DMX controller price

So you’re looking for a DMX controller price List? Good choice. 

This means you’re well aware of how important a good light show can be. The hard part is learning what makes up a good DMX controller. 

I’m assuming you have already considered DMX software options. If not, this may be the better way to go if you are looking to be mobile. Having it controlled by software means just one less piece of equipment you have to carry around. 

However, if you’re a venue owner, or are thinking of using a permanent setup, spending a little money on a decent DMX controller will go a long way. 

How complex your controller is (in other words, how expensive) is going to depend on whether you want to have pre-programmed lights, or if you want to have the lights controlled live. If you haven’t settled on DJ lights, here is an entire article dedicated to that subject.

Here are what we consider the 4 best DMX controllers on the market:

DMX controller price

ADJ DMX Operator Controller


ADJ Products OPERATOR-384,384 CHAL,19″ DMX CNTLPrice: $169.99Price as of 06/23/2020 04:18 PDT (more info)
This controller is an incredible value, giving you 384 total channels (32 channels each on 12 different fixtures) that will fill the needs of all but the most complex lighting operations. It also gives you four channel banks with eight individual faders that let you control the speed and fade time of each channel. If you like to plan out your light show ahead of time, you can also program up to 12 chases and 8 scenes. The assignable joystick is another nice feature not found on most controllers in this price range, letting you fine-tune the positioning of mirrors, lighting fixtures, and other parts of your set-up with more precision than what’s allowed to you by the standard button controls.ADJ DMX Operator 384 with MIDI

Blizzard Lighting SnoKontrol DMX Controller


Blizzard Lighting SnoKontrol DMX ControllerPrice: $219.99Price as of 06/23/2020 04:18 PDT (more info)
Blizzard specializes in lighting equipment for all kinds of events and venues, and the SnoKontrol is one of the best DMX controllers if you want versatility. It can control up to 12 fixtures of 32 channels each. The high number of channels per fixture makes it great for banks of LED lights or other more complex intelligent lighting equipment. It has a built-in microphone so it can be set up to respond to sound. It also has 30 banks of 8 programmable scenes and 6 programmable chases, giving you all the control you could want over your lighting. The sheer number of functions available do make the interface slightly more complex, but once you’ve gotten to know the controller, its possibilities are practically endless.

American DJ SDC12 DMX Controller


ADJ Products 12 CHANNEL BASIC DMX CONTROLLER (SDC12)Price: $109.00Price as of 06/23/2020 04:18 PDT (more info)
If you spent all your money on lights and need a controller on the cheap, American DJ’s got you covered. This model is priced great and and gives you 12 channels, perfect for a smaller venue or a hobbyist. The controller itself is also significantly smaller than the controllers above, at only two pounds with dimensions smaller than a piece of paper, and can be powered by a 9-volt battery. The interface is remarkably simple, with seven faders (one master, six that are shared by two channels each) and can be utilized “out of the box” without spending a lot of time learning to use it.

Chauvet DJ Obey70 DMX Controller


Chauvet DJ OBEY70 Obey 70 Lighting & Fog DMX-512 Controller and 10′ & 25′ CablesPrice: $202.99Price as of 06/23/2020 04:18 PDT (more info)
If you’re looking for a budget option, the Obey70 from Chauvet is another excellent option to consider. It lets you control up to 12 different lighting units, with up to 32 channels assigned to each. It has the storage capacity for six sets of chases, with up to 240 scenes in each. And it doesn’t just do lights, either; you can also use it with fog machines, strobe effects, and other DMX devices, and it also offers you full MIDI compatibility. The assignable joystick and 14 reversible faders also make it incredibly easy to program. The control interface is clean and straightforward, with master switches on the right-hand side and individual fixture controls on the left. It even comes with an array of cables included, making it easier to get started setting up your light show. This is one of the few controllers on the market that’s affordable and simple enough for a home hobbyist but offers enough channels for large, professional shows. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best DMX controllers for the money.Chauvet Intimidator wave IRC & obey 70 controller

