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jerry75

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Hi all ,

I'm based in the uk and after doing normal christmas displays (If you can call dressing the whole outside of your house normal haha) with chasing lights and blowmoulds I really wanted to

move into the use of Light O Rama units to evolve my display .

My problem is the only supplier of their kit near to me is in Ireland and after emailing them for prices I was shocked to be offered a 16 channel starter kit for £1100 almost 3 times what it costs from LOR direct. :(

the thing is I went to the LOR site and they only show postage to USA or Australia not the UK , Is there anyway I can get these units without paying well over the odds , I've contacted a couple of guys who are in this country using the LOR kit but have yet to hear back from them.

Any help would be much appreciated as I really want to get moving on this , I downloaded LOR demo software and have managed to setup 5 songs on 32 channel which is what I want.

Many thanks from a newbie desperate to display this year ... :(

Jerry

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Thanks Surfing4Dough , I've sent them an email , just keeping my fingers crossed they will help.

Jerry

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Hi Jerry,

So sorry i haven't got back to you sooner, But things here are quite hectic now, and will probably remain so right up until switch on night (Nov 30th)

LOR's website isn't really set up too well for orders in the UK.

Your best bet is to give them a call directly, they're really helpful and shipping is quite fast. Your best option for value including shipping is to purchase the CTB controller in its weatherproof casing (platic & lighter)

Ask them to set it to 240v, or this can be done very easily yourself by positioning the jumpers on the board.

Shipping to the UK for 2 controllers will be about $100 (£66.00) but you will have to pay duty once it's arrived in the UK - Anything between £25-£40 so 2 x controllers including shipping + duty about £436

Once you received your controller, you simply cut off the US sockets and plugs and change to UK one's

Don't forget if your using blowmoulds & UK lighting with transformers - These don't work too well with LOR, You really need to be using straight mains lighting 240V

Checkout my display www.paultoole.org - You'll see most of the lighting used by the controller is mains.

If you need any ideas, christmas lights & decorations - checkout my online store, where i'm sure we can look after you www.12monthsofxmas.com

Hope that gives you a little insight to your questions, Hope to speak soon!

Paul

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Thanks Paul , I'll be in contact about a bunch of lights soon and pick your brains for some help ,

This is the package I'm getting to get me started :

https://www.wowlights.com/ProductDetail.asp?Category=3&Product=48

I've downloaded the demo version of the software to have a play , didnt realise it took so long to sequence a song , If I save the sequence will I be able to use it when I get the

licensed product ?

Cheers

Jerry

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Oops , I forgot to ask am I to assume that what I get in the kit from Wowlights is all I need except for lights and sequences ?

Cheers

Jerry

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