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Rhode Island 2012 Displays!

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Hey there fellow Rhode Islanders! Hope everyone had a great summer and is now starting to think about the holiday season! Best of luck to all of you...and I cant wait to see everyones display this year!

My name is Tyler, Im over in Coventry and Ive been putting up my LOR display for 7 years...Im 21 years old and have 64 channels with 60,000 lights for this year!

My major addition to my display this year will be a massive Polar Express display!

Last years news story.

http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/west_bay/crazy-christmas-house-helps-good-cause

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Nice - wish I had gotten into this years ago - I am in year 3 - started with around 3,400 lights, went to 15,300 last year and trying to get 30,000 up this year with 42 channels and 2 CCR - since you do this each year you should get a website going if you don't have one yet.

Mine is www.crazytechchristmas.com - I am in Southern Mass - will have to try and visit your display this year. good luck

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Its funny because Ive got a site and everything...And Ive been posting on this site for years...then one day it signed me in threw facebook..and now it says I'm a newbie haha.

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Hey Tyler, my name is Paul and I am in Smithfield, right up the road from you, but everything in Rhode Island is "right up the road".

I am also using LOR and have been for the past 5 years with 144 channels. This years addition is an 8 CCR tree and 5 CCB's for the roof line. If I have the time (which most of us don't) I would like too swap out the LED's around the windows and door for RGB lighting, along with RGB spots (floods).

By the way, very nice news story!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Howard and I live in Warwick. This will be our 5th year with LOR. Last year we had about 30,000 lights on 272 channels. This year we will be adding a couple of star bursts, another multicolor wreath (RGBW on individual channels), and more trees (also RGBW). I have two more LOR controllers that I bought during the spring LOR sale that I have to assemble so I can go up to 304 channels this year. We will probably have 35,000 or so lights.

We plan to look at the other LOR displays around the state this year.

Howard

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Hi there fellow Rhodies..

Been at it for a couple of years now with a small display.Just a couple of light strings and a couple of channels to help make the neighborhood look festive.

Owen

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Hi everyone, I've been trolling this website for a few years in hopes of having my own display some year. I look forward to seeing eveyones' display. I have enjoyed yours Howard for years and was introduced to this site by your display, thanks.

John

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