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Lights of the Night

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  1. You can find the pictures that I have on my website, www.lightsofthenight.com. There is a picture of the set up from Halloween 2012 that'll show how I made them. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2
  2. Something many like to do is use PVC. I tried hanging lights in the past with multiple colors and its hard to get the lights to stay all season. What I did this year is attach my lights to some 1" PVC and then attach the PVC to the roof line, around windows or wherever you need it. The thing that is awesome is you don't have to hang the lights every year, just simple throw the PVC up and you're done. There are PVC hinges online that are cheap and you can attach those to your house and your ready to go.
  3. I have trees similar to these (except mine are green) and I've used them for two years now in my display. They do really well, just a little bit of rust around the metal, but it's kept lights in and when I store them, I just rap them up in trash bags (to keep away bugs and such) and then throw them in storage. And if you want to use something like this outside, I'd suggest taking the bottom rungs off of them because they'll stay in the ground a lot better, especially if you have a lot of wind.
  4. Awesome job with these, they look really nice. Hopefully you sprayed them with some kind of pain that'll last for a while without peeling off or making the metal rust, I've had that problem many times in the past.
  5. That's awesome!! A little crazy too How did you do your matrix, what kind of pixels and which system did you use? Also, I've sequenced a couple songs with over 3k channels, and was wondering if you have a lag when you play the sequence, even if its just for a second?
  6. All of this information is great, but I thought I would chime in here. I've been using Rainbow Floods for 2 years (2 displays a year, Halloween and Christmas), and they've done great! I am going to get some more this year and get better enclosure for them. You asked how they look, and though I don't have a dark colored house, they will show up great, and you can check out my videos at www.lightsofthenight.com I used 8 this past year for Halloween, and the previous year I used 4, it'll light up any area. Also, you don't always have to go with DMX, you can get a DC controller and use that to power and run the floods, add some pigtails for the Cat5 cable, and your all set. Though the DMX way is a little easier in the long run, iMHO.
  7. A CCR you can control each pixel individually, the CCRs have 50 pixels, and you can control each one by itself, whereas a "Dumb" RGB Strip you control all the pixels on the strip, and you don't have the option to control each pixel individually. If you get a chance, look up videos of RGB displays on YouTube, and you'll be able to see the difference. Many people use the "Smart" strip for their roof lines and use the "Dumb" strips for around the windows and doors (obviously those are not the only applications). In this show uses "Smart" strips along his roof ling and then "Dumb" strings around his garage doors and up the sides of his house (This is a Halloween show, but it works )
  8. I have a friend in the UK, and he is using CCRs from Light-O-Rama for his RGB items, beyond that, you can check out places like http://www.aliexpress.com/ for LED lights, good prices and many of them are 220V. They also have "Dumb RGB Strips" which is like a CCR, but the entire strip changes color and only uses 3 channels instead of 157 like the CCR.
  9. That's weird, it works for me, try this one, http://www.lightsofthenight.com/christmas-2011.html If that doesn't work, then you can copy and paste it into your web browser.
  10. My arches are 10' in length and they are set at 7' apart and I think they look good, anything too much greater than that II think looks like it is too low to the ground and less than that is too high IMHO
  11. I've had a Mega Tree for a while, this being my 3rd year (4th if you include my mini mega a made a few years back). What I had last year was a 10' tree with 4800 lights on it. I had 24 channels, 8 red, 8 green, 8 white; it was based off of the Holdman Mega Tree. What I liked about the 10' was it made it perfect for my lights to go up and down making it look like I had twice the number of lights. I had 16 strings for each color, but it looked like I had 32. This year I'm going to make my tree a bit taller and I'm going to make it 15' and I am going to have to figure out how to get my light strings to work with that type of layout. You can see photos of my Mega Tree from 2011 here: http://www.lightsofthenight.com/christmas-2011.html
  12. Also wondering why your limiting yourself to LOR displays??? BTW I live in Huntington too, I just live in the Huntington that's in Indiana not West Virginia.
