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i was just wondering if people could post pics or links of behind the scenes. i know there is probably more people who would be interested in seeing peoples, power centers, controls, and cables as from the side of the display we in this forum know all to well.

Thanks,

Brad Trower

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Brad,

I would have appreciated this topic about 2 months ago as well.

There are many, MANY people on here with much larger and more elaborate displays than mine, but you may enjoy seeing a smaller display.

This is my first animated year and I went with 48 channels from Animated Lighting. I have around 10k lights, with a 10' mini-Mega tree with 4 sections and 3 colors each (12 channels). I have 6 mini tree's with 4 colors each as well.

I will post more cable runs and controller pics later.

This first pic is my Mega tree whose design was borrowed from different members of PC, so I credit them with the creativity and success of that project. It really only took about 4 hours to build and paint, and another 4 hours to put the 72 light strands up.

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Cable run from one of the controllers out to my Mini-Trees

Notice the garbage bags? I had a minor setback when my wife turned the sprinklers on (I am in Florida and have to keep my lawn green).

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http://christmaslightshow.blogspot.com/

this is a link to my blog that i started doing to keep track of all the effort I have put into animating this year. There is a picture of my set up in the garage with the LOR controller and my computer.I have alwaysdecorated, but this is my first year for LOR. I would like to add 32 channels over the next year to total 48. I have already started planning for next year's display. (I am still adding to this years though).

None of this would have been possible at my house without the help of PC and its members.

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Trent -

I'd move those gas cans if I were you.

Not that anything is LIKELY to happen - but electricity and fuel are known to be bad news when combined.

Also - don't forget to update your profile with your location (city/state). (We've been urged to remind everyone about this! :))

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ChuckHutchings wrote:

Trent -

I'd move those gas cans if I were you.

I was kinda thinking the same thing, just didn't wanna say anything.... :laughing:

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Texan78 wrote:

ChuckHutchings wrote:

I was kinda thinking the same thing, just didn't wanna say anything.... :laughing:

What made me mention it was that my wife "arranged" the garage a week ago.

When she was done, my gas cans were pretty much sitting on the extension cords coming in from the outside. :shock:

Of course, the garage will LOOK neater that way. Right up until it explodes.

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More on topic: Here's a shot into one of my "presents" (These are plywood boxes painted up to look like presents. I addribbons and bows after I'm done messing around in them. And I neatly arrange the cables. ;))

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Chuck,

Those boxes are a great idea! I was trying to figure a way to hide my LOR boxes when I animate next year and I think your idea will be my solution.

Scott

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I am interested in that portable elect. box that connects to you A/C breaker. I have elec. for an additional unit for the upstairs of my houseprewired and never thought of using it since I haveadded the additional unit for the upstairs expansion area. good idea

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sniggle wrote:

Chuck,

Those boxes are a great idea! I was trying to figure a way to hide my LOR boxes when I animate next year and I think your idea will be my solution.

Scott

Those boxes are over 13 years old. I originally made them to store Christmas decorations in. Earlier this year when I got the additional LOR units I thought of sticking them in the boxes.

Ron made a really nice one with a latching, hinged lid and 3-4" legs to hold it above ground so the wires come out the bottom. (Mine sit flat on the ground.)

Maybe he'll post a pic is he hasn't done so already (I seem to recall that he did.)

One good thing about them is that are pretty bulky and heavy and the units are secured to them so the probability of someone horking your stuff is pretty small. (Who has time to break into the box, disconnect 64+ power lines and then tote the thing off?!?) ;)

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cotrill wrote:

Chuck

I would like to see a picutre or even better a video of your mega tree with 64 channels! Do you have any?

Not yet. It's on my agenda for this weekend.

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Great idea Chuck! Like the box...

Number 150 on the "Things to get done this summer list": Make boxes that look like Christmas gifts for the yard and "hide" LOR controllers.. :waycool:

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