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Clyde Lindsey

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About Clyde Lindsey

  • Rank
    2013 is year # 6 with LOR
  • Birthday 08/12/1974

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  • Website URL
    http://www.youtube.com/user/relxerd1978?feature=mhsn

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    Leechburg, PA
  • Biography
    I've been addicted to decorating for many years. The lights are just so much fun. It all began with 6 strands of lights that my mother bought for me to put on the house at the age of 14. I remember how excited I was. The hard part was taking them down after New Years.

    Now 20 years later, I found the Planet Christmas sight and also the famous video of "Wizards in Winter." I thought, I could do it to. So this year I went Computerized!!! 17,150 lights. with 64 Channels and what fun it's been.
  • Interests
    Love working out and physical fitness. I've lost over 85# in the past year + ! I've never felt better. I also enjoy learning languages. I've become very good with speaking Spanish.

    Other hobbies include construction, landscaping, and beer!
  • Occupation
    Resteraunt Manager
  • About my display
    Every year, I've added just a few more elements to my display. And, November 2007, I never imagined I would go over-the-top. I started making plans for 2008. This year I started using LOR with 64 channels. I didn't use any static elements in the display, but being my first year, it was big enough.

    I have 6 mini trees + 4 spiral trees all with different colors. 8 reindeer on the roof. And every window has 2 color of lights wrapped around them. Along with 1 wreath that lights with the window. Also, I have 2 colors of I/C Lights on the upper and lower roof lines. And, 1 giant wreath at the peak of the house.

    So my neighbors think I'm crazy, but they loved the display this year. Next year, I plan on doubling the my LOR to make it 128 Channels. It's just going to get bigger every year :D

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  1. Hello,

    I downloaded a sequence to help me with one of my songs and it had your name in the LOR sequence info. It is Little St Nick from 2009.

    If this wasn't supposed to be shared, please let me know. I believe I found it on a link from this forum. If it was ok to be shared, can I ask if this was the beach boys, because the total time on your sequence is about 1 minute longer than mine 2:45.99 vs 1:58.88. 

    I appreciate any info you could give me on this, like where you got the version of the music from, I could try and figure where I'm different with the one I bought on Amazon.

  2. Thanks for all the great youtube videos! As a newb into the light sequence world, so I really appreciate the simplicity of them.

    I was watching your setup guide for LOR on DMX and saw you had your LOR controllers in a toolbox! That's awesome! I love the concept of being able to set it somewhere in the yard without having to hang a CableGaurd box.

    How do you avoid moisture issues? Or is it pretty much weather proof?

