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Hello all! I had a display with 128 channels on my old house. When I sold the house, the new buyers really wanted my LOR setup so I used it as a bargaining tool. So now I am starting over. I am looking for ideas on how to make the most of a single 16 channel LOR controller. I am open to moving to DMX, rgb, smart pixels - you name it.
This could turn into a long post, so buckle up. (TL-DR at the bottom) Is it too soon to start planning next year? Looking for some help / ideas from the creative minds and guru's on here. Posted photos of my current layout (2 different years which is why there is a slight variation). Currently at 32 channels, jumping to 48 next year. I hate the net-light wall I created this year, so those are going on the roof next year and attaching to my current roof outline thus freeing up that whole side of my yard. Thinking about putting up two 10ft mega trees with 8 channels each over there (aka new box completely full). Thoughts? Maybe only do 4 channels each and have them "mirror", so still 8 sections per tree but the two opposite each other light up at the same time. Leaving me 8 unused channels, but what to do with them? Looking for relatively inexpensive ideas as the new controller box and all the mega tree lights are basically maxing my budget already. Could leave them blank for future expansion, maybe add a few smaller arches?. The huge tree in the middle of my yard is a problem (and no I cannot cut it down. I love the tree, its the biggest in my neighborhood, easily 4 stories tall and 8-10ft diameter trunk) Planned layout in terms of channels.... I know I have broken the cardinal rule of planning things in 4's. I could blow the whole thing up if you guys think it makes a HUGE difference. If I am going to destroy my layout I would rather do it now, than have to do it as I add more boxes and get to 64 or 80 channels. There are a few ideas I have to make it more into "4s"..... Basically looking for ideas to make my show better, brighter and bigger! without "breakering the banker" TL:DR- What would you do with my yard? and layout
Thinking about jumping from 32 to 48, channels that is. In the never ending planning that occurs in my head I am thinking about making the jump from 32 to 48 light-o-rama channels. I started with 16 for 2 years, 32 for last year and this year (2 years) so it would seem to follow the pattern. My only question/concern is how much of an impact will this have? Anyone with experience care to share? In my jump for 16 to 32 I had to request the help of family to manage set-up instead of doing it by myself (so from say 12 man hours to about 30?) but this included new additions like an 8 foot spiral tree and leaping arch (over a 2 car wide driveway), mini trees, etc... Is it logical to assume that about box adds the same increment of work or does it go up exponentially? Obviously the price impact can be anticipated given the cost of the box, lights, extension cords, new props... How about the sequencing? I felt like the jump from 16 to 32 was not terrible because a good amount of channels were eaten up by objects like the arch and spiral tree so it wasn't terrible. Is adding more channels (more objects too) going to be much more work or again another similar incremental increase? Thoughts?