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  1. JeffRo

    Score!

    Thanks all - Now I have to figure out what to do with these guys. Not a lot of obvious places for them to go in our display.
  2. JeffRo

    Score!

    Picked these guys up last weekend. Total investment = $100.
  3. Hey all - I'm both making a pixel transition as well as moving (well, I think I'm moving) so I have a lot of incandescent stuff that's free-ish (or up for a trade). 1000s of mini lights, 100s of C9s, some custom candy canes, a wood-framed Tune To (good for mounting), and other stuff. Like I said, not looking to sell but maybe trade for a few things. If you need something specific, let me know -- I might have it.
  4. Just tried out Nutcracker to generate some effects. They were created (at least there are entries in the database), but I have no output available to download or retrieve. Anyone else seeing this problem? I'm using the hosted version at Nutcracker, not running my own instance.
  5. Follow Clyde's advice about amps, watts are just a calculation element -- amperage load is the ballgame. Since you're stepping up in capacity and ability, be conservative in your approach. Stay at 80% of calculated load on your circuits and you should be safe.
  6. 192 total strands on my mega tree, 64 each of white red and green. I have 21 segments per color, with one segment getting 4 strands vs. 3 on all the others. A segment has the same color, and with 3 colors, that's 63 total segments taking 63 channels (incan minis plugged into LOR.) 4 controllers run my mega tree. I'm thinking of transitioning to rgb pixels, though. Right now, all the cost for the mega tree is in the controllers. If I go the pixel route, all the cost will be in the lights.
  7. I'm getting mine from a local vendor, and I'm picking them up there (about 10 miles from my house.)
  8. Well, that's better -- another firm has given me a bid of $11.23/sheet.
  9. I've talked to one place that wants $30 for a 4x8 sheet. Yikes.
  10. I added RGB floods to my display this year, all being driven by LOR S3. LOR does sell RGB floods, looks like you get a couple of them plus connectors and such for about $300. I opted for 6 RGB flood lights from HolidayCoro at $40+ each (I don't think they sell them any longer though). I also purchased an Enttec DMX Pro USB controller which handles the ethernet connection to the floods. I *also* purchased 2 power supplies @ $13/each for the RGB floods, since they don't plug themselves in (the power comes through the ethernet cable.) And with the RGB floods that I purchased, I had to solder
  11. Starting out, I would recommend LOR controllers. They're proprietary, along with the controller software, lots of people use them and they have great support. They also have very good re-sale value; not sure about the others. RGBs, incandescents, minis, C7/C9...explore all the lights -- get your hands on different types and find out how they respond to turning on, off, shimmering, fading, etc. Not all lights look and behave the same when responding to the same effect from the software. Some upfront work you should do now: figure out what amperage/power load your house supports. Knowing
  12. Heh, welcome to the insanity. Indeed. Adding my two cents to this conversation. I'm a software programmer, so jumping in didn't feel like such a high threshold for me. Nonetheless, it didn't necessarily make this a slam-dunk. Given that LOR is an unknown for you, one question to answer for yourself: have you ever worked with anything that was new to you, maybe you didn't know much about it, but became more savvy with it and then realized you needed more power/control/this/that/whatever? Welcome to light synchronization. LOR is right in your sweet spot. LOR is a step-up in control,
  13. I'll go through this later (on my wife's new iPad): https://www.facebook.com/greenlakechristmas My gift to everyone: a like from Greenlake Christmas. :-)
  14. While I get the sentiment, I think the notion that everyone must go in a certain direction is wrong. We need more creativity, not less. And I get your point -- I don't think you're intention is to restrict anyone's approach to light synchronization. However, I have to say that to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. In the end, our displays are a function of ourselves. Some of us want things one way, others have a very different approach. I've seen displays and thought to myself, "well that's just embarassing", but the thing is -- it doesn't matter what I think of someone else's d
  15. In tribute, I added a song to our display last night -- It's the End of the World and We Know it (from REM.) It's been a hit. Everyone "gets" it, no need to explain why it's in the show. Had to trim the song to 2 minutes, though. The natural pace of the song kinda wears you out.
  16. Started thinking about 2013 on Thanksgiving weekend. 2012 was a 'maintenance' year for me. The year previous, I had updated quite a few components of the display, a decent amount of infrastructure. Now, I feel ready to expand and/or update the display again. On tap for 2013: New mega tree base ring and cord management system Mega tree incan mini string upgrades (some of these are on year 5!) More RGB floods New custom RGB-illuminated glowing Christmas gifts (the ones that sit "under" the mega tree) Re-thinking C9 lights on front porch (new porch added this year) Replace large ornaments (non
  17. I don't know if I need to vent as much as I simply need to share this story. I'm proceeding on a project using RGB lights (I'm somewhat new to them) for use with my display next year. I reached out to a vendor who sells RGB light strings/modules/strips/etc. to ask about certain functionality and what they provided. I'm talking with a contact in sales at the vendor, and they're asking me about my project. I tell them what I'm trying to accomplish and the sales person proceeds to tell me how that won't work (wrong) or will be more expensive than other routes (maybe, but that's for me to decid
  18. This works. The pattern is Id-Red-Green-Blue for multiple RGB flood lights. The weird thing is that if there is only one RGB flood, then the pattern must be Red-Green-Blue (no channel assigned for Id.)
  19. Yep, that's the same effect I'm seeing. It sounds as if the flood IDs take one of the channels, so a chain of floods would be assigned like this: Channel - Use 1 - Flood 1 id 2 - Flood 1 Red 3 - Flood 1 Green 4 - Flood 1 Blue 5 - Flood 2 id 6 - Flood 2 Red 7 - Flood 2 Green 8 - Flood 2 Blue 9 - Flood 3 id 10 - Flood 3 Red 11 - Flood 3 Green 12 - Flood 3 Blue Going to try this assignment to see if it works.
  20. I'm seeing some strange behavior using Holidaycoro's RGB flood lights being driven from LOR S3. I'm using their most recent DMX dongle designed to work with LOR. I configure one flood light for channels 1-3, connect it through the holidaycoro power supply and I'm able to control the light through S3. So far, so good. I add another flood light, configured for channels 4-6 by expanding off the splitter. I add channels for this flood in S3 as well. So my S3 channel configuration has 1 through 6 circuits on Universe 1 for a DMX universe. I add some effects to turn on the floods for all ch
  21. Ha ha ha, that's good. I'm an engineer, can only imagine what anyone who doesn't know the native sequencer software must have thought. Good job on Nutcracker!
  22. I second that! RT @nSeattleSarah: I love @irwinsgreenlake - the other cafes are so dark and dreary. This place is so bright and friendly!

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