have a 16 channel controller. but I have 15 2 color mini tree's.
Channel 1 is the selector, off it uses the group A channels, while ON it uses the B channels.
Channels 2-16 are the actual controls of the lights.

so if I leave channel 1 off, and run power to 2-15 I light up Red lights.
however is I turn channel 1 on, and power to 2-15 I light up Green lights.
Quick and easy alternative to buying another controller.

What you need is
  • enclosure box.................................................................................$20........1...............$20.00
  • Omron Relay PLG-N 4PDT 110-120AC..........Part #653-MY4-AC1..........$5.26....4 each........$21.04
  • Magnecraft 14 PIN SCREW TERMINAL..........Part #528-461 ................$3.63....4 each.........$14.52
  • some SPT wire, and 16 male plugs, and 30 female plugs, 1 foot of scrap wire
After that you will mount the terminals to the enclosure box,
Insert the relays into the terminals body (they will only go in one way)
cut 16 sections of SPT. Put male plugs on them. These will connect to your controller.
cut 30 sections of SPT. Put female plugs on them. These will connect to your actual lights.
How long to make the SPT is your choice. The first time I was short on wire, and long on ideas. I made them 18" long, which worked, but was very tight. Make them as long as your need to reach your controller. Obviously plan on mounting them close to your controller.
You will then use a piece of wire to connect your hot and neutral terminals together. (see pic)
You will connect one side of your male SPT to the terminal, and the other side will connect to the female SPT
The A group of female SPT will connect to the top section of the terminals
The B group of female SPT will connect to the bottom section of the terminals.
Parts ready

enclosure, and terminals mounted

First wires



Hot, neutral wires, and supply lines in place.
making the connections

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Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/25/2011 9:15:08 AM
here comes my stupid question... is it the same as running 15 sets of lights on one channel without the risk of blowing a fuse?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/25/2011 2:59:20 PM
not a stupid question at all... and the answer is no.

the first channel only controls the SSR's, the actual power for the lights is on the separate channels of 2-15.
So you aren't running any more or any less power for your display. The SSR's only need a small amount of power to flip the switch when necessary.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/25/2011 6:41:36 PM
I am lost.. but doing this is the same as taking 15 led strings and hooking them up to one channel?.. or you have some other function?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/25/2011 9:32:56 PM
Allison Alerine wrote:
I am lost.. but doing this is the same as taking 15 led strings and hooking them up to one channel?.. or you have some other function?


You double your channels... so with one controller, and one set of Solid State Relay's I am able to control, and individually light up 15 min tree's in 2 different colors. So I can do a chase sequence in green, and then chase the other direction in red. I also use this for my Mega tree, which is going to be four colors this year.

This does lack the total control of having an additional controller, but then again it is a bit cheaper.

This is just an example, you have 30 channels of control that you can use in any way. Two years ago, I used it to control some items on the ground as well as some items on the roof. The only down fall, is that the control of the channels is split using a switch, which means you cannot have all the items turned on at once. That is a drawback to some. The actual sequence setup is no different than if it was two separate controllers. You just have to make a note that channel (1) is the control channel. Then channels 2-15 you sequence as normal.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/26/2011 3:15:35 AM
as for programming ... do the relays automatically chase when the channel is turned on?
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/26/2011 3:28:18 AM
oh maybe not ... you said no different then 2 controllers.. so you set the channels up like 2 boxes?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/26/2011 1:07:35 PM
Allison Alerine wrote:
oh maybe not ... you said no different then 2 controllers.. so you set the channels up like 2 boxes?


correct, you treat them as two controllers. Hook up what ever you want to them. Then sequence away. Ramps, fads, etc.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/26/2011 1:32:32 PM
ok thanks.. you are a keeper!

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