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LOR1602W Shown
LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
Computerized Light Controller
Generation 3 User Manual
May 16, 2014
V4.00
Copyright © Light O Rama, Inc. 2006-2014
Introduction ............................................................ 4 What’s in the Box ................................................... 6 Safety Considerations ............................................ 6 LOR800W Component Locations .......................... 7 LOR160xW Component Locations......................... 8 Figure 2 .......................................................... 8 Quick Start Guide................................................... 8 Connecting Up the Controller ............................... 11 Connecting to a PC .......................................... 11 Connecting to an LOR1602MP3....................... 12 Connecting to a Show Director ......................... 13 Connecting to another Controller...................... 13 Creating a Show .................................................. 14 Creating a Show (Full Capabilities) ...................... 14 Power Considerations .......................................... 15 LOR800W and LOR1600W .............................. 15 LOR1602W ...................................................... 15 3-Phase Power ............................................. 16 Christmas Light Power Consumptions ............. 17 Lighting Curves .................................................... 17 Configuring Lighting Curves ................................. 19 Setting Multiple Channels in a Group ............... 22 Setting Individual Channels .............................. 22 Example ........................................................... 22 Hardware Description .......................................... 24 Status Display .................................................. 24 Idle: ............................................................... 24 Connected to LOR Network: ......................... 25 Connected to DMX Universe: ....................... 25 Loading Firmware: ........................................ 25 Resetting:...................................................... 25 Running a Standalone Sequence: ................ 25 Assigning a DMX Address ................................ 26 LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
Assigning a Unit ID ........................................... 26 Assigning a Lighting Curve ............................... 27 Input Header..................................................... 28 Resetting the Controller .................................... 28 Stand Alone Speed Control .............................. 29 Testing with the Hardware Utility.......................... 29 Installing LOR Software .................................... 30 Connecting Controller-to-PC Data Cable ......... 30 Configuring the Communications Port .............. 31 Setting the Unit ID with Software ...................... 33 Creating A Sequence ........................................... 35 Figure 2 ........................................................ 35 Stand Alone Operation......................................... 40 Triggering a Stand-Alone Sequence .................... 41 Power On Mode ............................................... 41 Input Control Mode ........................................... 41 Troubleshooting ................................................... 41 Autoconfigure does not find COM Port ............. 41 Refresh does not find the controller.................. 43 LOR800W or LOR160xW Status Display Blank 44 Channel 9-16 OK, Channels 1-8 No Good ....... 44 Warnings and Liability .......................................... 45 Appendix A Hexadecimal to Decimal ................... 46 Specifications ....................................................... 48 Introduction
The Light O Rama (LOR) LOR800Wg3 is an 8
channel and the LOR1600Wg3 and LOR1602Wg3
are 16 channel computerized lighting controllers.
The “g3” indicates that they are the third generation
in the model line. The LOR800W and LOR1600W
are single power cord, 15 amp controllers. The
LOR1602W is a dual power cord 30 amp controller.
These controllers are designed to control
incandescent and line voltage LED lighting. They
operate on 120 VAC (240 VAC models are
available), 50/60 Hz. The 30 amp configuration can
control approximately 9,000 incandescent minilights or 70,000 LED mini-lights or some
combination of both.
These controllers include “ghost loads” which drain
off charge to prevent low brightness LED glow
when LEDs should be off. The “ghost loads” also
permit smoother LED fading.
These controllers use higher reliability output
components than the previous generation. These
components are more tolerant of overloads and
even survive some direct short circuit situations.
These controllers provide greater accessory power
than previous LOR controllers. This additional
power is necessary for future accessories.
They understand both LOR and DMX protocols.
The g3 firmware included with these controllers has
individual channel lighting curves for smooth, glitchfree dimming and effects with LED lighting. This
firmware also increases the number of brightness
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steps from 250 to 1000 for smoother fading with
LEDs.
Controlled Triac Board (Deluxe) with heavy duty
heat sink.
As with all LOR controllers, the firmware is field
upgradeable so you are guaranteed compatibility
with future LOR hardware and software products.
To allow your PC to communicate with these
controllers, you will need one of Light O Rama’s
RS485 adapters. When you purchase the Generic
Starter Package, you get the LOR Showtime
Software, a 10’ Cat5 network cable and you will be
given a choice of several types of USB RS485
adapters or a serial port RS485 adapter. Choose
the adapter appropriate for your PC/laptop. The
RS485 adapter will allow you to connect your
PC/laptop via the Cat5 cable to your lighting
controller.
These controllers are components in the Showtime
Commercial Line of LOR products. They carry the
ETL seal certifying that they meet UL 508 safety
standards. They are housed in weatherproof,
powder-coated steel enclosures. They are
microprocessor based, intelligent controllers that
can perform a number of lighting effects including
dimming, fading, shimmering and twinkling. They
can be daisy-chained with any mix of LOR
controllers up to the maximum of 240 controllers.
