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Ideas For Running Lights On The Ground Across A Street?

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There's liability to everything. If you buy a German Shepard your home owner's insurance goes up. If you help someone who's been hurt they can sue you for administering cpr wrong. What if the mailman cuts through your yard and trips on an extension cord going to your lights? No more light shows either? If they give you permission in your gated community to do this - go for it.

this is actually not true, only if your dog has bit someone before...

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Well actually - it is. Our insurance agent told us not to say our dog was a "German Shepard Mix" or our home owners insurance would go up when we purchased our first house in Erie. That's not even the point of me writing that.

I like people who do things that other people don't have the guts to because they are "worried" about it. If he gets permission - I think he should do it! Why? Cuz no one else has! That's what makes it cool.

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Off the subject, but how did you get the lights in the tree tops in your picture? String them up and down individual branches or did you use some type of net lighting?

I just ran them around the trees with 100 ct string lights. The key is to not pull the strings tight, you want to leave slack and place them up and down as you work your way around the tree so the lights don't just look like a line. Some times I also just throw the lights up and over the trees. I'm not stingy with the lights so it may take more lights the way I do it.

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Well actually - it is. Our insurance agent told us not to say our dog was a "German Shepard Mix" or our home owners insurance would go up when we purchased our first house in Erie. That's not even the point of me writing that.

I like people who do things that other people don't have the guts to because they are "worried" about it. If he gets permission - I think he should do it! Why? Cuz no one else has! That's what makes it cool.

Exactly!!!

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There's liability to everything. If you buy a German Shepard your home owner's insurance goes up. If you help someone who's been hurt they can sue you for administering cpr wrong. What if the mailman cuts through your yard and trips on an extension cord going to your lights? No more light shows either? If they give you permission in your gated community to do this - go for it.

Brian you're right about that. But in all your cases my home owners insurance would cover it. If something happens outside my property line because of my actions then, you're kind of on your own unless the HOA approves it then they become liable.

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Have you thought about a Texture projector DJ light, ADJ H20 or the Chauvet Abyss?

Couple of these one on each side of the street should solve your problem.

http://youtu.be/X82gW8L5E4k

I have an ADJ TRI LED I use in my display for the ground and roof, I get 60 ft of range off the LED's mounted on a 15 foot pole.

Andy

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Very cool suggestion for the Abyss, and a very safe suggestion. I'd be tempted to go the Abyss route or the "bridge look" by putting up rails on each side of the street, perhaps with a sign or something related to the bridge crossing. I'd be worried about any number of things happening with a temporary item in the road. Cars starting and stopping, turning the steering wheels, and driving too fast are things outside of your control. With relatively little movement from the protective item, you can quickly wear the insulation off of the lights - if metal is used as the bridge crossing, you've got the potential for some really bad outcomes.

I am a huge supporter of pushing the envelope with display effects, etc., however, there are times when the decisions of others should be considered. Perhaps others chose not to forge ahead because it was too risky. not because they've never throught of it. I'd personally err on the side of pushing the envelope in a more controlled setting, like your yard. Certainly you can't keep a child from running across your display and getting hurt, however, reasonable efforts are made from a safety standpoint to minimize if not eliminate the danger posed from the freak occurence. you KNOW cars will drive across the street (and across the protective device), and unless you're using materials specifically engineered for such abuse, you're not taking the same precautions you are in your own yard. I think it's a really risky endeavor you're taking on. Not just from a monetary standpoint, but seriously - how awful would it be to have something like that happen. Read the posts about fender benders happening in the street outside of some of these displays. The owners of the displays feel bad when that happens, and they are pretty far removed from monetary liability in those scenarios. (I had an accident outside my house a couple of nights ago - no injuries - driver just wasn't paying attention and backed into a limo. I hate it happened, but I know I've not altered the road, traffic signals, lighting, etc. in place in the neighborhood.)

Eh - my advice is worth what you paid for it! :) Merry Christmas whichever choice you make!

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Try using a high powered video projector to project the river effect onto the street. You can then make it look like whatever you want. Flowwing water, fish swimming in it. You could even have a deer walk u pand take a drink. Here's a link of an incredible projector mapping display on a building.

http://vimeo.com/18825264

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LOL - I said IF he had permission! You guys eat a negative Christmas cookie or something - geez.

LMAO *hahaha* you had be busting out laughing at that! I was thinking, "the mail man had better not trip... I made him a HUGE sign! And He won't want to cut thru the display.... he can see the hazard lol.

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