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Joseph Ayo

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  1. Awww... I think we are lucky we have direct connection to musical talents such as Judy Pancoast and Joe Tyria. We should offer them further support if anything. Dont worry about the over sell, we all know, thats just the American way at times so we should be used to it.
  2. Part of Holdman's success is what he is putting his lights on. That house is beautiful and would be distinct for a Christmas display I hate to say it no matter who decorated it. When he moved to the other location, he made up for things bygoing on a massive scale, covering several trees along 1000 ft of road frontage it seems. In any case, a well funded budget, good eye and talent have made for a fantastic display. Its organized, free of clutter, no excess wireframes, blow molds or inflatables almost is a significant part of Holdman's success.
  3. We have a major contributing neighbor taking the year off so they can go home for the holiday here, will still have the display up, going to tinker with some new ideas but by and large there is going to be some scale back at my display as well. We had a number of palm trees actually freeze to death last year so the palm trees we will decorate will be fewer. Palm trees such as Mount Everest Fishtail and Cuban royal palms are telephone poles now and even becoming difficult to reach with a tree lift so we are deciding to discontinue decorating these trees as the Christmas lights on them help the palm trees to freeze harder if the weather gets excessively cold
  4. I think some songs are much more interesting as a complete light show then others, so we dont see the wide diversity of songs available. Keep looking around, many many people are out there searching for new songs, but the main three or four you mentioned - well everyone plays them because these songs are famous "christmas light show" songs, owners like playing them and visitors ask for you to play them as this is what they expect to see at light shows. Otherwise many of us allow our own individual tastes to influence their playlists. Originally I started out playing mostly 1950's original artists christmas songs, and moved up to the disco era and then onto other genres as they seemed to be really cool when played with flashing lights. Last year most of my 50's and disco songs had been retired as I started looking at the 60's and 70's non-disco style and others. You might find what you want to play and your theme changes from year to year. You might be suprised that you see very little of jazz or country style songs rarely work well with light shows and thus you see very few of them being used.
  5. Actually Michael, I tried that song and I got chewed out by a mom on the second day it ran. She thought it was too nasty for her children to listen too, so hense I tend to throw this story out so that others dont find themselves in this position. I am sure most wont be offended but there is a small potential to offend some out there with this song. There is another REALLY GOOD song, Naughty Naughty Christmas by Danger Danger. Look it up on youtube and play it, its like REALLY REALLY good modern soft rock and roll song, however not sure what to think of the lyrics either. I donno guys, its not as bold as Gaga's but listen to it and tell me what you think.
  6. Beethoven's 5th by Walter Murphy has consistently gotten applause every year for 12 years at my display, its the oldest sequence that plays at my display, last season I retired my other disco era songs. Wizards of Winter is another song that brings about consistent rounds of applause upon completion so that will stay in my play list for that reason. Ironically it was the little 5 to 10 year olds that most often requested Lady Gaga and thus I put a search on for something similar but ran into the brick wall with the words. A new favorite that brought applause was Hilton's edit of Harder, Faster, Better by Daft Punk as well as my Techno Silent Night by Cinnamon, RichardH's Music Box Dancer. In the past I only had 2 songs at most that brought applause but something about this most recent year's playlist, we started getting consistent applause night after night with about 7 songs and THOSE are the type of songs I am obviously working on adding more of. Believe it or not, childish songs, like Sponge Bob, Porky Pig, etc bombed with all ages including the children so I am not very minded towards cartoon songs since they often have turned into the biggest flops.
  7. I am certainly one to advocate total G rating, for one people think I might try to push the envelope but this is why I try these ideas here before just placing into my display only to offend people feel like a tard later. I've spoken many times about using songs like Yellow Snow, Yellow Snow, Yellow Snow because of its offensive nature to many visitors. If you changed the words on the Lady Gaga song, it could be a great song/light show, but I think the thing is going down as a waste because of its racey words even if they are FCC radio compliant. Ironically I think the girl got a bad rep by using sex sells tactics and now that she's big, she realizes she doesnt need to be a cheap tramp to sell records, her music can do it all by itself. I recently saw an interview where she told the world lady gaga is celebate and doesnt want to catch AIDS, etc, etc so it seems she is already trying to clean up her image. Oh well.
  8. Yea I know, when its off season I try to expand on what to play at Christmas but when the season rolls around I always find myself doing a "what was I thinking" and delete or dont use too much of a cutting edge type stuff.
  9. All the younger set seem to be going goo goo for GaGa.. but I found a Lady Gaga song for Christmas thats pretty good to be honest, except its kind of racey. I have been seeing if I cant clean up the words or was wondering if we could maybe as a group pressure Lady Gaga to remake her song "Christmas Tree" in a more G rated direction. The song has problem areas such as lirics like: Ho Ho HO, We'll take off all our clothes Thats no place you'd rather be is underneath my Christmas Tree My Christmas Tree is Delicious Well I edited a version that makes Ho Ho Ho repeat again over the top of "We'll take off all our clothes", and with video presentation, the Christmas Tree part can show pictures of a Christmas "cake" everytime she gets racey with the Christmas Tree part. I dont know if I want to chance trying to run the slightly cleaned up edited version of the song next year. The young people are calling Gaga the New Madonna and I hate to say it but the older folks arent so bad with her old school style either. She basically dresses like Cher has for 30+ years.