Sample uses:
 Daisy chained off of an LOR1602MP3 Showin-a-Box lighting controller with a built in
Show Director
 Connected to your PC running the LOR
Showtime Windows software
 Connected to one of LOR’s Show Directors
(DC-MP3 or mDM-MP3)
 Running a standalone set of commands
loaded into the controller’s flash memory
 Daisy chained off of another controller that is
either running stand alone or getting its
commands from one of the other sources
listed above
The LOR160xW lighting controller circuit board is
the same one sold in the Components Line of
products as the CTB32LDg3 16/32 Channel
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The controllers are shipped set to Unit ID 1 for LOR
networks and DMX address 1 in the DMX universe.
What’s in the Box
In addition to your lighting controller you will also
receive this user manual
The latest copy of the manual is available at
www.lightorama.com ► Support ► User Manuals
section.
Safety Considerations
The metal enclosure is weather resistant provided
that the device is mounted with the wires pointing
downward. The pigtail outlets must be at least one
foot off the ground. Keep the unit away from heavy
splashing water and forced water flows such as
from irrigation sprinklers.
Anchor communication cables using wire ties to a
stable point such as the top mounting tab. Place a
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small piece of duct tape over the hole in the bottom
of the unit once communication cables have been
installed. Do not seal entire unit with tape; it needs
to breath.
To connect the communications link, set the Unit
ID, access the on/off switch or change the fuses,
you must remove the front cover. The units are not
weatherproof when this cover is removed.
LOR160xW Component Locations
Remove the two screws from the bottom of the front
cover, pull down and lift off the cover. Refer to the
following figure for component locations.
LOR800W Component Locations
Remove the two screws from the bottom of the front
cover, pull down and lift off the cover. Refer to the
following figure for component locations.
Status Display
Input Header
Configuration
Push-buttons
CAT5 Cable In or Out
Phone Cable Out
Phone Cable In
CAT5 Cable In or Out
Phone Cable Out
Status Display
Hole for
Network Cables
Phone Cable In
Fuses
Input Header
Configuration
Push-buttons
Hole for
Network Cables
Fuse
Figure 1
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Figure 2
Quick Start Guide
This section gets you going in the common case
where you bought the SPK-ST Generic Start Kit
(Showtime Windows software, RS485 adapter and
Cat5 connecting cable.) You will be using the
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Showtime software on your PC to direct your
lighting controller.
If you have problems, see the detailed sections:
Connecting up the Controller and Testing with the
Hardware Utility.
(1) Install the Showtime PC software.
(2) Install the RS485 adapter. If you have the
SC485 serial port adapter, just plug it into a serial
port on the back of your PC. If you have one of the
USB adapters (USB485 or USB485B) follow the
directions that came with the adapter.
(3) Remove the two cover screws from the
controller and lift off the cover.
(4) Plug the Cat5 cable into the RS485 adapter
connected to your PC and into either of the large
RJ45 jacks on the controller.
(5) Plug in the controller power cord(s) and turn it
on, the Status Display will rotate through the Unit
ID, DMX address and “no conn,” meaning no
connection to a PC or Show Director.
(6) Start the Light O Rama Control Panel: click start
► All Programs ► Light-O-Rama ► Light-ORama Control Panel. Answer OK to any
initialization boxes. There will be a light bulb with a
red halo on the right side of the task bar at the
bottom of the screen. Right-click the light bulb and
select Hardware Utility (HWU) from the menu. You
will see this window:
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(7) Click the Autoconfigure button on the upper left.
The HWU will search for the Light O Rama port.
Tip: Under “Max Units” on the upper right, click
the Change button and move the slider to select
10 units. This will cut down the scan time
because the HWU will not have to scan for 240
controllers. Click OK.
(8) Click the Refresh button at the center top. The
HWU will scan for all connected controllers. Your
controller will appear in the drop down menu to the
right of the Refresh button.
(9) Plug some lights into the controller and use the
“Test Unit’s Operation” section to turn on lights, etc.
If you would like to create a simple sequence, see
the Creating a Sequence section.
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Connecting Up the Controller
In order to use your controller, you must connect it
to a show director, Windows PC or run it in
standalone mode (see the Stand Alone Operation
section.)
Connecting to a PC
You will need the following to connect your lighting
controller to a PC:
 Showtime Windows Software
 RS485 Adapter
 CAT5 LAN cable or phone cable
 Your lighting controller
 Windows PC running XP, Vista or Win7 or 8
The first three items are available in the LOR SPKST Generic Starter Package. www.lightorama.com
► On-line Store ► Showtime Products. You will
have to choose an RS485 adapter type. It’s best to
go with the USB485 if you have no intention of
going wireless from your PC to the controller. If
wireless is desired, get the USB485B.
The following diagram shows how the pieces fit
together:
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1. Your PC running the Showtime Windows
Software
2. Your PC speakers to play the music
3. RS485 Adapter to convert short distance
USB to long distance RS485
4. Phone or CAT5 LAN cable
5. LOR lighting controller
If your USB adapter has more than one RJ45 jack,
you can use either.
If you are using phone cable to connect the RS485
adapter to your controller, make sure you use the
“RJ11 In Only” jack on the controller. See Figure 1
or 2. If you are using CAT5 cable, you can use
either of the “RJ45 In or Out” jacks on the controller.
