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BigDPS last won the day on January 15 2017

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  1. I have made mine out of rope light and tried writing Merry Christmas in cursive. Once lit up, it look pretty good. And like Big J said, a lot of zip ties to mold the letters into shape!!! If you look at the picture on my Facebook page, you'll see what I mean. https://www.facebook.com/LincolnlightshowNB/
  2. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I just checked the same string with my tried true calibrated Fluke 88 Multi-meter set on amperage setting and it showed me 21 mili-amps draw. I would say I have the cheapest (and they look cheap) LED on the block. Having said that, I admit technically I should have more amps draw but that's what my display is drawing. However, the strings I have don't match what they are supposed to draw according to their specs on the sticker. The string I used as a test says it draws .04 amps but in real life, it is almost half of what they wrote. I will have to check again this year when I re set the display up.
  3. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    The only way I could get that number to register was to have everything on at one time, just like a static display. You had me second guessing what I remember seeing so I had to check something out. I just had a 70 count LED string but when I use my Kill-A-Watt meter, I am nowhere near your number of .05 amp draw. In fact, it is so small it doesn't even show on the meter! I took a picture to show the proof. In comparison, I have a 9.5 watt LED household bulb and that one registers 8 watts whereas the string didn't register anything, either in the amp or watt settings. So that is why my number stands. I always found my display from being fairly low amperage draw just because of the meter I had put on. The day I will be close at 80%load on my 15 amp, will be the time to either call it quits or add a new panel just for the display.
  4. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    ^^^^^^ You must be using extra big LED's as I had over 51000 LED lights ( regular and ribbon strip) plus a projector, a radio (boom box) and I never tripped my circuit breaker. I should have checked again this year....
  5. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    If I understand the question right, you mean what drives my DMX links? I use an ECG DR-4 E.131e box. All powered from my computer using Aurora but will be changing this year for either Vixen or X-Lights.
  6. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    Everyone here, I'm sure, have started with a few strings and a few controllers. I think anyone who is in this hobby, has to be patient. By this I mean if you want to see the number of lights and accessories you have to buy , you do so with a bit each year. Took me a few yeas to go DMX but since day 1, I bought nothing BUT LED's for my display. It is a hobby that really isn't for everybody, that's for sure.
  7. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I have 51468 LEDs including RGB tape style. All on, I draw maybe 6 amps total as measured with a Kill-a-Watt machine. Everything is all running on a regular 15amp breaker. Forgot to mention I also have a LED projector running as well in this equation. That's the beauty of LED's. They draw almost nothing.
  8. My 51468 LED display

    As promised, although one week late, here are the upclose pics of my Charlie Brown Christmas tree. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
  9. New Laser Control System

    Unless they bounce back in your eyes directly as in a mirror, the lasers shown in this video are alright. Lot better looking than what has been popping out this year to light up the sides of houses with just typical glares and bits of lasers, not like a real animation.
  10. My 51468 LED display

    I welded the 5/8 rebar on a 2x3 inch flatbar. I made 2 holes at each opposite corners. I made 2 of these 2x3 bars. I welded the remaining bar on the tube (metal 2 inch pipe) and put a plug in one of the holes as a guide and the last hole, a 5/16 nut and bolt. I will take pictures up close this weekend: of the ornament and the tree. It will make more sense once it is "seen" instead of "written". As for the 3/8 cable, I used eyelets that curve inside the cable and held them in place with cable u-bolts (2). Then I put a 5 feet picket with a loop built in and attached the cable using a turn buckle to tighten or loosen up if needed. I welded a hook on the tree to hold the cable in place. Again, I will take pictures this weekend and it will make sense. I read it myself and I lose the meaning as well. Isn't a picture worth a 1000 words? LOL! My friends who help me setup the display always plea to me not to make the items in the display so big. Like they say, it's go big or stay home. We are home so we go big! 2017 won't be different. I have a few ideas but they need some polishing and the exact thing that will affect the height/size of what I have in mind, all rests with how much $$$$ I will need to make it. I want it to be the biggest in the display: 30 feet! Might have to invest in a cherry picker..... LOL
  11. My 51468 LED display

    I used 2 inch pipe for the trunk. The base is a triangular shape with support that I used to have for my Halloween Spider Web/ Since we don't do Halloween, it got relocated as a tree support. For the branches, I used 5/8 rebar and the tips, I used 1/2 rebar. The top height of the highest branch makes the item 22 feet tall. Did I mention it was HEAVY? I have a 3/8 airplane wire holding it down. That guy wire is so taught that if you strike it, it sounds like "G" on a guitar. Everything comes apart. The rope light will stay on the branches but the ones on the trunk have to be taken off. Let's just say it was very popular this year. @Jim I used rebar as well for the snowmen. The tallest one is over 23 feet tall if I'm not mistaken. I used 1.5 inch angle iron to hold the circles together.
  12. We like to know that we use songs from the 30's and VERY few of the newer style. We have Mel Blanc, Spike Jones and the City Slickers just to name a few. Just these 2 artists are from 30-50's. There is one rule we like to obey with our lights. There shall be no Bieber songs whatsoever.
  13. My 51468 LED display

    I use 1/2 rebar and 12 rungs. It is mounted on a base like a Faberge egg type of deal. The lights are spun in a spiral and there are 15 sets of 70. 5 sets of green, 5 set of red and 5 sets of blue. The hook is channel 16 and has 140 yellow LED's. I'll try to make a plan for it. If you go on my youtube page, you can see the ball in action. Just search for Gandalf13a and look at the videos for Jingle Bells techno. I think that is the one.
  14. My 51468 LED display

    The ornament is over 10 feet tall. I wanted a spiral tree but my wife thought it would be nice to have an ornament spiral. Spiral tree is easy. Start at the top and go spiral until you reach the bottom. Spiral sphere? Not so much. It was her idea but it became my problem to try to make one. I don't have the plans but if you want, I can post something in the DIY section. When we did Halloween display, the same ball became our pumpkin. Just remove the "hook" on top of the ball and attach the "stem". It was actually the only item that was used in both displays.
  15. My 51468 LED display

    I know there was a thread about why was it always about the amount of lights but that's what people like to see and hear. How many lights we have and what we do with it. The snowmen and Charlie Brown Christmas tree are made out of rope light and the Nutcracker is a metal frame with LED ribbon light. Not the best to use when we have rain and freezing temperature. Will have to modify it for next time we set the display.