This is a hobby information site that expresses my opinions on various things I am interested in. I also post various builds, generally related to holiday lighting and 3D printing. While I have over 30 years of experience in IT and electrical work, I do not claim to be any kind of an “expert”. Nothing that appears on this site should be considered expert, professional, or authoritative information.
Builds I post here, including but not limited to electrical and electronic installations, are for informational purposes only. I make no warranties, express or implied, and hereby disclaim all implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.
Electricity is dangerous in many ways, and can present a fire and electrocution hazard. If you build anything you see here, or it inspires your own similar builds- you do so at your own risk and are responsible for the safety of yourself and others in your household, and anyone who may come into contact with your creations.
Please be careful and stay safe.
It is important to note that almost nothing in this hobby is UL, ETL, or similarly listed. Some vendors will replace or issue refunds for failed products, but for the most part there are no warranties or support. Most components, including pixels, LED panels, and controllers, are sold simply as industrial parts that are intended to be assembled into a safe/tested end-product. By purchasing these components- you are taking on the responsibility of making sure they are reasonably safe once assembled.
- Fuse EVERYTHING!
- Ensure that your designs do not overload PSUs or AC circuits.
- Use GFCI outlets for outside installations.
- Keep fire extinguishers handy.
- Inspect your light show or related builds daily.
I recommend a FLIR or similar thermal camera to check for hot wires, controller boxes, and pixels.