Connecting to an LOR1602MP3
You will need the following to connect your lighting
controller to a LOR1602MP3 “Show in a Box
Controller”:
 LOR1602MP3
 Phone or CAT5 cable
 Your lighting controller
If you are using phone cable to connect the
LOR1602MP3 to your new controller, make sure
you use either one of the “RJ45 In or Out” jacks on
the LOR1602MP3 and the “RJ11 In Only” jack on
the LOR800W or LOR160xW. See Figure 1 or 2.
If you are using CAT5 cable, you can use either of
the “RJ45 In or Out” jacks on either device. See
Figure 1 or 2.
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Connecting to a Show Director
You will need the following to connect your lighting
controller to a Show Director:
 mDM-MP3 or DC-MP3 Show Director
 Phone or CAT5 cable
 Your lighting controller
If you are using phone cable to connect a Show
Director to the controller, you can use either jack on
the DC-MP3. Make sure you use the “RJ11 In Only”
jack on the lighting controller. See Figure 1 or 2.
If you are using CAT5 cable, you can use either
jack on the DC-MP3 and either of the “RJ45 In or
Out” jacks on the lighting controller. See Figure 1 or
2.
The cable connecting a show director to the
controller should be 50’ or less in length. Longer
cables may result in a voltage drop causing erratic
operation of the show director.
Connecting to another Controller
If you are using phone cable to connect the
controllers, always go from either of the “RJ45 In or
Out” jacks on one controller to the “RJ11 In Only”
jack on other controller. See figure 1 or 2.
If you are using CAT5 cable, you can go from either
“RJ45 In or Out” jack on one controller to either
“RJ45 In or Out” jack on the other controller. See
Figure 1 or 2.
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Creating a Show
The simplest way to create a show is to purchase
pre-made musical sequences from LOR or other
vendors. These can be purchased in sets on a CD,
or individually via download from the LOR website.
To see the currently available musical sequences,
go to www.lightorama.com ► Sequences button
(lower right.)
You can also create the sequences yourself using
the Showtime Windows software. See the Creating
a Sequence section.
Once you have the sequences on your PC, the
Simple Show Builder is the easiest way to arrange
these sequences into a show and schedule the
show.
The Simple Show Builder is accessed by rightclicking the LOR light bulb on the lower right of your
screen and selecting Simple Show Builder. Follow
the instructions on the screen to create your show.
In a few simple screens, you will have arranged
your musical sequences into a show and scheduled
this show.
Creating a Show (Full Capabilities)
If you are looking for more flexibility in your show,
the following features not available with Simple
Show Builder:
 More than one show
 More flexible scheduling
 Interactive shows
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See the Showtime Windows software guide for
more information on running shows from your PC
using the Showtime Windows software.
See the DC-MP3 User Manual for more information
on running shows with a DC-MP3 Show Director.
See the mDM-MP3 User Guide for more
information on running shows with an mDM-MP3
miniDirector.
Power Considerations
This section attempts a relatively simple answer to
the question “How many lights can I use?”
LOR800W and LOR1600W
The LOR800W and LOR1600W have one power
input cord and a total capacity of 15 amps.
The maximum current on a single channel is 8
amps. The maximum current for all channels is 15
amps. So you have to divide up your lights on the 8
or 16 channels so you don’t exceed either of these
two limits.
E.G. for the LOR1600W, you could put 1 amp on 14
channels and 0.5 amps on 2 channels and that
would be 15 amps. Or, you could put 0.5 amps on
14 channels, 8 amps on another channel and 0
amps on the last channel and that would be 15
amps.
LOR1602W
The LOR1602W has two power input cords and a
total capacity 30 amps. The left input cord powers
15
channels 1-8. The right power input cord powers
channels 9-16 and the controller’s microcomputer.
If you plug both power cords into one circuit, then
the controller would have at most 20 amps
available, but more likely, the circuit is a 15 amp
circuit, so that’s all you’ll have available. If you can
plug the two power cords into separate circuits,
then the full 30 amp capacity of the controller will be
available.
We will talk about only the right channels for now.
The same discussion applies to the left channels.
The maximum current on a single channel is 8
amps. The maximum current for all right channels is
15 amps. So you have to divide up your lights on
the 8 channels so you don’t exceed these two
limits.
You could put 1 amp on 7 channels and 8 amps on
the last one and that would be 15 amps. Or, you
could put 2 amps on 6 channels, 1 amp on another
channel and 2 amps on the last channel and that
would be 15 amps.
The same computation applies to the left bank of
channels. Remember, if the controller is plugged
into only one circuit in your house, then both the left
and right banks’ total current must not exceed what
that circuit can supply.
3-Phase Power
The LOR1602Wg3 has separate sensing for the
power phase on its two power input cords. This
means that power phase does not matter and the
controller can be plugged into two different phases
in three phase commercial environments.
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Christmas Light Power Consumptions
The following table gives the approximate current
consumption for various types of Christmas lights.
Description
Lights/string
Amps/string
Mini-lights
50
0.17
Mini-lights
100
0.33
C7 bulbs
25
1.04
C9 bulbs
25
1.5
100 watt bulb
1
0.75
150 floodlight
1
1.25
LED mini-lights
70
0.03
LED C6 or C7
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0.02
If you put six sets of 100 mini-lights on one channel,
that would be 6 * 0.33 = about 2 amps. If you put
six sets of 70 LED mini-lights on one channel, that
would be 6 * 0.03 = about 0.18 amps. You can see
that you can have a lot of LEDs with very little
power.
