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  1. Here is my version of a department store window from my 2018 display. The picture at the beginning and end shows what it looks like standing outside my dining room window:
  2. Will the real Santa please stand up.
  3. Looks like a great product for someone looking for plug-and-play ease. If you're handy with zipcord and vampire C9 sockets, you can do the same for about the same cost. The best thing of doing it yourself is that you add the sockets where they need to be along the wire. Use more than one wire and the strobes can be fired offset for a more random effect.
  4. I had two homes last year for the show. This year it was four. I'm slowly getting the whole block! Links to two videos can be found here: http://www.nychristmaslights.com/photo_gallery/2013/2013.html
  5. If the electricity doesn't kill you, the heat from incandescents will! Make sure you choose LEDs.
  6. I deleted my post because it wasn't meant for this topic.
  7. Thank you. The bowls are plastic so I took a pair of metal snips and cut two notches in each bowl. Each notch is in the shape of a inverted pyramid. I press the light string's wire into the notch which holds the bowl in place. I use a staple gun to staple the light string wire in place. This works for me because I can take off the bowls and nest them together so they store easily. I moved to the bigger pails after I saw how small the bowls appeared from the road. The other issue I ran into is the bowls were being dragged by heavy snow and were trying to slide off the porch roof. The pails
  8. I first used translucent salad bowls lit underneath with a clear C9 string on my porch roof as gumdrops. Now I use beach pails on the porch roof and the salad bowls on the porch railings. I think the cost per bowl/pail was about a dollar each. Chuck
  9. They look great! How far back is your projector from the pumpkins?
  10. That's not recommended. All projectors need to cool off the lamp housing before they can be turned completely off. If you kill the power, the lamp housing will transfer the heat to the entire projector's inside which will melt and/or fry the unit. I've been searching for a learning remote that has a scheduling feature but I've been unsuccesful so far. I would use that as a way to use it's wireless remote signal to start the projector's shut down sequence. I could use that to start it up the next evening too.
  11. Home Depot had LED floods on the shelf too but no pricing anywhere. I'd be interested if they could be dimmed by a LOR controller.
  12. Welcome Santa Sean! Share some pics of your display or a link to a website or Facebook so we can see your display.
  13. I've used those plastic clips and you're right - they break too easily. I've given up on them and now I use self adhesive zip tie mounts that I use with small wood screws. The adhesive alone isn't going to last the season. I use one screww with a large head in the center of the mount. I found this picture during a Gogle search so you can see the concept.
  14. I had used a set of C9 and icicles combined into one string for years on the front of my roof line. The set was purchased from WalMart. They were purchased combined with zip ties...exactly what you're thinking of doing. Be careful of the amperage draw if they're incandescent. That's why I'm replacing them with LED equivalents this year - too much power consumption.
  15. I think they meant, incandescent style LEDstring. They must be LED since you can connect 22 of these strings together on one outlet.
  16. I wouldn't do that. If it really bothers you, try dunking the whole curtain in a tub filled with hot water. Hang it while it's still pliable.
  17. Mine was the fabric version and I used a hand held clothes steamer. It should work on the vinyl too.
  18. Are the lights out in the room the projector is in?
  19. I had read on a post a while back that a forum user won a contest and had a ceramic representation of their house for sale along with all the other company’s houses. Like all of you, I thought my house would win a contest too but there hasn’t been a similar contest since. I searched the internet for ideas on how to make my own house but the more I read, the more I realized that it was beyond my artistic skill set. My next step was to see if anyone could do it for me. I came across a few sketchy websites but I did find an artist who specializes in scale models of homes, made of fired clay, w
  20. I like it and I agree you should darken the ribbon's shadow areas. Remember to view it at the distance your viewers will see and then make changes.
  21. I like that name. It's short and makes you wonder what it is so people will come down to investigate.
  22. How about metallic gold? Afterwards, tint it darker to add low lights and shadows to add dimension.
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