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Everything posted by RichardH

  1. This is one reason why I went with LED flood lamps. They are pretty much instant ON and OFF so you can do more effects with them.
  2. There really should be a better way to do this in LOR (and hopfully LOR II will have something that works with beats) but below is the screwball way that I do it that I posted in another thread. -Richard ==== Another trick that I have started is using a BPM program. A good free one can be found at http://www.mixmeister.com/download_freestuff.html (put in a bogus name and e-mail if you don't want them to spam you) I started using .04 timing which means I have 1500 Events or "cells" per Minute. Lets say my BPM timing is 154.34 - What I do is take 1500 and divide by 154.34 which gives me 9.7 So every 9.7 cells I should have a Beat. you have to do some trickery if you don't end up with a whole number. What I do is round to the nearest .04 so in this case it would be 9.8 I would then figure out a pattern where it would be as close to 9.8. In this case I would do 10 10 9 10 10 9 etc. (that is place a "beat" at 10 cells, place another one at 10 more cells, place another one at 9 cells, repeat) 10 (Ahead .02 based on 9.8) 10 (Now Ahead .04 based on 9.8) 9 (Would Minus .04 based on .04 timing, now back on track) If it starts to drift (say at 30 seconds) you may need to back it up or place it forward a cell and continue from there. Clear as Mud? Sometimes though I just use the tapper. I have found it very helpful to have a C9 light right by my monitor hooked up to the LOR hardware so I can see EXACTLY when it will turn on a light. Sometimes it looks correct on the screen but may be a little off when you actually see it turn a light on and off. This C9 bulb is mapped to my virtual beat track while I am making my sequence.
  3. I have used the software also. It is great! I really wish LOR would have something like this in their program and show where the beats are. Would be a big time saver.
  4. Most people run a subpanel because they are out of room in their main to add more circuits. If you have 11 open slots, I would just install them in the main. One advantage of running a subpanel is if you need to have a lot of circuits at another location of your house. Say you needed 8 dedicated circuits for your Christmas lights that will be coming out your garage. It may be cheaper to run a single cable for a subpanel in your garage that 8 cables if all your circuits went into the main.
  5. Orange is acutally my favorite color but the wife says no orange for Christmas so I am putting up 700 bulbs of C9 Orange lights for Halloween along with a bunch of Orange LEDs and Orange Rope Light. I am also addicated to Orange Pez. http://www.barncow.com/playfile.asp?file=Pez-Pain.mp3 -Richard
  6. I was thinking of going all DC with MR-16 lights but I could not find a decent price on any outdoor holders. Because of this, I just went with the Par 30 50bulb LED floods from Action Lighting. Final cost per flood was $14 including the holder.
  7. I picked up two sets today. First time I have ever seen LED lights and they are awesome looking. Did some test controlling them with LOR and had no problems with fades. I would really like to go all LED for Christmas but don't think I can afford the huge expense.
  8. I don't know if there is a way to find out who voted, but if there was, you could remove those who posts are not more than 5 or signed up after the voting started. This way you would have those that really are users of the board. I think any kind of re-vote is going to mess things up and you are going to have more hurt feelings than you do now with people. So I think your options are. 1. Remove people whose post are not more than 5 or signed up after voting started. 2. Take an earlier sampling date (Would not be as pure as Number 1 but better than nothing. 3. Keep the Prizes for something else and send everyone a bumper sticker that says "I Entered the 1st Annual 2006 Prop Contest all I got was this lousy bumper sticker." Seriously though, I have no problems with whatever happens, even if it means nobody gets anything of if last place gets everything (I think that would be kind of funny).
  9. Mary Jayne wrote: Well God is a credibly partner, and the best thing about it is, he does not take a cut. Seriously though, I just became a born-again Christian after being in another "religion" my entire life and a few things have changed in my life. I don't know if I am allowed to talk about "religion issues" on this board but this display is something I felt I needed to do to show my new faith in Jesus Christ only. Something is just driving me to go all out this year. It has been a very long road.
  10. Ponddude wrote: They Hang 'em High here at PC :laughing:
  11. macrosill wrote: Sorry if it sounded personal. I did not mean it to and if it sounded that way, I am sorry. What is great about this site is everybody brainstorms and people pick what works for them and for their display. Everybody has great input and we all learn from each other. Take Care! -Richard
  12. About a static display. Yes static displays are nice and there is nothing wrong with them. Most everybody does a static display because they don't know the "know-how", time, etc. to do synched shows. I guess it all depends on how much you want your display to stick out. Like Darrylb pointed out, most people will just drive by a static display and maybe see it for 10 seconds and say "That is Nice" and then move on. If I had to sit in a chair in front of your display for hours and hours, then yes it would be nice to have a break from flashing lights. People may stop though if you lights are synched and doing cool patterns. Plus I am sure they will spread the news more since your display is unique compared to others. Now if everybody had synched shows, then a static display would standout more than those ones. This reminds me of a VW ad (I have a 1964 VW Split Window Bus) It is always easy to find my Bus in the parking lot and people always yell "Cool Bus!"
  13. RichardH

