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  1. I don't have much to add that hasn't been said already other than to add my vote -- I'd like to see the forums stick around.
  2. Hope everyone has been able to enjoy the fruits of their Christmas display labor -- and had time to enjoy other's displays as well. Is there a technical and automated way to detect if lights are out or your display is otherwise not working as expected? I am in charge of the lights for our church. We have a 112 channel LOR display that grows each year. We have issues with GFCIs or circuit breakers tripping, someone yanks an extension cord, animal problems... We could set up a security camera and someone (me, probably) would need to check on it every night. Probably the mostly li
  3. In a age when even the office thermostat is called sexist ( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/nyregion/office-temperature-sexist-nixon-cuomo.html ), this letter is not un-plausible. Or at a time when people think *everything* has to do with the current president...
  4. LOR 112 channels, 10,000+ lights Get's a little bit bigger every year.
  5. LOR 112 channels, 10,000+ lights Get's a little bit bigger every year.
  6. LOR 112 channels, 10,000+ lights Get's a little bit bigger every year.
  7. Carol of the Bells / Sing We Now of Christmas - BarlowGirl LOR 112 channels, 10,000+ lights
  8. As great as the preview window is on Light-o-Rama, sometimes sequences just look different on the live production with real lights. LED lights react different than incandescents, and I've noticed even different brands of lights have a slightly different ramp time. Short of trying to hook up 96 strings of Christmas lights in the basement, I began to think of a way to make a mock-up. It would be nice to cut a string of lights to a foot or two long -- and I know you can't do this with mini-lights, or any other lights that are wired in series. Has anyone come up with a solution that you'
  9. Some projectors have network connections (either wired via an RJ-45 or wireless) have have the ability to turn the projector on/off remotely. I don't know that any of these have a daily schedule timer (i.e. turn on at 4pm and off at 11pm)...but...if there's a web-interface, then there is undoubtedly a way to automate it with your computer (but might take some software scripting/hacking to do). Do do theater lighting work part-time and have never seen a projector with DMX input...but now that I think about it, it sounds like a great idea. I can't say one doesn't exist somewhere, but of the
  10. Just curious if you got the video up on YouTube yet. I know it's that time of year, and everyone is busy. But just curious...and I wanted to let you know I'm still interested in seeing this!
  11. How does the story get "told" now? You said the nativity blowmold turns on in sequence and the star raises...is it just a sequence of events that tells the story (without narration, or text on a wall, or anything)? I'm just trying to get a mental picture of what it is now. I think the turning pages would be super-cool, but I have no idea how you'd accomplish that. I go the route of having signs with lights that turn on ('cause that's what I know how to do). Maybe, instead of a light that turns on, the pages/storyboard could be "revealed". The pages lay flat (so the text isn't seen)
  12. Thanks for the info. I need to cover a large area (this is for a church building...planning for next year). So probably the zip cord and individual sockets would work best. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I547 using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks. I'm looking at these for my church (for next year). This would be to cover a section of roof, so probably 20-30 feet between to cover the area we need.
  14. I was looking at the strobe bulbs from CDI, but how do you mount them? Do you use a strand of C-9 and replace every Xth bulb with a strobe? Or is there a special wire with very wide spacing just for this purpose? You guys have me intrigued... -r
  15. I was looking at the strobe bulbs from CDI, but how do you mount them? Do you use a strand of C-9 and replace every Xth bulb with a strobe? Or is there a special wire with very wide spacing just for this purpose? You guys have me intrigued... -r
  16. Actually, now is the perfect time to start thinking about next year. If nothing else, I start putting together a list of what I want to add, then hit up the after Christmas sales. :-)
  17. Spray a shot of WD-40 and try to keep them facing down.
  18. Welcome Jim. I do some part-time work as a lighting designer for a kids theater and have some experience with theater lighting systems. The LOR controllers are actually DMX aware, so if you have access to spare lighting console--which you may be more familiar with than re-learning the LOR software--then there's no need to convert. Consequently, the LOR software can control a DMX universe with an extra hardware add-on (in case you have any 7-channel LED's you want to use in your display). Good luck. This is a good place to hangout. -r
  19. Thanks for all the great ideas. We ended up going them all. We were asked to make it something that could be removed if/when needed...so we went with commercial caulk adhesive figuring we could peel it off if necessary. The problem is we did this on Saturday, the day because the storms hit the midwest. We figured 12+ hours of cure time would have been enough, but Sunday morning (when 2,000+ people coming/going) they lights were hanging down. So we regrouped later in the week. One guy armed with a heat gun to warm the clip and the cap, another guy to apply Gorilla Glue, and a third to "c
  20. As in, a regular hot glue gun? Do you think it will survive a harsh midwestern winter?
  21. I like this idea. Thanks. I've sent off a few emails and sent them your post with diagram. Thanks!
  22. Good thinking. We did consider that in the early days of our late planning. One problem was that we have a lot of trees surrounding our church and there was no clear-cut way of deciding which trees would get lights and which wouldn't without it looking scatter-shot (or lighting them all). Also, we thought lights on the top would be more visible for passerby's.
  23. While I've been decorating my home for several years, I was asked by my church to help put together an outdoor lighting display. While it's too late to do anything over-the-top, I'm sure we can get just a roof outline before the weather turns. Most of the roof is a typical commercial style, flat roof with an aluminum edge-cap. Does anyone have experience and advice on how to affix C9 bulbs? Seems like most commercial installations (based on a google search) glue clips on the cap, but I'm not sure that's going to fly well with the man in charge of maintenance. I'm really hoping for a clip
  24. Last year I stocked up pretty well on lights, only to discover this year I hadn't really planned on how to power them all. So after Christmas I bought out two Target's of all the Christmas extension cords I could find at 75% off. There's a whole another stack of 6/9/15 foot extension cords not pictured here. And yes, even the Jumbo Cashews were 75% off...
  25. I bought a bunch of coroplast from Professional Plastics (google for it)...prices go down depending on how much you order. I think $25 was a good starting price but the more you buy the cheaper it gets. I bought $280 worth and ended up paying about $14 per sheet. A lot of the price is in shipping--and shipping 20 sheets isn't much more expensive than shipping 1. Smaller sizes are cheaper since it can be shipped on something other than a freight truck and a large pallet.
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