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  1. This is our 2017 Christmas light show. Facts are shown below. Thank you ever so much for stopping by my channel to appreciate the holiday spirit with myself and the rest of my family. Song: Little Drummer Boy Artist: Boney M. 2017 Light Show Facts Light Count: 12,948 Controllers: 1
  2. Silent site?

    I think the missed pun opportunity of O Silent Site for the thread name should the be topic of discussion here haha
  3. 50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    Thank you very much
  4. 50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    After about 5 days worth of work, I've completed our new Merry Christmas Sign!! It is about 50 ft long and close to 4ft high. Our old one was made out of PVC pipe that formed the individual letters using incandescent light bulbs. It was a complete pain to put up every year and ate away at our time that could be used for other decorations. My Dad was at his second home "Menards" and came across their green painted fencing that was 50 ft long with 2" x 4" squares. Bought our lights from Home Depot as they had the best price for continous on LED lights for $11 (with tax). This allowed me to unplug any unused lights to give that nice distinct definition of each letter. Each light was zip tied twice to stop the lights from twisting, especially with storage. Which, in the end can just be rolled back up and tucked in away in a corner. 3 things I would have done differently is: Capitalized the R's as I already have gotten crap for it by 3 people. If we had more money and more experience, probably would have used rope light Did 4" spacing instead of 2" for the MERRY section. I'll probably fix this next year by just moving the MERR back as there is over 1 ft of space to work with before the M My fingers hurt, bled, and went numb from all the zip tying, but now I have calluses a professional guitarist would be jealous of haha. Grand Total: 724 Lights 1624 Zipties (I zip tied the unused lights as well to keep them from hanging)
  5. Storing spare bulbs and fuses

    Haha, my Mom will be pleased to hear that her house isn't the only invaded by these prehistoric looking pests. Nothing to be jealous about!! I still use plastic bags myself! I just had some extra tackle boxes that were laying around from when we had to replace our old one. Hopefully we're coming to the last of their season. I think our exterminator had said they last for about 3 or 4 years before they stop coming back. Just realized there was a storage section in the forums. Sorry for the misplacement of my thread!!
  6. Due to the infestation this year of stink bugs, I have a new found hate for them along with cardboard boxes as that's where they love to reside and take over as they invade my storage area with their fowl stench. I've decided enough was enough and it was time to take back my property by introducing plastic bins as my defense mechanism.
  7. Who is this fellow?

    Omg I know the answer to this question haha. American Sales still sells those actually. However, they also sell a lot of the old time blow molds as well like the penguins, the noel candles, and several others. It's one of my favorite Christmas decorations stores. Thinking more in depth... I can't remember if it has the top hat or not now.
  8. LED's messing with eyes

    WOOOAH! Thank you everyone for the information. Exactly why I love this forum. Also, I will definitely have too look into trying this for sure. I would love to buy the higher quality light strands, but the amount I would need in all different colors, would break my bank lol. This looks like a great alternative. Thanks again everyone!! WOOOAH! Thank you everyone for the information. Exactly why I love this forum. Also, I will definitely have too look into trying this for sure. I would love to buy the higher quality light strands, but the amount I would need in all different colors, would break my bank lol. This looks like a great alternative. Thanks again everyone!! Haha, besides from being high-quality lights, Id probably buy a box just because it would make me laugh.
  9. LED's messing with eyes

    I have a rather weird post and question for you guys lol. I was just curious if anyone else sees a crazy buzzing/flickering/oscillating motion with LEDS. I only get this weird visual effect when the LED's are moving or if i'm buzzing my lips lmao. (I beat-box when I'm bored, don't judge) This only happens with LED lights and not incandescent lights. Do LED's naturally buzz but not noticeably when looking at them perfectly still? Looking forward to your replies!
  10. Glad to hear you got it fixed!!! A long with an excuse to upgrade the computer lol. I had to do that with my computer I choose to use just for running the show. I have an old Pentium 4 HP PC from liked the 1800's lol, that had 2 gigs of ram, to which I upgraded to 4. Found a great deal on amazon, 2 2 gig sticks for 8 bucks. Which is about all that computer is worth in upgrading lol.
  11. My Dad and I were watching the show together and started laughing about the prize money. $50,000 is probably what they spent if not more, just to make their over the top display haha. I know it's not about the money and I'm not trying to sound greedy or anything, it's just funny to think about.
  12. My first initial thought that came to mind is maybe your channel configuration is not setup correctly? Also, what I would try is going to the sequence editor, click "play" (not the triangle but the actual drop down menu that says play) and make sure the option to "control visualizer" is checked. I just found this out myself today, because I couldn't get the visualizer to work either, as this was my first time playing around with it. If neither of those work, I would watch this video to see if you can find the root cause of the issue. Maybe watching someone do it step by step it will help you locate the problem, or show you may have missed!!
  13. HELP! - I need ideas for my house - Trees block front view

    I'm not trying to hijack the OP's thread. However my question could help him as well. How did you figure out how many lights to buy per tree?
  14. Computer specs

    To give you some perspective on what to buy as in minimalistic hardware side of things. I am running a 1.2ghz pentium 4 with 2 gigs of ram as my display computer haha. Which just sits there running the schedule all week. I have done some slight editing to fix a couple errors and it seeeems to handle everything just fine so faaaaaaaaaar. However, I mainly edit everything with my gaming rig. I would honestly believe anything in today's standards would be more then sufficient to run and edit with LOR. Most computers today come with a minimum of 4gigs which is more than plenty. It wouldn't even surprise me the slightest if you could get this whole thing up and running on a surface pro.
  15. 2 10 ft Candy Cane Sticks

    Thank you I appreciate it!. Awesome!! Thank you so much. I did not know that about hot glue, so I will definitely be watching out for that for sure. Thank you for the heads up!!