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anyone lighting up this weekend?

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just wondering whos lighting up this weekend? i'm starting thanksgiving night at 6pm...if you want an address shoot me a pm

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just wondering whos lighting up this weekend? i'm starting thanksgiving night at 6pm...if you want an address shoot me a pm

Thanksgiving night, 4:30 PM Central. Has been that wa for over 40 years.

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I had hoped to this is my first yr, with more then 500 lights in a static display, but the wife decided I need to put new floors in before I could do the lights, so I was delayed a few days. Shooting for Monday now.

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I will be trying to get them up and going by Sunday, excluding any unforeseen problems.

this weather we are having has been nothing but uncooperative thats for sure!

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Thanksgiving night, 4:30 PM Central. Has been that wa for over 40 years.

Were about in Plainview do you live so we can come over and see your display?

Got all my lights up today but I need to tweak some sequences a little.

Hoping Friday to be up and running.:)

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I'm done and tested, so I will be running on friday with a preview on thursday. I had so much fun hanging lights in the rain this year. I am only about 10 minutes from Charles Town Races and Slots, so swing by if your in the area doing some gambling this weekend

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I am planning to run the show this Saturday @ 5:30 .. Had planned for Thanksgiving night, but some delays.. I under estimated the time it will take to put up the lights, but I should be able to do a test run Friday to tweak few things here and there.

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I won't turn on till the 1st. But I run it through the 6th of Jan.....(the 12 days of Christmas) Stop by, it should be a mad house!

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Received my "tune to" banners yesterday so I will put them out and make a couple tweaks to my mini tree setup and go live Saturday at 5:30.

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i plan on lighting up this weekend if i can get the other 12000 lights up and wired tommrow. 28000 up so far and 61 channels wired up

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Set up over past two weeks tested tonight, will run show Thanksgiving night then block party on Friday for Make-A-Wish with 350 invited. City allowing us to close street for block party and make one way dureing display hours, start full run on Saturday night 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

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We usally start this Sunday but reading how many of you start before that, I might just earlier myself. My roof and house is done, this weekend is all the yard display with the mega tree and new medium mega tree.

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I turned my lights on tonight because many of my neighbors had out-of-town guests for Thanksgiving and wanted to see the light show. This year I have 320 channels of computer control and about

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Setback after setback (Mega tree & weather related) has pushed my lights on from 12/1 to Sunday, 12/6. Finally got a sunny day to work and a dang HAIL STORM came through with blue skies all around it. Not fun when you're on the roof! Haha.

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We had our grand lighting last night a 6pm as we have for 18 years. We had about 1,500 people standing on the street waiting. Nothing like being in the house flipping the breakers and hearing the crowd cheering.

Bobby

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Setback after setback (Mega tree & weather related) has pushed my lights on from 12/1 to Sunday, 12/6. Finally got a sunny day to work and a dang HAIL STORM came through with blue skies all around it. Not fun when you're on the roof! Haha.

Stephen, I feel your pain. The weather has not cooperated at all. My light up might be pushed back as far as Dec 12!! I am having problems with a vendor that I use to get my triacs and transformers from for my control boards, but in the mean time I will get the static part of the display up.

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I got mine up can going yesterday, had a few tech problems which cause 2 controllers to flake out. But got that fixed today and it is running correctly now. Need to run a second 15 amp circuit to the controller on the roof, keep tripping the breaker. It is a 30 amp controller but only ran one circuit to it. I did the load calc correct, but had to add more lights than planed to get done what I wanted to do so that blew my load calc out the window. Will get that done tomorrow night, have to pick up another 12/3 drop cord for it.

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