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LOR Came in the mail today

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After a year of sequencing, trolling the boards, watching countless hours of Crooks and Holdman's Christmas displays - we are ready to put this show on the road!!


I'd like to thank UPS for the speedy delivery of my first 16 Chan LOR controller. Mr. Pugh is currently hooking up the expertly labeled plug in thingies and I am staging my sequences to blink just as soon as he is done. OMG I AM SO EXCITED. I feel like I ordered a mail order bride-errr--groom!

I think this might be a sickness. I really think this is....a mental health issue. Aw who cares - BRING ON THE BILNK!

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You have the same "job" as me...the programming! My husband does all the lights and outdoor work and I do the programming.

I think Holdman's and Crooks are my two most favorite!

What songs are you going to do?

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I only programmed two from scratch - my opener is the beginning of a song by Christina Aguilera - it's called "Enter the Circus". Then I programmed "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy". I found Marty in Utah who gives you LOR sequences for free. He sets up the basics in three or four channels - so I took his and modified it to our set up. From him it's Techno Jingle Bells, Nutcracker Suite, and Carol of the Bells.

If I could offer any advice for a newbie it would be - get a pre-sequenced song, see how someone who knows what they're doing does it - then play with it and start doing your own. I learned SO much from Marty!

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Have you purchased all your ext. cords yet? That was what caused me the biggest heart failure! The controllers were the cheap part!!

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I am making my own cords this year. I bought a 1000' of lamp cord ($100), 32 male plugs ($16) and 32 female connectors ($32), a big bag of shrink wrap and some zip ties.

I am also going to label the female ends with the location, and the male ends with the channel number. Once they are all laid out I am going to zip tie them in to a snake. One going to each controller.

Next year I will just have to roll them out and I will be ready to go.

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