Picking the Right DMX Controller

Before buying a DMX controller, consider your particular lighting needs. The most expensive controller might not be the best one for you if you have a simpler lighting set-up. Typically, the more costly controllers are able to handle more channels and fixtures, but as a result are often also more complex and require a more experienced user to operate them correctly. If you’re looking to use non-light fixtures (like a fog or smoke machine) make sure the controller is capable of doing so. Ultimately, you want to count the number of fixtures you have right now and do a realistic assessment of how many more you plan to add in the near future. Purchase the smallest and simplest unit that can accommodate your needs, rather than going for broke and buying an extremely complicated unit with capabilities you may never use and an interface that might frustrate you with its extraneous options.

Setting Up Your New DMX Controller

Before you can control fixtures with even the best DMX controllers, you need to hook them up correctly. DMX fixtures are serial or “daisy chain” connections—the out port of one fixture connects to the in port of the next. It doesn’t matter what order the fixtures are connected in, but if one link in the chain is broken, everything that follows in the sequence won’t work. Carefully setting up your fixtures and making sure all wires are connected will save you a world of headaches later on.

Once all your fixtures are connected, you’ll have to assign addresses so you can control them. Each effect of a specific fixture will need its own channel—so, for example, if you want a light to both dim and strobe independently, you’ll need to assign it two channels on the controller. The specific process for doing this is different for each brand, and as with most new equipment, a careful read of the manual is key in discovering your controller’s full potential.

Multiple lights can share one DMX channel if you want them to move perfectly in synch, but only if those lights are of the same type and manufacturer. The most successful intelligent light shows use a combination of pre-programmed sequences and live cueing. Even for an advanced user, programming sequences can be very tedious. Most controllers come pre-loaded with sequences for common lighting effects. Even if you don’t want to use these as-is, they can be a great starting point for more customized sequences to save you some time in the design. Good luck!

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUYING LIGHTING

Lighting can often be overlooked when it comes to re-decorating, because it is often thought of as a utilitarian rather than a key factor in the overall décor of your room. But, when chosen correctly, your lighting can become a true focal point and is guaranteed to take your home design to the next level!

We have put together the ultimate light buying guide to help you to choose the correct lighting for each room in your home, with the perfect balance of style and substance. Because choosing the correct lighting is not as simple as you may initially think…

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CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THE ROOM

The first step to choosing the correct lights for your home is to work out how much light you need in a room to keep it well lit.

In 2010, the way we measure bulb brightness changed. Bulb brightness used to be referenced in wattage (W), but now it is referenced in lumen (LM).

Each room in your home will require a different number of lumens in order to be lit adequately. To work this out, you can check an illumination chart which will show you the ideal number of footcandles or lux you will need for a certain task.

A footcandle = the amount of light on a surface created by one candela that is a foot away from the surface.

A lux = the amount of light on a surface created by one candela that is a metre away from the surface.

One candela = the light from one standard candle.

If you are using feet, look at the number of footcandles. One footcandle is equal to 1 lumen per square foot. Multiply the number of footcandles by the square foot in the room and this will tell you how many lumens are required. 

If you are using metres, look at the number of lux. One lux is equal to 1 lumen per square metre. Multiply the number of lux by the square metres in the room and this will tell you how many lumens are required. 

Find our illumination chart below:

illumination chart

And if you’d like to see how the kelvins will affect your room, you can use this useful tool from 1000bulbs.com, which shows how the colour temperature will transform the lighting in this kitchen space.

UNDERSTAND THE THREE USES OF LIGHTING

Now that you know how many lumens are requires in each room, the next step is to understand the three main uses of lighting. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that one type of lighting will suffice for an entire room. Lighting works much better when used in layers. So, it’s important that you put together a lighting plan for each room, and a successful lighting plan should include three uses of lighting: ambient, task and accent.

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Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the main light source in the room and will usually be your starting point. This lighting will determine the overall mood within the room, for example a living room will have a warmer and more relaxing tone than that of a workspace. Ambient lighting tends to come from recessed lighting or wall light fixtures within the room.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is focused light that is used when tasks will be carried out in the room. A good example of this is a desk lamp, which will often be adjustable in order to illuminate areas that you need the most to help you carry out tasks. 

