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Ben Jordan

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About Ben Jordan

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    , Maine, USA
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    Telecommunications
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST have a music CD in a CD drive to use the program. A real music CD - not MP3 or WAV files.
  2. I'm adding a version that works with Vista as I type... I cannot test it because I am Vista-less but it should work from what I've read about what needed to be done. Thanks for letting me know! I had no idea it would not work in Vista.
  3. Did you read the instructions by clicking on any of the "?" icons
  4. I have a new way of controlling lights using household dimmers and photo-cells. It's a cheap way to get started! Software: I finally have a beta version worthy of being downloaded! Check it out http://www.liquidxmas.com I limited it to 10 circuits for now. I still havesome work to do before I recommend anyone try to set up the hardware for this but I wanted people to have the chance to try the program out and see what you think. I could really use some input, suggestions, feature requests etc... Click on any of the little blue "?" icons for the instructions. It's a simple stan
  5. LED lights last a very long time, they do not have a "life" or burn out after so many hours like incandescent bulbs. The quality of the construction of the string of lights itself is another question.... Not having looked closely at LED x-mas lights I believethat if one light did go out.. the others would not be effected without this having to be a special feature.
  6. I finally have a beta version worthy of being downloaded! Check it out http://www.liquidxmas.com I limited it to 10 circuits for now. I still havesome work to do before I recommend anyone try to set up the hardware for this but I wanted people to have the chance to try the program out and see what you think. I could really use some input, suggestions, feature requests etc... Click on any of the little blue "?" icons for the instructions. It's a simple stand alone EXE. No installation required (or uninstall if you don't want it) Just download, unzip and run! Your security settin
  7. I found the complete pin spot lights on ebay, 4 pack $12.50 each with shipping.. Got 'em Purchased 4, 4" mirror balls... I'll do some experimenting. Need to make 3 or 4 of those "presents" for my front lawn to hide these and other stuff. It would be niceto use those boxes to store lights, etc..what's available out there forextra durrable wrapping paper forprops and displays?
  8. Great!!! Yes, I alreadyfound somemotors for $4 ea., 4" balls at $4, and now a pinspot light... Looks like I can get the entire light for $15 each or do you think I could get away with just the bulbs? The bulbs look like they are the complete reflector etc.. for $6 each.The motors are 12v so I could have 2bulbs in series - 2 bulbs on each ball. How hard will this be to hide? I was thinking about mounting it 6 feet up in a tree. I do not have much for cover other than those tree trunksor whatever props I put up. How far away does the light go? I would think you would be able to see the lig
  9. How about this.... instead of one 12" mirror ball.... SIX 4" mirror balls. Each rotating at slightly different speed, maybe even slightly left to right movement.Cover the entire front of the house with an overlapping pattern. I can get 4" mirror balls for $3 Never done any lightinglike this soI'll take any advice. Should I stick with one 12"? Seems like a few smaller boxesspread out would look better.
  10. I found theSnow Flurries Thanks!! Looks like its just a mirror ball in an enclosure with a spot light. Dim light is not a problem because I'm using animated lights and I'll have no other lights on when the snow is falling. BUT... how does it look? $125 is a lot to spend on one light but if it's a great effect I'll do it. I'm considering building this myself, maybe use 3-4 disco balls spinning at slightly different speeds...
  11. Last fall I created a new way to control animated lights using houshold dimmers, photo-resistors and a computer monitor. I just barely got it up and running with my first light display powered up on Christmas Eve. I wanted to finish up the program in January but got distracted... I am now trying to complete it in time that other people may be able to get some use out of it this season. I have re-learned what I did last year and made many improvements in just the last few days. I've been so busy creating my own system and software I have had no time to look at other programs in detail. I hav
  12. Anyone had any luck with a slowly rotating light that projects a snowflake pattern on your house? If so, how did it look? What did you use? Thanks -Ben
  13. BrightChristmas wrote: I was thinking the same thing about the 240... I'll look into this. I think... THINK that you are grounding the triac through the resistor so (as long as you wire it up correctly) even if one did cross with another phase it would just be to the same grounding wire... but I will certainly look into this more as soon as I have time. I don't think an LED would be easy to dim, i suppose if you flashed in on and off rapidly to simulate dimming.... The light resistors are slow to react by elecrical standards (200ms or so) so rapid flashing should work fine.
  14. BrightChristmas wrote I tried it quickly on a CRT and it seemed to work. There is 120v AC in the light sensitive resistors but it's a very low current and there is no ground to short out to. If you short it out you just turn the lights on 100%. But you are right. I do plan on investigating safety issues more before recommending anyone else try this.
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