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EasyLights PIX16 Controller - Detailed Feature Listing
Last Updated: 10/26/2018
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Group Feature EasyLights.com
On-Board Local Web Interface
OLED Display
Sequences
Sequence Store Purchase *
w/Automatic Download and Install
Yes No No
Scheduling Sequences Yes No No
Upload User Generated Sequences
Yes - Commercial Customers Only (2018)
Residential Customers (2019)
Formats:
Light-o-Rama - .LMS
xLights - .fseq
No No
Output configuration Profile Save / Restore No - 2019 No No
Sequence Playback
Immediate Playback and Stop Mode No - 2019 No No
Graceful Playback and Stop Mode Yes No No
FM Transmitter &
Audio Board
(optional)
Configure FM Frequency Yes No No
FM Frequency Scan for open Frequency Yes No No
Turn on / off FM transmitter Yes No No
Turn on-board speaker on / off Yes No No
Output Configuration
Configuration of SPI output Settings
(Universe, DMX channel, protocol, etc)
No Yes
No
Remote Monitoring
View Temperature Yes Yes
View Current Yes Yes Yes
View Voltage / Power Yes Yes Yes
Sequence Download Status Yes Yes Yes
Alert Configuration
(Text Message &
E-Mails)
Over/Under Temp No - 2019 No No
Over Current No - 2019 No No
Over/Under Voltage No - 2019 No No
Sequence Download Complete No - 2019 No No
Built-in Test Mode
Test Modes Yes Yes Yes
Share Config with Friend No - 2019 No No
Firmware Update
Check firmware version Yes Yes Yes
Auto Update Firmware Enable / Disable Yes No No
Misc
Configuration of controller name Yes Yes No
* An additional cost may apply, see EasyLights.com for details


Overview of EasyLights.com Cloud Functionality
  • Sequencing
    • Purchased Sequences - Ability to purchase sequences directly from EasyLights.com with automatic download including audio files, all without any sequencing software
    • Customer Generated Sequences - Ability to upload user generated custom sequences and audio directly to EasyLights.com for automatic download and playback
  • Scheduling
    • Drag and Drop playlist and schedule editor to manage showtimes and content played in shows directly from any Internet connected device through EasyLights.com
  • Remote Monitoring and Notification
    • Monitor and manage all common monitors (voltage, current, status and more) through EasyLights.com including the ability to receive text and email alerts
  • Pixel Controller Configuration
    • Manage channel, pixel type and many other settings
    • Save and recall output configurations

Technical Details of EasyLights Controller
  • General
    • Six total 32 Bit ARM processors / FPGA equivalent
    • Built in real-time clock and backup capacitor
      • Clock is used to schedule shows when internet connection is unavailable allowing true, stand-alone operation
      • Clock will maintain time for up to 45 days without power
      • Clock is updated based on time zone every time controller is powered up and connected to the internet
    • Ability to play standalone sequences, with audio file directly from controller without any additional hardware. Supported native formats:
      • Light-o-Rama S4 / S5 "LMS" format (2019)
      • xLights 2017 format (2019)
      • No local conversion of formats is required, all conversion is completed in the cloud
    • Ability to accept data from an external E1.31 data source (see frame rates / refresh rates below)
    • Ability to accept data from an external ArtNet data source (coming in early 2018)
    • Works with all holiday sequencing applications and most other popular DJ, lighting consoles and light deck software
    • Automatic background download and installation of firmware updates (user configurable)
    • Integrated FM and Audio board interface (optional)
  • Human Interfaces
    • Back-lit OLED Screen with 4 line by 16 character resolution
    • Five high-hat navigation buttons have wide .5 inch spacing allow easy control even with gloves on without risk of pressing the wrong button
      • Two additional MFG and RESET buttons are used for situation specific functions
    • Board mounted LEDs
      • Power (lower) board
        • Blue = Power On
        • Four Red & Green (next to buttons)
          • Each LED indicates a grouping of outputs 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16
          • During Startup = Flash at startup (normal operation of CPUs, awaiting configuration data)
          • After Startup = Off (no pixel data)
