I've read that while most pro-lighting is uses dmx, some intelligent lighting rigs use ethernet. I'm interested in building some MCU controlled L.E.D. footlights for my stage show, and currently know nothing about dmx and damn little about lighting period. Would love to hear pros and cons of just using ethernet protocols instead. From my perspective as a pro-coder/hobby-EE, the path of least resistance would seem to be OSC over ethernet between my controlling machine (likely a Pi or something) and the lighting brains, (likely something like a Teensy). I am definitely on Mount Stupid in this area, input appreciated. I have built controllable l.e.d rigs on costumes already but nothing powerful enough for stage lighting.
Edit for clarification based on comment: In our case, interoperability with standard controllers is not a concern at all, but reliability definitely is. We are jugglers, and we are almost never a priority with the lights and sound guys, so we are trying to build a system where we roll in our stuff, drive off our controllers that we start, and tell the regular light/sound guys to do nothing until we're done. In a corporate gig situation we don't trust them to hit our cues EVER. lol