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To all my fellow newbies:

After spending a good portion of the past month reading many of the threads in dozens of sections of this website, I can give you the best piece of advice us newbies could get / give: READ THESE FORUMS! I am completely blown away by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the people on this forum. Designs for pvc-based trees where there are no trees, wrapping lights around tomato cages (which are on sale right now for about a dollar at my local hardware store), wreaths, arches, it's amazing what all of you have come up with. Whenever I think "wow, they have come up with _everything_", I open a new thread and find something else that makes my eyes light up (pun intended), my mouth water, and my jaw drop.

I now understand why so many of you have hundreds of channels on your lighting automation. You probably started with a few lights on the house (16 channels), then saw the star and falling snowflake on the Holdman house (another 16 channels), then read this forum and discovered the mini-trees (32 more channels), then the mega-trees (another 32 channels), and now (like I, this morning) the PVC trees (yes, another 32 channels). Oh, sorry, I forgot the arches (64 channels), the blow molds (32 channels) and the various animations for another 64 channels!

So my advice as a fellow newb is read, read, read. I'm guessing 99% of what I want to do has been done and possibly covered here, and I will consider myself a mortal among gods if I can come up with something that makes others here want to emulate the design.

- Carsten

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That's the thread! Very, very cool. We live in a newer sub and the only tree on my property is a mock plum that doesn't lose its leaves until March :~((. Now I have a way of having decorated trees in the yard, without having decorated trees in the yard!

Like I said, the more I read, the more I want to add. Maybe that's _not_ such a good thing!

- Carsten

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Carsten,

Welcome to PC and well stated. It's amazing how many times the same questions get asked all the time. I know we all get in a hurry at times, but the depth and breadth of info on this site is mind boggling if you invest the time to read. This time of year there are no deadlines, so it is a great time to peruse forums and threads.

Somebody started a master thread index at one point, not sure what ever happened to that, but an FAQ would be a great forum to have.

One extra tid bit I will give you. I am not a huge Microsoft fan, but I use Microsoft One Note as one of my planning tools. I love it. I keep a notebook on threads of interest to me, that way I can go look them up pretty quick. There is an add-on that allows you to throw websites right into One Note. Enjoy, and do ask questions too.

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