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Hello everyone, my name is Kyle. Last year I ran a Christmas show with a projector synchronized to Christmas music. The show was a huge success, my neighbors along with many others enjoyed our show. My questions is to you guys, how can I go about expanding to lights/Christmas lights to the music? I looked on Light-O-Rama and it seems as if the cheapest starter package was about $600-650 how accurate is this? Is there any way I can go about getting something a little bit cheaper to start out with? I have no experience with Light-O-Rama and am looking to expand into that side of the Christmas affect giving how popular it is. 

So my questions are:
How can I start? Any advice/tips?

Where is a good place to buy bulk lights/inflatables/Light-O-Rama Controllers/Starter Kit?

Are they cheaper ways to start a show? As I wanted something to mess around with.

Thank you in advance for each and every one who replies to this topic. Also, I am not sure if this is the right section, so if a Forum Moderator could move this to the right place, that would be awesome! Thanks so much everyone in advance, looking forward to reading the replies!

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jfelix    6

My first thought is in what way dis you run a Christmas show with a projector? If you can post a video that would be helpful.
Many people have done video. Mike Z uses video inn n his. Check him out. http://www.lightsondisplay.com/


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10 minutes ago, jfelix said:

My first thought is in what way dis you run a Christmas show with a projector? If you can post a video that would be helpful.
Many people have done video. Mike Z uses video inn n his. Check him out. http://www.lightsondisplay.com/


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I just took various movie scenes, this guy from here helped me a bunch. http://www.digitalpressworks.com/

Basically, I am looking to expand into Light-O-Rama, and run a full light show w/controllers etc. I don't know where to even begin doing it, that's basically what I am asking you guys. Also thanks for the quick reply!

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MrMatt    7

Lights are best priced in January, stores clearancing out the stock. I just bought 2 LOR controllers off eBay for $325 and then software starts at $50 and goes up depending on features, over on light o rama forums people are willing to share for free many sequences. I will share what I have if you are interested. I also saw someone selling controllers for $80 on that forum also. If you want commercial leds some of the vendors still have preseason sales going on. I am working on my first show this year so I have been reading and learning these same things since Christmas 2016 trying to prepare for 2017.
I have underestimated costs of the misc things like extension cords so make sure to take that into account

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On 5/12/2017 at 10:30 AM, KylesChristmas said:

I just took various movie scenes, this guy from here helped me a bunch. http://www.digitalpressworks.com/

Basically, I am looking to expand into Light-O-Rama, and run a full light show w/controllers etc. I don't know where to even begin doing it, that's basically what I am asking you guys. Also thanks for the quick reply!

 

I've been a Light o Rama customer for the last 3 years, so you're in for a treat.

http://store.lightorama.com/rese16chstpa.html This is the link to a standard controller, one that controls basic lights (incandescent and LED, no RGB lights just yet). I don't know how involved you will be in your project, but getting this will require you to be a bit more involved. You will need to buy the lights you need and install them on your house, as well as extension cords and a few other pieces. Once you confirm this is the controller you want, I can walk you through the rest of how to set up your show. It's easy, but there is a learning curve. You chose a good time to ask about getting involved. The summer sale is approaching, so prices can go down significantly. Real quick, though, if you can confirm the controller and how involved in your show you can be, that'll make my next response even easier. If you want to talk one-on-one on this I'd be glad to help.

Thanks for taking the time to ask!

LightMaestros.com is my website, it has TONS of information about how our show came to be what it is now.
[email protected] is our email - send me an email and I'll respond ASAP.

Anyone else interested in setting up their house for a Light O Rama show should contact me as well.

Thanks again!
Light Maestros Team

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On 5/16/2017 at 8:18 PM, lightmaestros said:

I've been a Light o Rama customer for the last 3 years, so you're in for a treat.

http://store.lightorama.com/rese16chstpa.html This is the link to a standard controller, one that controls basic lights (incandescent and LED, no RGB lights just yet). I don't know how involved you will be in your project, but getting this will require you to be a bit more involved. You will need to buy the lights you need and install them on your house, as well as extension cords and a few other pieces. Once you confirm this is the controller you want, I can walk you through the rest of how to set up your show. It's easy, but there is a learning curve. You chose a good time to ask about getting involved. The summer sale is approaching, so prices can go down significantly. Real quick, though, if you can confirm the controller and how involved in your show you can be, that'll make my next response even easier. If you want to talk one-on-one on this I'd be glad to help.

