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paultoole

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Hey all...........

Lets get the UK thread going again, its way over due.

Tell us your location

Bulb Count

Channels Used

Favourite Item in display

240v or 110v?

And anything else about yourselves, you think we should know.

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Name - David Grant

Location - Blantyre, Scotland

Bulbs - 45,000 last year Just received 150m of rope.

Fav Item - last year - Spinning Mega Grid tree This Year - Spider fountain

110/240v - 240v

192 channels

things you should know - Things can only get bigger.. Major upgrade this year

David

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Hey David in Bonnie Scotland, glad to hear from you again.

Sounds like things are hotting up for you, and your moving full steam ahead for your light show 2010.

I just can't wait

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Hi Paul

Sore you on TV, looks good.

My name is Martin, I live 5 miles North of Milton Keynes in a village called Potterspry.

First year using LOR, Link to a poor quality video I took at Christmas bellow, I am using 64 channels of LOR on 240v, the mega tree has 6000 lights on 16 channels the arches are made of rope lights, no idea of bulb count but a want at least another 32 chanels for this year

Happy new year to you all

Regards Martin UK

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Hi Martin,

Great to meet you! Brilliant display, especially being a 1st time user with LOR. You've certainly lit up your neighbourhood.

Can't wait to see what else you'll be doing for 2012, We're already getting items in now.

Keep in touch throughout the year won't you!?

Regards

Paul

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hi all dan here from southampton 2012 will be my first display

128 channels 64dc and 64 ac

110v and 240v

15,000 leds

45 m rgb 5050 dumbstrips

mega tree and leaping arches will hopefully be my highlight of my show

also im looking for 25 c9 110v bulbs if anyone has any spare they could sell me orange or purple would be best but ill take any

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Just posted this query in the Computerized Section but then saw this thread - for those of you using controllers etc, did you buy americanised LoR and how does that work for electrics over here, or do you use controllers / hard ware from elsewhere that are suited to the plugs in the UK?

Complete newbie to all of this so don't want to blow my house up first time round! ;) I'm also not in the UK but close enough... I hope! :)

Tell us your location

Republic of Ireland, down South

Bulb Count

Sheesh, I haven't a clue! Nothing as massive as you guys though..

Channels Used

None ... yet!

Favourite Item in display

Large Blowmold Nativity scene with handmade Crib surround and XXXL Angel Rope Light above

240v or 110v?

And anything else about yourselves, you think we should know.

I have absolutely no idea about electrics or any of that - up to now we have been an 'old school' lighting display only so very much looking forward to getting stuck into all of this and really going for it! :D

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Im Glyn and a total newbie to this but its babys first christmas this year and want to make an effort :)

Tell us your location

Old Trafford, Manchester

Bulb Count

roughly 2000

Channels Used

None up to now started too late this year

Favourite Item in display

Lifesized Santa & wip carousel

240v or 110v?

240v

And anything else about yourselves, you think we should know.

Annoyed with myself for not finding this place earlier lol

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Hi

In the UK near Milton Keynes, i import the LOR controllers and convert for UK use, the tend to go very quickly when i put them on ebay but keep your eyes open if you are interested, listing number for some of my ebay stuff is 280884695623 can always do a discount for UK LOR users

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