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How many Ch's did you start with

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I jumped in with both feet last year with 128 channels. There were many times that I wanted to throw in the towel and just give up - I was overwhelmed with the size of the project. After many sleepless nights and a lot more grey hair, and help from friends and family I was able to accomplish the show.

If I was to start all over again, I would stick with the PC Newbie motto

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1st Purchase (April 2007): one LOR PC16Complete Kit.

2nd Purchase (May2007): D-Light Spectrum + twelve ACx16 boards.

1st Show (July 4th, 2007): one D-Light ACx16 board in the above LOR's enclosure.

1st Christmas (2007): Joined the 200+ Club.

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I started with 128 and have added each year. I will be over 400 channels for 2009.:eek: I became addicted after I saw my first animated display!:121_reindeer:

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Just getting started this year. Hope to be able to pull off 32 ch for 2009 and 64 in 2010.

After that I need to decide whether to install a subpanel on a house I'm getting rid of anyways in 2016.

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I started out with 16 from last years Secret Sale, then added 16 more channels during the June Sale, and 32 channels wasn't good enough, so I added another 32 channels, to make 64, and then jumped up to 104 channels. Went from 16 to 104 all in the same season.:121_reindeer:

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1. started with .64:D under estimated extension cord count.

2. added 32......96:D No problem at all!

3. added 96......192:eek: a bit too much for 1 person....

4. adding 64......256:cool: Wish I could afford more...

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Newbie here too. I'm planning on 32. I initially thought 16 would be plenty, now I'm not sure I can contain myself to 32. A 12' mega tree, some mini-trees, some cut-outs, snowflakes, & lights, and that's without any arches. Yikes my checkbook is going to be a sad story. :)

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1. started with .64:D under estimated extension cord count.

2. added 32......96:D No problem at all!

3. added 96......192:eek: a bit too much for 1 person....

4. adding 64......256:cool: Wish I could afford more...

So did you find someone to help after 192? If so can I have their help too!:santasmileyitty:

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I had 32 this year, first year.

Although some of the high channel counts may seem overwhelming to a newbie, you have to remember some display elements are "channel eaters". For instance, my single color tree took 16 channels alone. RichardH's arches took 108 channels? (4 arches * 9 segments * 3 colors I had to use a calculator!).

It would almost be nice to know how some of these aggresive starters used up those channels. I have seen a display (I'm guessing 64 channels) where every channel controlled one set of lights on it's own (no spinning megatree or arches) - in this case (IMO), sometimes more is just more. When I drove up to it, I honestly couldn't tell if it was synced to the music playing or not, until the music stopped and the lights did too.

My advise would be plan your elements and decide how many channels you need, don't buy lots of channels then decide how to use them up. (Easier advise to give than to follow, I plan to get 3 additional controllers this year, 2 for tree colors, the rest TBD).

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It would almost be nice to know how some of these aggresive starters used up those channels.

Well, for myself, I'm looking at 32 channels, and I'm having to combine elements I'd rather have the ability to split. Not saying I WOULD split them often, just at certain points in the show.

My widows, yard, and roof will each eat 3 channels, one for each color, then throw in some mini trees, some single channel arches (one arch of each color), some candy canes, a couple of wreaths, the nativity and a couple of other blowmolds, not to mention the tune to sign, and I'm desperate for channels already.

I want to build leaping arches but wow what channel eaters those are. Even 7 section arches would eat 28 channels for 4 of them.

I'd really like to do the tri color trees but that's ANOTHER 27 channels.

Things that will Definitely have to wait are....

Splitting roof into 3 sections.

Splitting windows into 2 section.

Doing garage doors at all.

Besides, I'll have to have an electrician out in a couple of years. UGH!

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It seems to work out that I don't think I'll need help after I do it one year. The learning curve for me is about 96 channel expansion maximum. I'd have to get help after that. My expansion hasn't necessarily been new items so much as breaking my display into smaller and smaller parts. In the future I see it down to the light bulb level;)

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It seems to work out that I don't think I'll need help after I do it one year. The learning curve for me is about 96 channel expansion maximum. I'd have to get help after that. My expansion hasn't necessarily been new items so much as breaking my display into smaller and smaller parts. In the future I see it down to the light bulb level;)

If you are going to do a BAZILLION light bulbs one at a time you better get started now!:eek::D:giggle:

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184 my first year.

264 second year.

336 last year.

I'll let you know what I end up with this year after the LOR sale.

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I thought 16 would be plenty to start with until I started to sequence. I then went to 48 and ended up with 64 my 1st year. Would like to add 80 channnels this year.

Dave

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