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DMX is an acronym for Digital Multiplex and the standard digital communication protocol for remotely controlling intelligent lighting fixtures.
A DMX universe is a DMX daisy chain using the same set of 512 DMX channels. In RGB, a universe is limited to 170 fixture addresses, and in RGBW, it’s limited to 128 fixture addresses.
A show is a gathering of colors and effects within a timeline, e.g., standalone solid green is a show, and red, white, and blue moving from left to right across a letter set is a show.
Types of controls include uniform, segmented by element, and segmented by letter.
Uniform control is a group of elements controlled together, e.g., 10 channel letters, two pylon signs, and a building border product always kept the same color.
Segmented by element control is a group of elements controlled separately, e.g., 10 channel letters and a building border product, with the letters controlled as one uniform segment and the border controlled as a second segment, and the show alternating red and green from the letters to the border.
Segmented by letter control is a group of elements controlled independently, e.g., 10 channel letters, two pylon signs, and a building border product, with each letter, pylon sign, and border section a unique color; the letters moving through the colors red, white, and blue, from left to right; the pylon signs flashing red, white, and blue; and the border sections in a static red, white, and blue.
Yes, to make them animate, spell on, flash, or chase, pair Principal Services DMX controllers with single-color or white modules in channel letters or single-color border products, e.g., replace neon glass tube with a single-color flexible border product, to recreate any old school flashing animated looks.
Yes, we’ll work with you to identify new fixtures or elements, add them to the DMX Infinity, and update the program so they become a part of the existing shows.
Yes, contact a Principal Services system designer, and they will work with you to design and quote the new addition(s) to your system.