    Led Flood Test

    tfischer wrote: Action Lighting sells their Par 30 LED floods in 15 degree and 35 degree
  14. What makes Christmas Displays great is everybody's Variety. It is fun to see the "Disco" type and great to see the static ones. People Celebrate the birth of Christ in different ways. Who is to say that a display should be a certain way. People are touched by different things and some people may be touched by crazy flashing lights and others by all white static displays. Anyway about the flashing lights.... I am not sure if your hardware will allow you to dim or not but you can make your show a lot less "flashy" by using fades. I think this is one of the most under used features in displays. I think it makes a world of difference and there are some users here that really know how to do it correctly and I have been learning by watching their shows. I have thought about between shows doing very smooth fades such as the entire display green for 20 seconds and then do a slow fade to have it all Red for 20 seconds, etc.
  15. RichardH

    Led Flood Test

    It is hard to tell just by pictures how a color really looks. If your camera over exposes, you are going to loose saturation with colors. I may be wrong but I am sure the color is more vivid in real life. As far as using Gels with White LED floods. This may be a good option if you need a color that is not available, but I think it would always be best to go with the pure color of LEDs. I don't know if you colors would be as bright by using White Leds with a color gels. I have never tried it.
  16. Greg I was also thinking about doing this same thing. I plan on using LED based flood lights to get more pure colors. It would be really cool to fade from color to color.
  17. RichardH

    Led Flood Test

    Thanks for the reply! I was planning on using the Par 30 LED floods from action lighting with the LOR CTB-16D controllers. I really did not think about using the D-Light DC controller and controlling DC direct LED floods and I am pretty excited about this. Since the DC controllers are pretty cheap from D-Light, this will allow me to have more AC LOR circuits for another thing I wanted to do. Also it would be a plus to get better fades controlling it all with DC. Now I just need to figure out the pricing and how much DC LED floods cost compared to the Par 30 AC input ones from Action Lighting to see if it is worth it. Any "rough" prices on 48LED DC Floods? If they are double the price of the AC input Par 30 ones from Action lighting, I may have to go with the ones from Action Lighting. Send me a PM if you prefer to talk pricing. If you need to order a certain quanity to get a discount, I may be willing to buy 20 red and 20 green (and maybe 20 blue) if it helps.
  18. RichardH

    Led Flood Test

    Thank you so much for posting this Annalisa. I need to buy about 40 LED floods and was wondering how this was going to look. Now that I know that you have done some legwork already, I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain. I am guessing you were able to test the new AC input par 30 Led from Action Lighting. Did you only have yellow from them? I was planning on getting Red and Green from them. I don't know if you have any LOR controllers but where you able to test the par 30 LED from Action Lighting on a LOR controller to see how well the fades are? This is one of my main concerns. Is it a lot smoother using a DC board from d-light with the DC floods? It is hard to get a feel from brightness with pictures. When you were comparing these to to a 100 Watt Light, were the LED floods pretty close to the brightness? Where does one buy 12v LED DC flood lights? Thanks!
  19. I have more lights on this star then I did on my entire house last year (first year doing the big LOR thing with 100 amps of lights) The wireframe tree to the side has mini lights that are ON and you can see the difference. I wanted this thing to be bright!
  20. I am also trying to keep my songs no more than 90 seconds. There will be 1 or 2 that will go over 2 mins, nothing over 3 mins for sure.
  21. Here is one I made http://www.christmasdisplays.net/images/starshine.swf http://www.christmasdisplays.net/bstar.php
  22. Just give me all the LED lights :laughing:
  23. They make serial over ethernet/internet devices and since LOR works over 485, a device like this may work http://www.omega.com/ppt/pptsc.asp?ref=EIS-W&Nav=dasw01
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