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qberg last won the day on December 24 2016

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About qberg

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  • Birthday 06/23/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Spring Lake, NC
  • Biography
    Married with children
  • Interests
    automotive....and of course Christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Well known in our development....even the pizza delivery guy knows us as the Christmas house!

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  1. I use Microsoft office picture manager on the desktop...simple. I have no clue on the mobile....sorry.
  2. Still can't post pics

    through trial and error I have found if you drop the size of the pic to below 1Mb it will upload
  3. Why I mainly use Pro lights

    I did LED rope light in the pergola above my deck 2 years ago and have had many sections fail. I used hot glue to seal the ends and I believe that was my mistake. Two of the sections have discolorations on the inside of the tubing from the moisture that made its way in. I have torn it all down for now and will replace it next year. When I do, I will use the silicone and clear shrink tubing that I use to seal my RGB strips to seal the ends. It held up very well last year.
  4. LOR Bug in newest version 4.3.22

    LOR has posted 4.3.24 for download and it solved my port issues.
  5. After a couple of weeks of pulling my hair out trying to test all my controllers, buying a new USB485 dongle, a new laptop, etc. I submitted a trouble ticket with LOR and was informed "There is currently an issue with 4.3.22 of the LOR Hardware Utility. We will be releasing 4.3.24 shortly which fixes the issue. You will need to downgrade to 4.3.18, which does not have the issue, or wait and install 4.3.24 which fixes the issue." Sure enough, I upgraded my LOR before heading down this fiasco....Blew a lot of time and money chasing my tail on this one. The issue is identified when you try to refresh your controllers through hardware utility. You get a "port error....subscript out of range" error and can not find or connect to your controllers. Hold off and wait for 4.3.24 or keep 4.3.18 !!!!!!!!!
  6. depends? I know the answer sucks, but it really depends on what you are doing....outlining house, mega tree, matrix display, etc. I thought about what stand mini and C-9 spacing was and took that into effect too when making my decision. I did 3" on my mega tree, 6" on my C9 RGBs outlining the house, and used boscoyo's matrix panels for my matrix. Hindsight, I would have used a tighter spacing on my matrix as it sits close to the road. Also, take into account how many pixels before you require power injection, so you can plan the build...don't skimp on power or you will get some odd things happening. as for mounting ideas...check out https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2 and http://www.holidaycoro.com/Default.asp Holiday Coro has some info on spacing in their tech blog and it really depends on how far from the viewing location.
  7. Whole display for sale

    Just saw this listing in North Carolina...selling whole display for $100 https://fayetteville.craigslist.org/for/d/alot-of-christmas-stuff/6263415956.html close...only 45 min away from me.
  8. For Sale- Garage Door Mural

    Laura....I own the same mural. I have had it for 5 or 6 years and it has held up great! If I recall I paid over $200 for mine new. Yes you could. The door cover is made of very thick heavy duty tarp material. Along the top are aluminum tabs that are glued into the material that are designed to slip over the top of the garage door. Along the bottom are spring loaded attachments with a cord and aluminum tab that fit under the bottom of the door. The springs along the mural allow it to stay tight when opening and closing the door. I do not see any reason why you couldn't make a frame to display this and not have to modify it in any way.
  9. I have 7x LOR CTB16PC controllers that I am selling. Some of these I have used a couple years and some were purchased in a lot that I got earlier this year ( I didn't need all of them). I do not have the exact age on them, however, I have updated the firmware to the most recent firmware from LOR and tested all the units. They are all working 100% and are all installed in LOR cases. Will separate....I accept Paypal...buyer pays shipping. I am located in Fayetteville NC if you would like to pick up instead of ship. Controller 1 is a CTB16PC G3, 30 amp. This is in the larger style LOR enclosure that features a rubber seal. $200 (shown below) Controllers 5 and 6 are CTB16PC V1, 30 amp units. These have Waterproof RJ-45 / Ethernet connectors installed and include the screw in ends for your Ethernet cables. $175 (shown below) Controllers 04, 05, 06 are CTB16PC V1 boards, currently set up as 15 amp units. All three of these have Waterproof RJ-45 / Ethernet connectors installed in the bottom of the case, but I do not have the screw in ends for the cables for these units which seals them. However, they are exterior plugs so you never have to open the case and they are on the bottom so moisture will not accumulate. These have 1x power cord going in which makes them 15A units, however, all three have V1 boards that are rated for 30A (written on boards) and have the large heatsinks so you could convert them to 30A units simply by adding another power cord. Additionally, these also have extra long outputs (20"). $165 (shown below) Controllers 08 is a CTB16PC V1, 30 amp unit. $150 (shown below)
  10. Securing molds in a better way