Another example is vanity lighting above a mirror and under-cabinet lighting in a kitchen.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is the most decorative type of lighting in the room, its used to highlight focal features such as wall art, bookshelves and fireplaces. Accent lighting could also be a focal point itself if you go for a statement piece. For example, our Wofi Indigo Ceiling Light Often floodlights, track lights, picture lights and wall-mounted fixings are used.

KNOW THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHTS AVAILABLE

Getting creative with your lighting will mean mixing different types of lights together, so its important that you know the different options available on the market.

Ceiling lights

Almost every room will have ceiling lights because they usually provide the ambient lighting within the room. The two main types of ceiling lights are pendent and flush lighting. Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling usually by a cord or chain whereas flush lights have little or no gap between the light fitting and the ceiling. There’s a vast array available on the market from strikingly stylish to the functional, and here at Lighting Style, we like to mix the two together!

Shop ceiling lights here.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are often pigeonholed to the ambient light category and also in the task lighting category, this is because they are perfect for adding extra illumination in rooms that need it but they can also be the perfect adjustable overhead lamp to add focused light in required areas. They are also ideal for adding smaller amounts of light in a room when needed, for example in the living room on an evening when you don’t want the main lights on, but you do want a small amount of light.

Shop floor lamps here.

Table Lamps

Table lamps are extremely versatile as they can be placed anywhere and usually create the task lighting within your room. They’re often adaptable to allow for versatile use, for example dimmable for a bedside table or adjustable for desk work. You could go for an extravagant design and use it as part of the room décor too, the options are endless!

Shop desk lamps here.

Wall Lights

Wall lighting does it all. They can create gorgeous accent and highlight focal

points within the room beautifully. They can help illuminate hallways and larger

rooms and add to the ambience within the room. They’re ideal outside lighting, or

when placed strategically they’re great task lights for focused reading.

Shop wall lights here.

Spotlights

Spotlights enhance visibility where you need it, they’re ideal task lighting. They are either made of several spotlights along a metal bar or a singular bright light that sits close to the ceiling. They can usually be adjusted to point in the correct direction for your needs.

Shop spotlights here.   

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GET THE RIGHT BULBS

Now that you know the different types of lights available, it’s time to choose the right bulbs! Many of our lights come with LED’s already installed, but some you will need to get the bulbs additionally if stated in the product description.

There are three main types of blubs; LED’s, CFL and Halogen. Incandescent bulbs are now being phased out.

LED’s: LED bulbs are a great eco-efficient option. They typically use 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb. They last the longest, they’re cheap to run and produce very little heat. Here at Lighting-Style we only stock LED’s (we think they’re fab!). Plus they are extremely versatile, meaning that during the manufacturing process they can be integrated straight into the frame of a light to create stunning strips of light, as seen in the image below:

wofi indigo led ceiling light

CFL: Short for compact fluorescent lamp, CFL’s are the most common type of energy-saving bulb. They typically use 60-80% less energy than an incandescent bulb. They are a cheaper alternative to LED’s but they do take a while to reach their optimum brightness which can be frustrating when you need the light to complete a task.

Halogen: The cheapest of the three, halogen bulbs are dimmable but typically have a shorter lifespan. They use 20-30% less energy than an incandescent bulb.

At Lighting Style, we only offer LED’s. You can see our range below:

types of bulbs chart

Choose the bulbs that best suits your lamp or light shade. Our decorative light bulbs are another great way of making a statement in your home, we have various lights where the bulb will still be visible, for example our Wofi Richael Pendant Light, so pairing with a statement bulb will make the light all the more stunning.

Shop our full range of bulbs here

Cap

The cap, which is the base of the bulb, holds the bulb firmly in place while providing an electrical connection between the light and the bulb. In the above images you can see the cap type referenced under each image (E27, E14, G9, GU10 etc…). You will need to know the cap type of your light or lamp before purchasing a bulb for it.This can be found in all of our product descriptions, most typically an E27 or E14 bulb will be suitable, just be sure to check!

