Originally Posted by GPowers
DMX does not have Zones. For starters DMX defines "Lighting Fixtures" at the base level. You can group several Lighting Fixtures into scenes. So a Zone is like a scene. The number of "Scenes (zones)" depends on the DMX master controller. The most basic DMX controller starts with 8 scenes. On high end DMX master controllers the sky is the limit.
DMX's big difference is each "Lighting Fixture" can have control channels. Control channels are used to vary the parameters of the light fixture. Channels can be as simple as a the dimming level of the light, a single channel. OR more complicated like a channel for red, a channel for green, a channel for blue, a channel for white, a channel to rotate the fixture, a channel to tilt the fixture, etc etc...
Some Light Fixtures have multiple channel configurations, like 8 channels, 16 channels and 24 channels. The different channel modes define how the light fixture is configured. A light fixture might have more than one light source. So the manufacture might groups the light sources in different configuration for the number of channels used. The 8 channel mode might group all the light sources, for the fixture in one groupe, the 16 channel would have two groups of light sources and the 24 channel would control each light source of the light fixture. To have all the control Each lighting fixture must be a DMX enabled device.
A DMX master controller has a much greater granular control over the lighting fixtures and scenes than a GrafikEye controller. DMX controller is also more robust than a GrafikEye controller. DMX lighting was designed for commercial stage lighting. The DMX master controller could be a $10,000 computer controlled fully automated light board in a Las Vegas showroom, or a network TV studio. It can also be a simple as a $50 DMX controller with manual slides. And there are tone of solutions in between.
Makes more sense now.
Here is my issue and why I need to keep the GrafikEye (or why I believe I need to keep it in the chain). I have all my zones ran with a home run to the GrafikEye in the theater so only need something like the GE to feed the fixtures. If I didn’t have the stupid GrafikEye this would be much easier to configure in my mind. I don’t mind having to use an app or separate software to set colors or brightness and a different app or device to select the scene but since the GE powers all of my fixtures separately it’s throwing me a curveball. I guess I could run all low voltage directly to each fixture instead of using the romex for outlets/fixtures. I also have pelv wire ran from both of my GEs to wall stations for touch panel controls in different locations instead of romex so that to complicates the whole mess lol.
I may have some help coming out of Missouri or Nashville soon. I called a Lutron instructor out of Ohio after posting here the other day and he said he would try those two companies to get with me. Both are over 2 hours away but at least hopeful.
The universe and 512 channels were throwing me for a loop as I wasn’t thinking that devices could be linked together deducting from that 512 character with each device. It’s kind of like Dante of networking which helps me picture the layout better now but still caught up on Control and Devices.
A panel like you have for panelized controls will also be needed and help simplify the wiring needed for this type of setup. Control4 or another cheap automation control may be worth investing into even if it’s just a basic package that is expandable. Seems like can get into a decent system for under $2500 with install if I have everything prewired. That would provide me with two remotes, a touch pad, total control from one app/remote/touch pad,wall panels and install. Being that I’m going to need install for Lutron or Control system I might as well take advantage of what will get to keep from paying for that service is how I’m approaching it as of right now. It’s like I can’t see the forest through the trees bc the GrafikEye home runs.
Thanks for the replies guys. At least I now understand how DMX works.
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