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  1. This is going to be my first year with a computerized light show (LOR Based). I plan on firing up the display the day after thanksgiving. I am sure there will be many things I will want to tweak or change once I see what it actually looks like. I want it to be sort a surprise for everybody in the neighborhood. I am sure they will see me setting up everything buy I really don't want them to see the lights during evening hours until it is all finished. I thought about waiting until 2am or so in the morning during the last weeks of November to fire up the lights and to make sure every
  2. The only big electric power draws I have during the winter is Oven, Microwave, Fridge, Washer/Dryer (stove is Gas power, gas water heaters, no hot tubs). Our electric Bill goes way down in the winter months and the Gas bill goes up. I am guessing that I should also split up these new circuits so they are on each leg. Thanks for the suggestions Dan. Yesterday I ordered 3 showtime 16 channel controllers and I am really excited for Christmas this year.
  3. I am going to have 3 different Colors of c7s on my roof line (White, Red, Green) and is going to take about 700 feet of wire with c7 sockets. I planned on buying a 1000 foot long spool and since I will have some extra, I thought I might as well run another channel. I was going to do just another color but I thought it might be cool to have it all be white twinkle c7 lights. This way I could have all the white lights on and then switch it over to the twinkle ones for a cool effect. My concern is I really don't know how the twinkle lights work. I am guessing that each just sort of t
  4. Is there a way to figure out how many amps you are pulling at a given time by looking at the power meter? There must be a formula where you can count how many times the rotating disc spins in 1 min and figure out how many amps you are using (since we know that is is 240v at the meter). Ok all your math wizards, how do you figure this out?
  5. Even thouh you can figure out your amps/watts with a caculator, here is a web site were you can punch in the volts and watts and it will tell you the amps. It also has a calcuator for figuring voltage drop in power runs. http://www.lightshow.cc/explorer/Calculators/Power_/power_.html
  6. Don't keep us in suspence. What is the trick?
  7. Will a cheap amp meter like this one do the trick? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260011629428
  8. The main breaker outside is 200amp. I am not sure how many amps I use during the winter. During the summer I am sure I am using quite a few amps with 2 AC units running but or course these don't run during the winter. I have been figuring out how many amps my entire display will take and it should not go over 100 amps and that is with everything on. Very rarely will my display be using a full 100 amps. BTW one of those double breakers is to a 50amp 220v plug that goes to my garage that I never use.
  9. I have another question (I am full fo them today). I am going to need 6 dedicated 20 amp circuits. I thought instead of installing a sub panel I could replace 6 breakers with 20 amp tandem breakers and get the 6 circuits I need. I want to make sure I am not breaking any codes and I am not sure what the codes are on Tadem Breakers (if you can have to many, etc.). Any disadvantages of running Tandem Breakers? Below is a picture of my Main Panel right now. There are some single 20 amp breakers that get used very rarely (like powering a lamp in one room only, outdoor porch, etc.) I
  10. Thanks for the comments tfischer! It has been a few years since I have bought any lights so I was not sure what the deparment store prices were. I think I will just wait until they hit the stores. Also if I do run a little short or have to return any, it will be easier.
  11. I used photoshop to make the picture. I guess I can go out there and wrap one of the trees. My neighbors will think I am crazy but heck, it is Christmas in July this month! I also have been figuring out all the amps. I am installing 6 dedicated 20amp circuits for the display.
  12. I am trying to figure out how many lights I am going to need and really don't know how many my trees will take. I want to do them correctly (going up and down each branch). I plan on ordering all my lights online and want to make sure I get enough because when I start putting them up in Nov, I really don't want to run out. Below is a picture of my house. How many lights do you think the front trees (marked in Green) will take. How many for the one labeled Orange and white? The one on the left marked Red by the Car kind of gives you an idea of how big that tree is so it may be easi
  13. How much to the Ultra Burst go for at Walmart? I have bee looking at these ones from action lighting. http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1390&MainCategory=&Sub= and was wondering if would be good just to buy them all from Action or wait until walmart gets them this year.
  14. I am going to be buying the Nativity inflatable from buyinflatables.com (http://www.buyinflatables.com/productid16893-30.htm) How long does an inflatable of this size usually take to fill up? This is what I was thinking of doing and tell me the pros and cons or any suggestions since this is my first year going "all out" with a display. I am going to have a pretty jazzy LOR setup and I thought it might seem a little strange with rockin' music with lights flashing and having a nativity set in the middle of the yard. I was thinking of having the inflatable deflate so you really can't se
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