  10. OK better late then never, I have a large palm tree collection and the freeze made me a super big amount of work to do removing mountains of frozen palm leaves and at the same time as Christmas take down. I havent been on planetchristmas I dont think since the light show closed for the season and I cant believe I almost missed it. I will definately be there, where is at at? I am intriqued, I have a very large yard but not 2 acres, your place sounds FANTASTIC already! Do you have a web page, I wouldnt mind checking out your display when its "in season".
  11. You do a fantastic display. You are just like 10 miles from me and I have seen your display a few years in a row now and I am very impressed. You know my display and that I draw a crowd of foot traffic and the cars and people tend to make my display hard to see from the street, so I am trying to please a transient crowd walking thru and they dont have time to wait up to 50 minutes for the eye candy song to play again, so I tend to try to keep the eye candy going more frequently. I like your format where people can sit in the car and get a great view of everything thru the windshield. I wish I could do a different type of show for a different type of audience but you know I like being a part of a mini-carnival with my neighbors. Its quite fun visiting with crowds of people, I hate to say it I look forward to doing it every night of the month and never tire of it.
  12. The ebay LED chasing lights: The wire is so thin, its about the guage of just 1 or 2 human hairs for wiring, makes it so fragile that exposure to elements and corrosion means it takes no time at all when exposed to elements for the wiring to break down. For my use I remove the controller and rewire the channels direct for LOR/AL direct control. This is difficult to do, to expose the wiring to be wirenutted, it can only be burned off. The corrosion problem however is at an individual light bulb here and there and not at my connection point, because could just strip off more and thread into wirenut to fix.
  13. Walmart uses standard grade, CDI uses commercial grade designed to last longer. The good thing is we found lets say you are using Paul's 100 count lights that are 33 ft and you find yourself just 6 ft short of something and dont want to tie up another 33 ft long string to cover the 6 ft shortage, you can use walmart LED lights and the "color" of the LED is a perfect match for Paul's. In our case we were able to use Walmart cheap/shorts to fill those small 6 ft shortages and it was seemless at least with the lights we used. If you are not aware, trying to match Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart LED colors doesnt go over very well, there are brightness differences, White, Yellow and Blue can vary dramatically from one brand to the next but at least if you need emergency "filler", Walmart LED's do seem to match the color acceptably enough. This said, Walmarts are half wave, CDI are full wave so there are slight brightness differences.
  14. DO you ever plan to sell LED chasing lights or things like "water fall" pattern lights? There is an abundance of Chasing lights available via Ebay but they are very fragile short lived strings. The average price of these ebay lights had been $2 a string X 100 lights X 4 colors, with an added $8 for shipping per string but I found in practical use, many strings only lasted 2 weeks and needed to be replaced. There is a high failure rate with the blue and red colors and they are impossible to fix or bypass around the bad bulb because they are soldered and waterproofed lights. I would much prefer to convert my chasing lights to something more durable as CDI brands rather then using these disposible fragile chasing LED lights I am using now. I had to buy as many spare strings of the ebay chasing lights as I did the first strings so I could replace strings as they darkened throughout the last season and found myself having to replace a string every 2 or 3 days to keep my house looking pretty in chasing lights. Considering the controller "rewire" needed to allow Animated Lighting the control over the exact chasing pattern with the music and hot glue on the house to hold the lights up, it was a major PAIN. The waterfall lights are 6 channel chasers and set up with 2 inch spacing between bulbs and pattern out to look like flowing water. They were introduced last year about the same time as the meteor lights or dripping icycles but didnt seem to catch as much popularity as the dripping onces, but none the less myself I would use them.
  15. Is this like chasing lights? The controllers are no different from incandescent chasing lights. The power going out is normal A/C 110 volts except they come out as animated into 4 each 25 light sets.
  16. You know aluminum extension cord wiring isnt preferred but its still legal to use. I have learned that most Christmas light wiring and wires rated for speakers uses aluminum wiring. For our uses mostly 2 amps per circuit uses, it seems like aluminum based extension cords would be fine, as we know aluminum works great the first 5 years or so of continuous use, for seasonal use the alum wiring would probably be fine and hardly a fire hazard. Alum based extension cords would be 1/4 the price of copper, maybe we can find sources for use with our displays?? Something to look into.
  17. The last night of the display here was Jan 2 and we had 2 weeks of very very unusually cold for Florida weather start with a freeze that very night and just about every night of the week after. While multiple every night freezes were predicted, my yard ended up not getting freezing temperatures until a week later and in the end 29 degrees was the lowest bottom out temp of the run but still, in our neck of the woods, we normally expect a rapid warm up within 3 days of any cold shocks so what was unusual was that we had 2 weeks below 65 degrees for highs and lows in the 20's and 30's. Nobody here has long johns or winter clothing to deal with spending hours outside in the cold taking down lights. Normally I get EVERYTHING down within 2 days of display closing because I always feared after the holiday was when the threat of vandalism goes thru the roof. I am embarrassed to say because of the cold, it took until this now completed weekend for me to get done what should have been taken down the 3rd of January.
