Questions & Answers
I wanted to make a page for the most common questions and their answers to try and help people quicker. If you have a question that's not answered on this page, please send me a message.
- Can I download the modes from my TC420 to my PC?
- Can I use the TC420 to power a fan?
- Can I use the TC420 with WiFi?
- Can I wipe all the modes from my TC420?
- Can you help me set up the TC420 with the XXXXX LED unit?
- I don't have a DVD drive on my computer. Is there another way I can get the files on the supplied disc?
- I want to create a lightning effect, can the TC420 be set to change every second?
- Is there a version of PLed for the Mac or Linux?
Can I download the modes from my TC420 to my PC?Unfortunately, this feature does not exist. You can only save your modes from your PC to the TC420.
Can I use the TC420 to power a fan?Yes, there are a couple of ways to do this. The simplest way is to use a standard 12v PC fan, hook the yellow cable to the Output V+ and the black cable to the output channel number. When programming the fan, switch the mode for the fan channel from FADE to JUMP, then use a value of 0 for the fan to be off and 100 for the fan to be on.
There is a way of having the fan speed up and slow down, but I will show how to do this in a full write-up and video soon.
Can I use the TC420 with WiFi?There is a unit called the TC421 which looks to be identical to the TC420 but also has WiFi. I have not tried one of these units yet.
Can I wipe all the modes from my TC420?Yes, you can delete all the modes to give you an empty controller. Connect the TC420 to your computer and open PLed. On the menu of PLed, click Control(C) and then Clear All(D). This will wipe all modes from your controller.
Can you help me set up the TC420 with the XXXXX LED unit?Unfortunately I don't really have the time to do this, and its something that would most likely need to be investigated with the light unit that you are trying to use.
I don't have a DVD drive on my computer. Is there another way I can get the files on the supplied disc?Yes, I have made a copy available on Google Drive (click here).
At the moment I only have the English language versions, so if anyone out there has other languages please send them to me so they can be shared with everyone.
I want to create a lightning effect, can the TC420 be set to change every second?Unfortunately not. The smallest increment on the TC420 is 1 minute, and to can only have 50 changes in the 24 hour period.
The best option for creating a lighting storm effect, would be to find a circuit that will create the lightning when switched on, then use the TC420 to switch this on and off using JUMP changes. That way, at a certain time each day, you would have a lightning storm for x minutes.