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Anybody know where I can get a Light Flurries? I looks like everyone is sold out? I'll even take a used one if someone is looking to get rid of one.

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Keep an eye out on ebay, they come up from time to time and usually sell for about $50 there, I saw one sell for $20 back in Apr that I missed bidding on - NUTS!

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I've never owned a light flurries brand...but I had one like the hammacher type.

Mine was sold at kmart but I got it at a yard sale...

It worked pretty good...but my house is a light color and it didn't give a good effect...

I think my hubby throwed it away...or gave it away one...

I think it would have looked nice if the house were a better color and my yard wasn't as lit up...

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I've never owned a light flurries brand...but I had one like the hammacher type.

Mine was sold at kmart but I got it at a yard sale...

It worked pretty good...but my house is a light color and it didn't give a good effect...

I think my hubby throwed it away...or gave it away one...

I think it would have looked nice if the house were a better color and my yard wasn't as lit up...

I'm kind of the opposite -- We use the LF's but I've never directly used the other type. But it's my understanding that they're slightly different beasts: The LF is essentially a disco ball at an angle. It projects little "flecks" on your house. The effect is as close to 'real' snow as you'll probably get with projected light. We use two of them, aimed differently and at slightly different speeds, and the effect is nice and random. I've actually had people say "wow is it really snowing out" when looking at the house. Other's aren't fooled but they think it's a cool effect and always want to know how we do it (we hide them behind our nativity so it isn't obvious).

The other product, as I understand it, is more of a novelty projector. As shown in the picture on the link above, it projects huge 'snowflake shapes' that are cute and a nice effect, but nobody's going to mistake them for real snow! It can also project things like witches, ghosts, and other holiday shapes. Perhaps it has a 'spec' mode like the LF does too but I'm not aware of that.

So they're kind of different beasts: Both good products which produce different effects. I have the LF because I got them before the other type came out. I'm happy with mine, but I"m sure the other kind is nice too.

-Tim

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I've never saw the light flurries in person...but these other gizmos can make that effect if you just don't add the slides.

I only bought the thing because I wanted to make ghosts fly on my house...I wish it had looked better.

I don't know if the effect without the slides is the same as light flurries or not...but it's got a big disco ball...:cool:

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Anybody know where I can get a Light Flurries? I looks like everyone is sold out? I'll even take a used one if someone is looking to get rid of one.

I have a different type of a system than a light flurries. The light flurries uses a beam of light to reflect on a mirrored ball. And depending on the distance to your home, it looks like spots of lights (never a snowflake).

The EZ Up Projector (what I have) uses a film to change the shape of the light and broadcasts a real image of a snowflake.

If you are interested, let me know and I can send you more information. I have two of them. The EZ Up can be used for Christmas, Halloween and other occasions.

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I have a different type of a system than a light flurries. The light flurries uses a beam of light to reflect on a mirrored ball. And depending on the distance to your home, it looks like spots of lights (never a snowflake).

The EZ Up Projector (what I have) uses a film to change the shape of the light and broadcasts a real image of a snowflake.

If you are interested, let me know and I can send you more information. I have two of them. The EZ Up can be used for Christmas, Halloween and other occasions.

I'm interested in this as well. My wife really wants something we can have on the house for each holiday. I'm concerned about how bright they are as we have a street light pretty close. The EZ Up Projector looks like what she wants (Amazon for $100 though). Is it worth it? Can it do the mirror-ball-snowflakes effect as well?

This would be used in addition to my sequencing...I assume I can just turn it on/off with no ill effects? Maybe on for an entire sequence...then off for one? Something like that.

rns

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I'm interested in this as well. My wife really wants something we can have on the house for each holiday. I'm concerned about how bright they are as we have a street light pretty close. The EZ Up Projector looks like what she wants (Amazon for $100 though). Is it worth it? Can it do the mirror-ball-snowflakes effect as well?

This would be used in addition to my sequencing...I assume I can just turn it on/off with no ill effects? Maybe on for an entire sequence...then off for one? Something like that.

rns

It is very impressive, but not on the magnitude of the light flurries. I tried to use the light flurries mirrorball with the EZ, and it was not focused.

More or less, it works great on small sections. I ended up using mine on a double garage door and a front section of the house that was about twice as big (for halloween only). I did not use it (and I got rid of my light flurries) for Christmas because I thought the lights washed out on my roof (black asphalt shingles) when I replaced them after a storm event.

We have a street light at the foot of our driveway, it did not seem to affect the quality of the snowflake/halloween display the year we used it.

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I think the "EZ Up Projector" is the same type (or similar) that Jen described above. See my reply to that post as to the differences...

-Tim

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FYI John found and used it last weekend I will have to tell him to post and let people know when he finds and item

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