Make a chart of all the lights you want to connect to
the controller’s channels and then work out the
numbers to see if you hit any limits.
Lighting Curves
The g3 firmware supports lighting curves. These
are used to allow different types of lights to behave
similarly when dimming. LEDs tend to go from off to
full brightness over a much narrower range of
voltages than incandescent lights. This means that
a fade going from 0 to 100% voltage with an
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incandescent light will not produce the same results
with LED lights. The LED lights will come on later
and reach full brightness sooner than incandescent
lights.
There is a built-in Standard curve for incandescent
lights which behaves as a simple, linear 0 to 100%
voltage provider. This is the behavior seen with
previous versions of the firmware and most DMX
dimmer packs.
There is a built-in On/Off curve. This on/off ‘curve’ is
used on a channel where the connected devices do
not tolerate dimming, for example, the air blower
motors in inflatables. Setting a channel configured
for on/off operation to any intensity 50% or greater
results in 100% intensity or ‘on’. Intensities below
50% result in the channel being off.
Finally, a LED curve is provided which is the
average for various LED colors and dimmable
power supply configurations. This curve is provided
with the software, so if you choose to change it you
can recover the original. It is custom curve 1.
The g3 firmware permits the controller to accept up
to eight downloaded, custom curves.
Each channel is configured with its own curve from
the ten possible curves the controller may have
available.
The default location for curve files is
…Light-O-Rama\DimmingCurves
The curve file names are LOR-Curve01.ldc through
LOR-Curve08.ldc.
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A curve file is a list of comma delimited numbers
with as many numbers per line as you like. Text on
a line preceded by ‘#’ is treated as a comment.
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“Configure” button at the bottom of the window. You
will see this window:
There are 1024 numbers in a curve file. The first
number represents off and the last full brightness. A
number in the curve file is a value between 0 and
1023. The curve files map into the LOR brightness
world for which LOR will provide a conversion utility.
Configuring Lighting Curves
Each channel on the controller is assigned a
lighting curve. Initially, all channels are configured
with the Standard curve. See the Lighting Curves
section for more information on what curves are
and which curves come with the controller.
The Hardware Utility is used to read current curve
information from the controller, download new
curves to the controller and associate curves with
the output channels.
Start the Hardware Utility (see the Assigning a Unit
ID section).
Click the “Advanced Configuration” button on the
lower right. The Hardware Utility will read the
current curve information from the controller, find
the curve files on your PC (if any) and display this
window:
In the Max Units section of the Hardware Utility
window, click the Change button. Move the slider in
the Change Maximum Units box so that the Max
Units is set to 10 (or the maximum number of
controllers you have configured.) This will limit the
search for controllers to the first 10 unit IDs,
otherwise 240 controllers would be searched for –
taking a long time. Click the Save button.
Click the “Refresh” button to find your controller(s).
Select a controller from the drop down menu to the
right of the Refresh button. Then click the
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Setting Multiple Channels in a Group
You can change the curve association for multiple
channels in channel group 1-8 or channel group 916 using the “All” row above that channel group. If
you check the “All” box, then all channels in that 8
channel group will be affected. If you only want to
change some of the channels in the group, check
their individual check boxes. Then use the drop
down menu in the “All” row to select the curve for
the checked channels and click the Set Checked
button. Those channels will be changed to the
curve selected. Finally, click the Update Unit’s
Config button to send the new curve configuration
to the controller.
This initial configuration shows all channels
configured for the Standard curve, also shown is
one custom curve file loaded into the controller and
two custom curve files located on the PC disk.
The LOR800Wg3 is an 8 channel controller so
channels 9 through 32 are grayed out. The
LOR160xWg3 are 16 channel controllers so
channels 17 through 32 are grayed out.
To transfer a new curve from the PC to the
controller or update an existing curve on the
controller from the PC, click the appropriate “Load
nn” button. The curve file on disk will be transferred
to the controller. The vertical progress bar to the
right of the “Load nn” buttons will indicate percent
transferred to controller.
The Read Unit’s Config button will ask the controller
for its channel to curve file mapping and show
which custom curves are loaded into the controller.
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Setting Individual Channels
Do not check the “All” box, but do check the boxes
to the left of the channels for which you want to
change curves. Then use the drop down menu next
to the checked box to select the curve you want for
that channel. Finally, click the Update Unit’s Config
button to send the new curve configuration to the
controller.
Note: If you configure a channel for a curve that
does not exist in the controller, the Standard curve
will be used.
Example
In the following example, channels 3 and 4 are
being set to custom curve 01 and channels 15 and
16 are being set as On/Off only channels. The
check boxes for channels 3, 4, 15 and 16 are
checked and the drop down menus have been used
to select the desired curves:
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If you use the controller’s Status Display (see
Assigning a Lighting Curve in the Status Display
section) to check the lighting curves you will see
that the controller is now using Hardware Utility
curves as indicated by “C-HS” meaning Hardware
Utility Settings:
Hardware Description
Status Display
Clicking the Update Unit’s Config button sends the
new curve configuration to the controller. The
controller is updated and the text in the upper right
box changes to indicate this:
Idle:
The Status Display rotates through four messages
when the controller is powered but not connected to
a controlling PC or Show Director and is not running
a stand-alone sequence. It is displaying the LOR
Unit ID, the DMX Universe address and “no conn”
meaning no connection to any LOR network or
DMX universe.”
