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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Creating a new memory every year!
  • Location
    Bucks County, PA
  • Biography
    I have always been fascinated with Christmas lights and thought its a great way to spread joy to your community.
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    Engineer
  • About my display
    Nothing but an effort of love and patience

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  1. SETTING UP YOUR DISPLAYS!!! ooo my god im so far behind... im still working on my last LOR sequence... Lights wont even come out the basement until mid-october at best
  2. are these still available? do you know if the firmware is up-to-date?
  3. May have interest one of the 30A units (#5/#6) or the 15A (#4,#5,#6) if they are still available.... need to talk to the boss first (aka the wife) will PM you
  4. This is crazy! Yes, I have been to your show so I clearly knew about it before I moved it... still decided to rent here.... just ignore the guy for now, most likely his kids? would be really upset if he was responsible for cancelling the christmas light show down the street This concerns me too as I have a new neighbor, I think they did a walk through of the house when I had my lights up last year but I am not sure... guess I just have to wait and see if they say anything when the lights start going up!
  5. Outline those windows! Particularly the three on the second floor and the two on the right side of your house. You can find articles on here about how to build and secure frames to your windows that makes set-up and take down easier. If you turn your front lights off then I would say do those two windows too. I think it will be plenty bright to see where your going... Wrap that tree with lights. Make use of your roof space, maybe put a sleigh and some reindeer up there? make a pattern with lights? snowflakes? get creative... There is a ton of yard space so I like your idea for mega and mini trees. As far as what color for everything, do whatever you think looks good, it is your house after all and most likely you will be the person who stares at it the most! My personal preference is when the lights "match" so either all white, all multi or an even combination of say red green and white... Are you looking to keep your display static? If not you have a nice layout to make it animated... something to consider and it would create all new possibilities..
  6. Wide Angle 5MM LED Lights

    are these what you are looking for? 50ft length though, not 100 150-lt-micro-mini-led-light-set-warm-white
  7. Thinking about jumping from 32 to 48, channels that is. In the never ending planning that occurs in my head I am thinking about making the jump from 32 to 48 light-o-rama channels. I started with 16 for 2 years, 32 for last year and this year (2 years) so it would seem to follow the pattern. My only question/concern is how much of an impact will this have? Anyone with experience care to share? In my jump for 16 to 32 I had to request the help of family to manage set-up instead of doing it by myself (so from say 12 man hours to about 30?) but this included new additions like an 8 foot spiral tree and leaping arch (over a 2 car wide driveway), mini trees, etc... Is it logical to assume that about box adds the same increment of work or does it go up exponentially? Obviously the price impact can be anticipated given the cost of the box, lights, extension cords, new props... How about the sequencing? I felt like the jump from 16 to 32 was not terrible because a good amount of channels were eaten up by objects like the arch and spiral tree so it wasn't terrible. Is adding more channels (more objects too) going to be much more work or again another similar incremental increase? Thoughts?
  8. anyone looking for more info be sure to check out this thread!
  9. What is this?!

    This is amazing! @Big J Illinois and I were looking for modern build plans for this! I like your idea to use pixels. I was going to try to do something similar but with standard LED strings. ( thread here) @PhotoRay can you share the dimensions of your build? also are you planning to chrome or make the PVC tubes reflective at all? I was planning to maybe try a metallic paint on the inside of the tubes to make them "brighter"..
  10. In a different post I saw someone post the below photo... got me thinking. Has anyone built a recent version of these? I was thinking of trying to do it with a standard string of lights and just put multiple bulbs where the instructions have 1 per can... Anyone done this and have more detailed instructions for a build plan? I just built PVC mini trees but I might aim to replace them with these because I really like the look.
  11. nice display @Mike's creation! I like your ideas for next year as well! I plan to add net lights to our roofs next year, as well as some additional path lights around the arch (both sides next year). I plan to build and put out a donation box for a charity next year, so that will have to be decorated as well. 2017 will be my fourth year and I am sticking at 32 channels and only adding a few more lights. More focus will be put on making the display "clean". For example my path lights are not exactly straight... I am going to build a board with pre-drilled holes to make sure they go down straight and stay straight! My arch "shape" isn't perfect (cant see in this photo) so I plan to fix that. And the blue wrapped tree I plan to make into a blue christmas tree next year. Big white star tied to the tree and then make an upside down V-cone with the blue lights. Probably only going 2/3rds of the way around the tree. I was severely lacking organization this year as well so I plan to tag all my lights, store them neatly and make sure everything is logged into my excel sheet that also keeps track of power usage. Speaking of power usage, I am going to set up a better "command center" in the garage. Which includes having better outlet locations, adding a few new outlets so I can add more controllers and even possibly getting my service upgraded so I never have to power about tripping breakers again... and a better place to put my laptop that runs the show. Now that I wrote all this down it seems like more than I thought... its just mostly behind the scenes and people who visit the show won't see that big of a difference in 2017. AND of course I will sequence new songs.... we have only repeated 1 song each year (TSO -Nut Rocker) and repeat it every year as our "grand finale"! ... thinking of possibly doing a "throwback Thursday" in 2017 and playing some older sequences.
  12. I plan to start collecting for a charity next year as well. Our mailbox is at the end of driveway and I plan to make a small box (wooden) that I can discretely secure to the mailbox post. Of course I will decorate it in some way...lights, gingerbread house, presents...I don't know yet. someone mentioned it above but the best thing you can do is empty it every night! I started giving out candy canes to cars I saw this year so I normally have a close eye on the front yard every night. Collecting for a charity has always been a goal of mine and after 3 years I feel that its time to take the dive as I am not adding to much for year 4 in terms of lights/controllers. I am thinking toys-for-tots or make a wish, something that will help children(100% donated of course). I personally never liked the idea of putting out a donation box to help "run" my show. If I can't afford new lights or a new controller that year then I shouldn't be adding them, using other peoples money to add them would feel wrong to me...
  13. thanks for the tip @Big J Illinois binder clips is a good idea too @Logan L. Johnson it dont think it will be too much of a problem getting them set-up. my roof pitch is not that steep and normally oct/nov we get some mild days.... taking them down however, that could be a process. hopefully I love the look and its well worth it though!
  14. I have never used light-o-ramas pixel controller but given how easy their "regular" controllers and other equipment is to used I would recommend checking them out...
  15. Power: Do I need more?

    soo uhh... what you are talking about doing, and "not being afraid to push the limits" is a light failure waiting to happen, breaker tripping or absolute worse case a fire.... Get more outlets installed and if you can, have the different outlets on different breakers. Someone above also mentioned that most incans recommend 3-4 stringed together, going much higher will probably cause them to fail. I highly recommend LEDs like Big J said above, it not only seriously dials back your power usage but you can string together many many more sets (end-to-end). I have never used incans in the quantity you are as my show is about 98% LED so my experience is limited. I am also not sure of the limits on "stacking" as you plan to do, but its giving me a headache/nightmare just looking at that photo you posted( cant imagine 15 like that...) My electrical knowledge is not limited though, electrical engineering degree... This is not something to play around with. I would also highly recommend using a spreadsheet like the one in the post I have shared below. I use this exact one and its super easy to see how many amps you are pulling with your display. Plus it keeps everything super organized. If you are getting to the point where you can easily trip the breaker by trying to use your every day items, you are getting close to overloading it.... Sorry if this was a little blunt but I have seen extension cords go up in smoke for having too high a power draw for too long. The wires used on Christmas lights are not has heavy duty as your standard outdoor extension cord. Much better to play it safe with this kind of stuff.
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