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The title pretty much says is all: is there such a thing as cheap plug-n-play DMX lights for Artemis?
It doesn't have to be nifty, I'd be happy with just blinking lights when the ship takes damage for example ^^
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Depends on what you mean by cheap - there are plenty of DMX lights on Amazon (like this one) for pretty cheap, but the USB-DMX converter is generally the part that is either >$50 (like the official ENTTEC Open controller) or not plug-n-play (simple soldering or wiring involved).  Part of the trick is that Artemis only supports ENTTEC Open compatible converters, and a lot of the converters you find are for uDMX or DMX Pro or other chipsets.

There's a tool by Dave Thaler on the forums called Artemis Bridge Tools that should support other types of plug-n-play converters.

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Thanks for your answer, Mark!
So lights are pretty affordable, that's cool. Does any light that has DMX work, or are there different DMX standards as well for the lights?
Also: do I need a USB-DMX converter for each individual light or can I plug multiple lights into one converter?
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http://artemiswiki.pbworks.com/w/page/68388288/USB-DMX%20Converters has a list of converters that have been verified to work with Artemis.  The cheapest one is the HolidayCoro cable (about $20), but that one is currently out of stock.    The Gearmo is next (about $35), but it's not quite plug-n-play... no soldering is needed, but you do need to cut the end off a Cat5 or XLR cable and insert the wires into screw terminals on the Gearmo.   So the cheapest in-stock plug-n-play one on the list is the ActiDongle ($50) which is DMX Pro and hence needs Artemis Bridge Tools installed.
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Does any light that has DMX work, or are there different DMX standards as well for the lights?  Also: do I need a USB-DMX converter for each individual light or can I plug multiple lights into one converter?


Any DMX light should work.  A USB-DMX converter will work for 512 channels.   Each light typically consumes 3 or 4 channels, depending on the light, so one converter can run many lights.  For example, here's one build that has a large number of controllable lights for low price:

EasyPix controller: $40 (on sale at holidaycoro)

Power supply: $14

15m smart LED strip with 50 separately controllable sections of 3 lights each: $27 (there are other variations of LED strips at holidaycoro that will also work)

Total is $81 for the three pieces together, and more strips can be daisy chained with the same EasyPix controller if desired.

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Thanks for the explanation, Dave. If I have lights and cable, do I just need a converter, or also a controller?
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I think the EasyPix controller requires an additional converter, since it takes DMX input (not USB).  If you've got a light from amazon with the 3- or 5-wire DMX input jack, you don't need an additional controller, just the USB-DMX converter.
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This is the inexpensive solution I came up with.

http://artemis.forumchitchat.com/post/cheap-usb-interface-and-dmx-led-strip-build-7833577?pid=1290979015

cost a little more than $30 for the USB converter, controller and RGB LED Strip. There isnt any soldering or anything involve since the boards all have screw on terminals. Take a look and see if is what your looking for.





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hoog

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Thanks notsabbat, but that is way beyond my technical abilities [smile]
Looks like I'm going with a USB/DMX converter (an "Open" one ^^), some DMX cables and some DMX lights.
Thank you all for your help!
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This is the inexpensive solution I came up with.

http://artemis.forumchitchat.com/post/cheap-usb-interface-and-dmx-led-strip-build-7833577?pid=1290979015

cost a little more than $30 for the USB converter, controller and RGB LED Strip.


Added to the wiki page at http://artemiswiki.pbworks.com/w/page/68388288/USB-DMX%20Converters
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Added to the wiki page at http://artemiswiki.pbworks.com/w/page/68388288/USB-DMX%20Converters


Hey, cool! Thanks. I'm Artemis famous now!



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https://www.nledshop.com/

get in touch with this guy, he's very responsive to customer demands and more than willing to work out solutions with you.

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Take a look at my video! Pre-made lighting was exactly what I  was looking for and exactly what I found.



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