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  1. I have been doing animated displays since 2008 and I am now just starting to loose interest in doing holiday lights completely. I just feel that it’s becoming too commercialized and too many people are doing synchronized displays that it’s no longer something that’s one of a kind. Almost like when inflatables came into production it was such a cool thing to have that everyone would envy the owner, now you see them all over the place. I’m not getting jealous of the larger displays and losing hope because of that, it’s just that I don’t think it’s worth the time to put everything up to put up wi
  2. Hey at least you caught them. I had a similar event but the college kids said they were dancing under the mega tree. Police responded and the officer begged me to not press charges since I got a plate.
  3. 3- they wear. A ski mask and a camera does no good. Too True!
  4. I know I am a bit late but a good systems is going with a DVR like Lorex or Swann. The LH116 16 channel dvr is nice I have used it. I got all high tech and went with Exaq (http://www.exacq.com/products/exacqvision_pro.html) over the summer because I wanted to play around with some features. What ever dvr you get make sure it can still record when you are playing video back, and that you have a way to back up the video. Frame rates for general cctv can be as low as 5, most installers will set it to 7.5 since its fluid motion. 15 and 30 have not noticeable difference to the human eye. But lik
  5. So I go to empty the donation box for the end of the night as I am counting up I find this note: http://gebis.dvrdns.org:8082/FTP/Note/Note.pdf Before you keep reading think to yourself what would you think the writers intentions are for writing a note of this nature. So this causes me to stop counting and run up to the camera room to sift threw a nights worth of video. 6 minutes 26 seconds and 10 milliseconds later I have a picture of the offender (close up) dropping the note in the box. Reading the note I thought that this has to be either some really "stupid" adult or a small small kid w
  6. My little buddy is for sale, I bought a huge camera like they use for the 10 o'clock news. Please make me an offer on it. I bought it back in June for 299.99. It shoots some good video, you need to do the adjustments. It got some scuffs and scratches from the casual use. It features an optimized recording mode for YouTube, a schneider lens with 34x optical zoom, image stabilization and face detection. You can also record up to 16 hours using a 32 GB memory card. If you want a square-trade warranty I need to upload it to ebay for sale. I also bought a sunshade for it so it will shoot nicely out
  7. I want to make it clear only people that live in Illinois and close to the indiana border. if you feel safer by emailing me threw the contact tab on my site that's fine as well. please try to give me an email you check often and a phone number in case the worest happens. zach typed on my iPhone
  8. Hello, My name is Zach, I am the programmer and director for the Lights of Illinois display, located in Wayne, IL. I would like to travel out to your display and professionaly film, photo it as well as speak to you. Potentially share information between each other, my display is going to 500 channels next year and 75,000 lights . If your intrested please email me at the address below. I am making a list so in the event one display gets vandalised (or other) we are able to email all the Illinois displays and give a heads up. I will not sell your email, think all states should
  9. Uggg, See I still have decoration up its nearly 12AM and I want to go outside and take the lights down. The more and more I hear about vandals controller theft, the more my stumic turns. I tried to keep the more expensive parts of the show closer to the house (controllers, inflatables), and cheeper easier to repair parts closer to the street. Though the vandals in this area are scared to enter the "high voltage" :giggle: area. The day the kids went "dancing" under my mega tree I was angry and about to pull the plug, but this is horrid compared to foot steps in the show (my pet peeve)
  10. I wrote WITH SHARPIE my name inside, Now I see what your saying outside, this way if you see a show you can peep at a box and if its one of you children get that kid napper. I am still very upset for this guy. I do disagree with the if its stolen break the board, DUMB IDEA, you hear a noise you run outside you see a thief running with your controller you jump threw the air and knock him over and your wife called the police the little thief goes to jail and now you got a broken controller might as well let them get away with it. I think security chain or if you expect trouble, plac
  11. I added security cameras, well I always had the cameras, I added a blinky blinky display. I reccomend CAMERAS and good ones not cheep ones spend at least 150 bucks for a night vision camera. I also recomend you put up an electronic fence, you know the drive way alarms place them all over your display this way when the little vandals enter your display "Alert, Alert". The run out to the vandals the will be and you will be . Proven to work for me, one night I got the alert looked outside to see vandals under my mega tree. I chased them with the car and go there license plate and sent t
  12. Yep, Controllers STOLEN IN ILLINOIS. I saw this display traveling down the street and it wasn't on so I went to talk to the owner, and was going to ask if I could see his show and he informed me 3 (I think) of his controllers where stolen. So I was unable to see his show , and may I say it was amassing , even though it wasn't running. It looked like Holdmans light show. He even had the same sign, I had to ask him if he was related. If anyone sees any LOR controllers on ebay that look stolen, you know with OUT software, sold as is, located in ILLINOIS, you know. Please contact me this
  13. The common vandal dosent even know with LOR is. Infact thinking about the common viewer dosent either.
  14. I am a teen and you offer me 100 bucks and allow me to be John Smith, yep I would tell. Infact I would tattle even for 20 bucks. I am "cruel" :giggle:
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