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  1. I admire those of you who can pull down your stuff in two days.  I wish more of mine was a simple unplug and throw in a container.  Those darn tree wraps and megas take forever!

    I'm calling it now... I bet I have at least something still up when March comes around.



    That's OK, we admire you while they are up :)

  2. I picked up 80 sets of the 100ct mulit incans for .65/ea.  I did it on the whim of rebuilding them into R/G/B sets, and discovered that they actually have four different types of light bases in the HolidayTime boxes.  I'll still be able to convert most of them and have my TV-watching project for the next few months. 


    Now I'm curious if anyone would be interested in 16 strings of 100ct pink and/or yellow....


    I was hoping to pickup artificial trees, but they only had the orig. $128 ones left.



    I may be interested in the pink and yellow... I assume 8 strings of each or is it 16 of each?

  3. If you are just starting, RGB probably is a bit intense. I primarily use LOR controllers with various light colors, but am working on some RGB stuff now to see if I can get it working the way I want. I completely cover the roof and walls with both clear and multi-color lights, then use other colors in different areas. For example, I have a "rainbow tree" on the front lawn that uses pretty much the colors of the rainbow.


    I have seen all white lights, and it has a great classy look to it. During my intermissions I cycle slowly through different looks, at one point during the cycle having only white lights on. It's a matter of preference I think. Go for what you enjoy.

  4. I've read this thread over a few times, and I do think it makes a fair point. I've seen a lot of shows that, while visually impressive, don't necessarily convey the meaning of or emotional weight of a particular song. If your sequences would work just as well in a club as on a mega-tree, you might be crossing the line implied in the original post. There's a lot of very beat-heavy music being used in shows that could indicate that the music is being selected to fit the lighting equipment (as opposed to the lighting equipment being tailored to the music). The "Mickey Mouse" label is a bit derogative, but I think the underlying point is a fair one. This is one of the main reasons I'm hesitant to move from a static display to a sequenced show (aside from the cost and the eye-rolls from the better half). I think it would very difficult for me to build a set of controllers, sequence 120-some-odd channels to 25 minutes of music and still produce a meaningful product. I suspect that I would end up with maybe two or three good tracks, and the rest would be boring and repetitive.


    I'm certainly not criticizing the efforts of the many people who do put on sequenced shows. I understand the amount of time, money and effort it takes to build a display, sequence the music, maintain your equipment, etc. I believe the point of the original post was to direct attention to the possibility that it may be easy for sequencing to take a lowered priority in the myriad of things required to manage a display, and that it could be detrimental to the overall quality of the show.



    Had the OP posted like this.... I would have responded completely different. But I didn't read it that way, it sounded more like he is suggesting that making the lights beat in time with the music is "Mickey Mouse", or lower quality. I do a little of that at times, depending on the song, and it is more difficult than "capturing the feeling" of the music... IMHO.


    I agree with what you are saying however, I do worry about being repetitive. I imagine the first year with LOR will probably have some of that. As time goes on, you keep the good ones and modify the ones that are lower quality, eventually building up songs/sequences to a point that all are unique. So far I have developed 3 sequences for next year and working on a fourth, all are very different from the others. My plan is to run a song on the quarter hour with an "intermission sequence" between to cut down on the number of sequences I need to have. 

  5. Not sure that I would agree with the assertion that having the lights mimic the music is a bad thing. I think there are certain songs that lend themselves to that while others are best when trying to interpret or set a mood. IMHO, a good sequencer would employ both, depending on what works best with the particular song they are sequencing. But then, I guess there are "snobs" in every group.

  6. I've been using X-10s for almost 20 years. All of my appliance have relays which make a clunk when they are turned on or turned off. It's been my experience the light modules and power outlets are the only ones which are silent. Maybe the newer appliance modules are silent? Haven't purchased a new appliance module in over 10 years so I don't know.

    I generally use them outside and may not notice, the transceiver does make a loud click though.

  7. Yeah, the basics are simple enough.  It's figuring out exactly how you want to interpret the song and then nailing all the timing to get it "just right" that starts to consume your sequencing time.  Welcome to our madness and enjoy!



    Thank you. I am slowly pulling the first song together. I put a few minutes here and there into it, but will get more into it later when I have the time.

  8. Thanks Dave, the X10 will be used to turn on the blow ups, wireframes etc, but probably won't bother putting the controllers on them. With only 32 channels to start there will be some things that won't or can't be controlled with LOR.


    Started with the first sequence, the basics seem easy enough but it is still a difficult process to get just right. spent about 2 hours today on one... have the first minute of it where I think I want it...

  9. Getting ready to order:


    Basic Getting Started Package - 32 Outputs
    Product Number: PKG-BASIC32
    Connector: USB485B & Wireless Linker Pair
    Software: Advanced


    I have played with the software and found it fairly intuitive. I already a dedicated PC that runs X10 modules to time everything and the FM transmitter. Our setup if fairly modest with about 20K lights and various lawn ornaments... we will buy more after Christmas when they are on sale. I guess creating sequences will be my new hobby, hopefully creating quite a few by next season. I hope all of you experts are available to help once I get started!

  10. Once again, thanks for all your thoughts.I have a Face Book page I have set up for my display and posted earlier asking if anyone found it.  Other people shared it.  Tonight they came down and said that they had a family member help them out, so they do not need the money I offered.     

        I really don't know if it was a scam or not.  Part of me says yes, and the Face Book post scared them away?


    I prefer to believe the best about people until given a reason that I shouldn't. I have to admit, carrying around your entire savings at a light show with no intention of spending it that night seems a bit odd though. In the end, I am glad it has all worked itself out, and you can feel good knowing you played a small part in a positive outcome.

  11. If you aren't collecting for a specific charity, then donating some of it to her would be a valid donation. It certainly isn't your fault, but you wouldn't be human if you didn't feel bad for her! I hope things work out for her, and for your peace of mind.

  12. Great pictures! My son, who is 9, loves the lights and "helps" every year.


    Probably the coolest thing this year was a message from a friend in Texas who showed our video to her kids. Her son, who is 5, decided that he wanted his house to look like that, put his jacket on and was ready to go buy "lot's of lights". It was a proud moment for me :)

  13. I am looking to set up LOR for the first time next year. I plan to start with 32 channels.





    The issue I will run into is the Cat 5 connection from my computer to the controllers outside. What has been the experience with the wireless controllers, or are there other wireless options that would work?




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