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Well this is my first year with LOR and man am I happy! I finally got everything plugged in today and during my first test of the year.... Success! Well almost a perfect start, I forgot to turn my outdoor speakers on. I can live with that error though! I have been planning on a weeks worth of troubleshooting and fixing, however after my first lights on test everything fired up just perfectly.

I played through several of my songs with no issues what so ever (once I turned on the speakers) I can't believe for the first year ever with LOR everything went perfect. So now I guess I just wait till my lighting party on the 19th to turn them on for good!

I have a pic of all lights on on my websites homepage. www.joyseylights.ca

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Looking good man! I started with 64 channels. I waited on the electrician to install a new 200 amp service back in 2008 (2 weeks before Christmas). In 2009 I was on Active Military Duty till December 17th and had everything up on Dec 21st. Last year, had the second 200 amp service installed and increased to 156 channels. Started on Thanksgiving day and finished on Dec 12(the day the power was turned on to the upstairs appartment.

Each year has gone off without a hitch.. Just lots of work and preparation for "Next year". I'm in the process of building C9 sections that will attach to the eves/sofit of the upstairs roof. Using 6 channels on every element this year. You'll definitely find that as you increase the size of your display, your setup time will also. But, the one thing you can always count on is that the LOR controlers (as long as they are taken care of) will work correctly upon start up.

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Congratulations. I am in the exact same position as you. I just went to LOR this year and turn my lights on for the first time tonight. I can't believe I actually pulled it off.

Now, I figure I have enough time to program one more song before the first show.

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Congratulations. I am in the exact same position as you. I just went to LOR this year and turn my lights on for the first time tonight. I can't believe I actually pulled it off.

Now, I figure I have enough time to program one more song before the first show.

As you progress with you programming, you'll find easier ways to do it. You know, part of the learning curve. I admit that I've used some sequences that other people had produced/shared. It's still work to get them to work in your own display. I have learned so much from how other synchronize that it's made me better when it comes to doing my own. If my entire display were DONE right now, I probably would be sequencing up till Christmas eve.

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I'll believe I can do it when LOR sends me my controllers :wacko: still need my 40 ampers.

I'm in the same boat... Can you pass me the bailing bucket?

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