  13. I have two wireframes that I recieved from a friend during the summer and I am wanting to put some new lights on them. It's a Snowman and a Santa, and I am wanting to put some M5 LED lights on them, and I have been looking all over the internet to find a supplier for wire wire M5 LEDs with 2" spacing, but all I can find is 4" spacing. I know there are a lot of people who have wrapped their own wireframes, and I am wondering where you guys get your LEDs from. Also, where do you get your light clips from, too? Thanks for the help! Jesse
  14. Very cool, I was going attempted to make some tombstones this year, but I'm not very crafty when it comes to painting, so I created really basic ones. And the pumpkin looks really cool!
  15. I just got it out of storage to clean it up. My fog machine is getting some years on it, so I think I am going to replace it this year, so I'll send you some pictures after I clean it up and replace my fog machine or get it working better.
  16. As a studying photographer (which means I'm not a professional photographer yet, but I'm going to be someday lol), this is a really good thing, and just a little tip, you do NOT want to use built in flash. build a light like the one shown and turn your flash off. Let you camera adjust to the light settings and you will get great looking pictures. Also if you are taking pictures outside, make sure you take them as dusk if you can (and this will also apply for video as well), it creates an ambient light. Try your hardest not to use flash unless you absolutely have to. I had some of my senior pictures taken in front of lights, and they turned out pretty good. We took them outside, some of them with flash, most without, and the ones without flash were the better ones.
  17. Alright, so here are my stats, and I'll try to see if I have any photo evidence; Halloween: (you aren't going to believe this)....3 Christmas: 2 Pictures can be found at www.lightsofthenight.com I used to live just down the street from an older gentleman who put up a larger display with many molds, I don't know exactly how many he had, but if I had to guess Id probably be around 40-60. I don't have any photos, but I'm being honest about this one. He doesn't but his display up anymore, I think it's because he's getting up in age and it's hard for him to get his display out. And more than likely he has sold a lot of his molds. Another display that I know that isn't around anymore is my cousins old display. They probably had 10-15 for Christmas, but they had a huge static display, both inside and outside. But they too stopped doing a display because it was a lot of work. I was probably 12 when they stopped doing their huge display, so I never got any pictures of it either, but it was something worth seeing.
  18. I hate to say it, but I'm starting to get a little suspicious.... I really want to see home pictures of this display and hopefully it's a real display and not a Photoshoped image, because i can tell the difference! But either way, whether this guy is real or not, I am still going to work my way up to his status some day....some day...
  19. I thought if you didn't make a profit from the music you didn't have to get a license for that song or a license to cover whatever music you're using? Royalty free music is pretty much music that is not copyrighted and is out there for anyone to use for any reason for free. Where as if it is copyrighted, and you want to use it in a movie or something like that, you have to pay royalty to use it; that's the basics.
  20. Search for royalty free music. Although, in my opinion, 99% of royalty free music sucks. And I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but you don't have to use royalty free music at a business or public place, as long as you are not making a direct profit from the show (example: charging people to see it) you should be fine. P.S. royalty free and copyright free are pretty much the same thing. Sent from my AT&T HTC Inspire 4G with Tapatalk 2
  21. Yeah, interested in seeing his display. And I can honestly say that I truly admire this guy, I want to be like that some day, be able to say that I have at lease two more of everything unopened in storage.
  22. Very cool! I really like the effect and I think it'll look awesome during the season.
  23. I might need an LED or two And my uncle is starting up an entire display this year so he's going to need some!
  24. I have some free Halloween and Christmas sequences on my site. I just updated it, so things might be a bit shaky for a while until I can get the kinks worked out of it. http://www.lightsofthenight.com/free-sequences.html
  25. I think you can reinstall it without having any problematic with your license. And you might want to open it through a sequence and then save a bank sequence to your desktop and maybe you can start opening up through that? Sent from my AT&T HTC Inspire 4G with Tapatalk 2
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