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  1. crazy4holidays wrote:

    Does anyone know the HTML code for making a pop-up window?

    Link Like in this profile?


    Thats not a popup. It's called an alert the code would be as follows

    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

    alert('Text goes here');

    alert('More text can go here');


  2. Russ wrote:

    I'm planning on putting up a collection box for a local chartity. I think I've got good plans for a secure box, which I'll plan on emptying every night.

    I am taking donations for a charity for the first time this year also. If you don't mind, please share your ideas on the collection box.

  3. gsxr7500 wrote:

    Before you give to any charities make sure you investigate them. I looked at a few and i will not name any names but many use most of the $$$ u give for administrative costs and not directly to the charity. So please do investigate..

    I remembering hearing about this last year with all the Katrina donations that were taking place. I remember hearing that some companies were taking cuts thatwere sometimes more than half.

  4. DStack701 wrote:

    So my question is, how do you justify such high cost of LOR and everything else?

    I haven't spent $1500 yet to datebut I only bought 3 controllers my first year and I bought the kits which are super easy to put together as long as you can follow detailed directions and solder. As others do, I started planning way in advance, I purchased 95% of my lights the week after Christmas and then purchased my controllers. In all it took me about 14 months to get ready for Christmas. Was it worth it.....you bet!! My wife at first was skeptical about it all and didn't like me spending the money but I work hard and I even took on a couple side jobs (I am a web developer) to cover the costs. Once the lights were up and the kids in the neighborhood were going crazy and people were stopping by our house every night to tell how wonderful we are fordoing thisand we were getting Christmas cards from people we never met before she was quickly on board and said "this was worth every penny!"

    I can only say this.The best was to justify it is to try it. Get a controller, set it up and then sit at your window every nightand watch as the cars with kids stop to watch. Watch the little kids in the back seats as their eyes almost pop out of their heads. Watch themas they push their faces uptothe windows and watch with total amazement. Watch how their eyes barely blink in fear of missing a single flash of a light. Once you see that you will be able to justify the costs.

    Hope this helps.

  5. http://www.pssl.com

    Search for DMX cable.

    I believe you can use standard XLR cables unless you are using the 5 pin versions.

    Don't know if they have the best prices or not.


    Found some more info about using standard XLR mic cables.

    Officially DMX is carried on 5 pin connectors, which carry the data (RS485) on pins 2 & 3, screen (and common mode reference) on 1. There is a second data link on pins 4 & 5 the format of which has never been well defined and it is seldom used in practice. This means that at an electronics level, the signal is sent through 5-core cable (but only 3 are ever used) consisting of 0v, +ve and -ve signal wires. Cable for DMX-512 installations should be 110 ohm impedance shielded twisted pair cable. A normal microphone cable (shielded twisted pair) works OK for short runs, but can cause problems in long runs (so using it is not recommended).

    In DMX-512 world there has been a long debate on 3-pin vs 5-pin connector. The official standard says 5-pin connector. Unfortunately some manufacturers use a cheaper 3-pin XLR connector instead of standard 5-pin. Cheaper/budget lighting kits (like many disco effects) are almost always 3 pin, probably because the plugs are cheaper! It seems that 3 pin is becoming the modern de-factor norm (although not conforming to the DMX512 standard) and 5 pin is becoming more unusual. Current Martin kit uses 'pin 3 +ve' but older Martin stuff is the other way round. It's therefore worth carrying 'change-over' connectors as well as 3-to 5-pin adaptors if you are working with systems consisting of components from many different manufacturers.

    Source: http://www.sound-light-company.co.uk/technicalpages/dmx-512.htm

  6. Santas Helper wrote:

    Convince her?:laughing:It's already a done deal.

    "Sorry honey, they were on sale."

    She'll understand.


    My approach is similar.

    I wait for my wife to come home from shopping. When she gets home she always wants to show me everything she bought, I make sure to pay attention and then when she's done I say "I'm glad you bought all that nice stuff for yourself, you deserve it." Then about 5 minutes later I say, I think I am going to order some more LOR's.....

    What can she say then???

  7. AI wrote:

    Tim; What do you do if you need to move something on a box with the connector?? AI

    I have the connectors mounted on the outside of my boxes with long pigtails going to the boards terminals. If I would have to move a channel I would just move the corresponding wires to the new board. At the very worst I would have to splice additional wire or desolder the pins and resolder new wire.

    I will post photos once I have one completed.

  8. AI wrote:

    Hi Tim; Greetings from Allentown. Just how much are the connectors?? AI

    I am using the solder versions and they are around $55 per connector so it is costing me $110 per board. Kinda overboard but like I said, I dont like the cold and anything to make my setup go faster is worth it.

  9. cghargis wrote:

    Where did you get the connectors? What gauge wire will you use with them? I went with Molex on last years boards, but had to use so many of them since our Radio Shack didn't carry a lot of the hig pin numbers. I may have to order some online so I can narrow it down to just 2 per board.


    - TMB (CA, NJ) www.tmb.com

    - Creative Stage Lighting (MI, NY) www.creativestagelighting.com

    - ACT Lighting (CA) www.actlighting.com

    I am using 12 guage because of some long runs. The connectors are not cheap but you could hammer nails with them if you needed to...they're that tough.

  10. I'm waiting for LOR II before I start my sequencing. Right now I'm working on the setup of my display. For example, I don't like to be out in the cold so I am trying to stream line my setup. I am putting 37 pin Socapex connectors on each of my controllers.Then I can have all of my cords cut to the proper length (already did that part last year) and have themready to be connected on the light end.I just take the socapex connectors and twist them together at the controller and all my connections aredone. I am also in the planning phase ofsome custom snowflakes for the roof which will kinda dance to the music.


  11. Kurt Weldy wrote:

    Hello all!

    I just logged onto this website and what a site it is!

    Every year since I was a little boy (I'm 40 now) my dad has put up Christmas lights. Now that he is older, my brothers and sister do the lights and this year we put up close to 30,000 lights and this thing gets bigger and bigger. Most of the lights are white but I am interested for the 2007 Christmas on how to computerize the lights and sync them to music.

    This would compliment the lights and take them to the next level. We are just getting started in the computerized era so if you have information take it slow with me as I don't have a clue as to what I am getting into.

    Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Kurt Weldy

    Columbus, Ohio

    Welcome Kurt,

    you came to the right place. My advise would be to start reading all the threads in this forum and also to download a demo version of the LOR Software from light-o-rama.com and start playing with that. There are also some instructional videos on the LOR sight.

  12. I was wondering if anyone wires a GFCI in line with each channel of their LOR boards? We've been getting lots of rain today and one of my controllers is tripping its GFCI. I have each board on its own GFCI and the one that trips has cords that are on the ground so its no surprise that this is the one that is tripping. What are the pros and cons of doing this...besides the cost. Also, does know any good places to get quality GFCI's cheap.

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