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A Dongle(s) relates to output cords representing a channel on a controller.


E1.31 (also called Streaming ACN) is a protocol for sending DMX512 data over the ACN (E1.17) family of protocols. Developed by ESTA, the specification is available at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/published_docs.php. E1.31 is expected to become the new standard for transporting DMX over IP, replacing other protocols such as ArtNet and Shownet.


EDM transmitters are used in hobbies that require broadcasting audio on low-power FM frequencies. EDM transmitters are offered in several versions. LCD, LED displays; RDS or non-RDS type. Many decorating hobbyist use these type because of their warranty, reliability, and sound quality. Their website: http://www.edmdesign.com


The terminal at which electricity passes from one medium into another, such as in an electrical cell where the current leaves or returns to the electrolyte.


Easy Light Linker. The RF-V4 is as easy to use as plugging in a network cable. Wirelessly connect your PC to outdoor controllers for convenience and safety. Each controller can have its own RF-V4 or groups of controllers can share a single RV-V4. By breaking you show into wired sections that contain a RF-V4 you greatly simplify the data cabling.


The Federal Communications Commission. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire (telegraph, telephone), satellite and cable.


Made by D-Light. 16 Individually Addressable LED Light Pixels connected together that has 8.5" of spacing between each pixel and 11 feet long.


A set of instructions (software program) installed into a microprocessor. It provides the necessary instructions for how the device is supposed to operate.


A clipboard flipper, used in conjunction with Light-O-Rama, Bob-O has written to make sequencing easier.



A solution or paste that removes surface oxides from metals being soldered.

Full-Wave Rectifier

A circuit that uses both positive and negative alternations in an alternating current to produce direct current; it changes alternating current to direct current.


An electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded. A device that has as its critical component a metal wire or strip that will melt when heated by a prescribed (design) amperage, creating an open in the circuit of which it is a part, thereby protecting the circuit from an over current condition.


A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is designed to prevent electrocution by detecting the leakage current, which can be far smaller (typically 5–30 milliamperes) than the currents needed to operate conventional circuit breakers or fuses (several amperes). GFCI's are intended to operate within 25-40 milliseconds, before electric shock can drive the heart into ventricular fibrillation, the most common cause of death through electric shock.


The method to synchronize light to music based on time durations and triggers.


Electrical circuits may be connected to ground (earth) for several reasons. In mains powered equipment, exposed metal parts are connected to ground to prevent contact with a dangerous voltage if electrical insulation fails. Connections to ground limit the build-up of static electricity when handling flammable products or when repairing electronic devices.

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