  18. The best way to bomb from the choices on the list is definately "E) Song Choices". A bad song is one that everyone decides "now is the time to leave" when it plays and you see a repeating pattern that a particular songs drives the crowd away. Slow songs are not necessarily bad, however catchy upbeat songs are most often a crowd pleaser. Its definately best to either pick 2 minute songs or shorten songs to around the 2.5 minute limit so that you limit the damage from an unpopular song. As far as not enough lights not enough channels (same thing), that can apply but I havent had problems with that since the late 1990's and thats perhaps the easiest thing of all to "fix". Show length, voice overs... well a good way to clear a crowd out is to have too limited of a song selection in which your show repeats every 10 minutes, a percentage of visitors will stay until they see a song repeat, which could be an hour. Remember Christmas displays sometimes are a substitute for taking the kids to the movies on Friday/Saturday nights so some of your audience is likely to be very interested in your show for its duration. Voice overs offer to "impress" your visitors even more, however you can have too many, also I would avoid using voice overs that come across as "bragging". I avoid giving bragging stats for this reason, such as we have 5 miles of extension cords, 1/4 million LED lights, etc; those details are better left on your web page and not in voice overs. Its better to come across as being modest while also having the biggest baddest display in town. Its also best to leave some things up to the imagination. Most people want to see pretty lights and arent really into wondering how you did it.
  19. Well I know where you can get a LOT of 23 ft extension cords with a maximum 2 amp capacity for $2 or less. Take your old incandescent lights that are faded, ugly or not working and pull bulbs out of them so they no longer light up at all. Boom, you now have a 23 ft extension cord. Recycling your old junked christmas lights for use as extension cords can save you a fortune in extension cords. They can each support about 4 each 100 light count incandescent lights or also about 20 to 30 strings of LED lights on them. You can find the 4 bulbs on a string that have 3 wires running out of the base, like bulbs 1, 50, 51 and 100, you leave those sockets but can remove all the other sockets. I have approximately 120 each recycled light strings in which excess sockets have been removed and when put away for the season, these 120 extension cords fits into 1 copy paper sized box. We supported MOST our LED lights and incandescent wire frame deer on these and it made takedown much easier because I didnt have so many big heavy orange yard cords in the yard to take in at the end of the season.
  20. Yes Nothing else about the sequence was a problem for me but that Shimmer... I hate that shimmer and cant think of any place I would ever use it. On sequences I imported first thing I had to do is replace the shimmer or get rid of it for something else. Not everything imports over to AL with the original LOR name. Not sure how LOR works but speed of all flickers, shimmers, etc are programmable on AL so they I think convert LOR shimmers to something else and adjust the AL speed and it ends up looking identical to the original on LOR. Now if I am "into" lights and blinking and program them all the time and I am getting vertigo from the hyper blinky shimmer, I know visitors to my display would have problems with it for sure. Not only that but we know those who are vulnerable to seizures, its the faster blinks that run the risk for those people, so slowing down the blink rates makes your display safer for epileptics.
  21. Sorry didnt mean to ruffle feathers. I been playing with importing LOR sequences over into my AL stuff to look at other's works via LSP and in the sequences that shimmer has fully imported and looks as intended on a LOR system, and looks here exactly like it did in the video. Maybe its just a personal opinion, but I dont like the look of the LOR shimmer here. Sorry I brought it up, I did like very much ALL of the effects and fan in the video, just I hate to say it but the LOR shimmer on steroids in video or in person just has the vertigo effect on me. I think when you put LED lights on the shimmer, it shimmers even stronger then it would on incandescent lights for example.
  22. I hate to say it, the display looks great, but I dont know how to say this and not get everyone jumping on me, but lets see... Personally had difficulty with that very rapid blink or flicker mode. Reminded me more of a "bad" digital dimmer that was allowing its blink/flicker show up or what happens to a non-dimmable compact flourescent light when you try dimming it. Also that rapid blink is something we are familiar with on Animated Lighting products when you try to dim and you get that - its time to get your capacitors replaced at the factory on your controllers so in a sence it reminds me of a controller that needs to be repaired, hehehe. I was very interested in the overall look but sort of would have been better to use that blink/flicker a bit less in the sequencing. The LOR blink rate always looked like it was on steroids to me like it blinks too fast, but I realize that is just as timing programmable on LOR as it is the system I am familiar with, maybe slow down the blink rate or something.
  23. Be careful you dont become famous for traffic jambs or else you start scaring some people off. At some point in time that doubling from year to year steadys off because you cannot fit in any more visitors. Allow a traffic nightmare develop around your dsplay and people start avoiding you next year.
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