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I was wondering what people do when they turn their display off at night when people are looking at it? I do not like to shut it down when there are people out there, but there always is. Last year a guy started yelling when they went off. Will a sign saying the hours help?

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A voice over announcing the end of the show is an idea as well. You can also note the hours of the show as well.

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I also use a shudown sequence to end the show. Starts out saying "That's the end of our show for tonight. We hope you enjoyed the show and......"

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I was wondering what people do when they turn their display off at night when people are looking at it? I do not like to shut it down when there are people out there, but there always is. Last year a guy started yelling when they went off. Will a sign saying the hours help?

You have not mentioned if your show is static or computer animated. When I was static, the lights were on a timer and shut off around 10.30 pm. This is the time that traffic usually is gone here in my small town. You can always post your hours on a sign, good idea. People have to understand that the lights have to turn off as some point. Remember, someone will always be upset because they missed them.

When I switched over to LOR, really payed attention to the time. People were not stopping past 9:30, so I created an "ending sequence show" to start at 9:00 and it lasts for 30 minutes. I extend the show till 10:30 on the weekends, and use the same 30 minute show at the end.

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Thank you everyone. Although I have a large display, it is not computerized. It is more of the inflatable (lots of them) and blow mold display. Our house is right off the main road, and can be seen from it, so no matter what time I shut it down, there are cars pulling up. I have other signs out saying where to turn around and such, so will have one made saying the hours.

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Just shut them down when you want too, don't waste power or electricity, if they want to see them on they should come out earlier.

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Someone will always be upset. Unfortunately that's just how Christmas goes. There will always be unhappy people.

As long as you are consistent in your actions you'll be good :). If you want to shut off at 10:30 each night, then shut off at 10:30 each night. Just don't shut off at 9, then 10:30, then midnight, then whenever :P.

I've been looking to add a special "pyro" element to my home-show in future years but I won't allow such an effect to run if I'm not actively watching the display. One of my biggest concerns has been how to be consistent as to when the pyro would be displayed so I don't annoy guests who tell their friends about the "cool pyro" only to find it not live one night.

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I have a poster on the pillar saying that the lights are static from 5-10, and that the light show takes place from 8.15-8.33pm.

That way, if anyone wants to complain that they missed it / it's late etc, it's an automated show and the details are all there.

Next year, I hope we can run the show more than once a night if the interest continues!

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Why do only run your show just once a night?

Hi Tim,

it's mainly because an awful lot of our lights are not in the display, so if we were to run it more than once a night, that's double the amount of legging it around the house to turn lights off before the display, and turn them back on after the display. We only bought a 16 channel controller, so there wasn't any way around this.

The other reason is that we do live in a neighbourhood, and, being the first to do anything like this, we weren't sure of the interest it would generate. So far, whilst there are good crowds outside the house each night, there isn't really enough to contemplate putting on an earlier show. I'd imagine, if things go to plan next year and we have 3 controllers, it'll be far bigger & better, and draw a more widespread crowd in which case we probably will, but for now, one 20 minute show is working pretty well for us :)

Symph

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I don't know it your aware of this but they make timers that you can set multiple on-off times during the evening that would save you leg work

(But on the other hand maybe you don't want this) :blush:

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I don't know it your aware of this but they make timers that you can set multiple on-off times during the evening that would save you leg work

(But on the other hand maybe you don't want this) :blush:

 

I haven't actually come across those here in Ireland - would you have any idea what they're called, or a brand name even, that I could search for and see if they're available for 240V? Something like that would be epic! :D

 

(apologies to OP for going off tangent on thread)

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There were some posts about these timers a few week ago on PC...If I can find them I'll send you a link

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I use those programmable timers, and as part of the display is static, I set it to go off at 11 each night.  I set my LOR shows to end at 1030.  I transmit over FM radio so it is no real bother to my neighbors.  Since everything is automatic, it comes on by itself and turns off by itself.  I sometimes run my scrolling LED sign telling the show times, but have not this year.  As stated, there will ALWAYS be a last minute viewer, and they will know to just come a little earlier next visit.

 

 

Steve 

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I made some DMX controlled relay boards to turn the large power supplies and and off each night.  In LOR S3 I have a startup and a shutdown sequence and it works well.  :-)

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