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I drag out the crates from storage to the garage on Thanksgiving afternoon/evening. I begin putting up the mega tree on Black Friday - taking out time for the Alabama / Auburn game of course - I finish the mega on Saturday and start putting out the minis, snowflakes, icicles and hang wreaths on the windows. Last year being my first year I expect it to go a little faster this year cause I will know more about what I'm doing. Bahaha!

I turn em on the day I finish. I use a Showtime Director to run my show.

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awesome! folks in my area. I'm in Decatur and grew up in Hartselle. I'd like to get addresses so I can possibly see the decorations at some point down the line.

I plan to start my first run at light control this year. Am about to put in an order for a 16ch kit and hopefully continue adding throughout the years.

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I have 1/3 of mine up, tested and ready to go. Mega tree goes up this weekend. After a final cutting of the grass the lawn stuff goes up the following week so I can have my pre-lighting party for neighbors and friends on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Lights go on black Friday.

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Started Nov 1st, and will finish set up this weekend. Lights go on the night of thw 12th! Not waiting until Thanksgiving this year! After all the hard work we put into it, I am going to enjoy it as long as I can. If the stores can already be lit up........so can I! Good Luck all, and remember safety first!

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awesome! folks in my area. I'm in Decatur and grew up in Hartselle. I'd like to get addresses so I can possibly see the decorations at some point down the line.

I plan to start my first run at light control this year. Am about to put in an order for a 16ch kit and hopefully continue adding throughout the years.

There's nothing like the thrill of seeing all your hard work come to life when you start your show. This will be my second year. I had 16 channels last year and ran a RWG mega, 9 songs and 8 mini trees with it. Got 16 more ch. this year for 32 total. But for this year I will probably just make last year's statics go blinky blinky with it. The changes I had planned to make are turning out to be harder to work into my old sequences than I imagined. Just adding one more color to my mega messes up all my timings. Looks like I'll be starting from scratch for my 2011 show. PM me w/your email so we can stay in touch. We're not far from Sparkman School out 36E.

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Ok...I have started! Today I completed the C9's on the Roof/Gutter. These are new this year. I added about 80, red C9's that are the dimmable Retro C9 LEDs from CDI. This year I am also doubling my channels from 32 to 64, so that I now have two colors on each of the items. Also added some strobes.

I hear what you are saying about modifying your old sequences to add the new color....it is tough and tedious, but hopefully worth the effort.

I also ordered a radio sign from www.holidaycoro.com and I have that completed too. I am replacing my older 4'x8' radio sign with the new smaller coro one. Looks great.

Happy lighting everyone!

Mike

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There's nothing like the thrill of seeing all your hard work come to life when you start your show. This will be my second year. I had 16 channels last year and ran a RWG mega, 9 songs and 8 mini trees with it. Got 16 more ch. this year for 32 total. But for this year I will probably just make last year's statics go blinky blinky with it. The changes I had planned to make are turning out to be harder to work into my old sequences than I imagined. Just adding one more color to my mega messes up all my timings. Looks like I'll be starting from scratch for my 2011 show. PM me w/your email so we can stay in touch. We're not far from Sparkman School out 36E.

Cool. I replied to you via email earlier.

I'm in the Chapel Hill area of Decatur.

I just got my 16ch LOR in today. One thing about my setup I'm kind of sad about is that I only have multi colored lights, so doing anything special with one color at a time is out of my capability unless I go drop a lot of cash on new lights. And I don't see me doing that this year with a newborn (10/26 birthdate) and all the monetary attributes. ;)

I'll need to get some info from you on how to go about setting up initially. I do plan to build a mega tree (built last year, need to tidy up this year) but don't really have any other plans. I've got a good bit of lights, but no real plans yet. My biggest goal right now is to line the roof, but with the steep pitch, and the 2 story height, I'm not too confident with getting up there.

I plan to start up this weekend as long as the weather permits. I still need to settle on an FM transmitter and decide if I want to DIY a sign or order one.

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Started pulling everything out of storage in late august, testing and repairing. Got the candy canes and mini trees up yesterday Now wrapping the 4 main trees RGW, then icicle lights, snowflakes etc... planning on lighting it up december 1st. already had half a dozen people stop by the house yesterday and today to ask if I was doing the display again.

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Lights are on at my house from day after Thanksgiving through January 2nd ... I really don't have a plan yet for when to start - the leaves are refusing to fall off of our trees and the weather has been so great that I've been playing tennis when I should have been in the garage getting organized and ready! I guess that is a dead giveaway that my display is entirely static :rolleyes:

Kathi

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erinh, about the multi colored lights -- I'd bet my 5 section/60 string mega set-up would work great with a multi tree. I'll email specifics and pics/video as soon as I can. Got a sick relative in hospital that I need to visit tonite but am off work for Vet's Day tomorrow and can send info.

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erinh, about the multi colored lights -- I'd bet my 5 section/60 string mega set-up would work great with a multi tree. I'll email specifics and pics/video as soon as I can. Got a sick relative in hospital that I need to visit tonite but am off work for Vet's Day tomorrow and can send info.

I'm all ears.

I've tried to find pictures of the setup from last year but no luck so far.

It is ~14' tall and we didn't have near enough lights. I racked up on the LED lights from the Lowe's 'deal' last weekend. 118 boxes of 50ct lights, so those will be used on the tree and probably the roof.

I'm wanting to do arches but I think I'm already running out of channels. I've considered purchasing a 2nd 16ch LOR unit, but don't want to get in over my head just yet. The FM transmitter has been ordered and I'll have to DIY a dipole this weekend.

So far I've only managed to walk on the roof and say "I don't know about this". Otherwise, the only extent of my decorating thus far has been building a stand for the LOR box. :D

Here's a picture of what we're working with:

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