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Where Are The Lightshows?!

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I would love to go out and check out your lightshows. Let me know where they are.

I have on in Gloucester right on Rt. 17. Runs every night from 7-10pm.

Located at 3618 George Washington Mem. Hwy., just a few miles north of the Coleman bridge.

More details on my website... www.franktronics.net/lightshow

Also the latest pictures are on facebook, search for Franktronics

Frank

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I'll be going live Saturday night (December 3) in Deltaville - 16598 General Puller Highway, Deltaville VA (Frank you know where it's at - for the rest of you, it's a bit of a haul into the middle of nowhere!). Not a whole lot different than last year... Different layout of the static display, but otherwise, ~75,000 lights, 36,000 of them in the light show, the rest static display. http://www.facebook.com/DeltavilleLights | http://www.deltavillelights.com

Pulled into the Franktronics shop a little too early tonight to catch the show - saw some stuff doing some loops but had to be at the bowling alley for my league by 6:50... I'll slip down another night and check the actual show out.

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I would love to go out and check out your lightshows. Let me know where they are.

I have on in Gloucester right on Rt. 17. Runs every night from 7-10pm.

Located at 3618 George Washington Mem. Hwy., just a few miles north of the Coleman bridge.

More details on my website... www.franktronics.net/lightshow

Also the latest pictures are on facebook, search for Franktronics

Frank

frank im from nova but cruised your website, looks like your doing great stuff!

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Frank, drove by last night and sat and watched - looks awesome. Was with my parents, we went out to dinner, my mom loved the "spinning light fan". She's demanded I build one next year! Thanks Frank, there's another controller I have to buy :-P.

What are those RGB strands in the shape of trees on the side of the building? Those looked awesome.

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The RGB strands are "fireflys", 16 RGB lights programed as 3 LOR controllers, one for each color. Mix colors to get any color. I have 2 of them. I wouldn't buy anymore, I have problems with pixels sticking and the thing locking up every now and then. I'm trying an LOR comic color ribbon, but don't have one in this years show.

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Rich,

Came by last night to see your show. Good job!

I really liked some of the fading techniques you used in "silent night", sometimes it's not easy doing a slow song, but you did a great job with that one. Your mega tree and the star of the roof were also done very nicely.

Keep up the good work.

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Tom,

Went by your house too, since I was in the area. It's about a 50 min. drive from Gloucester to Virginia Beach.

Your house and lawn was well cover and I liked your selection of songs. Noticed you had some static lights as well, I have a tendency to control everything, but I liked the way you did it. The donation box for the foodbank was nicely done too.

I liked the way you made the lights go up and down your house and across the yard, well synchronized!

I also liked the idea of keeping all the lights on for a couple of minutes to allow people to take pictures, I'll probably add something like that in my display next year.

Good job!

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Frank thanks for the review. I did make it in to the VA pilot on christmas day so it has been kind of busy down my lil street.

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Wow Frank I thought you were doing the humane society this year. Loved the looks of everything. Wish I could have been there to see it in person. Are you hosting the mini this year. I will be down for it. If you need any help give me a holler [email protected].

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