How to control DMX lights?

Release time:Jun 10,2022View:98174

Here we will use our DMX controlled RGB Neon Tube to do an example, there might be some differences when you used other lights (single color and other multi-color LEDs), but the principle is the same.


Let’s say we got 24 unit of 1m tube (20 DMX RGB pixels = 60 DMX channels per tube). Please check the wiring diagram of 1 DMX universe below

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Step 1:

To set addresses to the tube, every tube needs its own DMX addresses to show it unique identity, the addresses to each tube will be as follow

 

Tubes addressed for universe 1

Tube 1 in U1: 1-60

Tube 2 in U1: 61-120

Tube 3 in U1: 121 – 180

Tube 4 in U1: 181 – 240

Tube 5 in U1: 241 – 300

Tube 6 in U1: 301 – 360

Tube 7 in U1: 361 – 420

Tube 8 in U1: 421 – 480

Tube 9 in U1: 481 – 540 (x)

Please pay attention to tube 9, the addresses of tube 9 is over 512, it ain’t work, we must move tube 9 to another universe.

 

Tubes addressed for universe 2

Tube 1 in U2: 1-60

Tube 2 in U2: 61-120

Tube 3 in U2: 121 – 180

Tube 4 in U2: 181 – 240

Tube 5 in U2: 241 – 300

Tube 6 in U2: 301 – 360

Tube 7 in U2: 361 – 420

Tube 8 in U2: 421 – 480

 

Tubes addressed for universe 3

Tube 1 in U3: 1-60

Tube 2 in U3: 61-120

Tube 3 in U3: 121 – 180

Tube 4 in U3: 181 – 240

Tube 5 in U3: 241 – 300

Tube 6 in U3: 301 – 360

Tube 7 in U3: 361 – 420

Tube 8 in U3: 421 – 480

 

Besides, some lighting fixtures are with multiple modes of DMX so you have to choose the mode you prefer to operate and assign DMX addresses to corresponding mode.

 

Step 2:

Connect the addressed 8 tubes in sequence from 1 to 8 by using the cable accessories, connect them to the led power supply (please offer another power at the very end to avoid power drop, shown in diagram. And don’t miss the DMX terminator).

Totally the same for all 3 DMX universes.

 

Step 3:

 Connect the whole chain of fixtures to the Art-Net Node. If the control room is far away from the installation, you can use XLR extension or our regular 4 pin extension to fix this problem.

 

Step 4:

Find Art-Net node through the DMX lighting control software on your PC, do the pixel mapping and programming to each individual pixel. Till now you have fully control of each individual pixel of every tube.


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