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    Should I Buy A Light O Rama


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    I've been trying to decide if I should buy a light o rama or save my money for more lights. Im only sixteen so my budget isnt really that big. Right now I have about 25000 lights and I use a Mr Christmas. I would just like some advice on if you think I should spend the money on building up the size of my display or upgrading to light o rama. I will post some pictures tomorrow.

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    It depends on if you are happy with the songs and the way it uses the channels. If you want more control it comes at a trade off of having to program your songs.

    I personally have bought into LOR for my display and across the street I have setup a Mr. Christmas for an elderly couple that can no longer hang their own lights. While both shows have lights in common... it is trying to compare apples to oranges in some ways.

    I would suggest taking a hand at trying to do some of your own sequences first using the free download from LOR to play with it. If you find it is something you can do and like, then it might be worth it to go down the path of LOR.

    Remember, there are alot of people out there that have modified their Mr. Christmas to do alot more than it was intended.. Maybe look around at people's modifications and see if those things will do what you want.

    Nowadays with RGB pixels coming into play, it is getting into more quality displays and not just adding more lights. Also with LOR or any type of light control software, it is being able to be creative with what you have.

    Do remember that even if you buy a LOR controller, you will also need to buy the software and some of your current lights you use if they are led might not work with dimming/fading that LOR offers.

    Check out the threads about full and half wave led lights on this board.

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    I Run a mr christmas box that i puchased from another member. It was modded to use a relay box behind it that trips the relays instead of using the internal mr chrismas relays. it can handle more lights that way. looks nice and most people wont know its only 6 channels. Ive tired to sequence a few songs and lost interest after about 3 weeks of sitting on my cpu each nite late and stressing it. Thats the harder part of a controlled display in my opinion.

    mr christmas is cruise control once your set up. Full cpu controlled lights at a 16 channel set up with software and hardware is probally around $400 or so. Its a big step over the mr chrismas. Im tryng to get the wife to program so i can move up to a 32 channel controlled display.

    In your case 16 channels programed seemless to the music will look much better than what you may have. However if you programming is random or not quite to the music very well it may not look much grander than what you have now with the 6 channel mr christmas set up.

    Either way, it will look nice. Lets see a video of you set up in action.

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    Many folks get into this hobby which cost the $$$, but over the past couple years a number of folks left the hobby. They got out do to heath, or family issues, lost of interest & a few other things. This next point is based on where you live, but are you ready for traffic conjestion? If the news comes are you ready to take the interview & maybe see more traffic conjestion, or are you ready to pass on the interview?

    Are you ready to begin sequencing in February & work on the display for the next 335 days right up until Christmas eve? Are you ready to hear the same song 600 times , or the same section 600 times. Are you ready to give up much of your time, even the interests you have now>

    In my opinion give this some thought. You have until the Lor reduction sale or better yet (where there are no limits) the summer sale to decide. However like someone said, download Lor S3 demo & start sequencing now & keep at it until the end of February/March time frame & see how you feel. Then go from there.

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    I enjoyed decorating my house since I was 12 (26 years ago) years old. It has not lost its magic once. Agreed that sequencing is the most time consuming job of the whole season. To supplement that I use and share sequences that I trade with other members. My first song with 64 channels took roughly 90 hours of sequencing, or the average of 2 weeks of work @ 8.5 hours per day. But now I can throw a nice sequence together in around 20-25 hours with 270+ channels.

    I am also a full-time college student who has struggled to keep up with my "big show" while maintaining a 3.7GPA. I have added very few things this year and even some help that was offered by some local boys. The challenge I think, is just getting started. See, when you first start out, you have lots of things to learn... Sequencing, cost of supplies like extension cord and lights, then there is the time and effort you will need to put in.

    In my opinion give this some thought. You have until the Lor reduction sale or better yet (where there are no limits) the summer sale to decide. However like someone said, download Lor S3 demo & start sequencing now & keep at it until the end of February/March time frame & see how you feel. Then go from there.

    I agree with this comment greatly! You have nothing but time to THINK ABOUT GETTING LOR. Take your time and find songs YOU love and practice on your own. I found that when you do this, you begin to FEEL excited. And, you find yourself wanting to work more on the display. It motivates you to think of ways to improve your display.

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    Thank you all for your advice. I will definitely get the software so I can start learning how to make sequences but I'll wait until the controllers go on sale and see how much money I have then. Hopefully I will have better luck this year finding lights cheap at yard sales.

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    Def get the software and play around with it.  It's a lot of work and very time consuming though.  I do find it hard sometimes to find the motivation to sit down and program, but seeing the end product and the enjoyment it brings to so many people, I could never give it up.  LOR products are def the way to go.  They are so worth it and a great company with phenominal customer service.

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    All great feedback. Just remember it is different for everyone. Some pick it up easier than others. It can be really fun and rewarding. Plus, it is not as hard as it used to be. With some basic understanding of the software, watch the instructional videos on youtube, and asking all the talented folks here on PC, you will be up and running easily. With all the sequence and file sharing, it is very easy to make a song fit your layout. But it is very rewarding to pick a song and sequence it from scratch. As long as you remember to keep it fun, it does not have to consume your life, and it is not very difficult. A good show does not have to be more than a few songs long and you can add more year after year. I don't work on my show until around Oct each year. I work on Halloween show, then start getting Christmas together while that show is up and running. I am an avid golfer during spring and summer months, plus outdoor projects and such, so there is no time to worry about lights. From time to time I find myself playing with sequencing in the off season to stay fresh on it as well as check in on the forums here to see what is new with everyone.  But naturally as your show  grows, it will take more time to setup and program, so just remember to only plan to go as big as the time and money you want to invest in your shows.  And most important, you will always be your own worst critic. Any future questions feel free to ask. Always welcome newbies as I once was one and am greatful to all that have helped me along the way. Still learning as I just upgraded to the latest LOR software, and plan to double my controllers from 4 (64 Channels) to 8 (128 Channels) for 2013, money permitting.  If you like, go to youtube and type in s8830906 and you can see some videos from the past few years of our display.  Take care, and happy sequencing. Might be asking you to share one day!!

     

    Steve

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