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chrisr

Newbie From The Uk!

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Hi All,

 

I am a newbie from the UK and since seeing the Light o rama it has always been a dream. However recently i saw a nearby house that must be using some type of computerised lighting as it is pretty special.

 

I'm after a bit of advise on what to do , where to get stuff from??

 

I've found a company in the UK that looks like it does similar sort of things (http://syncrolight.co.uk). 

 

Although they sell lights etc is there anywhere else in the uk to get this sort of thing?

 

Has anyone heard of these guys? Any reviews? 

 

It looks like a good option as light o rama is expensive and hard to find in the uk.

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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we have a lot of members here from your side of the pond. many that use the RGB lights that your talking about. do some digging around and you will be able to answer all your questions.

O yeah Welcome 

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we have a lot of members here from your side of the pond. many that use the RGB lights that your talking about. do some digging around and you will be able to answer all your questions.

O yeah Welcome 

Hi,

 

Thanks for the message  :) - I've had a look around on the forun cant find anything with the syncrolight  :( . I wanna hit the button and buy alot of stuff just wanna make sure its any good. :cool:

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I can say that i have nevr heard of them but that my not mean anything. I do know seeral UK members use LOR and if you look on the top of the page under Members map you can move the map to the UK area and see several members that are in your area. just send a few of them a PM and see if they know anything. the first two members that come to mind for me are

digdeepfundraising and paultoole,  They both seem to be nice to talk to and helpful.

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I'm over in Ireland and this is my first year using LoR - I ordered my controller from them set to 240V and without the cables, and got an electrician here to wire it all up for me; he found it fine to do seemingly, and so far no issues!

 

Would advise to go with LoR aside from ease of use (the software is very usable etc!) but also this forum is amazing - a wealth of knowledge right here. I know I for one wouldn't be where I am now with my show if it wasn't for this forum! :)

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hi Chris and welcome im in Southampton UK and i use LOR for my Halloween and Christmas displays  ive heard of syncolights and my first advice would be if your going to do synced christmas lights go for LOR  as the after support and the people using  are great there are forums with 100`s of members and the quailty  is a lt better 

syncolights only do dc boards and only in 3 or 8 channels 

 

if you want anymore info drop me a PM

 

you can see my videos of my display here>> https://www.youtube.com/user/dan75buck/videos?view=0

 

i also run a group on facebook were all the uk users share info and we do mass bulk buying of led lighst/rgb lights and controllers together to save on postage etc etc

 

dan 

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