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Your Display: Set and Forget or High Maintenance??

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This is my first season adding a modest LASOC driven display to my static display. With the static display over the years, once I've gotten things set up, as long as I made the stuff strong enough to handle the wind and I don't get hit by vandals, it's pretty much hands-off until I take the display down. It seems with my LASOC display I have to fiddle with something on almost a daily basis...a string of lights is out or my transmitter isn't broadcasting or the LASOC didn't come on when it was supposed to, etc. With the static display, I can be confident that when I'm not at home, the timers will handle everything for me. But with the new stuff, it seems like i have only a 50/50 chance of coming home at night to a working display. I figure that's the nature of the beast but I was wondering with all of you that have the Mega Displays...do you find that even after spending all of your countless hours setting things up that you still have to work on the display during the Xmas season to keep things going? And are you guys able to use timers or do you have to be home to switch everything on every night?

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I would have to agree replacing bulbs, checking everything to see if it is on and working, and straightening props after a good windstorm.

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Really low maintenance I would have to say. After three years the show has never failed to start automatically on time (Light O Rama) We are quite comfortable not being home when it's due to start. As others mentioned, fixing bad bulbs is the biggest maintenance item. When automating segments of lights it's much more obvious when even one small segment is out. You might let that go in a static display but it's a "must fix" in an animated one.

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The display itself is pretty much set and forget. This year, do have the occasional reset of a GFCI outlet, but only 1-2 per week and its always the same one.

I have only had to replace a couple bulbs and those were in the first week.

THe display would be auto pilot, except for the fact that I use the same PC as my primary, so I unplug the transmitter and lower the volume ... creating a little task to do each night when I come home from work.

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The only problem that I have had....power went out to the entire town one afternoon. Show computer did not start up, no one was home to push the power button. Came home the next night, pushed the power button and it fired right up. Its a set and forget show.....

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three things i have to do every night, 1. put the donation box out, 2. turn on the virtual santa, and 3. turn on the inflatable frosty. (we like to run frosty early and late sometimes outside the normal show times. at the end of the night, i bring in the donation box, turn off the virtual santa (the projector has to cool down, so no timer there.) and then before bed, shut off mr. frosty.

other than that, if we are home, i do check to make sure all elements appear to be working (no tripped GFI's), but i cant stop looking at my display anyway! so that is a fun part. this is only our second year with LOR.

-troy

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At first, my LOR show almost never started when it was supposed to, but now that I've figured out all my errors, it all goes off without a hitch. It's kind of weird for me. This is my first LOR year and I had LASOC for 3 years before and I did static for as long as I can remember. With static and LASOC, I was always outside working on something. This is the first year I haven't really changed much outside once it was ready. I'm constantly sequencing and adding new songs, but it's just a weird feeling having nothing I think I can improve right now outside.

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I have the LASOC, a Gemmy and a Sound Sensor unit. I turn it on and off manually each night. I'm sure I could place it on a timer but as cold as its been here the past month mine starts in 'Chipmunk Mode' most nights so I need to flip the switch 2 or 3 times to reset it to normal music speed.

I did need to do constant maintenance every night for about the first week of my display. Securing light strings, reattaching extension cords, replacing bulbs... So on.

My only ~maintenance~ of any type Now is the need to clear Snow buildup from the Sound Sensors microphone!

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All I have to do is move 2 trees, a gingerbread house, 2 snowmen, a toy soldier, a santa, and 3 reindeer into my driveway each night. I decided last year that I was running out of room and the driveway was empty so I filled it, hehehhe.

The show starts on time whether I move the stuff into the driveway or not.

I have 40k LEDS and 176 channels of LOR and haven't had a problem with dead strings or LOR yet.

So its been pretty much zero maintenance and set it and forget it.

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Around 208 channels of LOR this year (year 3) and I only have to worry about fixing bulbs. Had some bugs at the beginning of the season because of all new exterior sub panels. All good now, I work evening and feel comfortable leaving the display at night without me being home.

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