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Jolly Snow Man

Anyone In Here Still Have A Static Display.

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It seems that the majority of the people on the message board have computerized displays. Is there anyone in here who still does a traditional Christmas display? If so I would love to see some pics.

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I do a 40,000 light semi static display between my shows. I have a few computer animated things in my display, but just animated, no music. My musical show runs for 8 minutes each half hour, then the other lights come back on for the rest of the time. I will get some pitures of it soon.

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we do have a static display we are have around 15000 lights at the moment but will be expanding in the next couple of years....

we want to get into the other stuff but am a bit daunted by it all.....will try and post some pics in the coming days...

:Dmerry xmas to you....

tess

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Mine is still static, and not even quite finished yet. I still need to do the hedges and windows. That's tomorrow night's project, weather permitting.

Light-O-Rama controller number 1 and a bunch of LED lights are in the living room though. Preparations for 2007 have begun. :)

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Jolly Snow Man wrote:

It seems that the majority of the people on the message board have computerized displays. Is there anyone in here who still does a traditional Christmas display? If so I would love to see some pics.

A while back there was a thread with this same topic (and I'm sure I probably posted this same stuff then ;) ). At the PLUS events one of the main things that the steering committee tries to do is to collect information that will help them plan for the next PLUS. I think I can safely say that the most surprising thing that was learned at PLUS 2003 was that the vast majority (and I mean in the range of 90 or more percent) of the attendeesdid NOT have computer control for their display. Of course this was before LOR and AL but it was still quite a surprise. Of course there are many more options now and many more people have computerized. But I would still be willing to bet that the PC members with static displays still way outnumber those with computerized displays. One thing tokeep in mindis that most of the videos are of computerized displays. This is not because there are more of them. It is becausestatic displays don't make very good videos. With a static display you are more likely to justsee pictures.

The bottom line is don't worry or feel like you are being left out if your displays is all static. You are in good company and also in the majority!

TED

P.S. (I am not on the steering committee and do not speak for them!)

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Guest Jeff_Womack

60,000 +/- lights and static and proud! I own 176 channels of LOR and not a single one is hooked up this year (ran out of time) in my own display. Loaned an 8 channel board to another PC member so they could enjoy some benefits of LOR in their display. Next year I will be back to using the LOR channels (all of them plus maybe more) but I only use them sprinkles on a cupcake. The sprinkles make the cupcake look nice but the cupcake itself is what you want to eat! My LOR is used for mini trees, Mega Trees and a few other effects but not to blink and flash the entire display to music.

Jeff

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I dont have any pics, but I still am static and will remain so until I get the display at the level I would like. Whats more is my display is currently 95% lights. I have a few rope light ornaments and snow flakes - but no large wireframes. Next year I plan I big upgrade and will be purchasing around 50,000 lights to decorate the many trees and shrubs on the 1.5 acre lot we have. I know the animation could add a nice touch, but i would like to build the display first and then add the animation element in a few years. Also planning on big power upgrade this summer and with the additional lights and power upgrade I wont have any $ left for the animation products.

Christian

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For those with large static displays, how do you power up? I know it would be nice to have some mechanism that would power up, but I was worried about the ability and accuracy of several small timers. Right now I have to physically be around and go around to several outlets to plug stuff in. Is there one available to power up a big display?

Christian

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We do both. We live in a cul-de-sac and cannot have traffic stopping looking and waiting for a show. So we have about 25 wireframes always on and about 1/3 of the lights (roof outline) etc static on all the time. The other 2/3's of the lights are animated to christmas songs. Not so much like a show but just flashing to the music. We consistantly have 5-10 cars in front of our house but always moving... Just how we like it. They take their turn and then pull up and go around again if they didn't get enough the first time. They seem to enjoy the display and its not too bothersome for the neighbors or the visitors and everyone gets a front row seat. The music repeats (5 songs) and we change the line up every other week. I think the kids like to see all the lights on at the same time as it gives them the wow factor. Then they think its cool seeing them change colors to the music. We average anywhere from 35-60 cars/night. What makes this successful is that everything is always on and keeps repeating so no matter what time someone stops by they get to see the entire display on.

In years past we just had christmas music broadcast to the display and most people didn't tune in. So we added a few animated lights (32 channels on bushes and one Christmas tree), and now they listen all the time and say they like the music added. It had been added 4 years ago. So we changed the sign too which helped :laughing:

BTW..the survey says ---the lights are cool to music but VIRTUAL SANTA is still by far, the favorite draw to our display in its third year. This year we "wired" him into the radio broadcast and it is even a bigger hit.

We love the show displays don't get us wrong. We just think a little of both is better for our location.

Merry Christmas to all....

-steveb

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Here's a picture of my display. Not all of it could be photographed though and I just bought 2 6 foot twinkling trees and put up some extra lights the other day. Christmas music plays nightly.

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I have an all static display - around 35-40,000 lights. All the lights blinking on and off makes me dizzy, plus I doubt if my neighbor would appreciate all that flashing.

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Jeff_Womack wrote:

60,000 +/- lights and static and proud! I own 176 channels of LOR and not a single one is hooked up this year (ran out of time) in my own display. Loaned an 8 channel board to another PC member so they could enjoy some benefits of LOR in their display. Next year I will be back to using the LOR channels (all of them plus maybe more) but I only use them sprinkles on a cupcake. The sprinkles make the cupcake look nice but the cupcake itself is what you want to eat! My LOR is used for mini trees, Mega Trees and a few other effects but not to blink and flash the entire display to music.

Jeff

Thanks to Jeff (and his borrowed board) I have over 10,000 lights(in 3 colors) fading in and out on my large Ash tree (instead of 2500 clear always on). The rest of the display is static by PC's definition but not mine. There are several 2, 3, and 4 channel faders/controllers changing colors and chasing lights throughout my yard. About 30,000 total lights with many blowmolds, cuttouts, and wireframes.

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22,000 lights all static... Up from 8,000 last time I decorated (about 12 years ago!) I am considering going animated within the next couple years, but am not sure how my neighbors will take it. When I mentioned it to one of my neighbors he was not very happy.

Check out our website for more pics...

http://www.thatchristmashouse.com

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This is my last year of static displays, including inflatables. From now on I will concentrate on illumination, animation and music. I will be into "bling."

Halloween will continue to be a static inflatable/ some animation.

After following the posts now for a couple of years it is time for me to make the move. To me "bling" is making the display come alive. The animated man is an example as is Carsons house. I also believe that it is time to go to a sculpted display with lights.

Looks like, if I follow Jeffs lead, if I want the "bling." I'll have to start just after PLUS or I will never get finished. This year will also be the year that I place permanent wiring for power and animation. That should take some lead time off of each years display.

I really need some punch to bring out how I feel and celebrate Christmas.

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RichardH wrote:

Here is my static display.

I know, bad joke. :laughing:

I scrolled down and saw that... Bursted out into laughter! Thanks for that, too funny

Anywho, mines just static as well, sure not 45,000 lights but I have a few. Link to my post: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum16/11353.html

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Here's my front yard this year. Last season for static, finally taking the plunge for next season. The back yard is completely decorated as well. That's an old school mega-tree 450 C9's.. ;)

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Definitely static - or more accurately non computer animated - though I did break down and put up a mega tree this year but it's not synced to music - just a simple 8 channel controller.

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We have a combination of computerized, semi-static, and static. We live on a corner lot which makes this possible. The front is static [toys in trees and house front]. The side has all the action. However, some of the action lighting there is haulted at times to show all of the lights [semi-static] . This is a tremendous electrical draw which would not be possible without a separate service.

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