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About NarJar

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    I love Christmas lights! I think they're one of the best parts of any holiday possible.
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    Motorcycles (street cruiser and dirtbike).
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  • About my display
    I love Christmas lights. I just bought a house last summer and it was the first winter I got to decorate. I bought lights, and continued to add new lights well through December almost every week or every other week. This year I wanted to animate a Santa on my roof to make him wave which led me to controllers. After watching many videos and carefully thinking it out, I just ordered my first controller, and am planning to animate my mega-tree in my front yard and my Santa on my roof.

    I am using this as an opportunity to get my feet wet and play with animation. If I enjoy it, I anticipate using more controllers next year and purchasing an FM transmitter.
  1. It can easily be run on the same show. Create a separate track, and you can animate them however you want (probably on the entire sequence). This is what I do for my flood lights which illuminate my "Tune To" sign. These lights stay on for the entirety of each sequence.
  2. I have to agree, I absolutely LOVE this! Never seen anything like it or even thought about anything like it. Awesome!!
  3. I know it's been a while since anyone has said anything, and most will probably frown upon my response and my tactics, but here is the information about my tree. My tree is approximately 25' tall. It consists of approximately 21' of conduit (2" diameter I believe) with a star on top that is approximately 4'-5' from point to point. The 21' tree is made of 2 pieces of conduit welded together. The star is made of rebar and is the heaviest part of the tree. It is welded on a piece of muffler connector which slides on top of the long piece of conduit. My father and I have been modifying our p
  4. I'll be honest, I'm EXTREMELY jealous! I have been contemplating adding an animation laser to my show for at least a year or more. It would just be so cool to have Santa fly across my house or something animated happening along with all the lights dancing to music. However, I live in the midwest where weather is unpredictable. I don't know that much about lasers, but in the research I have done, I do not have enough cash for the quality I would like which doesn't bother me too much, even a cheaper model would still be extremely cool! Second, I haven't found a weatherproof laser yet, so
  5. John: I have always enjoyed your displays. I have always thought that you do a great job. As someone else mentioned, I saw this video featured on a St. Louis news station's website. I watched the video and read the article and knew who you were (because of this site). I have to say, even with your move and all the additional work and stress, I think you really stepped it up a notch (or maybe a couple notches!) this year compared to previous years. You did a phenomenal job, keep it up! And after your last comment, I can't wait to see next year's display!
  6. Well, I wanted to go ahead and post since I appear to be quite out of the norm. I have been computerized for 2 years now. My first year was 1 controller, last year was 5 controllers. Both years, the controllers have been inside the entire time (both Christmas and Halloween).
  7. I would be very interested in seeing a picture if you have any? I'm picturing 33 ft long and 22 foot wide, and in my mind, I picture it barely clearing the cars, and it only being tall enough to walk under at the very center point. Very interested (as my driveway is 2 cars wide as well)...
  8. I've haven't got around to adding strobes to my display yet, but have done a little research, and I've never heard this "preheating" that you speak of. Also, if I understand the method correctly, it would seem to contradict what people have told me that you should ALWAYS have strobes on at 100%. Am I missing something?
  9. Could you post a link? I have been following this thread hoping someone would post a link to see it (I haven't seen this display before). I just happened to refresh the window tonight and see your response.
  10. I'm glad to hear it has worked for you! I just bought one this year (sometime in October I believe), and I tried using it a handful of times, both the trigger, and the tracer. My success rate was 0%. I may not have given it enough time or attention, and will need to try again after I take down the display. However, I am glad to hear that it does work for some people (I was kind of curious after my experience).
  11. If you hover over the "Goodies" tab, it should give you a drop-down, and one of the options is "Forum Sig Generator".
  12. I would recommend checking the following items: 1. Make sure your items are plugged into the correct channel. 2. Check your channel assignments. You may have 2 outside items set to the same channel on accident (i.e. your doorway and the bushes are both set as Controller 1, Channel 11. However, the doorway should be Controller 1, Channel 11, and the bushes should be Controller 1, Channel 12). 3. Depending on which software you are running, it is possible to have multiple "tracks". If you are using multiple tracks, you can typically only see 1 track at a time. So, you may have a sec
  13. I would definitely say you have a claim for home owner's insurance. First, the laptop was in the house. I would go for the controller also as you said this was your first year, so it was practically brand new, and they still bring premium prices if you were to sell it on E-Bay. New lights can be bought and hung, and new controllers can be bought/assembled/connected. I would say the biggest devastation is missing the remaining nights of the season and lighting up as well as the lost time put into the sequences which were on your laptop's hard drive. Hopefully, you have backed up your seq
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