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Ive only been on this site a few times so far but I live every bit of it!. I also had a decent amount of lights 40amps worth, the last few years it has been a little less because a lot broke and the dam animals outside like to chew on them. Anways i want to get a computerized setup im not sure if i can afford it this year because i already spent a ton of money on lights. I defantly plan on getting it for next season if i dont get it this year. My question is, all the houses that have their house and bushes light up in like 3 different colors or more are those 3 different light sets or 1 set that have color changing bulbs? Also what are some good computerized modules? Thanks Everyone for your help!!!

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Most that I have seen are three different light strings. Like RBG (Red Blue Green). Each color is controlled by its own channel. So if you had 300 red ,300 blue and 300 green you would be using three channels to control those.

I would get registered with Light O Rama and get their e-mailings on the February and go that route. Their equipment is good and they stand behind it. Get the advanced software because you will want it down the road for sure. Pick brains on this forum. You would not have time to get it going this year I don't think because sequencing songs takes many hours but is fun. (I think) Good luck and enjoy the addiction to synchronized lighting.

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Thanks for the reply!! Im going to buy some more lights this year in preparation for next year. I was leaning towards lor but i wasn't sure if there was any others. Also could anyone tell me or give a link where i could find how to animate arches.. Right now I have 7 30' arches going down my driveway and for next year i want to have them change color and be animated. Thanks

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I agree with THurrle, Light O Rama is the way to go. You can download the free version and get to know it, do some sequences and practice the different effects When you buy the controllers and software you can use those sequences in your show. I did that at the beginning of the year and did 20 songs for my first show. Their web site has all the info you need to get started. Look on you tube for ideas, and decide how many channels you can afford. They have sales for their different packages at the beginning of the year and again in July. I started with the 32 channel package then added another controller this year. Start early and ask all the questions you want on here. Everyone is very helpful here.

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I agree with the others here as well. I bought the advanced version of the LOR software and I am glad I got that one. I have been working on sequences for quite some time now and have a handful of them done. Now the trick is is having enough money for the 64 channels I programmed all the songs to lol. I will most likely be buying in Feb. but probably in Aug. I think that is the best way to go and you never know, you could win free stuff! I am bummed I couldn't set up my stuff this year but I know next year will be awesome for me!

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