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Annalisa

CrazyLightLady How-to Sneak Peak

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I'm working on a new how-to for my CrazyLightLady Window Inserts. It will be on my site in a week or so, along with all my other how-tos such as my Super Cheap LED MR-16 holders.

The insert on the right is from last year, (YUCK!!!), and the new and improved insert is on the left. As you can see I'm really stocking up on the C-9 LED replacements.

Enjoy!

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Whoa! Lots of view's, no comments?

No-one is not the least bit interested in how I built a 4 channel frame that doesn't look like the right window?

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Sorry -- I read it yesterday, meant to comment, and must have got distracted...

Would love to see the how-to. So from your description, these are retrofit C9's? That's an expensive window ;)

Looks fantastic though!

-Tim

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Could be because quite a few of us have already got our displays up for this year or because retrofit leds don't quite work good with LOR yet or are way to expensive to consider yet. However I would love to see the "how to" for future reference because some day I am sure I will be using them. And the picture looks good!

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Waiting for how to, looks good [exact burned out blue light], Do they take apart or fold for storage ? How do they mount ? Are you still using one breaker for your show ?

Mike E [ just call me nosey ]

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can I ditto a ditto ?

Same here she said it was a sneak peak. I love her demos was waiting for the full release to comment.

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Let's see it! ;-)

The lattice rail works...but it's not perfect...especially for 2 strands, so I'm still trying to figure out a near perfect installation.

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Tell me more PLEASE, PLease, please....Switching over to all C-7's around windows next year myself.

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The how-to is finished, I just need to get it uploaded. GoDaddy is having issues tonight so it may be rather late, but it is finished.:D

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This kind of caught me off guard.

"please don't post any of this information on the TCL site or boards"

Is there no love lost between PC and TCL?

BTW, the lights look great. Thanks for sharing the how to.

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