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  1. Hi guys. I’m planning on changing my usual static display into a music synchronised controller based light display ready for Christmas 2018. I’m a complete rookie on this subject and wondered if anyone had some pointers on where to start. Obviously we use a different voltage over here 240v so I don’t know how much kit in the US will work over here. Any feedback would be great. Thanks and Merry Christmas:-)
  2. Hello to all members of this great forum and this great Christmas Lights portal Sorry, this text was created with an online translator, because unfortunately I do not speak American or English. My name is Thomas and I would like to call attention to the German-language Christmas house Portal Weihnachts-Lichter.de . The portal has been online since 2009 and this year saw its biggest change since it had to rest for two years due to family events. On Weihnachts-Lichter.de, the owners of the Christmas houses are presented by me, with additional picture galleries and if possible also video galleries. Use the following urls to get to the overviews of the picture and video galleries of the corresponding Christmas houses: Picture galleries Christmas houses Video galleries Christmas houses You have to click on the corresponding links to get to the galleries. Who would like to have a look! At the top of the website, there is a Google Translator button, so that the pages can also be translated into your languages. I would be happy, if you like it and wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Warm greetings from Germany
  3. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    I have just upgraded from the Mr. Christmas Sounds of Christmas to a Light O Rama 16 Channel. We have added additional lights this year and have exceeded our limit for the Mr. Christmas. I also wanted to be able to do some different things with the lights this year. Our display is 90% LED lights. I just received my Light O Rama last week and I am wondering if I am starting this upgrade to late for the upcoming season? I am hoping to have at least 10 songs programmed for this year. Is this to large of a task for a rookie? This is my setup from last year. This year I have built driveway arches and 5 new smaller trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to stay near the top of our neighborhood contest. Thanks! John
  4. I'm in the process of converting my Christmas light display over to LED lights this year. To start that process, I need to downsize all of my incandescent lights I've collected over the years. I have a large quantity of new and used lights up for grabs. Basically a little of everything needed to start/run/maintain a large display. I can ship large quantities of lights via FedEx Ground in larger Home Depot boxes. I'm not going to list a price, just looking for a reasonable offer for parts or all of the new items. Please IM me if interested in any of the items.
  5. I'm 19 and have been doing this for about 10 years so far, I've came a long way with my display in just the past few years even. Here are some highlight pics of this year and a link to the website and Facebook page: http://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights/ I'm open to any suggestions-good or bad for next year, thanks for looking!
  6. Hello everyone. I hope people still check in. I noticed there has not been a post here since 2010! I've been decorating for 25 years now and am finally going to put my lights to music......Hopefully. I hope I can get some help from my fellow New Hampshirites.
  7. Shooting Star Ver2.0.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Update of the shooting star in my LR window for Christmas. I added a few more modes. This is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 and controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. Sorry about the focus, but the camera couldn't keep it's focus range on the flashing lights.

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  8. From the album Aabeck's album

    This is a set of 6 circuit multi-function chase lights I have across the bottom of my Christmas LR window. It is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 with 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. There are 5 modes the display goes through, with a light test mode that can be toggled on by any of the HMI's for testing the lights, especially to make sure they're in the correct order. This is made up of 6) 100 light strings running on 120 volt outputs.

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  9. Lanterns_Ver2.0.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    This is the updated version of the lanterns in my bedroom window. The were from an old Mr. Christmas set. Previously I had them wired together to a single 24 volt output, but had some transistor logic cards that proved to be adequate to control the 4 volt bulbs individually. Each of the 7 lanterns now is controlled by from 7 to 11 timers, with a master timer that strobes them off sequentially every few seconds. This is run on a Allen Bradley SLC5/03 with a network serial port allowing 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet to control it, along with the other lights in my bedroom window.

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  10. ShootingStar.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Shooting star I have in my LR window. It's run by a Allen Bradley SLC5/05 controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet all running AdvancedHMI. The entire display is made of strings of lights cut into 24 volt sections (the shaft sections have a couple extra bulbs each for geometric reasons and to have the bulbs not full brightness.) The green LED's were added because I had 2 unused PLC outputs on the output card controlling this.

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  11. Door_Wreath.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Wreath I programmed using a Siemens S7-200. I cut a string of lights into 10 sections of 24 volts each to run off the DC power supply & the PLC's DC outputs. The outputs are controlled by a counter that counts up to 87 based on a timer set at 0.42 second pulses. Thsi entire project was completed in less than 2 days after I thought it up, although I have tweaked the program since the video was taken.

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  12. Christmas_LR_Window.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    3 sets I have in my Living Room window for Christmas. Running on an A-B SLC5/05 with 2 racks, and controlled by 2 separate PC's and a Windows 10 tablet all running AdvancedHMI. The 7 element set across the top of the window is also activated for Halloween (with 7 cat lanterns) and Easter (7 Easter eggs). Since this video was made I replaced the star & 2 wreaths across the top with 3 snowmen. The display is programmed with separate start & stop times for November/January and for December. They are programmed to be on from November 22nd through January 3rd.
  13. Bedroom_Christmas_Window.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    What I did for my bedroom window for Christmas. Runs on a Allen-Bradley SLC5/03 with PC and tablet based AdvancedHMI's. Has 4 sets of lights alternating around the window, a set of flickering lanterns on the sill and a Teardrop Chase & Build. All timers and counters that control the circuits are changeable through either HMI. The lights are programmed with start & stop dates and times, also changeable, and am able to force the time on and put in Lamp Test mode that turns all lights on. Since this video was taken the set of lanterns have been rewired & reprogrammed to 7 separate controls, see my video Lanterns Ver2.0.

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  14. PA Light Shows 2015-16

    We're back! Merry Christmas! I finally have dry connections. Funny looking out in the rain and seeing LED lights half lit when they are not suppose to be on! My GFCI's were not happy. I did manage a Foggy video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JBau6-FiOk Light 'Em Up PA!
  15. I hope everyone is off to a great start in getting their displays ready! I know I'm excited for the season to start! Just wanted to let folks know, we have lots of lights in hand, and orders placed by 3pm EST should ship the very same day! If you have any product questions please let us know!
  16. Christmas Lights... check....hundreds of blow molds...check.. vintage Christmas..check..Crazy people who understand your language..check. Join us for the Pacific Northwest Annual All Holiday Swap Meet this Saturday in Port Orchard, WA at Charles Enos's House. There is a Facebook Page just for this event, "Pacific Northwest Annual All Holiday Swap Meet". Information is below.
  17. Hi everyone. My name is John. I have invented a product which I am trying to bring to the market soon. It is a 3 inch Christmas ball that works like a tape meausre with LED lighting. Each ball plugs into the next. The colors on the LEDs can be changed from your phone. Once you take the lights down, you push the button on the bottom of the ball and the lights go back inside. Most trees will only need between 4-6 Ornaments. I have named them Dasher Lights. I am here looking to spread the word about my product. I am also going on Kickstarter shortly to raise capital to manufacture on a larger scale. Any feedback, comments, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you http://www.facebook.com/DasherLightsLLC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOSBSGXpYnE ---- a product demo