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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

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  1. Janet Devlin Happy H O L I D A Y S

    I came across this song by Janet Devlin. Happy Holidays! 3:24 long. It has several repeating areas in it to make sequencing easier. Good Beat. Fun. (She likes whiskey, no wine. Hates the cold but loves fires. Celebrate your way she celebrates hers. Everything is Jolly!) I use the video to help figure out timings. Also helps to slow the audio playback down to half when sequencing. Have fun with it this season. I'll post a video of my show when it is time!
  2. rs485 LOR & Actidongle HC DMX

    update: the Actidongle arrived. I plugged the HC dmx dongle into an open usb port while com port 3 had the LOR rs 485 booster already plugged into it. The driver auto installed. I went to network preferences and configured the new dmx dongle (Enttec, etc.). Lights on the dongle were on and flashing. Now I am waiting for the moving heads to arrive. The dmx signal terminator and the 3pin dmx cables, (not cat5), are already here. So far so good.
  3. rs485 LOR & Actidongle HC DMX

    I want to start with two moving heads. One above each garage door, mounted upside down, mostly under cover. But that's not what I want to focus on. I need to know if I currently have a LOR adapter coming out of com port3 on my show laptop, can I add actidongle out of show laptop com port (other) (4) to run the moving heads. At the same time? Both dongles plugged in to different usb ports from the laptop. Thank you Ross
  4. Our 2017 Display RGB Pixel ( Be Our Guest) Disney

  5. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
  6. Janet Devlin Happy H O L I D A Y S

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvnhmLswjVg I like it!
  7. rs485 LOR & Actidongle HC DMX

    In this image from LOR it shows what I am trying to achieve. Is anybody using this method and are you using the Holiday Coro Actidongle to connect the moving head/dmx/usb in place where LOR shows the Enttec adapter?
  8. #LancasterPaLights 2017-2018

    Make sure you stop by this year! Check each facebook page for schedules. Follow us on facebook and twitter. We are so excited to be on the tour again this year. Who else wants to be on the tour? Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
  9. #LancasterPaLights 2017-2018

    Laurel Avenue Lights in Lititz had Judy Pancoast Live last night to open their lighting season and her "House on Christmas Street" 2017 tour. I was looking for pictures and video of the event.
  10. Light Of Christmas

    First video using iMovie. Multiple angles and views. Took a long time to edit the videos. I'm not trained in Mac but my kids are who are too busy... Even in HD, the video seems grainy in spots. Trying to figure that out. Enjoy and share please, thanks! Happy December! Merry Christmas!
  11. Trimming silence at beginning of sequence

    Trim the song. Create a new sequence with the trimmed song. Copy & Paste the whole sequence from old to new minus the dead three seconds in the beginning. Save it, Compress it, Export it as Protected.
  12. 48+ channel

    50 Kilowatt Tree by The Bobs ok I'll start...This sequence follows my rules of decorating not LOR's (It's a show, set it up any way you want). Copy and paste to your display as needed or use the whole thing. Can be used with less than 80 channels (5 controllers). It is unprotected so have fun with it! Merry Christmas! 50 Kilowatt Tree 80C.lms 50 Kilowatt Tree 80C.lms.bak 50 Kilowatt Tree 80C.lms.lcs
  13. PA Light Shows 2015-16

    We're back! Merry Christmas! I finally have dry connections. Funny looking out in the rain and seeing LED lights half lit when they are not suppose to be on! My GFCI's were not happy. I did manage a Foggy video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JBau6-FiOk Light 'Em Up PA!
  14. PA Light Shows 2015-16

    NUF" SAID...am I the only one with this song sequenced? If not, where is your video?
  15. I saw this song, The Light, on a facebook page of Lithgow Lights. I always look for something different to sequence. It took me 7 hours in LOR SE 4.2.12. I have 96 channels, 2-50w ccf's and 200 CCB's.
  16. CCB Arches

    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!
  17. CCB Arches

    This element is a BIG HIT this year. Many compliments so far. Just had to remember to up my LOR Network Preferences speed to 115.4k so all the details of sequencing showed up!!! Merry Christmas!
  18. CCB Arches

    Boom! Awesome! Perfect!
  19. Projection Question

    Consider how you will run the projector as well. From a computer, lap top or dvd player. The connection is important. HDMI or VGA, etc. I use a six year old laptop to run an Epson Powerlite S1+ through a VGA connection. No HDMI. The 1200 lumens works great for me as a rear projection on to a white low count thread sheet on a wood frame in a large picture window. The good news is that you can buy this projector on ebay for 50.00 bucks. Find one that has low hours on the bulb. Good Luck!
  20. turn all lights on

    My visitors can enjoy pre show music for 30 minutes with just white floods on the house, then enjoy 15 minutes of music and all on (static) sequences, then dancing lights until tenish, followed by all on, then post show music with white floods only. All possible by mixing up the show editor and the schedule editor. The sequence editor can be used with or without music and with or without lights. The possibilities are awesome and have fun!
  21. Intro ideas for 2016 show

    The Hampster Dance is funny. You can edit the mp3 down to a start up sequence. There is a part in the song where they say "here we go!"
  22. LOR CCB Accessories

    Last year (2015) I wanted to add LOR CCB's vertically, (about 17 feet ground to gutter), to outline my house. I was thinking mount the CCB's with zip ties to pvc pipe. Then, a few days ago I got a tweet from Holiday Coro regarding the Pixal Bulb mounting strips for sale. I ordered some to try. I figure I can mount the LOR CCB bulb every 4 inches and secure the strip from the gutter hanging to the ground. Hopefully there is no twist in the strip and the bulbs remain pointing forward. One of the challenges I have is that my house walls are made of stone. So there is no regular flat surface. I'll keep you posted. Please share your thoughts if summer has you thinking of decorating for Christmas! Ross
  23. PA Light Shows 2015-16

    Merry Christmas Everybody! (Everywhere)
  24. PA Light Shows 2015-16

    Merry Christmas All! Today it is raining. Hopefully it will stop by 5:30 for the start of the show. I did have a rain delay Monday night for 30 minutes. After the rain stopped, I used a blower to go around and dry many of the mass connection sites. That worked! I also had an Epson PowerliteS1+ projector bulb burn out. Thanks to ebay, I got the replacement bulb yesterday and wow what a bright difference a new bulb can make. I actually found the same projector for less than the price of a replacement bulb, so I bought it. Now I have a full back up. (I paid $22 plus 14$ shipping for the projector and bulb). Virtual Santa is now playing in the window. Kids really like the Minions Jingle Bells sequence. check out twitter for my updates #etownpa #etownchristmaslights #lancasterlights
  25. Mixing Xenon Strobes With Led Retrofit

    LED C9 3-4fps strobes in a black base clear dome arrived a few days ago. I installed 12 along an eve overhang above my garage 2 feet apart hanging down vertically. I was impressed with the light output of them. Upon closer inspection, it appears the LED's are positioned in the lens at different heights around the inside which allows you to see the LED when it fires. My experience with the white base clear dome slightly less expensive LED strobes is that the strobe fires up, not out. They are not as luminous, in my opinion. I am tired of xenon failures and hope to convert to LED's as the trial and error period moves on and the LED tech gets better. I do currently mix every strobe I still have working (@50) on one channel. I have a non-static display:)