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  1. worst case if you do the sleeves and don't like the gaps you could always cover the gaps with short strings of lights, which you would remove each year before disassembling your arch
  2. I made small versions (6-8" diameter) of the chicken wire ornaments for my maple tree, the 35 ct strings were perfect.
  3. Make it out of coro or something else that will diffuse the light and throw a few plug-in LED flameless candles in there. One probably won't be enough light but a few of them ought to do it.
  4. Nice! Want to build one for me too? I have a mostly static display but I am thinking of eventually building a spiral tree and have it be the only animated part of my display. It would be quite the focal point, I think. I did read that Action Lighting will custom build a chase controller up to 16 channels, however considering their 4 channel controller is close to $100 I don't think it would be a cheap option. Probably not what your neighbours are looking for. If there was some way to delay the start of a chase sequence using a simple 4-channel controller, you could probably get away with 2 4-channel controllers and have the sequences stagger. I guess it would resemble a wave more than a chase but it might be a cool effect anyways. Although it would require getting the 2 controllers EXACTLY in sync.
  5. I haven't come across one but would this work?...use 5 4-channel controllers. One master controller on the slowest speed has a controller on each channel at a faster speed (fast enough to cycle through all four channels before the master moves to the next channel). It would effectively yield 16 channels, although it would be pretty limited in the speed of the overall chase sequence. But if you had several 4-channel chasers it would be interesting to try
  6. I'm not sure I see the point in turning them into net lights. Especially considering the power consideration noted above
  7. Nope, works for me. Did you perhaps hit the "mark community read" link by accident? I've done that once or twice and I think I experienced the same as you
  8. Well if you plan on staying static then you won't want to invest in a LOR controller as Tom mentioned above. You could make your own using an old string of multifunction lights or buy a similar cheap controller http://www.lightuplawrence.net/Home/how-to-1/4-channel-controller-1 <-- DIY http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SN-CONT <--purchase Just use one channel if you want them to all flash at the same time, or use 2 channels for alternating bursts. I plan on making a few of the DIY version for next year as I also have a static display.
  9. I didn't seal mine but luckily the water that got in didn't do too much damage. A few rust spots but they still work great. I was going to use them for a starburst but they eventually fall out of synch after being on for several hours so if you don't use a controller you will probably be disappointed with the star effect. They are great up high in my maple tree, though.
  10. Feed my Frankenstein Men in Black Bad Moon Rising Highway to Hell The Time Warp Ghost Riders in the Sky Purple People Eater
  11. My goals are similar to those already mentioned: 1) great display with lights only (and no controllers) 2) look good during the day too 3) don't clutter the yard 4) stick to my colour scheme (blue, pure white and green) 5) make as many elements as I can instead of buying everything 6) keep those LED strings as straight as possible!
  12. It seems that most light strings don't have polarized plugs so it shouldn't matter. But I would be careful about plugging in anything with a polarized plug
  13. For the Canadians out there, Wal Mart and Superstore have all Christmas stuff 50% off. Lights were really picked over but there were lots of reindeer wireframes in Langford and Victoria. Heading to Target now.
  14. Good point, you'd probably have to check with MITS to determine what is currently in stock vs presale
  15. I have ordered from Magic in the Sky and been very pleased with quality, price and customer service. They will deliver USPS to Canada (I'm in BC) and even with the cost of shipping their prices are very competitive. They carry pink, purple, yellow and light blue lights which might be good for Easter.
  16. I made a couple mini trees this year as practice as well, and wrapped them with C6 but I think they are too big. I also have 5mm on my tree trunk and I absolutely love the look of that size. I will probably use 5mm on my mini trees next year, but my yard is small and close to the road, so I can afford to go with the smaller bulbs. Yours might look better with minis. As for the big tree, I think the lighted chicken wire balls would look good. You could also try the "spanish moss" style of hanging lights, although that might really take away from the rest of the display.
  17. I couldn't get a great shot as the road is narrow and their property is wide. But the close up shows Santa stuck in the spring. When it changes again I will snap another photo.
  18. JPat, I love the big tree. Don't take this the wrong way, but of all of your display elements it is the only thing that is not right out of a box...you have to keep it!
  19. I don't have pics and I can't find any on the web either. I will see if I can snap a few tonight
  20. Timpwk, same goes for me. No room for cars and no money for controllers! Besides, I love a good static display that has a small amount of movement for effect - twinkling lights, a waving hand etc. Seeing a bunch of mini trees flash to the beat of a song is annoying IMHO. I do recognize that it's a lot of work and many people enjoy the animate shows, I am just not one of them.
  21. For years my daily commute has taken me past one of my favourite decorated houses. This family has a static display, with few strings of lights (house, tree, fence), but they have 3 life-sized figures: Santa, Mrs Claus and an elf. Every few days the figures are moved into different positions, and all 3 are always working towards a common goal - getting Santa on the roof. Every year they use a different method: giant slingshot, tightrope walking, pogo stick, giant spring etc. It always takes several attempts but by Christmas Day they always make it. It's always fun to drive by and see if Santa is closer to getting on the roof. (Today Santa had fallen inside the giant spring and Mrs Claus is trying to pull him out!) I have never heard of anyone else changing up their display like this, have you?
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