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Connected to LOR Network:
The display steadily shows “L-01,” meaning the
controller is set to LOR Unit ID 01.
Connected to DMX Universe:
The display steadily shows “d001” meaning the
controller is set to DMX address 001.
Loading Firmware:
Assigning a DMX Address
To set the DMX Address, press the Select/Set
button until the status display flashes “dnnn” where
nnn is the current DMX address. Use the ▼and
▲buttons to select the DMX address you want and
then press the Select/Set button to save the DMX
address. You can hold the ▼or ▲button down to
scroll through addresses.
You can also set the DMX Address with the
Hardware Utility. In this case you set the Unit ID
which sets the DMX address to (((Unit ID) – 1) * 16)
+ 1. See the Setting the Unit ID with Software
section.
A cable that plugs into one of the controller’s RJ45
jacks and terminates with in a male XLR-3 plug is
available here: www.lightorama.com ►LOR Store
► Accessories ► RJ-45 to XLR 3-Pin Male
Assigning a Unit ID
Resetting:
“0000” is displayed for a couple of seconds while
the controller is resetting. See the Resetting the
Controller section for more information.
Running a Standalone Sequence:
To set the Unit ID, press the Select/Set button until
the status display flashes “L-nn” where nn is the
current Unit ID. Use the ▼and ▲buttons to select
the Unit ID you want and then press the Select/Set
button to save the Unit ID. You can hold the ▼or
▲button down to scroll through IDs.
You can also set the Unit ID with the Hardware
Utility. This will also set the DMX address to (((Unit
ID) – 1) * 16) + 1. See the Setting the Unit ID with
Software section.
Each LOR light controller used in a network must
have a unique ID assigned. [If two controllers are
given the same unit ID, then they will both perform
the same effects.] Every channel that you control in
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a sequence (A Sequence is a set of lighting
controller commands constructed using the
Showtime Windows software) has to identify a
particular output circuit on a particular lighting
controller (Unit.)
C-HS Hardware Utility program Set curves
C-0F On/Off lighting curve for all channels
For example, in a sequence that you construct, a
channel you call “Front door” may be assigned to
Unit ID 03 circuit 10. Because the controllers are
daisy chained together, every controller sees every
command sent but Unit 03 will only react to
commands that are marked “for Unit 03.”
Input Header
Press the Set button to save your choice.
See Appendix A for a conversion of Hexadecimal
controller unit IDs set with the Status Display and
their decimal equivalents.
Assigning a Lighting Curve
You can only assign all channels of the controller to
one lighting curve through the status display. You
must use the Hardware Utility program to assign
individual channels to different curves. See the
Lighting Curves and Assigning Lighting Curves
sections for more information on curves.
To adjust lighting curves from the Status Display,
press the Select/Set button until the display shows
“C-xx.” Eg:
Then use the ▼/▲buttons to select one of the
following values:
C-S Standard lighting curve for all channels
C-Cn Lighting curve n for all channels
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This figure shows the Input Header that is to the left
and below the Select/Set button. See Figure 1. You
can connect switches here to trigger standalone
sequences or provide trigger events for interactive
shows. See the Stand Alone Operation section for
more information.
Switches are simple normally open or normally
closed types. No voltages may be applied to the
switch inputs. You may take up to 500ma total from
the 5 vdc and 9 vdc power supplies to power
devices like motion sensors.
Resetting the Controller
To reset the controller, press both the ▼and
▲buttons simultaneously and turn the controller
power on. Or, hold the ▼ and ▲ buttons for 5
seconds. The display will show “0000.” Release the
▼and ▲buttons when you see the “0000.” The
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controller will go into normal operation mode in
about two seconds.
Stand Alone Speed Control
You can set the speed at which a standalone
sequence is run. See the Stand Alone Operation
section for more information on standalone
sequences.
You can only set the standalone speed if a
standalone sequence is loaded into the controller.
Press the Select/Set button until the status display
flashes “SPnn” where nn is the current speed:
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the RS485 adapter and verified its operation with
another controller, you can skip to the Creating A
Sequence section.
Once power has been supplied to the controller the
Status Display will rotate through the “Idle”
messages – see the Status Display section. This
indicates that the Unit is functioning and that there
is no communication. Once communication with a
PC, Show Director or another controller is
established, the Status Display will stop rotating
through the “Idle” messages and steadily show its
Unit ID.
Installing LOR Software
You must have the LOR ShowTime software
installed on your PC to proceed. Follow the
instructions that came with the software to install it.
The speed is a number between 00 and 13. When
set to “06,” one second of real time equals one
second of sequence time. This means the
sequence runs at the same speed as it would be
run by a Show Director or your PC. Lower numbers
slow the sequence down.
SP00 is approximately 2.5 seconds/second
sequence time. SP13 is approximately 0.33
seconds/second of sequence time.
Use the ▼ and ▲ buttons to change the speed. To
save the new speed, let the display time out or
press Select/Set.
