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hair2831 last won the day on December 31 2017

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About hair2831

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    New Member
  • Birthday 04/18/1977

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  • Location
    South Carolina
  • Biography
    Christmas light newbie
  • Interests
    cars, computers, christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Technology Specialist
  • About my display
    Basic icicle lights, wireframes, wreaths, etc...
  1. What color lighting do you prefer?

    I do a static display and I stick to mainly white, red, and green, with a little blue mixed in for a water feature.
  2. Here are pics of this years display. We had 35,000 lights this year, give or take a few. We got more visitors and lots of great comments also! Looking forward to new additions for next year. What do you all think? New additions this year were lights on the roof, swans in the pond, a larger pond, and a few new snowmen around.
  3. Mega tree power

    I do 10’ mega trees with 16 strands of lights on each one. One string goes up to the top and back down again, so it looks like I have 32 strands. I ziptie each end to a ring on the ground and then I just connect 8 sets in one direction end to end, and 8 sets in the other direction end to end. Then plug the remaining two male plugs into an ext cord and call it good. Never had any trouble with popping fuses or anything else. 8 sets doesn’t exceed the 3amp fuse rating. A kill-a-watt meter is a must for any decorator IMO. Good luck!
  4. Looking for ideas and inspiration

    I vote 'mega tree'. I have a couple of 12ft trees and they look great imo. I have 17 strings of lights going up and down, making it look like I have 34 strings. Pic for reference. I use a 10ft water pipe, I made my own hook head, and I use pvc conduit for the base ring.
  5. Well I added another 5k or so lights this year to get up to 30k lights. My pond was a little bigger and I added the candycane stripes to the sides of the house. I won a contest in the local paper for best decorated house! What do you think?
  6. 2015 After Christmas sales

    Walmart 50% off. Here was my haul this morning.
  7. My UK 2015 display

    I like it. Simple and classy. I know how it is when you always want to do more. But I love what you put out. Merry Christmas!!!
  8. I don't like the show much anymore because it seems to be all about who can spend the most money and wow the judge with special effects. An average display has no chance to win and I don't know why they even feature non animated displays. They should have two shows. One for mega dollar displays and another for more traditional. Just my .02 worth.
  9. mwalz's 2015 Christmas Display!

    Wow that looks awesome!! I love the arch over the driveway. Nice work!
  10. I'm all static and prefer it (for myself anyway). Your house looks great!
  11. My display, 2015

    Thanks. All my lights are incans. What I did was lay down this blue decorative mesh that I found at Hobby Lobby to keep the lights up off the grass. In the stream I have 3 chasers mixed in with regular blue lights and the pond is just regular 100ct blue minis layed out. I have about 4300 lights total in the stream/pond. The blue mesh really makes it pop and keeps the lights from sinking into the grass.
  12. My display, 2015

    Thanks guys! This has been 5 years in the making as I keep adding each year. The pond and stream are my new additions and favorites this year. I added a few blue chasers to the stream to give it the appearance of running water. I'm very happy how it turned out. May add some lights to the roof next year!
  13. My display, 2015

    Finally reached Griswold status! Just over 25,000 lights. IMG_5739.MOV