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Hello fellow decorators,

I recently saw a video here on PC of somebody who made a star out of snowfall tubes. I liked this very much and thougt it would be nice adding a couple of them to my display so i started right a way. This time i also followed the advice of somebody in my previous posts (the bells made of led) and decorated the stars so they also look good during daytime ;)

These tubes are about 30 cm, which is about 1 ft if i am correct?

First i started with a peace of wood and drilled some holes so i can strap the tubes to the wood

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Than strapped the tubes to the wood to see how they look

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Than paint the peace of wood in silver, replaced the black zipties by white zipties and finished the decorating

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And this is a little video of the stars, connector to 1 LOR channel. For sequencing i am using 30 blocks of 0.05 seconds timing so the stars will "open up" just 1 time.

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I'm curious i dont use LOR or any pc for my lighting do you think this would look nice just using the sequence you get out of them when plugged in did you happen to plug them in just the way they are and did it look cool cuz i have a set of these and was looking for something to do with them and this looks cool

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Hello fellow decorators,

I recently saw a video here on PC of somebody who made a star out of snowfall tubes. I liked this very much and thougt it would be nice adding a couple of them to my display so i started right a way. This time i also followed the advice of somebody in my previous posts (the bells made of led) and decorated the stars so they also look good during daytime ;)

These tubes are about 30 cm, which is about 1 ft if i am correct?

First i started with a peace of wood and drilled some holes so i can strap the tubes to the wood

01072012141.jpg

Than strapped the tubes to the wood to see how they look

01072012142.jpg

Than paint the peace of wood in silver, replaced the black zipties by white zipties and finished the decorating

17072012168.jpg

17072012169.jpg

And this is a little video of the stars, connector to 1 LOR channel. For sequencing i am using 30 blocks of 0.05 seconds timing so the stars will "open up" just 1 time.

 

 

How did you get them to go one direction only?

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Sorry for getting back here so late, kinda forgot this post.

 

For everybody who's copying it, i say go ahead, i also copyed it from a video i found and seems it's was from Wildbill :-)

 

I've payed about 15$ for 1 set of 8 tubes and 1 ft long. Shipping was free. I didn't expect much off them but they worked great the whole season here, and in december we only had 3 days WITHOUT rain :-)

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That is beautiful thank you for sharing by the way I laugh out loud at all the power outlet in the back ground that is very funny only a true nut would do that ha ha and I mean that as a complement!

 

No offence taken LOL

 

Problem here in Europe is that all our christmas lights come with those huge adaptors so the power outlets our the only way to have enough connections as they don't come with end to end connectors. But got hold of some suppliers in china that can deliver me m5 and c6... i love these lights, easy plugging, end to end, no huge adaptors... :-)

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I'm curious i dont use LOR or any pc for my lighting do you think this would look nice just using the sequence you get out of them when plugged in did you happen to plug them in just the way they are and did it look cool cuz i have a set of these and was looking for something to do with them and this looks cool

 

Without LOR controller after a while each tube start to go their own way, so the effect of the 8 tubes starting together will dissapear. With the lor controller i programmed 30 block of 0.05 seconds and that is just enough to let the tubes run exactly 1 time.

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@ Jarnaez

 

These are regular snowfall tubes as you can find in the link steve marris posted here a few posts higher up.

 

They all go in the same direction (up -> down). I've put the top of each tube in the center on the board and that way you can let them all run out away from the center.

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There are about 8436 other people doing the same thing. Hopefully he wont mind.

Here is a link to a good deal for those tubes. (not me)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290686730860?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

 

Offcourse i won't mind at all. I came here for help and iinspiration or ideas, and would be honnored if i can help or pass an idea to any fellow decorator Steve :-)

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I just recieved my tubes and I can see where water might get in where the wires enter the tube so all I did was squirt clear silicone where the wires enter........I don't know about the tubes that speedyken used but I timed the ones I have and the lighting pattern stays the same on all 8 for 10sec before changing to a random pattern which I think would be great for using as accents in our songs. 

 

Thanks again for showing us the idea

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I just recieved my tubes and I can see where water might get in where the wires enter the tube so all I did was squirt clear silicone where the wires enter........I don't know about the tubes that speedyken used but I timed the ones I have and the lighting pattern stays the same on all 8 for 10sec before changing to a random pattern which I think would be great for using as accents in our songs. 

 

Thanks again for showing us the idea

 

Same here Gene. About 8 to 10 seconds and then the pattern starts to go Random. Good thinking about covering the top of the tubes with sillicone. Indeed there is the possibillity of water getting in there. I've had that problem with the 1,5 Ft tubes that were in my tree last year.

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Forgot to mention one VERY IMPORTANT THING!! Don't forget to add an extra string of lights or 1 C9 on the same channel. If not the tubes will still be working EVEN when the channel on the LOR goes out AND the transfo on the tubes will BURN OUT in less than 20 seconds!! Had 2 transfo's burned out before i found the solution for this problem!! VERY IMPORTANT!!

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Amazing, So no special wiring? Sending an on signal to the tubes for say 1 second will create that effect?

 

For the 1ft tubes i used 30 blocks of 0.05 seconds on the sequence page. That is exactly 1,5 seconds if i'm correct?

And NO special wiring needed, but please do not forget the extra string of lights or 1 C9 or the transfo will burn out.

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For the 1ft tubes i used 30 blocks of 0.05 seconds on the sequence page. That is exactly 1,5 seconds if i'm correct?

And NO special wiring needed, but please do not forget the extra string of lights or 1 C9 or the transfo will burn out.

Thanks!!! And just to be perfectly clear, that would be a string of incandescent lights,or 1 incandescent C9?

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