Connecting Controller-to-PC Data Cable
If you want to experiment with the lighting controller
using the LOR Windows Software, you will have to
install an RS485 adapter so you can talk to it from
your PC.
If you have an SC485 (PC serial port adapter,
shown on the left in the following picture), you need
only plug it into an available PC 9-pin serial port.
The cable from this serial adapter to the controller is
limited to 100’ or less.
Testing with the Hardware Utility
Use this section to learn how to connect your
controller to your PC. If you have already installed
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If you have one of the USB adapters (shown in the
previous picture on the center and right), follow the
installation instructions that came with the adapter
to install it. If your adapter has two RJ45 jacks, you
can use either.
If you are using telephone cable to connect your
controller to the RS485 adapter, plug one end of the
phone cable into the adapter and the other end of
the cable into the RJ11 In Only jack shown in
Figure 1 or 2.
If you are using Cat5 cable to connect your
controller to the RS485 adapter, plug one end of the
data cable into the adapter and the other end into
either of the RJ45 In or Out jacks shown in Figure 1
or 2.
Configuring the Communications Port
First start the Showtime software control panel by
clicking start ► All Programs ► Light-O-Rama ►
Light-O-Rama Control Panel. There will be a light
bulb with a red halo on the right side of the task bar
at the bottom of the screen. Right-click the light bulb
and select Hardware Utility (HWU) from the menu.
You will see this window:
With your controller powered up and cabled to your
PC, click the Auto Configure button on the top left.
The HWU will pop up a window asking you to make
sure everything is connected, click OK. It will then
search through all ports on your PC looking for the
port being used by Light O Rama and you will see
this window like this one:
Click OK, your RS485 adapter has been located
and is functioning properly. This will also make this
port available to other LOR software, like the
Sequence Editor which is used to create your
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lighting control sequences. See the Troubleshooting
section if you have problems.
Tip: Under “Max Units” on the upper right, click
the Change button and move the slider to select
10 units. This will cut down the scan time
because the HWU will not have to scan for 240
controllers. Click OK.
Click the Refresh button (center top of window) to
have the Hardware Utility scan for all controllers
attached to the PC. When it finishes, the drop down
menu to the right of the Refresh button will list all
controllers found. Use this menu to select your
controller. See the Troubleshooting section if you
have problems.
LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
Start the Hardware Utility – click start ► All
Programs ► Light-O-Rama ► Light-O-Rama
Control Panel. There will be a light bulb with a red
halo on the right side of the task bar at the bottom
of the screen. Right-click the light bulb and select
Hardware Utility from the menu. Make sure the LOR
Control tab is selected. You will see the following
window:
You can use the “Test Unit’s Operation” portion of
the window to test the controller. Make sure you
have some lights plugged into the controller and
use the various options to test the lights.
This is a good time to experiment with different
intensities, fade rates and chase speeds. This
information will be useful if you want to create your
own light shows.
Setting the Unit ID with Software
If you have not installed the Light O Rama Windows
Showtime Software, do it now.
Plug the controller power cord(s) into AC power and
turn it on. The Status Display should rotate through
the “Idle” messages – see the Status Display
section. This means that the controller is waiting for
the PC to talk to it. Connect the controller to your
PC – see the Connecting Controller-To-Pc Data
Cable section.
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Click the Auto Configure button in the Setup Comm
Port section. The Hardware Utility will search for the
COM port that your RS485 adapter is plugged into
and select it.
When assigning a unit ID, only one controller
should be plugged into the RS485 adapter on the
PC. Be sure you do not have more than one
controller connected.
Steps to set/change unit ID:
1. In the Change Existing ID section, use the Old
Unit ID drop down menu to select Any Unit, then
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click OK in the warning box for changing all unit
IDs, there should only be one unit attached.
2. Use the New Unit ID drop down menu to select
“01” or whatever Unit ID you want to assign to
the attached controller.
3. Click the Change Unit ID button to set your
lighting controller unit ID. You will see a Unit ID
Changed box – click OK.
The DMX address is set to (((Unit ID) – 1) * 16) + 1.
Creating A Sequence
This section assumes that you have used previous
sections to configure your controller and attach it to
your PC. If you haven’t done this, see the Assigning
a Unit ID and Testing with the Hardware Utility
sections.
LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
First start the Showtime software control panel if it
is not already running by clicking start ► All
Programs ► Light-O-Rama ► Light-O-Rama
Control Panel. There will be a light bulb with a red
halo at the bottom of the screen on the right or it will
be in the pop-up menu accessible by clicking the
up-arrow.
Stop the Hardware Utility if it is running because
only one LOR program may use the
communications port at a time. Right-click the light
bulb and select Sequence Editor from the menu
and you will see this window:
The following screen shot is for later reference, it
shows the Sequence Editor with the completed test
sequence and labels for the functions used.
Click New Animation Sequence light bulb and click
OK, you will see the following window:
Figure 2
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You now have a blank sequence grid with the
channels configured.
Set the number of channels to 16, the rest of the
options can be left as is and click OK. You will see
the following window:
The rows in this grid represent the circuits on the
lighting controller. The “Unit 01.1” row is circuit 1,
“Unit 01.2” is circuit 2, … If you look at the output
pigtails on the controller, you will see small number
bands on each socket – these correspond to the
grid rows now.
