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About Shrubie1

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    My name is Andrew

    I'm almost 15 and i love x-mas lights, its jut one of my many hobbies.
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    Saltwater Fish Tanks,
    X-Mas lights,
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    Just a plain ordinary set-up looking for some attention this year....
  1. Don't forget to calculate your amperage draw per strand of lights to figure out how many strands you can get and how to distribute them through the all of your boxes. I think your PC-CTB16PC has a 30 amp capacity (15 amps per side with a max of 8 amps on any one channel).

  2. Wow, 48 to 64 channels? That's great. I remember I started with 32 then went to 64 then 96 last year. I am thinking of picking up a couple of those control boxes as well. I have been buying the LOR1602W boxes but I can get the same end result with the PC-CTB16PC for much less. The major differences will be the housing and the way the computer recognizes the box (LOR1602W being a little more user friendly). Well your plan sounds like it will be very nice. The best way to get cheap lights are at the after Christmas sales but other than that it can be considerably more expensive. Depending on the linear feet your roof line is it may not bee that expensive. Good luck with that and if I see or hear of any great deals on C9's I will be sure to let you know.

  3. I plan on using 48-64 channels... I'll end up buying 3-4 of the PC-CTB16PC-COMPLETE ( http://store.lightorama.com/ctascpa.html ) and assembling them, no soldering required. People say it takes only 45min-1hour to build so i thought i would give it a try. I have plans for all the bushes and trees in the front yard except 1 of the trees. Which would be the large tree in the middle front yard... It's about 1 1/2 stories tall. I'm going to try and do the roof line sorta like yours with the 3 colors. I don't know where to get the C9 Stands cheap though. I'd also like to build 2 arches if i think I'm up for the challenge this summer. I will defiantly download the software and tinker with it!

  4. Great, glad to here you got some lights. Wow 6000, sounds like you got plenty. So how many Light-O-Rama boxes will you be buying? If you are definitley buying LOR I would highly, highly recommend that you download the trial version of the program and start now. This will not only allow you to get comfortable with programming but you will be able to keep all of your work when you buy the full version. As far as the transmitter goes, you can buy them assembled if you don't want to build it yourself. I bought mine assembled because I have very little soldering skills. Do you have any plans as to how your going to lay out your display or any special displays such as trees, arches...?

  5. Yeah i haven't posted to much, I've been busy with school and breaks and snow days. haha! Yea i got lots of lights, maybe 6k lights for like 50% off too. I still need C9 Lights, were did you get yours? I can't wait for the summer sale at light-o-rama, haha also i may need someone to help build the RAMSEY Radio as well. I may need some help programming too, i get how it works it just seems a little complicated to do to get it looksing good...

  6. Hey Andrew, I haven't seen you posting much on here. How are things going? Did you get to the after Christmas sales to take advantage of the super cheap Christmas lights? What are you thinking about doing for your 2009 display? I look forward to hearing from you guys soon. Ryan

  7. Hey Andrew, welcome to the forum here. I hope you have had some time to check things out. There are lots of resources available. If you goto www.planetchristmas.com you will see that there is tons of additional websites you can go through for pretty much anything related to Christmas. How's that tree coming along? Ryan

  8. Its Andrew..... surprised i found your user out of so many others ;)