Thanks for the Welcome all! I am located in the Tracy, CA area of NorCal. I decorate the house outside more and more each year, but nowhere near to what I've seen on this site! I thought I was at least in the category of novice, but I'm not even there yet!! Each year I see my faults and mistakes and correct it the next year where I see more areas that could use lights and so on and so forth. This year I have just finished the roofline of my house and took a real good look at it and said, "WOW! John, you REALLY are going to need MORE lights if you want this to look right". As you all know , more lights = more power=more extension cords and so on, LOL. I am into mostly C9's right now, hoping to switch out to LED's next year, although I'm torn between staying with the C9s and adding many more sets or going to the colored icicles which I also like very much. I don't know what would make the roofline look better. I have not gotten into the computerized portion of lights yet, after reading just some parts of this forum, I think I would like to.