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m@thelightaddict

Santa's Sleigh Ain't the ONLY Thing Flying Tonight

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I already know you 200 and 400 amp'ers are going to be able to upstage me, but at least I'm posting this first (I think) :]

He's a video I just took of my power meter. The first part shows the thing spinning nice and slow, like typical house should. The second part shows is whirrling like crazy with all 22,000 lights going.

I love this stuff!!!

BTW...Happy Holidays, everybody!

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That is to funny. I have brought people over to watch my meter when I turn the lights on. Man, it sure does spin... Merry Christmas

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wow thats awesome! im going to have to try that tomarrow with my display., even though mines less then 10,000 lights im sure itl spin a little faster. I want to see some of the 200,000+ light guys houses meters once this happens. i bet you cant even see the shaded line. itd be going so fast.

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thats funny!

during the summer my landlord takes $75 a month off my rent cuz his sis in laws pool filter is hooked up to my power and with that and my AC going it takes 13 seconds for the disk to go around once...when they are both off it takes 24 seconds

with my lights going it takes anywhere from 13-21 seconds to go around (13 being the busiest parts of songs) and my lights are only on a few hours a day compared to the filter 24/7 and my AC when needed (was paying $300 a month in the summer)

btw...just got my bill for 11-15 to 12-15 and electric was $159...$59 more than usual...so double that for the season and im only paying an extra $40 this year compared to last year using LOR and having 25000 more lights...gotta love it

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I went ahead and had them install my new meter in my workshop when I had it fixed. Yep, I thought ahead for the season, I had them mount it with the wheel up so I could use it as a table saw while the lights are on. :waycool:

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Hahahaha!!! Nice oneRichard :waycool:<---this is me singing to the music

I just checked with the wife and the Halloween Show electric bill was around $280 ($180 over normal). I only had about 13,000 lights up and 1 inflatable castle...I wonder how bad my Christmas bill will be.

2 things come to mind right now... 1) How can I hrness the sun's energy and apply it to my electrical needs (solar powered lights maybe???) and 2) use the meter as a table saw! :laughing:

Side note. I just went out to see what happens to the meter during the show and I can actually see the dial speed up and slow down with the beat when several big channels hit at the same time.....(AWESOME I says to myself with a "mad-scientist" grin and snicker)

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Hummm.... maybe find a way to put magnets onto the disk and wrap copper coils around the meter to (you guessed it) generate a little of your own power as a by-product. Kinda like the braking-system on hybrid cars.

CW

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