          • After Startup = Flashing - Speed varies based on amount of data (data present)
      • CPU (upper) board
        • Blue = Power On
        • Red = Board failure, controller not running, see line one of display for error code and contact technical support
        • Green / Yellow
          • Green = Bank 1 / Outputs 1-8
          • Yellow = Bank 2 / Outputs 9-16
          • Flashing - Speed varies based on amount of data (data present)
        • Orange
          • Off = WiFi is not configured
          • Flashing = Operational WiFi connection with full connectitity to EasyLights.com
        • Amber
          • E1.31 / ArtNet Mode
            • Flashing = Data being received and processed
            • Off = No E1.31 / ArtNet data present / being sent to controller
          • Stand Alone Mode
            • Flashing = Sequence is being played
            • Off = No sequence is being played
      • FM / Audio board
        • Blue = Power On
  • Network Interfaces
    • Wi-Fi
      • Used for connections, sequence downloads, remote control, monitoring from EasyLights.com and controller to controller syncronization data on local networks (Early 2018)
      • Cannot be used for direct feeds of E1.31 or ArtNet data due to wireless latency
      • Supported network types: 802.11 b/g/n
      • FCC Certified: 2AC7Z-ESPWROOM02
    • Ethernet Ports
      • 10/100 Network speeds
      • Two port, built-in network switch
      • Allows "daisy chaining" of controllers for easier wiring
      • Each port contains status indicators
        • Orange = Link Ok / Active / Network Present
        • Green = Ethernet data being sent / received when flashing
      • Supports input for E1.31 (unicast and multicast) and ArtNet (coming in early 2018)
      • Used for connections, sequence downloads, remote control, monitoring from EasyLights.com and controller to controller syncronization data on local networks (Early 2018)
  • Storage
    • MicroSD Card Slot
      • Storage up to 32 Gb of sequence data for stand-alone operation
      • Not required for use with external E1.31 or ArtNet data sources
  • Physical
    • Dimensions:
      • 7.9 Inches / 200mm Wide
      • 6.6 Inches / 168mm Tall
  • Pixel Control and Output
    • Output Ports
      • 16 SPI Output ports each with positive, negative, data and clock
      • 680 Pixels per SPI output port
      • Plug-able euro style plugs with additional spacing between outputs on bank 1-8 and 9-16 rows. This allows plenty of space vertically to remove plugs from board with fingers without pulling on cables.
      • Each SPI port is marked with output # and V+ / Data / Clock and GND for easier installation
      • Plug-able resistor banks for each output (default resistance 100 ohms) allows for fine tuning with specific pixels and wiring combinations
      • Replaceable output chips and one additional spare output chip mounted to board for emergency replacement (marked on board with text "SPARE Output Chip". Output chip direction marked on board for clear installation of replacement chips.
    • Output Rate
      • 65 Total Universes (64 on SPI outputs / 1 on RS485 output) / 10,880 pixels / 33,280 DMX channels at 40 frames per second or 25 miliseconds
    • SPI Pixel Protocols Supported
      • Supports different protocols on each port (excluding TLS3001, see below) simultaneously
      • 6803
      • 2811 / 2812* / 2813* / 1903 / INK1003 (all HolidayCoro pixels are 2811 / 1903)
      • 2801
      • APA102
      • TLS3001 - Pixels must be grouped in fours (1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16)
      • Contact us if you need a protocol added
    • Per String Functions
      • Starting DMX channel number
      • Number of pixels in string or segment (see below)
      • String type / protocol (each string can have a unique pixel protocol - excluding TLS3001)
      • Group count - Allows a single output to act like a "dumb" string so that only three DMX channels will control the entire string color as one
      • Direction - Allows starting DMX addressing at start or end of string
      • RGB color order - Allows mapping of pixels that are not RGB color order so that sequencing software can output data as RGB order but to pixels in other orders (RGB, GBR, etc)
      • Null / Ghost pixels - Allows the use of pixels for data repeating functions only. If one null pixel is used, the first "addressed" pixel will be the 2nd in the line.
