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    Made from 2x4 wiremesh, rope lights...I do have a print for it.was super easy to do. Be prepared to use ALOT of white,small zip ties

    Maybe you can post another thread on it? I'm really curious and not sure I get what you did here. I don't want to derail this thread though.

    I don't have anywhere near the display most of you do. In all only about 9k lights. I've got my two big trees wrapped, the roof line done and the fence line mostly done. Need to get some more garland to finish that up. I hope to start putting out the more obvious stuff this weekend. Need to get it finished up because it's wrecking my garage!

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    Maybe you can post another thread on it? I'm really curious and not sure I get what you did here. I don't want to derail this thread though.

    I don't have anywhere near the display most of you do. In all only about 9k lights. I've got my two big trees wrapped, the roof line done and the fence line mostly done. Need to get some more garland to finish that up. I hope to start putting out the more obvious stuff this weekend. Need to get it finished up because it's wrecking my garage!

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    Haha my garage has been a disaster for 2 months now testing and building. It's the same one I'm redoing my bar in so it's just one big cluster bomb

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    I am small time compared to you guys, but my first year doing LOR, Got the House done, now to get my 60" wreath strung up, and my Mega Tree, hopefully this weekend!, 

    Also any tips on getting better pictures with a phone? 

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    I am small time compared to you guys, but my first year doing LOR, Got the House done, now to get my 60" wreath strung up, and my Mega Tree, hopefully this weekend!, 
    Also any tips on getting better pictures with a phone? 
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    Trick is to do it when there is still some daylight left. Do not wait until it's completely dark. For me in Indiana it's usually around 5 or so is the best time. Still some daylight but dark enough to capture all the bulbs

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    9 minutes ago, BaldEagleChristmas said:

    Where did you get the giant light bulbs?  They make my "giant bulbs" look pretty puny!  Thanks!

    I think those are cutouts. This year walmart has their blow mold bulbs like that for $6. They are lighted, but I don't have any to see how well they work. 

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    Gosh my display looks like nothing compared to all of yours... I have counted ever light strand i had today and im at 5,000 lights total 3000 static and 2000 animated.

    in this picture is pretty much all of the animated part. i moved couple things around and will get new pictures tonight.

    I am just waiting to get my LOR box,wire, net adapter to plug all in and see how bad my sqences are lol still using Mr Christmas right now for testing these lights

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    Hey BaldEagle, these are wood cutouts. We made 29 of them this year. I did post a few things on them during the year, as I made them. They are very stout, and made well. We have had many compliments on them.  Using a overhead projector,  made an outline,cut one out,tweaked it a bit and mass produced it..very,very easy to make. I used reflective beads on it and during the day, they look flat, during the eve, when the light hits it, they reflect nicely!! We used 1/2" electrical emt, fastened to the back and used 3/8" x 24" rebar drivin into the ground and slide them bulbs over the rebar. Very stout, no movement in the wind. I wanna a say they are 30" or so tall(have to check that). I like the wood cutouts, a guy had 3x3ft plywood for $1, marine grade plywood, so scooped that up!! Thanks to Craigs again!!

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    4 hours ago, MrMatt said:


    How many channels?

    16 channels but i had another project that failed and did sqences for 8 channels.. im trying to go back and edit a couple more channels into my shows.

    so i doubt to be using all 16this year or many for a long time as i need more lights did a recount i added a couple more tonight so i now have 5,800 lights

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    16 channels but i had another project that failed and did sqences for 8 channels.. im trying to go back and edit a couple more channels into my shows.
    so i doubt to be using all 16this year or many for a long time as i need more lights did a recount i added a couple more tonight so i now have 5,800 lights

    Awesome first year too, around 5,000 lights and 32 channels for me. Good luck to you
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    3 hours ago, MrMatt said:


    Awesome first year too, around 5,000 lights and 32 channels for me. Good luck to you

    Oh nice.. thanks.. I need it. my other project i was going to use a raspberry pie, with falcon player and a made up 8 channel output with relays but i kept getting different things from people and kinda just gave up for now.. i figured it time for a real controller so one the members here had one up for sale.

     

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    2 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

    Well done!! How tall is the spiral tree and how many channels? Where did you get the program for it?

    Thanks!! 8.5 ft tall 16 channels/strings I just programmed it in the light o rama software. Once ypu start playing with it It's quite easy just time consuming. The topper is a GE LED light sphere. 

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