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My son and I have been working on our setup in Lincolnton. Just outside of Gastonia and Charlotte. We will have 120 channels, and I am not sure on the light count yet.

We currently have one of our controllers running a small Halloween display with three songs. I will try to get some videos up and send a link.

This is our first year, and so far we are having a blast.

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I'm moving from Illinois to Greensboro next week. I wont have my display up and running this year, just too many things with trying to get the family moved. If there's anyone that lives in the Greensboro area that has a big display, please PM me your address (and start date), I'd love to bring the family by to see them. I'm excited to move to a new area and see all new displays.

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Just noticed this thread...

Long time animated display in Kernersville, NC. (Between Winston-Salem and Greensboro) Added lots of LED's last year, and more this year. Probably up to 30,000 lights, but most synchronized to music. Added a Holdman-style star on the roof as well.

Switched to LightShowPro this year, and added some DIY controllers to my 19 Animated Lighting (AL) controllers.

Need to remember to submit to DigTriad and get video to WXII-TV again this year.

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I'm moving from Illinois to Greensboro next week. I wont have my display up and running this year, just too many things with trying to get the family moved. If there's anyone that lives in the Greensboro area that has a big display, please PM me your address (and start date), I'd love to bring the family by to see them. I'm excited to move to a new area and see all new displays.

Welcome to NC! I am just beginning my display, although I've had a static one for years. What area did you move to?

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Hi all new too PC this year but been on LOR for 2 years now. We started our light show last Thanksgiving and hope to have it up and running this week. We are located in southern greensboro and have 30,000 lights and 32 channels. Our display is 1/2 static and 1/2 anamated. Last year we had about 5 songs and this year we bumped it to 10 and got a FM transmitter. Hope to see everyones displays this year. :santasmileyitty:

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8208 Kingswood Ct, Raleigh 27613

Merry Christmas to all!!!

12 Channels with 8K lights, 1 wireframe and the beginings of a blowmold collection:santasmileyitty:

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guess im the newbee on the block, this year had about 15k of static lights, went totally crazy day after xmas, had all familly members combing the store for any kind of deal. After all said and done, ended up with over 150,000 lights, with 50,000 being leds, have 12 lor controllers due in this week, look to be evicted from sub division in dec, we hope to have best show charlotte has ever seen, also picked up a couple of lasers. will get web site up in the next few monthes with hd cameras

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We are located in Pilot Mountain North Carolina about an hour drive from Greensboro. We decorate over two acres and visitors park in our lighted parking lot and walk through our display on lighted paths. This year will be our 6th year in North Carolina but 44 years since I started the Display in Florida.

Our display will be much larger this year as we have purchased The Blue Ridge Festival of Lights that was located in Woodlawn Virginia at Walk of The Wild.

See our WXII 12 news clip. There is a short commercial at the beginning.

http://www.wxii12.com/video/22067975/

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Hi Y'all

WR Wooten located in Pikeville, NC, which in 9 miles north of Goldsboro.

48 channels and Transmitting on 107.5 FM.

This was my first year and we are already planning to exspand.

Wesley of Wooten's Christmas Lights.

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324 Old Westfield Road, Pilot Mountain just minutes from the Charpiat's

3rd animated year, 20 yrs overall

256 DIY Channels, Vixen and over 25,000 lights

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324 Old Westfield Road, Pilot Mountain just minutes from the Charpiat's

3rd animated year, 20 yrs overall

256 DIY Channels, Vixen and over 25,000 lights

Wow that is cool!! I may have to check it out this year... I have been to the Charpiat's for the last 4-5 years!! Never knew you guys were around.... I am in Sandy Ridge, NC

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Pittsboro, southwest of Raleigh, almost due south of Durham, where US-64 and US-15/501 meet. I'm a couple blocks north of that circle, behind the Chevrolet dealership.

I've been running a Mr. Christmas for the last couple of years, and large static displays for years before that. 2009 will be my first year with LOR (64 channels). My wife and I have done about 7500 lights, this year we'll probably double that.

http://www.PittsboroChristmas.com

http://ChristmasCarolina.com

and of course, Planet Christmas.

- Jack

OK, for 2009, we got up to 14,000 lights. For 2010, we now have 80 channels LOR, 60 channels of DMX, and are planning about 25,000 lights.

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Well I have my LOR set up this year finally. 96 channels with Arches, Belagio Poles Snow tubes and Strobes. I was able to program 14 songs witha few Demented Elf voiceovers going over and FM Transmitter and it actually came out pretty good for a first timer.

Anyone living close to Huntersville and want to take a ride to see it I live in the Macauley Sub division off Stumptown road...

Very pleased with the Traffic flow, not overbearing but just enough to make it all worthwhile...Hope some fellow PC users can stop and see the display.

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We are located in Winston Salem, NC, 80 channels of L-O-R with over 30,000 lights, Theme this year: Majesty of Christmas.

Address: 4755 Randall Avenue (just replaced the street sign, now shows Randall Street). Welcome to come by and visit us.

Wayne & Polly Davis

Winston Salem, North Carolina

[email protected]

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I am located in Archdale, about 20 minutes south of Greensboro. This is also my first year. I have roughly 8,000 lights and 32 channels. I had someone here on PC do the sequencing and I must say it turned out awesome! If youre in the area stop in and say hello. 1001 Courtland Ln

Now our 3rd year. 115 channels of LOR and about 50-60,000 lights

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We are in our 2nd year with 192 channels of LOR 30,000+ lights. We are located on Sunnyview Circle in Matthews, NC in the Brightmor subdivision. Shows start every 30 minutes beginning at 5:00 and end at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting.

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