  3. You will be fine. I used these : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GXB6CI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Think they may be the same as yours. I got them 2 years ago for like $8 each and picked up extra for future hobby uses. They performed well in Western Pennsylvaina winters. Also, water tight! We had tons of rain last year and these controllers worked just fine. And Victor (at Lighting up Paxton) had a great idea of using pickle buckets I decided to go this route, but I had them in the basement until I cleaned up on Sunday.
  4. Just shipped out around 80 boxes... still a lot of Blue and Clear to be had here at Leechburg Lights
  5. Well, here is what I've come up with over the past 2 years. First 3 images are of a PVC mounted box. The second is how I build the controllers with boxes on the back side and plugs housed in a box on front side. They will replace my current Controller stands that are ~ 3' off the ground, the new ones being around 2' tall.
  6. LED Liquidation sale! I have jumped into the world of RGB's and will be selling all my new LED sets that were purchased this year (and some from a previous year). All lights are New In Box. I have posted the type and quantities on my Facebook Show page. I will NOT be posting everything here as it will take too much work to manage a sale list in multiple locations. Prices are listed in the description of the picture. If you have questions, please post them in the comments section of the pic you are interested in... that will help answer others who may have questions. Shipping will be through USPS parcel post and I require insurance on the package (very nominal). If you are interested please PM me with your request and your ZIPCODE either thru the PC site here or thru FaceBook. I have sold and shipped a lot of mini incans earlier this year (some of you have purchased from me already) and I'd hope I've earned a good reputation. If an entire lot sells, I'll remove the listing and picture from the FB page so it is no longer visible. I have attached to this post 2 sample pics... please visit my FB Show page for details https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.698640686819005.1073741827.184401674909578&type=1
  7. I'll add that since my last post, I have installed Dropbox onto all of my computers... Show, desktop, laptop, and livingroom media center computers have a file with them saved on. I can access the dropbox from any computer and don't need to carry a thumbdrive. Likewise, I can share my sequences with anyone by adding them to my public folder. No need to email anymore.
  8. I'd like to point out that if you already have a bunch of 100' cords and don't need them to bee 100', you can always shorten them. If you purchase the 1' cords from Monoprice then cut them in half, you have a male and female 3 prong connector (as opposed to purchasing male and female 3 prong replacement ends from Lowes for $2 or $3 each!!!!). You can then solder them onto your existing extension cords to make shorter runs. All of my orange cords were 18AWG anyway. 3 years ago, I moved my controllers out into my display. I no longer needed 60+ 100' extensions, so I cut them into 25' lengths. I then found some similar inexpensive short cords at BigLots and soldered them on. I think I converted 15 cords? That made 60 each @ 25', something I can use. I now have more than enough extension cords for my purposes, and it only took a little time to make the cords. Best of all, I don't EVER need to purchase extension cords again
  9. I like the Holiday Coro tree listed above http://www.holidaycoro.com/product-p/220.htm... Something is wrong with the price "our price" = $11.99 "pre season price" = $14.99 I want them at the 11.99 price haha Could use these modules from Ray http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/promotion-5050-SMD-RGB-LED-module-DC12V-input-waterproof-20pcs-a-string/701799_423204013.html They are only $9.00 for 20 pieces! They use .72w of power and you could run them on Ray's 27 channel board with ease at .4 max amps per channel (after calculations) I do like the 2' trees... but I'm going to let you in on a secret. I have used the white 4' trees from Walmart for the past 5 years. I threw out 6 of them because they were shedding the little white bristles. I suggest finding the twig trees... I seem to recall someone finding them in China without the lights on them. If that is the case, that would be perfect for you. I was lucky this year and found 9 of them at Home Depot for $20 each (plus military discount). So my entire Walmart White Tree Line will be gone come 2013. I have a mess in the mulch out front to clean up because those six trees started to deteriorate. I did love them tho... As far as Ray's board... it is a 15a max board with a total of 1A/channel max. Just so you have the idea, if you ran 9 of those holiday coro trees with 20 nodes, you'd only pull a max of 3.6 amps. Total amps on the board would = 10.8amps Not too bad.
  10. Bob, I found this video on YouTube with interesting Coro mini trees. There are other versions I've seen. Some have just replaced the minis or LED's with a dumb string or RGB's. Just requires more 4 core wire to make those long runs that you have. Personally though, I love how you used the light strings as your "extension cords". Helps light the ground up and looks great.
  11. Here are 2 pics on my Lights page on FaceBook. I use 1/2 pvc and broom handel clips to hold the pvc frame to the window. I do not have a daytime pic. These were super easy to build. I had 5 strings of lights (red, green, warm clear, cool clear, and multi leds) ziptied to the frame. Storage in attic took seconds, and I can test them before taking them out of the attic. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549102638439478&set=pb.184401674909578.-2207520000.1364754227&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F615355_549102638439478_1429335391_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F553805_549102638439478_1429335391_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1536 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549102255106183&set=pb.184401674909578.-2207520000.1364754227&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F616129_549102255106183_896477787_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F46558_549102255106183_896477787_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1536
  12. SPRING BREAK UPDATE!! Here is what remains of the MINI light inventory still up for sale: Walmart minis 100ct Multi green wire 10 @ 1.35 Multi white wire 87 @ 1.35 Pink green wire 16 @ 1.00 <<--- Now reduced Amber green wire 22 @ 1.00 <<--- Now reduced Other minis 100ct Clear (Home Holiday brand) on green wire 20 $2.35ea <<--- Now reduced Multi Home Depot brand green wire [email protected] $1.35 Multi Sienna brand green wire 12 @1.35 I also have the remaining C9 incandescent sets 25 count Walmart Red ceramic 25 ct - 8 @$2.00 Blue ceramic 25 ct - 4 @$2.00 Replacement C9s Blue Ceramic 27 boxes 4ct @$.30
  13. I have been selling my overstocked minis lights that were new. 2 weeks ago I shipped a 20 lb box for around $19. I estimated a shipment on Thursday for a 17 lb. box at $25. The total came to $30 What the heck???
  14. I purchased 4 LOR cards last year used for $89 each. Yes I had to install and assemble them into enclosures and that takes time and money. And yes, you pay shipping. I also found 2 used contrlers in home-made housings for $150 THIS YEAR. The deals are out there... you must be willing to have patients. Also, you must be prepared with a "fund" for emergency controller purchase. I have not purchased a "new" PCB 16PC card in 2 years because people offer them here. http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SN-CONT As for this controller here suggested by gmac, it is very similar to what I was explaining in my original post at the top. It is a bigger version of a multi-function controller. These will work for you!!!!! Just remember the limit is 150 watts or 1.37A per channel (if my math is correct). Your 12' rope lights will pull ~ .65A per string (check your set for the actual). I don't know how many rope lights you'll use per channel, but 2 sets may be the max with this controller. At $24.50 that is good price. For 3 of them @ $73.50 + shipping, well to me that gets close enough to warrant the purchase and use of a controller.... OR!!! What if you had a separate extension cord and ran it on a timer?! If you want them to come on and turn off with the show, just set the timer? No channels, no fuss! Easy stuff
  15. Yep, I put my 20' cords in an 18 gallon tote for storage too... I also begin wraping with the female end ALWAYS! When I've get to the male end I loop it around the entire bundle 4 times then run the male ind thru one of the 2 sides that are created by the loops. they never untangle in the tote. OR they get hung on a piece of pipe by slipping on to the end and sliding down. And then I did the same thing with my controllers... moved them to the yard to make the extension cord runs much much smaller. This happened after the 2nd year. It was so much easier to run one 30' extension and 16 of the 15' cords versus sixteen 40' cords. Also, I watched these videos where you make knots in the cords... It wast of time and space when you deal with 200 cords. Way easier and faster to do hand-to-hand wrapping. Key is consistency, always wrapping the same way that works for YOU!
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