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  1. My house was built about 4 years ago and they used aluminum as the main feed (everything else was copper).
  2. dallasmike wrote: Many different C9 Strings will work. I personally have used the SPT2 from Action and the C9 Clips because you can put them where ever you want.
  3. Put up some more lights today. Leaving town for a few days and should finish it up Monday or Tuesday and then I should be able to post some night time pictures of it all done.
  4. The best way is to use fluorescent lights to make the lighting smooth. You may have to put several in with 6-8" spacing. An easier and cheaper was is if you have a few C7 or C9 white lights strings around is to staple them inside to the back wood and have them spread out. This is what I plan on doing.
  5. If you want to go all out, I would go to a sign shop and have them print what you want onto backlight film. This is the same process where you may go to a Fast Food Joint such as wendys and they have pictures and graphics backlit. I have to this kind of equipment and that is what I plan on doing. I am just going to sandwich it between two pieces of plexiglass. I plan on having it say "Listen to the Lights 99.9 FM". I really don't like signs with to much verbage.
  6. It takes a few days to set up and we start putting it up around Thanksgiving. It gets taken down the first week of Jan. I don't know the exactly measurements but you are right, you can tell by the door handles that it is Kid height. -Richard
  7. I am starting this thread as a place to discuss the differences between D-Light and LOR. Both are great products made by great people and used by great people (that includes you!). Even though AL is also a great product, this thread will focus on D-Light and LOR because they are more related to each other. Over the next few months we about to some major changes in Computerized Christmas Light Control. What we are mostly looking to do is find a system that turns our Lights OFF and ON to some sort of music. These systems are tools. We use these tools to make the the most dramatic shows we can in the most efficient way possible. If you wanted to make a computerized Christmas light show a few years ago, you pretty much had to make your own tools which required a lot of know how and work. Thanks to a few people who had a vision and saw a need for the technically challenged to make their own shows, a few companies went in the business of providing off the shelf tools. Tools such as AL, LOR, and D-Light. Like any product (besides Microsoft Windows) they get better and better and sometimes cheaper and cheaper. We now have a new boy on the block that is about to challenge other systems and that system is D-Light. As many of you already know, D-Light is about to release their own software so they are now going to be a complete Software and Hardware Solution. So now there are going to be debates about AL, D-Light, and LOR. These tools all have one thing in common. They turn lights off and on. Personally I like debates about which system may be better. You can do this while respecting each other and the people behind the products. Some people like tools better than others and it is very useful to hear why and what real experiences they had with a product and why they choose one over the other. So why did I create this thread and what am I trying to say? I wanted to create a thread were we can discuss the differences and the upcoming differences between LOR and D-Light. Hardware ============== I don't know the History of D-Light but it seems like LOR came out first and then D-Light made Hardware Controllers that were compatible with LOR. It seems they mostly provided kits where the end user had to do some work putting them together. They also have DC based products where you can control DC devices like LED lights directly. They are the only company (that I know) who has made a DC based controller that works on the LOR network. Now it seems like D-Light is expanding their product line. They are now going to have pre-built systems and they are introducing other effects into their boards that LOR does not have. With these new products the price is cheaper for this hardware than LOR hardware. Even though their products seem to be rock solid, they do not have the track record that LOR has. Software =============== A system is only as good as the weakest link in the system. You can have a lot of the hardware but without software, it is worthless. In the past and currently you have to use LOR software to control D-Light and LOR controllers. This is about to change since D-Light has just announced their new software that will directly control their controllers without having to use LOR software. D-Lights new software will also control LOR controllers at the current firmware. There are no guarantees about controlling LORII based controllers because we don't know the details of the LORII protocol and how it will work. Those who saw D-Lights new software in action were very impressed with the new and time saving functions of the software. I think they walked away from the experience thinking the software is much better than LORI but remains unknown if the new system will be stable and bug free when it is released. They have annouced the release at the end of OCT which means there is very little margin for error (yours or theirs) if you run into problems. Now welcome to LORII LORII is a big mystery and we only know of a few things that will be included and maybe a couple of bug fixes. All we really known is that it will be released sometime in the future. We really have no idea what the version of LORII is going to be like. It might have advanced so much it will have more features than D-Lights new software and WOW everyone even more than D-Lights software. Back to the purpose of this thread. I wanted to start a discussion on the differences between the changes we are starting to see between these two great products. How to you think they will effect each other. Since D-Light was designed to work on the LOR network, what compatibility issues are we going to be seeing now between the two products since LOR is changing its protocol with their new version. I welcome Rumors, Ideas, Thoughts, and whatever input you have. I am not trying to make this a "My Daddy can Beat up Your Daddy" style thread but a place where people can honestly talk about the Pros and Cons. Competition is a great thing. It makes current products better and I welcome D-Light with their new full solution hardware and software. I have a feeling that both D-Light and LOR are both great products and will advance the Technology of Christmas Light Shows.
