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Here's an animation screenshot of our setup this year:

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I'll try and get this year's videos up within the week, but channels 1-21 are the mini trees (red/green/white), 22-29 are the bushes (5 channels for the left, 3 for the right), and the radio sign was on 30 for this year (two empty channels... embarrassing I know). On Christmas morning, I unwrapped a third controller, so I know I'll be at least 48 channels next year.

Here's what I'm thinking:

1-21: mini trees (same position as this year)

22-29: bushes (same as this year)

30-31: maybe 6-10 snowflakes spread throughout the large tree on the left

32: a set or two of the LED "snowfall" lights I've been seeing this year in the same tree on the left

33-44: 12 white wedges of a new mega tree out front in the lawn

45-47: either [whole tree red, whole tree green, star on top] OR [3 channels for a star: either concentric layers or a 3-D type star]

48: radio sign

Does that seem like a good setup or would there be a better way to use 18 more channels next winter? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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I reakon you could use 10 channels for the windows and door, that would look very nice and adds to the house and spread of lights

I like that idea but the parents are strongly against anything being mounted on the house. Hmmm... I've got a year to work on convincing them! The extension ladder could stand to get some use next year.

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I like that idea but the parents are strongly against anything being mounted on the house. Hmmm... I've got a year to work on convincing them! The extension ladder could stand to get some use next year.

Make the window frames from electrical conduit and use some steel wire to attach it to the window frame, that way you shouldnt leave any damage to your windows

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I like that idea but the parents are strongly against anything being mounted on the house. Hmmm... I've got a year to work on convincing them! The extension ladder could stand to get some use next year.

How old are you? I'm 15 and I know all about the challenges of parents and displays.

I know you probably don't want to do this, but since you have such a small display (channel-wise) I would leave the mini trees with just white, and then you would free up 14 channels. I would use 10 of those channels for the window frames, add some icicle lights to the roof, and then you still have 3 channels left to play with. I think adding the height on the house would really add to the display and turning on all the lights up on the house can make for some wow moments.

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Make the window frames from electrical conduit and use some steel wire to attach it to the window frame, that way you shouldnt leave any damage to your windows

I'm starting to think about ideas like that... I'm thinking I may be able to persuade them if I used white SPT2 so the cabling would stay unobtrusive.

How old are you? I'm 15 and I know all about the challenges of parents and displays.

20... but I live on campus all year so I'm only really home for the holidays... keeps me on a tight schedule for setup each year.

I would also keep 1 or 2 channels free in case you loose a channel, then its easy to just move it to the spare channel

I'm right with you on that one... I used 30 this year so I had 2 spares.

I know you probably don't want to do this, but since you have such a small display (channel-wise) I would leave the mini trees with just white, and then you would free up 14 channels. I would use 10 of those channels for the window frames, add some icicle lights to the roof, and then you still have 3 channels left to play with. I think adding the height on the house would really add to the display and turning on all the lights up on the house can make for some wow moments.

You're right; I don't think I want to drop the minis back to only white since my sequences all use the colors. But I did get another controller for Christmas, so right now I have 18 unused channels. Maybe I'll shift focus toward the windows and put the mega tree project on hold for a year... or get another controller and jump to 64 channels next year.

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Okay, it was made very clear to me this afternoon that the windows are NOT happening... "too Christmas vacation-ey"...

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Okay, it was made very clear to me this afternoon that the windows are NOT happening... "too Christmas vacation-ey"...

That doesn't sound like a bad thing to me. lol Showing them videos of windows done well is a good idea. That's how I got mine to agree to a halloween display.

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Well, your parents have not tast ;) But your house would look great with floods! That's a left and right side and 3 channels per side. You'll get the look you want for very little. Also go for the I/C lights on the gutters... Get the clips now for cheep at the 75% sales at Walmart! I agree with adding more trees (I like the number 9) Also, you have plenty of room to do Arches. I made six 5 channel arches this year. Total cost was under $50. (including lights) and you could hook them up in series so they mirror each other. Oh man, what a great blank palet to have!

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Thanks for the suggestions relxerd... I've been toying around if I should make it 9... I've seen a lot of videos with 9 and I think it may be that "magic number". I like where you're going with the flood idea too - they don't get mounted on the house so the parents have no issue there, and the house is light gray which should give the colors a little more depth than white would. It wouldn't be too hard to have multiple fixtures on each channel to give each channel more pop.

Gradysfalcon and Xmasboy, any "best of the best" videos in particular you think I should show?

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After reading through this entire post I absolutely agree that floodlights are the best bet!

If you want to invest in some RGB DMX wall-washers I know of an excellent company that sells them outdoor-rated and relatively inexpensive.

That way you can save channels and possibly money. You can light the entire house and not put a staple or a nail through anything!

I just watched some of your videos and was very entertained :)

I absolutely love how you gave the lights some fun personality with the feel of the music. "It's beginning..." was very cute! Didn't have too much going on yet

it was very relaxing to watch, and the chase/color-shifting effects you used were very smooth!

I'm going to watch more now :).

PM me if you need any more help!

Lastly,

To the 15 year-old, WAY TO GO :)! I started when I was 15 too and it's been a blast!

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Lastly,

To the 15 year-old, WAY TO GO :)! I started when I was 15 too and it's been a blast!

Thanks. I love it too, and I think in the long run it will be best starting now since I have limited resources and can't get too big too fast and get overwhelmed. It's hard since most people my age don't understand why I do this, but that has never stopped me. It's fun when I hear people at school talking about my house and I can say I did it. :)

Gradysfalcon and Xmasboy, any "best of the best" videos in particular you think I should show?

For displays with window outlines, I think "Never Enough Lights" is the very best. They do some very cool effects with their windows, and I like their display in general. It's a lot like my house, but with a slghtly bigger yard, so I go to their videos for ideas a lot. This display has a very clean look, so it's probably a good one to show your parents.

Here is a link to their video page: http://neverenoughlights.com/Videos%202010.htm

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