The columns in the grid represent time increasing to
the right.
Refer back to Figure 2 if needed and click the ‘on’
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tool
. When you click it and then click in the grid,
it will turn ‘on’ the lights for those circuits at the
times you click. In the following example, I have
clicked to turn each light on in sequence for a 10th
of a second during the first 3.1 seconds of the
sequence.
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LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
There is also a very active and helpful user
community on the Planet Christmas bulletin board:
www.planetchristmas.com
Stand Alone Operation
A standalone animation sequence (sequence with
no accompanying audio) can be downloaded into
the flash memory of the lighting controller.
In the top tool bar, make sure Control Lights in the
Play menu is checked. Refer back to Figure 2.
Clicking the green play button
in the tool bar will
run your sequence. The red button
to the right
of the play button is the stop button. The stop
button will be grayed out
if a sequence is not
playing. If you have lights plugged into the
controller, this simple sequence will light them in
circuit order. You have created you first sequence.
There are Quick Start Guides for creating animation
(non-musical) and musical sequences, Flash
Tutorials on this subject and much more at:
www.lightorama.com ► Support
The following Wiki is also an excellent source of
information on all things Light-O-Rama:
www.lorwiki.com
There is a very active and helpful group of people
on the Light O Rama bulletin board:
forums.lightorama.com
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This sequence can contain approximately 10,000
lighting commands. These commands can also be
for controllers other than this controller, so this
controller can direct a network of controllers. There
are no restrictions on the types of LOR controllers
in this network.
The sequence is designed and tested using the
Showtime Software Sequence Editor. When you
are happy with the sequence, save it and stop the
Sequence Editor.
Start the Hardware Utility and click the Refresh
button to find the lighting controller. Use the drop
down menu next to the Refresh button to select the
controller.
Click the Standalone button at the bottom of the
window. Select one of “Run when power is on,”
“Input (norm open switch)” or “Input (norm closed
switch.)” Click the Send Trigger info to Unit button.
Finally, Use the Open button to browse to your
sequence and click the Download button.
You also use this screen to remove downloaded
standalone sequences. You can also remove a
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standalone sequence by resetting the controller,
see the Resetting the Controller section.
Triggering a Stand-Alone Sequence
In the Hardware Utility, when you download a
standalone sequence, you can specify what trigger
condition will be used to start that sequence. A
standalone sequence can be triggered one of two
ways: Power on and Input Control.
Power On Mode
This means that the sequence will run anytime that
power is supplied to the controller. You plug it in
and it plays until you unplug it.
LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
If you have an SC485 serial port RS485 adapter,
you will have to examine the connection on your
computer or consult the owner’s manual to
determine which port it is plugged into. It is usually
Comm1 or Comm2.
If you have a USB485 or USB485B serial port
adapter, use the following procedure to find the
communications port.
Click start ► My Computer or Computer ► View
System Information or System Properties If there
is a Hardware tab, click it. Then click “Device
Manager.” You should see a Device Manager
window like this one:
Input Control Mode
This uses an input on the controller to determine
when the sequence will run. When the input switch
is on, the sequence will run one time and then
check to see if the switch is still on. For more
information on trigger conditions see the help for
the Hardware Utility.
For information on how to connect the switch to the
controller, see the Input Header section.
Troubleshooting
Autoconfigure does not find COM Port
If the automatic method of determining the
communication port used by LOR does not work,
you may be able to locate the port and select it
manually.
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Scroll down and expand “Ports (COM & LPT).” You
should see a “USB Serial Port (COMn).” This is
your LOR communications port. Use the Manual
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Select drop down menu in the Hardware Utility to
select this port. Proceed with your testing.
Refresh does not find the controller
You have previously successfully configured the
comm port, manually selected the comm port or
used another controller to Autoconfigure the comm
port. In other words, you’re sure the RS485 adapter
has been properly installed and is working. If this is
not the case, consult the Configuring the
Communications Port section.
When the controller is powered up but no data
cable is connected to it, the Status Display should
be rotating through “Idle” messages as described in
the Status Display section. This means that the
controller is working, but is not in communication
with a Show Director or PC. If the Hardware Utility
is running, the RS485 adapter is properly
configured and you attach a cable from the RS485
adapter to the controller, this Status Display should
go to steady display of “L-nn” where nn is the Unit
ID. If this is not the case, then either theRS485
adapter is not properly installed, the Hardware
Utility is not running or some component is broken.
LOR800W & LOR160xW g3
LOR800W or LOR160xW Status Display Blank
If your lighting controller has no data cable
connected and you plug in the power cord(s) and
turn on the power switch, the Status Display should
be rotating through the “idle” messages as
described in the Status Display section. If this is not
the case, check the outlet for power with a lamp
that is known to be working. Check the fuse on the
LOR800W (refer to Figure 1.) Check the right fuse
on the LOR160xW (refer to Figure 2) and replace if
bad.
Channel 9-16 OK, Channels 1-8 No Good
Channels 1-8 don’t work: Refer to Figure 1. Check
the left fuse for the LOR1600W and the
LOR1602W, replace if bad. For the LOR1602W,
make sure the left power cord is plugged into a
working outlet – test it with a known good lamp.
