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Ok. the lights are up. all 10,000 and I have 10 songs sequenced. it looks great. But like most people here I want to improve my display.I need the help of critics. Any ideas for next year. thinking about North Pole lights. I know that is one of the biggest threads. not really room for a mega tree.

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arches?

mini trees?

you could use your big trees as 8 different channels ...like making them grow

so all in all your looking at another 72 possible channels to add??? haha ...i love this hobby

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i wouldn't mind getting another controller or 2. It's just that i already have 16 x cords running under my garage door. i really don't want to put a controller outside. unless i can put it in a safe !!!!! i Just don't want to come home after a week out on the road. To find out someone swiped my controller.

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i wouldn't mind getting another controller or 2. It's just that i already have 16 x cords running under my garage door. i really don't want to put a controller outside. unless i can put it in a safe !!!!! i Just don't want to come home after a week out on the road. To find out someone swiped my controller.

i said the same thing then i left them outside...i use chain and pad locks..also hide them inconspicuously behind things

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i have room behind the bushes. i was toying with the idea of digging a two foot hole and filling it with concrete and bending a piece of rebar to lock the controller to. and getting the biggest chain and lock for it.

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looks like you have room for 1 maybe 2 or 3 10' free standing trees. The base is only 5' and there's a how to PDF making them from PVC. I priced mine out last year at $125 to build.

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I like the idea of arches. They really do add to the show, look very neat, and everybody loves them. Great idea! I think you could easily fit 2 between your trees in the front.

Also, I like the idea of dedicating multiple channels to the tress so that you could animate it to look like the trees are growing. In addition, you could have a few channels going up each split in both of the trees. Then, you can light up the base + 1 split, and go back and forth between the splits, it makes the trees look like they are dancing. I don't remember who it is, but there is a member on here that dedicates separate channels to the splits in his trees and he makes them look like they are dancing and clapping, and it was very original when I saw it. Never seen anyone else do it, and I thought it was one of the simpler look effects to duplicate, but one of the better effects visually.

As far as the controllers, I was going to put mine outside this year, but I didn't have anything to lock them to. I will throw out an idea I was toying with, but was unable to get it together in time. If you have one available, or can find one cheap on Craigslist throughout the year, get a truck tool box. Then, you can cut 3 sides of a small rectangle on one of the sides, bend the piece upwards, and run all the cords out that hole. The great thing is they lock, and you can pile some cheap blocks and bricks in the bottom to make it heavier, and you could run a cable to lock it to something. Then, you have a very large item, very heavy and also locked to something. Much harder to steal than a small single controller.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

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all great idea's......I think I will have to save up for another controller in Feb. i didn't realize this was an expensive obsession. Because it certainly is past the point of a hobby.

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Besides what others have chimed in on the one 'blank' area that jumps out to me is the garage door. I have one of the covers from http://creativeimpactgraphicsco.com/default.aspx and get a bunch of comments on it....

The only other thought is to tie the colors in together (needs additional channels) which gives the display a bit more 'punch' (as my wife calls it) but hey, SHE wanted it so SHE okayed the expense of 2 more (for now) controllers :)

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Besides what others have chimed in on the one 'blank' area that jumps out to me is the garage door. I have one of the covers from http://creativeimpac...om/default.aspx and get a bunch of comments on it....

Those are Nice but Does anyone know the site to the garage door covers that doesn't look so cartoonie the ones i have seen are almost like that is exactly what is in it their almost 3/d non cartoonish - OR yopu can go with Projection image with a yard and space that large

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each tree has 2 channels 1 red 1 green, and the bushes in front of the windows 1 clear 1 multi. I didn't think the garage door covers were that expensive. i was thinking 150 max....Guess not.

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