The kelvin scale

The next step is to understand the kelvin scale. The kelvin scale is used to describe the warmth or coolness of the light. The colour spectrum ranges from the yellow-based colour to the blue-based colour. As an example, people often prefer the yellow-based colours in a living room, and the blue-based colour in a utility, but there’s no right or wrong it’s ultimately down to your personal preference.

See our kelvin scale below.

light kelvin temperature scale

Many of our LED lights can be temperature adjusted to suit your desired kelvins throughout the day. However, most of our LED lights are set at a default of 3000K, which gives a nice cosy feel to the room.

Once again just be sure to check the product description to see what the temperature is set to and also if it can be adjusted. 

HOW TO LIGHT EACH ROOM IN YOUR HOME 

While the layout of the room is down to your individual taste, there are some tips that we can give you that will work well for each room in your home.

Firstly, you need to decide on what mood you would like to create in each room and what type of lights will complement your personal style and the current design in your home.

Entryway Lighting

This is arguably the most important area to ensure a grand entrance and a good first impression is created. Start with a dramatic statement light such as a chandelier overhead light, and then complement this with a floor lamp.

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchens are very busy spaces, where food preparation will take place. This means it must be illuminated well, especially in areas where you will be carrying out food preparation. Check out our blog post on kitchen lighting ideas for more inspiration!

You should start with general ambient lighting, we would suggest a pendant light or track lighting if you have a feature in the room, such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar, but if not recessed lighting will work well too.

You will also require task-orientated lighting where food preparation will take place, this can be provided by the addition of an under-cabinet lighting system. This will ensure that the kitchen is illuminated well enough in the areas that really need it, avoiding shadows being cast over knives and other potentially dangerous tools.

Dining Room Lighting

A common mistake with the dining room is hanging a chandelier over the table and thinking that is enough light for the whole room. It’s important to remember to create layers. A statement light over the dining room table is a great start, a chandelier or a pendant light will look stunning. Check out our blog post on dining room lighting ideas for more inspiration!

You then need to balance this, a great way to achieve this is to have recessed or track lighting, this will create the layers and avoid the room looking flat.

Living Room Lighting

The most multi-functional room in the home, the living room is an all-purpose area where you will watch TV, read books, chat with friends and family or do homework. This means the lighting in this room needs more diversity, to reflect the diverse tasks that are carried out in the room.

For general ambience, a pendant light or flush ceiling light overhead will create a good amount of light for the room. Then add floor and table lamps or sconces situated in task areas to provide more direct light, for example, if you have an armchair you like to read in or an area on the sofa where you tend to carry out tasks.

Bathroom Lighting

Vanity lighting is perfect for the bathroom, if you have a mirror in the bathroom then they are perfectly situated at the top of this. Not only will this add to the décor of the room, but it also adds the perfect amount of lighting in front of the mirror to help you when you’re getting ready in the morning. 

For the general ambient lighting in the room, wall scones and recessed lighting will work a treat, and it’s always a good idea to get dimmable lights in the bathroom so that you can dim them when you would like to relax in the bathtub.

Bedroom Lighting

The perfect place to unwind and revive yourself, it’s important to have soft ambient lighting in the bedroom. A decorative semi-flush ceiling light that can be dimmed will give the perfect ornamental feature while providing you with soft ambient lighting. Complement this with accent lighting on the walls to give an extra luxurious feel. Many people also like to read in bed, so either an adjustable table lamp to go on your bedside table or a wall-mounted reading lamp is essential.

Home Office Lighting

You’ll need this area to focus on work, so this room needs function-orientated lighting. For the general ambience, recessed lighting or a flush overhead light will provide the main illumination for the room. Then you’ll need a desk lamp that can be adjusted in your main work area, and perhaps a floor lamp in dark corners or situated over the top of seating areas within the room.

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Are you ready to take your lighting to the next level?

Lighting can have a massive impact on your home décor, and when done correctly it will provide the perfect atmosphere for each room in your home. So, if you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level then you’re in the right place!

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