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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is a sound-to-light controller?

Lighting controllers allow lighting designers to design and program light fixtures for a multitude of environments. Aurora is a sound-to-light controller. It uses advanced audio analysis to produce a light show that responds to audio inputs in real time. This makes it a unique tool for experienced lighting designers and AV personnel, but also makes lighting design accessible to users with no design or programming expertise.

How is audio translated into lighting effects?

We use a variety of proprietary techniques. Each Aurora pattern has a unique way of combining various features derived from the audio signal and mapping them to complex lighting design. Our team continues to innovate working in this realm, always pushing the state of the art.

Visit our blog to read more about interactive lighting technology.

What is Aurora used for?

Aurora has a vast number of applications. It’s used as a design tool for pro lighting designers and AV teams, but it’s also accessible as an out-of-the-box technology for non-technical users.

Aurora is ideal for any public or private space seeking cost-effective interactive lighting solutions. Aurora can be used indoors, outdoors, temporarily, or permanently. Applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Synchronized sound-to-light shows
  • Interactive holiday lighting
  • Conferences and events
  • Public art and revitalizing civic space
  • Marketing and retail displays
  • DJ and AV lighting
  • Live performances and festivals
  • Architectural and landscape lighting
  • Science centres, museums, and galleries
  • Visualizing data streams

Check out our portfolio to see Aurora’s applications in a variety of industries.

What separates Aurora from other lighting controllers on the market?

Unlike competing controllers, Aurora:

  • Uses sophisticated audio analysis in real-time to create light shows autonomously
  • Does not require custom programming
  • Offers a short learning curve for new users to set up and customize
  • Has an app that allows users to customize light shows with no programming knowledge
  • Stands alone, with no PC or special hardware/software required

Check out a controller comparison matrix.

Buying Aurora

How much does Aurora cost?

Aurora systems vary in cost depending on specific installation requirements. Most clients require consultations to determine project scale, design, and goals before receiving an accurate quote.

Contact our sales team to receive a quote for your idea.

What if I want a colour palette or pattern that’s not in the Aurora App library?

If you have a palette or pattern in mind for a specific event or effect, we can create customized palettes and patterns.

Contact us for consultation and pricing.

I’m not a designer. Can you help design an Aurora installation?

Yes. Limbic Media’s team of artists, engineers, and lighting designers can help your vision come to life. 

Limbic Media offers rates for on-site design consulting if required. Check out some of our past projects by segment and contact us to get started.

Can lights be made to custom lengths and spacings?

Yes, standard lengths are 5, 10, and 25 light stands that are available in 4″, 6″, or 12″ spacing. Contact our sales team for more information about custom lengths and spacing.

What external equipment does Aurora require?

Unlike Aurora Pro, Aurora SE requires NDB(s) and NDB Power supply(s) to supply power and distribute control signals to the lights.

Users require an iPhone or Android device to run the Aurora Mobile App in order to access most of Aurora’s features.

Users with an external 5-pin DMX controller can take advantage of Aurora Pro’s DMX IN feature.

Other components and accessories, such as light fixtures and power top-ups, are supplied by Limbic Media. Requirements vary depending on installation design and scale. Contact us for details.

How can I become a distributor?

Contact us for information on how to become a distributor.

Does Aurora have a warranty?

Yes. Visit The Limbic Guarantee for warranty details.

Installation

Do you need Wi-Fi to use Aurora?

No. Aurora creates its own Wi-Fi network. Custom implemetations of Aurora can use an external router if necessary (AP Mode). Contact us for more details

Specifications

Where can I use Aurora?

Aurora Pro operates from -20° to 50°C (-4° to 122°F) and can be contained in an IP 65, 66, or 67 rated outdoor enclosure. Enclosures allow Aurora systems to be installed permanently outside.

Consult the Product Guide for outdoor accessories or contact Limbic Media for details.

Which lighting protocols does Aurora support?

  • Native
  • DMX 512
  • WS2911 / WS2812B
  • KiNet
  • sACN
  • Art-Net*

*Contact Limbic Media for details.

Pixel Constraints

How many pixels can Aurora control?

Aurora Pro and Aurora SE can support up to 25,000+ pixels with additional components, including NDBs. 

Aurora Pro natively supports up to 600 LED pixels without Power Top-Ups (75 LED pixels per port).

Aurora Pro natively supports up to 4000 LED pixels with Power Top-Ups

Aurora Unlimited* is a customized platform that can support as many LED pixels as you require.

*Contact Limbic Media for details.

What are Power Top-Ups?

Power Top-Ups extend LED pixel strands beyond the native power limit per port for Aurora Pro and NDBs. They are also required after leader cables longer than 20’.  A Power Top-Up includes a power block and Power-T.

Each Power Top-Up adds up to 100 LED pixels (or 80 LED pixels of Triklit-style fixtures) to Aurora Pro’s native port limit (75 LED pixels per port). Each built-in Aurora Pro port supports up to 450 LED pixels maximum using Power Top-Ups. 

Each Power Top-Up adds up to 100 LED pixels (or 80 LED pixels of Triklit-style fixtures) to an NDB’s port limit (80-100 LED pixels per port). Each NDB port supports 230 (16-port mode) or 460 (8-port mode) LED pixels maximum using Power Top-Ups.

Contact Limbic Media to determine your installation’s power requirements.

What are NDBs?

Network Distrubution Boxes (NDBs) increases the pixel limit of an Aurora Pro system up to 25,000 LED pixels. A single NDB supports 1000 pixels maximum with 80-100 pixels per port (depending on fixture type). This pixel limit per port can be increased with Power Top-Ups, as described above.

NDBs must be configured through their own web browser interface. Refer to NDB Manual to configure NDBs.

Contact Limbic Media to determine your installation’s requirements.

How much power does my installation require?

An installation’s power draw is based on light number. About 0.5W per LED pixel is a good estimate for all light styles except globes.

Contact Limbic Media to determine your installation’s power requirements.

Updates

How do you update Aurora software and firmware?

Update Aurora Pro’s software with an Aurora Package. Go to Software Updates for instructions and a software version change log.

Aurora Pro rarely requires a firmware update—if you are having issues with updating Aurora software, or think your platform needs a firmware update, contact Limbic Media.

How do you update the Aurora Mobile App?

Aurora Mobile App updates are available on the Google Play Store (Android) and iTunes App Store (iOS).

Have a question that isn’t addressed? Contact Limbic Media.