In the past 2 years or so, I have begun setting myself up as a sort of “DJ”, playing music and bringing a light show to parties for friends in the various congregations around town. One thing that has been a bit of a roadblock was getting some uplights set up. It seemed obvious that I needed DMX control, so that I can tune the colors to the décor of the event, and then once the dancing starts I can switch over to the beat controlled color patterns of freestyler. I already have a nice DMX control setup in the PC I use to run the music. But running wires takes a lot of setup time, and is not practical on the other side of a large room, or a pavilion.
However, wireless DMX hardware is normally not cheap, and uplights that are factory equipped with wireless hardware are either expensive, or underpowered, or both. So I kept looking. And looking…..
At one point I picked up a couple of high powered par LED lights by American DJ, ( Mega Tripar Profile ) and I love the coverage and the smooth color range. However, I don't love the price! So with those in mind, I went looking for a cheaper alternative that brings most of the quality along. After much looking, I found these lights on Amazon. “GBGS Super Bright 10W x 7 Led RGBW Par Light Dmx512 Led Par Can Stage Lighting For Wedding DJ Event Party Show”
They are approximately 1/2 the price of the ADJ brand name lights. They are a little bit brighter. Their color mixing is as good. The build quality is only slightly lower, and the one part that is weaker is a part I will soon be discarding. This is the perfect find! Now, to take these excellent DMX lights and make them wirelessly controllable. I ordered one as soon as I could, and went hunting for the other components needed.
Here is the parts list:
The Light Fixture GBGS Super Bright 10W x 7 Led RGBW Par Light Dmx512 Led Par Can Stage Lighting For Wedding DJ Event Party Show”
The Voltage Regulator MP1584EN,Honbay® 6 Pack MP1584EN ultra Small DC-DC 3A power Step-Down Adjustable Module Buck Converter 24V To 12v 9V 5V 3V
The Wireless DMX Board Wireless DMX512 2.4G Led Stage Light PCB Modules Board Transmitter Receiver
Plus a soldering iron, a hot-glue gun, some electronics wire, some drill bits, a multimeter, and assorted tools.
Optional extras: an old phone charger that outputs 5v, a small plastic box, and a cat sniffing around your workbench and getting in the way.
Before we launch into the gritty detail of the process, I will spoil the ending. I got one and set it up. It was so good that I immediately got a second one and made it wireless too, getting them built and tested a week or two before a 25th anniversary party I was scheduled to handle. I used those two as color-coordinated uplights behind the couple’s table (matching the tablecloths and ribbons that the decorators were putting out) and it was FANTASTIC! And when we shifted to various kinds of dance music, a click of a mouse brought them into sync with my other lights changing with the beat. I hope my little write-up here will help somebody else to achieve this, my results have been better than I could have hoped for! Now as I prepare to write this build guide, I have just ordered two more, along with voltage regulators and transceivers to go with them.