If the display does display steady “L-nn,” then
manually type the Unit ID displayed into the box to
the right of the Refresh button in the Hardware
Utility. Connect some lights to the controller and try
clicking the ‘On at 100%’ button in the “Test Unit’s
Operation’ section. If the lights come on, your
controller is working. If no good at this point, contact
LOR support.
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Warnings and Liability
WARNING: The LOR800W and
LOR160xW can pose a dangerous
electrical hazard if not used properly.
Care should be taken to keep the inside
of the controller dry. When the controller
is directly connected to a PC via one of
the RS485 adaptors, there is a direct
electrical connection between the low
voltage logic side of the controller and
the PC. If the controller is physically
damaged causing traces to short or the
device is allowed to get wet inside, either
through direct contact with water or
condensation, the logic side of the
controller could receive direct line
voltage. In that case damage to any
connected hardware such as a PC can
occur.
IN NO EVENT SHALL BUYER BE
ENTITLED TO INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL
DAMAGES, NOR SHALL LIGHT-ORAMA’s LIABILITY EXCEED THE
PURCHASE PRICE OF THE GOODS.
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Appendix A Hexadecimal to Decimal
Hex
Dec
Hex
Dec
Hex
Dec
Hex
Dec
01
01
3D
61
79
121
B5
181
02
02
3E
62
7A
122
B6
182
03
03
3F
63
7B
123
B7
183
04
04
40
64
7C
124
B8
184
05
05
41
65
7D
125
B9
185
06
06
42
66
7E
126
BA
186
07
07
43
67
7F
127
BB
187
08
08
44
68
80
128
BC
188
09
09
45
69
81
129
BD
189
0A
10
46
70
82
130
BE
190
0B
11
47
72
83
131
BF
191
0C
12
48
72
84
132
C0
192
0D
13
49
73
85
133
C1
193
0E
14
4A
74
86
134
C2
194
0F
15
4B
75
87
135
C3
195
10
16
4C
76
88
136
C4
196
11
17
4D
77
89
137
C5
197
12
18
4E
78
8A
138
C6
198
13
19
4F
79
8B
139
C7
199
14
20
50
80
8C
140
C8
200
15
21
51
81
8D
141
C9
201
16
22
52
82
8E
142
CA
202
17
23
53
83
8F
143
CB
203
18
24
54
84
90
144
CC
204
19
25
55
85
91
145
CD
205
1A
26
56
86
92
146
CE
206
1B
27
57
87
93
147
CF
207
1C
28
58
88
94
147
D0
208
1D
29
59
89
95
147
D1
209
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1E
30
5A
90
96
150
D2
210
1F
31
5B
91
97
151
D3
211
20
32
5C
92
98
152
D4
212
21
33
5D
93
99
153
D5
213
22
34
5E
94
9A
154
D6
214
23
35
5F
95
9B
155
D7
215
24
36
60
96
9C
156
D8
216
25
37
61
97
9D
157
D9
217
26
38
62
98
9E
158
DA
218
27
39
63
99
9F
159
DB
219
28
40
64
100
A0
160
DC
220
29
41
65
101
A1
161
DD
221
2A
42
66
102
A2
162
DE
222
2B
43
67
103
A3
163
DF
223
2C
44
68
104
A4
164
E0
224
2D
45
69
105
A5
165
E1
225
2E
46
6A
106
A6
166
E2
226
2F
47
6B
107
A7
167
E3
227
30
48
6C
108
A8
168
E4
228
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6D
109
A9
168
E5
229
32
50
6E
110
AA
170
E6
230
33
51
6F
111
AB
171
E7
231
34
52
70
112
AC
172
E8
232
35
53
71
113
AD
173
E9
233
36
54
72
114
AE
174
EA
234
37
55
73
115
AF
175
EB
235
38
56
74
116
B0
176
EC
236
39
57
75
117
B1
177
ED
237
3A
58
76
118
B2
178
EE
238
3B
59
77
119
B3
179
EF
239
3C
60
78
120
B4
180
F0
240
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Specifications


Channel Capacity: 8
amps per channel (25
amp triacs are used.)
Controller Capacity:
LORR800W and
LOR1600W is 15
amps, LOR1602W is
30 amps

Isolation: Opto
isolators are used to
isolate triacs. Controller
is certified UL 508 by
ETL.

Supply Voltage:
120VAC 50/60Hz

Power Connections:
NEMA 5-15P
NEMA 5-15R

Control Input: RS485
via RJ45 or RJ11 jacks

Dimensions:
LOR800W: 8”w x 10”h
x 5” d; LOR160xW:
10¾”w x 12”h x 4¾”d
Features

DMX and LOR
network support

Input: Unit can monitor
an input to start a
sequence

Unit IDs: Up to 240
controllers. Up to 3,840
channels.

Fading: 1000 levels
used for smooth fading
effects. Fades from 0.1
to 25 seconds.

Dimming: 100 levels
(0%...100%)

Effects: Ramp, Fade,
Intensity, Flicker,
Shimmer

Sequences: Multiple
internal sequences

Presets: High-burn
and low-burn settings.
Light-O-Rama, Inc.
Tel: (518) 539-9000
Fax: (518) 538-0067
info@lightorama.com
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