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  1. 2 points
    Boom! Awesome! Perfect!
  2. 1 point
    I'm just sharing this in case you want to read it. I am adding two larger arches to my display this year. After countless evenings viewing the light show last year, It was decided to add CCB arches on the right side of my show. I purchased four ten foot pieces of 1" pvc (THIN WALL 200PSI stuff) at Lowe's. Home Depot did not carry it in my area. The thin wall stuff is more flexible. I glued a one inch UNION on the pipe ends so I can take apart the two ten foot sections for storage. After the glue dried for a day, I attached two sections together for 20 feet. I hammered, three foot rebar, 3/8", into the ground vertically (plum). I placed the pipe on the rebar and bent the arch over to get an idea of the distance the legs should be apart. I settled at eleven feet apart. Which gave me a seven foot high arch. I took one of my CCB LOR strands and used Holiday Coro's Bulb Mounting Strip to mount the bulbs (easy, peasy)! Then I placed the mounted bulbs at the top of the arch at the UNION, between bulb 25 and 26. I zip tied the mounted CCB's and ended up with too much pipe at either end exposed. So I cut one foot off of each end leaving one foot above the ground to the first bulb for snow and so the local dogs do not pee on my expensive bulbs. So 18 feet is the final pipe length giving an arch of six feet high, eleven feet wide. The bulbs will be mounted in a vertical or upright position and removed each year for storage. Don't want to break these babies! Good Luck with your arches. Ask any questions and have a great season!
  3. 1 point
    Only the second year the wife has vol'd to help replace bulbs in the 3000+ incan icicle lights. Halfway done and she says...."How much were those LED icicle lights? We are swapping em out next year!" I have been working on her for 3 years now to upgrade those 10+ year old strands! hotrod1965....any chance you have a black Friday sale coming up?
  4. 1 point
    Got something Christmas related to buy/sell/trade? We've brought back the Classified Ads system to the PlanetChristmas forums. The old version faded away because the software was no longer maintained by the author... but our patience has been rewarded and a new Classifieds section is part of our community again. Look at the top of this page for the tabs: Forums, Videos, Gallery, etc. You'll see a new tab cleverly called Classifieds. Go for it. The system has some rough edges. Short term classified listings are free. Long term... we're still figuring it out. Some of the wording is a bit odd to Americans. Financial transactions are handled between the buyer and seller. PlanetChristmas is simply providing a listing service and makes no guarantees for the product nor endorses any party. Ready? Here's a shortcut: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/classifieds/ Let us know how to make Classifieds better!
  5. 1 point
    Paid a lot for him but my parent didn't want to let it go , my Christmas birthday present so that's nice
  6. 1 point
    Congrats! Now that's what I call an awesome Birthday gift!!!
  7. 1 point
    There's a special place for folks who do this. I can't say it here, but you know.
  8. 1 point
    Better than ever before, the new and improved November 2016 PlanetChristmas Magazine has hit the streets! Here’s a peek at what’s inside: Top 10 show tunes anticipated for 2016 Cutouts the easy way Cold weather tricks Peppermint Arch Smart pixel megatree Old is new is old Build a controller shed … and so much more! See the magazine right here: Magazine
  9. 1 point
    I've spent time admiring the imagination of the people who are working on trains for their yards. I decided last year I not only wanted a train - I wanted to give people a ride that came to see my lights on the weekend - Here's what I ended up with. We also took donations and the last picture shows what we were able to collect for Toys for Tots - We only give rides on Friday-Sunday evenings - 6-9PM, and can run thru as many as 700-800 in a night.
  10. 1 point
    I have tried the wraping method and looked at doing the sleeve method. About 4-5 years ago I saw a new method that I have been using since 2010. I don't know what it is called, but I will try to explain and show what it is. This also puts most of the lights on the front of the arches and if a section fails just cut the zip ties for that section and replace, no need to remove any other section. 1. Take a string of lights and go back and forth making a string about 16" long, this can be a 50ct or 100ct string of lights, use zip ties to keep them in place. Make as many of these as the number of sections for your arches. 2. Take your arch pole and make your arch, ( I use 3/4 grey PVC and attach a cable from one end to the other for 3' high arches). 3. Take the 16" long sections of lights and zip tie them to the arch starting in the middle and working to each end. The lights can be adjusted however you want them. Picture # 1 is the strings of lights, I used 2-50ct strings for each section. Picture # 2 is the arches in storage, the cable is wrapped around the arch. Picture # 3 is the arch with a section of rebar holding the arch in place.
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    As for the question about the ActiDongle....the answer is NO with the Alphapix controller. That E1.31 controller understands the commands coming from the LOR PRO software through the CAT5. In fact, the Alphapix also has the RS485 output to push a DMX signal (same thing an ActiDongle does). This port can be used to push 1 universe to a controller that is not E1.31. You are missing the powersupply, so I am assuming that is in the pre-assembled Alphapix 4 box? And you didn't mention if this is 12V or 5V. I have not delved into 5V setups, but I don't think you can run 150 in series without multiple power injection as the voltage drop is too much at the last pixel. Even for 12V, 150 pix in series will be short on power at the last pixel. What you will see is the white on the last pixel (#150) will be dimmer or off color. The fix is easy, just run your power and ground to both ends of the 150 pix run. Since it is all from the same power supply there is no need to cut the (+) in the middle or anything. This will balance out the voltages and your lowest voltage pixels are now in the middle (#75/76#). I use 150 pix as my max in planning a run and inject power to both ends. Don't forget waterproofing those connections! Solder and insulate the connections. I use a lot of dielectric grease on my plugs to keep water out. If they do get moisture in you will see a lot of weird things in the lights...staying on...not working...etc. The only other thing that will bite you is distance, both between the controller and first pixel and any large distances between pixels in a run. Keep em less than 6-8' max for 12V. If too far the data gets messed up. Finally, when you get it all. Plug em all in run them for 8 hours a shot for a at least a couple days. When 1 pixel dies it may mess with the data passed to all pixels after it. Find those weak ones before you hang then on the house as you will have to cut them out and solder in a replacement. I had my #3 pixel crap out on a 450 pix data string that outlined my whole roof...climbing on the roof to cut out and solder in a replacement sucked! Of my 2500 pixels last year I only had 3 fail....but, in the world of pixels we are back to "1 bulb out and it can take out the whole strand". Rich
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