Thanks for taking the time to ask!

LightMaestros.com is my website, it has TONS of information about how our show came to be what it is now.
[email protected] is our email - send me an email and I'll respond ASAP.

Anyone else interested in setting up their house for a Light O Rama show should contact me as well.

Thanks again!
Light Maestros Team

Thank you so much for the quick response. Would love to get in touch w/you, will be emailing you right now. Also, I am looking for the best route of a high quality show the a decent price is what I am basically looking for.

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On 5/16/2017 at 3:58 PM, MrMatt said:

Lights are best priced in January, stores clearancing out the stock. I just bought 2 LOR controllers off eBay for $325 and then software starts at $50 and goes up depending on features, over on light o rama forums people are willing to share for free many sequences. I will share what I have if you are interested. I also saw someone selling controllers for $80 on that forum also. If you want commercial leds some of the vendors still have preseason sales going on. I am working on my first show this year so I have been reading and learning these same things since Christmas 2016 trying to prepare for 2017.
I have underestimated costs of the misc things like extension cords so make sure to take that into account

I would love some sequences, and also thanks so much for your response! Anywhere you can link me to Discounted Controllers/Software/Lights, ETC? Keep me posted, and hopefully more replies will roll in! I cannot thank you guys enough for these responses it means so much to me!

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37 minutes ago, KylesChristmas said:

Thank you so much for the quick response. Would love to get in touch w/you, will be emailing you right now. Also, I am looking for the best route of a high quality show the a decent price is what I am basically looking for.

There are some options available. If you want the "plug-n-play" kind of show while you learn how to do some of the other parts of making a good show, click here. For roughly $650, you get a pre-programmed show, the FM transmitter, a "miniDirector" (the device that reads the SD card for sequences and sends the signals out), and a few other things to get you started. (Including a controller and the Basic level of our sequencing software.)

If you want to get to know the sequencing software and tools and components, you can download it for free here.

Definitely look into the free sequences. One thing to note is the future of your show. What do you expect for the coming years? Make sure you also get sequences that fit your show. If you get a 64-channel sequence but only operate 16 channels, only the first 16 channels will be displayed. Feel free to contact me at any point for more pointers. If you want any of my 2014 sequences, let me know. Since they're outdated from my 2015/16 display, I give them away for free.

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1 hour ago, lightmaestros said:

There are some options available. If you want the "plug-n-play" kind of show while you learn how to do some of the other parts of making a good show, click here. For roughly $650, you get a pre-programmed show, the FM transmitter, a "miniDirector" (the device that reads the SD card for sequences and sends the signals out), and a few other things to get you started. (Including a controller and the Basic level of our sequencing software.)

If you want to get to know the sequencing software and tools and components, you can download it for free here.

Definitely look into the free sequences. One thing to note is the future of your show. What do you expect for the coming years? Make sure you also get sequences that fit your show. If you get a 64-channel sequence but only operate 16 channels, only the first 16 channels will be displayed. Feel free to contact me at any point for more pointers. If you want any of my 2014 sequences, let me know. Since they're outdated from my 2015/16 display, I give them away for free.

I'll take them all, anything definitely will help. I have emailed you also. Also on the Plug and play is that 64 channels for only $650? If so doesn't that seem cheaper than the package deals? Thank you so much for the quick responses! 

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If you take a look at the drop down menu, it shows the additional costs for extra controllers. The base package is 16 channels - one controller. It's about $780 EXTRA for the 64 channel deal. Your total would be $1,429.75 just for controllers and the miniDirector.

I don't recommend taking this path for a quick expansion, it's too costly, in my opinion. I'll be responding to that email ASAP with some extra goodies.

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9 hours ago, lightmaestros said:

Reply was sent, hope it all makes sense.

Awesome thank you so much!

Also, if anyone has more advice/comments, I am willing to listen to everything! I'm also open to all sorts of suggestions!

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On 5/19/2017 at 11:32 AM, KylesChristmas said:

Awesome thank you so much!

Also, if anyone has more advice/comments, I am willing to listen to everything! I'm also open to all sorts of suggestions!

I would suggest starting small, buy the 1 controller package from Light o rama and a simple FM transmitter. As for the sequences there are various sites that will share sequences with you. In box any questions, this is my second year with LOR and can help with most newbie questions. 

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Hey there Newbie - We are selling our whole display. Interested in expanding REALLY cheap? I will offer phone training if you need. Call if interested. 610-496-5915.  See our post here...

 

 

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