  8. YouTube converts everthing to flash video so it does not matter what your source is. You may want to try some different formats and use the what works the best for you.
  9. RichardH

    Led Flood Test

    Annalisa wrote: Hey Annalisa. Did you happen to test how fast the reponse time is on your lights from Action Lighting? cghargis was saying he bought some LED floods lamps and there was a delay when they would turn on and would not even Turn ON and OFF with a 1/10 of a second command from LOR. I ordered a ton of the LED flood lamps from Action Lighting and they are still on back order but will cancel them if these Lamps Do not turn ON and OFF fast enough. I know you where able to get a few samples of the LED Floods from Action Lighting and was wondering if you could test them. Thanks! -Richard
  10. cghargis wrote: Which LED floods did this? Where did you buy them online? I ordered about 50 LED floods from action lighting and this is going to be a huge problem if they do have a delay.
  11. I use the one that goes. Ta ta DA da DA ta ta ta Da da DA DA ta
  12. I buy all my stuff from Action Lighting except for mini lights. I plan on getting those locally because they are so much cheaper. also if you buy more than $500 from action lighting, they will give you 15% off all their Christmas stuff.
  13. The star will go on the very top of the roof. I plan on making an inverted V out of 2x4 and using sandbags to hold it down along with some guy wire.
  14. I agree with Jeremy. The clear lights are nice for the big punches in your show. I am doing Red, Green, and Clear this year and in most places where I have Clear lights, I also have Red & Green so I can make everything a pure color with no clear lights on when I want vivid color. I also want to do Blue but saving that for next year. I also plan on using LEDs when I go blue because of the vivid color and you don't have to worrying about the fading.
  15. I feel pretty stable. Climbing up ladders though has never been a fear. I go rock climbing sometimes so heights is something I am kind of use to.
  16. zman wrote: I am not sure what you mean by sliding them into a channel. I am just putting them under the eves with the buit in clip on the C9 lights.
  17. I got my strobes and Virtual Santa from Darryl the other day. Thanks! They will be put to good use!
  18. JR V wrote Don't worry, these were Halloween lights. I am always more careful with Christmas Lights.
  19. My roof is pretty steep (you can tell by the first picture). I had to get on it to do some of the lights and it is very easy to start sliding and once you start, it is hard to stop. There is no way I could hang over and put the lights on. My backpack was full of Orange C9 bulbs. Once when I was on the roof I had to lean over and about 10 bulbs came out of my pack and went flying off the roof and I could hear tiny explosions with the bulbs hitting the driveway.
  20. Scott Loftus wrote: It is kind of scary setting it up on the hill. I had to put some support under one leg to stablize the ladder.
  21. I will have 6 total channels. 2 channels for each color since all of one color will pull about 13 amps. After I was done with half the house, I hooked it up to a LOR box and did some chase patterns and it looks pretty cool. One of the neihbors pulled up and asked me if I knew what month it was. I will post some video with the case effects when I get the other half of the house done.
  22. I was at Walmart the other day and they have Black rope light in their Halloween stuff. The outer casing was black with white lights inside.
  23. For my Christmas show this year I bought a 1000' spool of C9 sockets spaced 12" and planned on doing 3 different colors which required stringing up 3 sets at a time. With all 3 wires being run I will use a total of 750 feet and 750 bulbs (250 of Red, Green, and White). I thought since most of the work was putting up the wire, it would be cool if I did all orange C9s for Halloween. So I bought 750 Orange C9 bulbs and started today. I got half the house finished and even though I knew the spacing between each bulb was 4" I was pretty surprised on how close they are to each other. After Halloween I will be removing all the Orange bulbs and replacing them with Red, Green, and White. Each color on it's own channel.
  24. The price for LED Floods from Action Lighting is not to bad. http://www.actionlighting.com/items.asp?MainCategory=L%2EE%2ED%2E&Sub=LED%20Par%2030%20Lamp As long as you buy 24 at a time they are between $8.50 - $13.50 each which is just a little more compared to regular quality flood lamps.
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