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  1. I follow the idea. But the area that the wire rests in is larger, the SPT1 wire would then be further away from the prongs and you may also not line up side to side correctly. Testing would be the only way to find out I guess. Lee
  2. Jeremy, I bought them from Radiant Holidays. Here is the link. The 6 pack is a great value and then you have one or two on hand for special projects. http://radiant-holidays.com/radiant_holidays/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=5jhrcfq9f3fm15857s650mq2o0 Lee
  3. I know the scene you are referring to. Does your stereo have an input or aux in port? If it does you can get a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this.
  4. As GMAC stated, you will not get enough volume from the laptop alone. I use an old stereo amp and power a couple outdoor speakers I have mounted under the eve of the house, Works pretty good, only about 30 feet to the sidewalk. I also broadcast on an FM transmitter for those that wish to watch from their cars. It gets a bit wet here in the Pacific Northwest. Speakers I use: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3230680&filterName=Speaker+type&filterValue=Outdoor Transmitter: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5W-FMUSER-FM-stereo-PLL-broadcast-transmitter-white-kit-/250837421399?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Transmitters&hash=item3a67134d57 The transmitter comes with the antenna, I only use the 1 watt power output not the 5 watt. FCC has rules about private transmitters you need to make sure you read up on them and check the local FM frequencies being used by commercial broadcasting in your area. http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/fm-query-broadcast-station-search Hope this helps you out. Lee
  5. It works fine with the screen saver enabled. I do go in and shut off all the hibernation or sleep options. I also turn off all the window's sounds so I do not broadcast any of those when I am doing other things on that machine. I run Zara radio 24/7 during the season on the same computer. Hope this helps. Lee
  6. I use them on all my trees that have no leaves on them. I can wrap them around small branches in different directions, stretch them from on branch to another. They work great and make the tree look much more full. Lee
  7. If you have other elements that are of the same color, than you could double up color strings with the other channels. Then still use the multi color and the 2 open channels to give you the motion you want. But depending on the music type sometimes mood is just as important as motion. Or do what some us do and buy another controller . Lee
  8. I will agree with all the above posts, It looks great. Welcome to PC. Lee
  9. Jerry, It only backs up the OS, system, and program files. It does not backup all the data files. just use the regular backup for the data. Lee
  10. Jerry, Try this link from the windows web site. It will tell you how to do a system backup. I use an external drive to do mine. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Back-up-your-programs-system-settings-and-files Cheers, Lee
  11. That looks great! I don't have that large of a display, but I did trench and lay several lines of inch and quarter PVC pipe to all my scrub areas when I did my landscaping 14 years ago. Back then I never thought I would need it for my CLAP. Lee
  12. Great answer Mark, I should have picked up those ELLs at the NW CLAP. Also if you are using E1.31, DMX over Ethernet then simple wireless network components will work. Lee
  13. When you try and power more then the 5 meter string the LEDs will not provide the correct color. It is more noticeable with white, the end LEDs will start to turn pinkish. If you can run the extra 5 meters and power from the center that is the best way to go. My roof line is 50 feet so I had to inject power a couple times. Lee
  14. The shipping cost is a big part of the cost. To save money on shipping you need to get a group buy together. My local group just made a large group buy. My cost would have been $550.00 by myself. Same items through the group was $430.00. We made our order from Ray Wu. Try and get 10 or 15 people together and do a group buy, best way to save money. Lee
  15. OK, I think you need to see how Light Show Pro 2.5 lets you configure your channels. It sounds just like what you are describing. If you go to here they describe it very well. http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/board,63.0.html?PHPSESSID=0c4ceffdc8bb639cd2f722027a523396 Lee
  16. OK Charles, I understand IP networks, I understand DMX universes, and I understand E1.31. at least a little. If I follow you, you are talking about an E1.31 protocol using an IP address to define channels similar to a DMX universe. Is that correct? Lee
  17. Hey King, Great job on the projections! They look awesome! Any idea when Monster Mash and/or Ghostbuster might be out? Thanks, Lee
  18. I agree with Jerry. The high density strips would be the ticket. I use 60 LEDs/meter for outside under my eve's and they work great, and the cost is reasonable. Lee
  19. Mark, Only a week away, Do you need any help with anything? I plan on being there Friday afternoon. Lee
  20. Agreed, I see your thinking on not wanting to split on the trees. Cheers, Lee
  21. Nutz, The P12R will handle 12 DMX universes. that is 512 channels times 12 = 6144 channels divided by 3 for RGB = 2048 pixels. you are only using about 60% of the P12R. If you went with dumb strings you would use this controller http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Easy-DMX-LED-controller-dmx-decoder-driver/701799_378111925.html the cost is only $41.00 plus shipping and you can do 9 separate trees if you wanted. Now the effects you could do with the P12R and the WS2811 nodes would be super. You could make each pixel a different color or the bottom half one color and the top half another. The possibilities are limitless. I have the P12R and use it on my mega tree and love it. Good luck with your project. I would like to see the finished product. Cheers, Lee
  22. Robert, Here is a picture of the CG1500 with my P12R controller and a 450 Watt PC power supply. I powered 7 strips and the controller with no problem. I added the power cord plug to the bottom of the CG1500. I used the one I removed from the power supply case, then dremeled out a hole. It worked great! Lee
  23. Hey Robert, For power I use a PC power supply mounted in a CG1500 case - http://wlcventures.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3 I removed the case on the power supply and the cooling fan, there was just the PC board mounted to the standoffs. It worked very well and stayed dry. Lee
  24. yeah, I am with Justin. I think they will fillup with water. I live in the Northwest, lots of rain. the best way I have found is to use a small 2x4 block under the connection and lay a plastic bag over the top then some weight to keep the bag from blowing away. I have had zero GFI trips since I started doing this. Lee
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