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I am looking at buying the LOR 32 channel xmas package next year. It comes with the assembly for a 10ft mega tree as you all know. I just want to know what I am all going to need to get this going next year. I know i need A LOT of lights and some fixtures or trees, and quite a few extension cords? These packages come with the music and sequence, my first question is does it come with the sequence for the mega tree also? I have played with the demo software to make my own music, but thats pretty difficult. Do these also come with instructions on which channel should be in what order in your yard? If everyone could give me a tip or 2 to give me a better idea i would appreciate that. Thanks a lot!

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Welcome to the forum!

Id start with reading up on the LOR site in the FAQ & here in the LOR help threads. You have it pretty much right, with the exception of lots of spare time. The channel #'s are labled in the sequence editor and on the LOR outlets, that should guide you pretty well.

I have'nt checked lately but I do believe the mega tree sequence comes with the tree setup.

Best of luck!

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I hop so. I have read a lot of LOR website and I have been reading on here. I have been on here so much my wife has been yelling at me becouse it consumes atleast 4 hrs of my day. What kind of power do you need from your house to power these is anther question I forgot. Will they run off a 110??

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It all depends on how many lights & what type of lights you use. If your using 2 16ch controllers, I would use 2 20amp 110v GFCI outlets( 1 for each controller) that are dedicated to the controllers only, that should cover a LOR package.

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I hop so. I have read a lot of LOR website and I have been reading on here. I have been on here so much my wife has been yelling at me becouse it consumes atleast 4 hrs of my day. What kind of power do you need from your house to power these is anther question I forgot. Will they run off a 110??

Glad to see that I'm not the only one to get yell at for spending to much time on here. Welcome to PC!:121_reindeer:

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I dont know why but I am addicted to it. Its looks and adds up to be a very expesive hobby, but like I tell my wife, its just like hunting! How do you sequence your own displays. Like i said i am playing with the demo version and its quite difficult. Is it easier with the software you purchase?

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I dont know why but I am addicted to it. Its looks and adds up to be a very expesive hobby, but like I tell my wife, its just like hunting! How do you sequence your own displays. Like i said i am playing with the demo version and its quite difficult. Is it easier with the software you purchase?

Getting started can be hard. The higher versions have some tools like a beat wizard that can help. You have access to a demo of that feature, but to really use it you need the Basic Plus edition. I'm actually not familiar with the package you're talking about, but generally when I buy controllers, I get them during the summer sale, the CTB16PC model, soldered.

Yes, lots of extension cords. You can save on cords if you can put the controllers close to the elements, especially megatrees and arches. I have three controllers, each on a 20 amp circuit, but most of my elements are low on amps.

One thing to keep in mind, and something I forgot: the controllers are generally limited to 15 amps per side (with high power heatsinks), but each channel is limited to 8 as well.

You also might want to get an FM transmitter.

Can it get expensive? Yes. But a lot of your costs are in the first few years unless you add controllers etc. Plus it's hard to top the sense of accomplishment when you've got it up and running!

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I dont know why but I am addicted to it. Its looks and adds up to be a very expesive hobby, but like I tell my wife, its just like hunting! How do you sequence your own displays. Like i said i am playing with the demo version and its quite difficult. Is it easier with the software you purchase?

My suggestion is to find someone that already has some experience in your area. They can act as a mentor and walk you through the process. As everyone stated it does take time. Buy as many lights as you can after Christmas, so when you get an idea, you can try it out versus waiting until October to get lights. You will find that many people have thousands of lights in storage just waiting for their next idea. If you decide to move forward, you want want to consider a simple 4th of July show. I did just that my first year just to become a bit more experienced with the process. I was in your shoes on December 4 2006, when I completely checked out and told my wife, forget about 2006 Christmas, and I started working onv my 2007 animated show. Actually the demo version is a complete working version of LOR, but it will not control the lights. Ask questions, develop a network of friends in PC and other Christmas forums. Good luck with your new adventure!

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another thing that helps with sequencing is to download some SImple 16 channel sequences from say lorsequences.com and then you can get a look at them.. some of them even have the visualizer files you as you change them you can see how the lights will change accordingly...

you have plenty of time to plan and get ready.. i would say start small and grow from there.. that way if you decide you dont like it you can sell your equipment and not be out too badly.. but if you go out and buy 10 controllers and software and such then get overwhelmed you are out lots more money....

oh and see if you can find a MINI PLUS in your area too .. you can meet some great people and get lots of ideas at a Mini.. that will help you get going too.. and most times people you meet there will be a hand to help as it gets closer to show time

-Christopher

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