    instead of the 1/2 fiberglass why not use 1/2 rebar and cut it to the lengths you want? The biggest cons I can think of is weight in the off-season and possibly rusting. For my coro cutouts I use 1/2" pvc attached to the backs, pound the rebar in the ground and then my cutout slides over the stakes. For bigger ones I use 1 1/2" pvc and the cheap wood marking stakes from lowes...same concept.
  11. Where to buy basic controllers?

    otherwise these type are the only other "chase" type controllers I know of: https://www.noveltylights.com/chasing-and-fading-controllers https://thechristmaslightemporium.com/collections/christmas-light-chase-controllers
  12. Where to buy basic controllers?

    yeah, elaborate setups will get expensive as you get into multi-color, zones, etc. Plan it out and decide how many channels you would like to do, then tailor that with how much you can afford. I started with 2x LOR controllers and have grown into 9 over 5 years. Last year I drifted off into RGB, 3,000 RGBs took the place of a couple controllers....but RGB is more expensive and much more intensive to program. You said you were looking to light blowmolds....I run my Halloween display on 3x controllers for all the jack-o-lanterns, house items and lightning http://www.wowlights.com/ProductDetail.asp?Category=31&Product=274 Where to buy them cheaper?....watch this forum and ebay and pick them up used. I am actually just finishing updating / testing 7 controllers and will be posting them tonight or tomorrow for sale on here. There are 5 or 6 up on ebay right now and a couple are in Canada!
  13. Where to buy basic controllers?

    one item. You can not plug a strand of 50 bulbs into one LOR channel and make them chase. You could plug 1 bulb into each 16 channels and make them chase. yes...the outlet from the lor controller is just like a female plug on an extension cord. I am confused on this question...there are 16 plugs (channels) coming out of the LOR box. Think of the LOR box as 16 light switches inside, each with their own cord coming out. If you had 16 hands you could flip em on and off however you desire to make a pattern. Also, those switches are dimmers so if you have a blowmold that is too bright, you just run it at a lower % to dim. yes the CTB16PC models are the residential models and cheapest. A computer is required, I have a cheap laptop from a pawn shop that runs my shows. The LOR program is pretty straight forward, just color in the blocks when you want that specific channel to turn on, blink, shimmer, fade, etc. Most likely you are going to need extension cords to run from the controller to your display item. search zip cord or SPT cord and vampire plugs to make your own....very easy. YouTube "how to light o rama" and you will get a lot of basic tutorials and overviews to better understand it.
  14. Where to buy basic controllers?

    I haven't seen anything in the stores expect the more expensive Mr Christmas type models that help put some action to music. For blowmolds, I would recommend keeping your eye out for LOR controllers. Pick em up used for half what it costs new. I use my LOR for Halloween pumpkin blowmolds....with the controller you can do a really good candle flicker look. With 16 channels I have them all sequenced off each other so the whole yard isn't flickering to the same beat. Another advantage is you can program chase, blink, whatever....don't like it....change it. You are not stuck with it.
  15. Pixel megatree topper; Holiday coro or Boscoyo

    I did a custom wireframe star that mounts to the top of the pole (fixed height) so I have no opinion on the looks of either companies rgb star. However, as for mounting, my tree topper is fixed as well so the distance between the star and tree topper never change. I adjust tension on the strands at the bottom hoop. I have the hoop floating 18-24" above the ground and then use paracords with stakes to secure and adjust tension. Works for me since my mega tree sits on uneven ground. This way I never adjust the height of the tree, but can keep all the RGB strips tight throughout the season. I do really like Boscoyo's ICOSA star and thought really hard about switching over to that this year! Maybe next year... https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_46&products_id=119