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mriga78

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hi everyone I have a halloween display with over 50 gemmy inflatables and a gemmy light show my light show crapped out and I am thinking of LOR however i'm not sure if this will be to difficult for me I would hate to spend all that money and not be able to make it work. How difficult is it to set up? how time consuming? Below are some pics of last years display.

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There is a learning curve,but it isn't as hard as you might think.Crawl before you walk, get a 16-32 channel setup and start playing with it. You can demo the software by downloading you just won't be able to output to the controllers. Start small then increase as your needs and knowledge of the process increase. Don't attempt pixels your first year,pixels are a different creature with too many variables for just starting out. The LOR website and Youtube have lots of videos that answer lots of questions along with the forums. If the programming gets a little tough, then you can find free sequences or pay to have the sequences programmed for you. Have fun and enjoy the process!

 

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Hello Newbie - Had a Christmas market with 100,000 lights (LED, Flood and a few incandescent)  / 10 LOR units, Christmas displays and a few blow ups. Now we have to sell everything since we are moving in 2 weeks. We are selling all of our displays, lights, LOR units, you name it.  Since you are in NJ - you can't be too far.  Come and look - I am sick because have to either dismantle and sell / trash - or give to someone that would use 2 leaping poles, 4 leaping arches, 16 mini trees, the coolest singing Christmas trees, mega trees, med trees etc. I will sell you the computer, all of the programs and even offer free - over the phone training. COMPLETE package.  Call if you are interested 610-496-5915. Check out the link for a few of our videos...  (The Singing Christmas Tress are the BEST!!!!)

 

 

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On 6/9/2017 at 10:36 PM, mriga78 said:

hi everyone I have a halloween display with over 50 gemmy inflatables and a gemmy light show my light show crapped out and I am thinking of LOR however i'm not sure if this will be to difficult for me I would hate to spend all that money and not be able to make it work. How difficult is it to set up? how time consuming? Below are some pics of last years display.

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I was in the same boat as you and hesitated for a few years, now Im kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It does seem like a ton of work/learning, but honestly its is not. This site and many other will help you with any question you have and youtube is a blessing. Feel free to drop a line on here or my inbox with any questions...Good luck and welcome aboard

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Second year learning LOR and having a blast.  Once ya get over the Ah Crap whatta I do sensation, it actually goes pretty easy!

 

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I would skip LOR and go straight to Xlights (free software) and RGB lights.  Unless you are going to use Led Christmas lights then learn only one and skip the double learning curve.  There are lots of videos to help.

 

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I have had LOR controllers for several years now and I love them. Simple software for composing or editing and easy set-up. But beware, your extension cord inventory will need to grow like crazy.

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Regarding extension cords, keep the costs down and go straight to zip cord aka spt1 or spt2 for higher loads.  Much easier to use.

as to lor, I started from scratch 8 years ago now. You can learn it enough to start using in a short time, as suggested, start small, I had a single 16 channel controller and managed to have 3,000 lights my first year.

this is a good place to find help as you learn about it.

good luck.

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I love LOR. It's a bit of a learning curve but you can easily start with either free or better yet LOR sequences and have a few premade ones to use this year. If you use LOR sequences and if other ones either bought or free are programmed to the "LOR" way/layout then they will work and look great. Look up on their website about the approach in decorating. I know some people are like the "4X4 doesn't work for me or my display." And I get that for someone that has 5 trees or 6 bushes but since you'd be just starting out you could layout your display to follow the 4X4 way of setting up the channels and the LOR sequences will look great because they are programmed/sequences based on that principal.

The most important thing is to have fun and make life long memories for your viewers.

Later,

Al

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Sure, In the tools at the upper left of the sequence editor is a tab called play. Click on it and at the very bottom is an option for speed. Drop down to speed and hover over it and you'll see the default of normal and slower and faster options. I use this all the time especially trying to find beats.

Hope this helps. :D

Later,

Al

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I see it has been a while since this was posted but I can relate.  I started LOR last year.  I got the demo version and then went to YouTube and looked at videos.  The most helpful I found was by a gentleman named John Storms.  He runs a display called Listen To Our Lights.  He posted a 4 or 5 part series which walks you through every step of the way to get you up and running.  Very easy to follow.  He has several other videos including a walk-through of his display.  If you haven't taken the plunge yet or are still looking for additional information maybe take a swing by his videos on YouTube.  I agree with the others her, once you get to that point where it "clicks" it become easy.  It will always be labor intensive but it is a labor of love.  Good luck to you!

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On 6/9/2017 at 9:36 PM, mriga78 said:
On 6/9/2017 at 9:36 PM, mriga78 said:

hi everyone I have a halloween display with over 50 gemmy inflatables and a gemmy light show my light show crapped out and I am thinking of LOR however i'm not sure if this will be to difficult for me I would hate to spend all that money and not be able to make it work. How difficult is it to set up? how time consuming? Below are some pics of last years display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm in the same boat as you.  Right now I'm using a Gemmy Lights and Sounds with an FM transmitter and a laptop for the playlist.  I'm thinking I'm going to start planning for next year in late January and pickup a PT LOR 16 channel for next year.

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I recommend www.wowlights.com for people trying to get a start with LOR.   They have packages set up that include musical sequence files.  I started with a 16 channel package with Santa face and built my light show from that. 

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Or wait for the after Christmas show on the light o rama website And pick up their starter package it's actually  a really good deal. 

Here is a good discussion from a little while back 

 

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