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  1. Christmas_House_2017.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    My house display for 2017 Christmas. The outside lights and living room window lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC. The door wreath is controlled by a Siemens S2-200 PLC, with the power to it controlled by the living room SLC5/04. Most of the light strings have been cut into 10 bulb sections to run on 24 volts DC provided by separate power supplies. The flickering candles in the kitchen window are 4 volt bulbs wired to a TTL transistor logic card, and each of the 7 is controlled with it's own subroutine. TO get 4 volts I have a 5 volt power supply run through a potentiometer to reduce the voltage to 3.7 volts - it is easier on the bulbs and makes them a little dimmer than full brightness so they appear more like candles. The kitchen window is controlled by a SLC5/03 PLC, and another SLC5/03 controls the tree that I put out in the side yard this year. The PLC's are synced with messaging by a home control SLC5/05 in my home office, through NET-ENI's. A network COM port on the tree PLC is messaged to through a data-subscriber on the HMI. All features (along with the home controls, monitoring and alarms) are controllable and adjustable by a computer and a Windows tablet both running AdvancedHMI.
  2. Halloween_2107.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    My 2017 Halloween display for a house I just bought this year. The living room and porch lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC, which is controlled by a SLC5/05 PLC that controls many home and security functions. The kitchen window is controlled by a SLC5/03 PLC. All PLC's are controlled by a computer and a Windows tablet running AdvancedHMI applications. The start & stop times and days can be changed, along with enabling and timing of specific items.
  3. Christmas Tree Ver2.avi

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Here's a .AVI version I had created because neither of the MP4 uploads would play. This runs on an Allen Bradley SLC503 that I upgraded from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added a 120V output card to control the 12V power supply, tree top and the white lights on the pre-lit tree. It's controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI through a Ethernet serial port through a WiFi access point. Unfortunately the camera had a difficult time focusing on the flashing lights, but even though some is out of focus the patterns still show.

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  4. Halloween_LR_Lights.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Display of my LR window for Halloween. Runs on the same Allen Bradley SLC5/05 as my LR Christmas lights. The run from October 15th until the 31st. The upper strings that change color can have the timer changed by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. The spider web has 2 spiders that don't show too well unless you get really close. I have a few timers sequenced to make the web flicker to look like what I think the bad electrical service in a haunted castle would do.

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  5. Halloween_LR_Lights.mp4

    Display of my LR window for Halloween. Runs on the same Allen Bradley SLC5/05 as my LR Christmas lights. The run from October 15th until the 31st. The upper strings that change color can have the timer changed by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. The spider web has 2 spiders that don't show too well unless you get really close. I have a few timers sequenced to make the web flicker to look like what I think the bad electrical service in a haunted castle would do.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.
  10. 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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  11. Christmas_Tree_-_96_Sections2.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    A re-upload of my Christmas tree, the other video shows an error. Run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/03 PLC with 2 PC's controlling it with AdvancedHMI. The tree has almost 500 lights cut into 12 volt sections and just over 1,000 feet of wire. The PLC has 6 16 output cards for a total of 96 outputs, each card running one section of all strings. It is powered by a 12 volt 30 amp fan cooled power supply, I originally had it run on a 3 amp power supply but as soon as I connected over 1/4 of the lights they began to dim, and then shut off completely when I added over 1/3 of the lights. With the voltage adjusted down to 11 volts (to be gentler on the bulbs) it pulls just under 16 amps with all lights on - just under 200 watts total.

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  12. Lanterns_Ver2.0.mp4

    Set of lanterns originally from a Mr. Christmas set that I had wired together as a set as seen on my Bedroom Christmas Window video. I wired them into 7 individual circuits & changed the PLC output card to a TTL card. Each lantern now flickers individually and after a few seconds they turn off for a about half of a second in order. This is run on a SLC5/03 controlled by 2 PC's running AdvancedHMI through an Ethernet COM port. The card is powered by a 5 volt power supply with the voltage turned down to 3.7 volts (to be gentler on the 4 volt bulbs). The steady on time and the pulse time can be changed by either HMI. I place these lanterns on the sill of my bedroom window for Christmas.

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  13. Christmas_Tree_-_96_Sections.mp4

    Christmas tree wired with 96 sections of lights cut into 12 volt sections. Originally designed for an outdoor flagpole tree of lights. Consists of 16 strings of 6 sections each, using 96 PLC outputs. For the effect of the lights the video was taken before any ornaments were placed on the tree. Each section is controlled by one of 6 - 16 output DC cards on a SLC 5/03 rack. Originally I had it powered by a 12 volt 3 amp power supply. but as I added more sections I found the supply got overloaded with only a quarter of the lights on, so I upgraded to a 30 amp, fan cooled power supply (with all lights on it pulls just under 16 amps with the voltage reduced to 11 volts). The PLC is connected to a Ethernet COM port through a WiFi access point and controlled by one of 2 PC's I have running AdvancedHMI.

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  14. Door_Wreath.mp4

    Wreath I programmed using a Siemens S7-200. Cut a string of lights into 10 sections of 24 volts 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.

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  15. Christmas_LR_Window.mp4

    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). 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.

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