      • Zig Zag - Allows addressing changes when building matrix or other elements that have a "back and forth" physical pixel order
      • Brightness - Allows 100% (default) to 10% range of brightness adjustment. This is useful for reducing output on strings that may be too bright but without adjusting sequencing.
      • Gama Profiles - Allows fine grained control over output so that different pixel types can be match or so that colors can be adjusted without adjusting sequencing
      • Segmented Strings - Each output can be divided in 9 sections of "virtual / sub strings"
  • RS485 / DMX 1990 / E1.11 Ouput
    • One port / 512 DMX Channels / 1 universe
    • One port can be used at a time
      • Europlug Interface: Four pins (interchangeable with SPI output plugs) for XLR and CAT5 screw down connections (PCB is also marked with wiring diagram)
        • Wiring order:
          • PIN 1: Ground (not required in some installations)
          • PIN 2: D+
          • PIN 3: D-
          • PIN 4: Ground (not required in some installations)
      • CAT5 Plug Interface
        • Wiring order:
          • PIN 1: D+
          • PIN 2: D-
          • PIN 7: Ground (not required in some installations)
          • PIN 8: Ground (not required in some installations)
  • Power Related
    • Power Input
      • Input power: 4.6 volts to 13.5 volts (controller driven from power on bank 1 - outputs 1-8). No switching of jumpers for input power is necessary.
      • Uses high current spade style power connectors. Spade connectors are much less likely to pull from board, less resistant to arcing and have lower resistance and heat build-up than typical euro style connectors. Connector located at center of board to reduce possibility of bending or damage to PCB.
      • Power inputs for both banks are located together and on the same side as a typical installation using 350w power supply resulting in cleaner installs using less wire and thus, less resistance and power loss
      • 14 AWG wire recommended, up to 10 AWG wire can be used for input power without spade terminal
      • Reverse polarity power input protection - prevents damage to the controller even when power wires are incorrectly connected to power inputs
    • Power Limits
      • Power per SPI output port
        • 5 Amps
        • Replaceable standard automotive mini-fuse
        • Red indicator LED for each output, lights only when fuse is blown allowing easy identification of blow fuses or unconnected power
        • Customer configurable text message or email notification of blown fuse, down to which specific fuse is blown
        • Fuses and blow fuse indicator LEDs are located well above output connectors making replacement of fuses and location of blow fuses via the LED easier than controllers that have wires covering fuses and indicator lights
        • Blow fuse indication shown on EasyLights.com
      • Power per bank (two banks per controller)
        • 32 Amps / 64 Amps per Controller
        • Current Monitoring
          • Each bank has current monitoring sensors accurate to .25 amps
          • Notification of over-current via text message or email (coming 2019)
          • To prevent possible controller damage due to excessive quantities of connected lights, when current draw is above 32 amps per bank, the controller will reduce output in steps of 10% until the over-current situation is resolved.
      • Power board is four layers with two ounces of copper for low resistance transfer of even the highest current loads and low resistance
  • FM Transmitter and Audio Board Features
    • FM Transmitter
      • FCC Certified - 2ANC4HCELFM
      • FM Range - 88.1 to 107.7
      • Configuration of output frequency via EasyLights.com
      • Built-in Antenna
      • Controller can "scan" for most likely open FM frequencies to make finding an empty frequency as easy as possible from EasyLights.com
      • Mounts directly to door of HC-2500 Enclosure for clean installation
      • Powered directly from EasyLights controller
      • Ribbon cable included - 12 Inches
    • Audio Board
      • On-board 700mw audio amplifier and built-in speaker (2 to 3 foot distance) to allow you to perform testing and verification of audio output without using a radio receiver
      • Stereo Audio Line Out (1v P-P) for external amplifiers or amplified speakers
  • Other Hardware Features
    • External Trigger (coming 2019)
      • Can trigger controller to perform user defined function in controller by applying 5 to 12 volts
      • Possible triggers
        • Send a UDP message to external device or website
        • Play a sequence file if in standby mode
        • Stop a sequence playing if in standby mode
        • Stop a schedule if in standby mode
        • Send an email or text message - can be used as security interface or enclosure opening notification


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