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Wow, you guys have A LOT of channels!! The problem is I can envision everything to do with more channels than I have, but have a hard time envisioning a show with only the channels I do have.:confused:

Susie,

Unlike this year, I usually have my plans of what my yard will have in it done by September. (this year that came in late October) Then I pick the music I like and start listening to it over and over and over hundreds of times while envisioning what my lights will be doing. I've always been a daydreamer so this is easy for me. Then when I get to the actual sequencing it's so embedded in my brain it just goes together, although not easily.:rolleyes: I struggle a lot and change up a lot of things along the way.:( This is my 7th year with LOR and if anything I've learned to keep it simple and not to try and follow every beat. People love the music and the lights are just an added bonus!:)

Later!

James

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Thanks for the advice James. I'm not sure this is a good hobby for a perfectionist.

Actually it is. This year I feel rushed and will be shortcutting some things but in the past it had to be perfect to me. Even if no one else could tell that that light was two inches off the straight line it was intended to be on. The thing is you can be as picky as you want. Just leave enough time for redos as it will take time for your own brand of perfection.:D Most of all enjoy the process, learn from it all and enjoy the joy you give people from all your hard work and talent.:santasmileyitty:

James

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I don't know if any of you Iowans have heard the commercial for the led light rebate from Alliante Energy. Seems that they have a $5 rebate for every set of led lights you buy with the energy star rating. Suppose to be able to find info at Alliant Energy website backslash holiday rebate. Just thought I let you know if you haddnt heard it. $5 of a set would make them really affordable.

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fellow iowan here!! hope its ok i join in- i just have a mr christmas this year. i am in the very very north west corner of iowa inwood to be exact. i am about 1 hour from spencer and have relatives there. my son lives in des moines. so i at least know where some of you are in our great state. i really really want to do the LOR lighting but my daughter got married in sept this year so there went all my extra $$!! i hope to get my LOR next year. this year i am having fun with my mr christmas, building things that can be used with lor next year. good luck to everyone putting up lights in our ever changing weather!!

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Well I got some lights hooked up to 3 LOR controllers so im slowly making progress.. I am not sure how or when I'll be able to get everything else going though as I am always busy during the week and wet weather is suppose to be coming this week sadly! Still going to keep updates going though.. tested the LEDs with LOR and they look good!

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Well, I have almost one of three songs done. I will be out Fri.- Sunday putting out the rest of my stuff and getting it all wired. Then I will be inside the rest of the week timing & timing and... It's also supposed to be wet Monday all the way through next Saturday! I should be ok if I can find some dry weather to do some testing??

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Hi to all. Live in Cedar Rapids and run about 128 channels. my brother lives in Jesup and runs 256 channels but downsized to 128 this year because of shoulder surgery. My display is up and will run tonight for a little group that gets together to see the first run every year. My brother will turn his on Thanksgiving night I believe.

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It is 40 minutes from my driveway to his. Pushing the speed limit just a little. It is very easy to find but he is having a few problems still. I will post back if or when he gets it fixed. Might have to go up and give him a hand if I can find a little time. since your Santa I would like to ask for 48 hours in a day and I only need 2 hours of sleep.

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Well last night after a day of decorating the yard we headed out to the Quad City to veiw the lights. We started out at James Peachee. He wasn't finished or up and running yet but it was a sight to see even in the dark. I also got to meet James who was a heck of a nice guy. His whole neighborhood is decorated for the most part. If you make it to James place check out the house down the street done in all blue leds wow is it blue. Next we visited a friends display in Pakview, Ia. Very nice diplay with some blowmolds, puffys and newer carosel and merry go round. Then it was off to The Snowmans place. The sign above the front door says it all. GRISWOLDS. This place is beyond belief. It lights up the whole neighborhood. The house is totally covered in lights. And of course the front door was open so the watch commander could keep an eye on the goings on. A beautiful dog was watching out the door as to say nothin happens on my watch. Snowman you did an awesome job. Wife and I took my mom along and she said you need more lights on the roof Snowman lol. James we will be back for a return visit . What a great night in the Quad Citys.

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Well last night after a day of decorating the yard we headed out to the Quad City to veiw the lights. We started out at James Peachee. He wasn't finished or up and running yet but it was a sight to see even in the dark. I also got to meet James who was a heck of a nice guy. His whole neighborhood is decorated for the most part. If you make it to James place check out the house down the street done in all blue leds wow is it blue. Next we visited a friends display in Pakview, Ia. Very nice diplay with some blowmolds, puffys and newer carosel and merry go round. Then it was off to The Snowmans place. The sign above the front door says it all. GRISWOLDS. This place is beyond belief. It lights up the whole neighborhood. The house is totally covered in lights. And of course the front door was open so the watch commander could keep an eye on the goings on. A beautiful dog was watching out the door as to say nothin happens on my watch. Snowman you did an awesome job. Wife and I took my mom along and she said you need more lights on the roof Snowman lol. James we will be back for a return visit . What a great night in the Quad Citys.

Hey IowaSantaClaus!

It was sure nice meeting and talking to you. I'm sorry I wasn't up and running for your visit but hopefully when the luminary is going on in a couple of weeks you will pay us a visit again. If you were impressed by our neighborhood this time wait till you see it when this day comes, totally unbelievable. Let's just hope for no wind or rain.:D

You and your family are welcome anytime!

Have fun making people happy.:santasmileyitty:

Later!

James

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