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About Stickybombs

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  • Birthday 05/01/1982

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    Temperance, Michigan, USA
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    Computer stuff
  • About my display
    32 channels, 22,000 lights in '07
    80 channels, 42,000+ lights in '08
    128 channels, 50,000+ lights this year!
  1. That was exactly my thought as I looked at the picture. If I don't have a matching bulb/base in the spare bin, I do as was mentioned above. I pull the bad bulb out of its base, carefully take the good bulb out of its base, and swap them around. Then I just throw out the extra unmatching base. I used to keep piles of them, but every time you replace a bulb, you just reuse the same base anyway. The extras are rarely much use to me.
  2. I've been thinking of jumping into some RGB next year, but I havn't seen a lot of info on what I would like to do: What I'm thinking of would be full strings of RGB nodes, but instead of individually controllable pixels, you would power the whole string. I'm assuming it would be 4 wires, with a seperate line for R, G, and B, so that you could fade each color with an LOR DC board or something similar. Has anyone done this, or seen hardware that would support it? I'd be looking for the RGB strings themselves (in any length/pixel count), and then some sort of power supply that could handle
  3. Stickybombs

    Twig Tree

    Wow they just keep getting smaller and smaller. They used to be 7.5 feet, 600 lights, then 6 feet, 450 lights, and now we're down to 5 feet and 350 lights! Too bad the prices don't shrink along with that.
  4. I didn't see it mentioned, but if you are using incandescents you don't want to take the bulb out of a 70 count string to replace a bulb in a 100 ct string or vice versa. That may have been what your "electrician" was thinking about. You can plug the 2 sets in end to end no problem. The other posters have covered LED end-to-end just fine.
  5. I can't imagine the potential for leakage on a bullet connector would be any worse than on a standard electrical plug. You'd have to keep them all labeled well though. Have you considered using a custom connector block so all your wires could be built into 1 plug?
  6. It sounds like you probably bought the cords at full price, so you got the full cost refunded. If you bought them on clearance, then I imagine you'd only get the current clearance price back.
  7. Stickybombs

    Lowes

    $2.88 x 40% (0.40) = $1.15 Think you maybe got the 60 and the 40 confused
  8. Paul, Keep in mind that you will have to have all 5 colors lit simultaneously to make it look as full as you are thinking. With 1 or 2 colors lit, you will have the same look as if you used the mega strings. You've got a year, plenty of time to test and get the look you want either way
  9. Many people with mega trees also make mega strings (myself included). Take 1 string of each color and bundle them all together with zip ties or electrical tape. That way you only have 12 larger strings to deal with instead of 60 single strings. The tree will look the same when you have 1 color lit, and won't look any worse (in my opinion) when you have more than 1 color lit at once.
  10. I've seen a few of these. They look alright head on, but if you are off to the side at all, you can tell its only a half tree. That being said, most people who look at your lights probably wouldn't complain. It is just us perfectionists around here that would really even notice. Or, maybe you can track down 8 more strings of minis after Christmas for under $1 each.
  11. For something that tall you would probably need some mechanical assistance. A bucket truck or lift of some sort. I manage to stand up a 27 foot tall steel pole with help from 3 other people, and its quite a struggle sometimes. I can not imagine being able to stand up something that is 40 feet tall, plus the weight of the star at the top.
  12. I think the main reason to use super strings on mega trees is so that during set up and tear down, you are only handling 1/4 as many strings of lights. Makes it much faster to put up and down. For your situation, I could see going either way. Wrap the tree with super strings, then unwrap and untwist them. Or, wrap it 1 color at a time, but what happens when the first string goes out? You still have to take off everything to get to the bad one. For me, the best solution would be to wrap a new string over the burnt out area, and just leave the bad string in there. With LEDs, you won't have
  13. It wouldn't have to be the user going after another... I think that if LOR supported locking files, LOR would have to back that with legal force to stop people from breaking it.
  14. Perhaps another aspect to consider: If the locked sequence is playable, all of that info is essentially available in plain text, unless they redesign all controllers to include encryption. It wouldn't take much time for someone that knows what they are doing to write a program to convert those commands back into an editable sequence file. Yes we are a small community, but also a technologically smart one. It only takes 1 person. Larger companies (locked pdf files that you can still read, etc) are able to go after people that write software to circumvent protections. If LOR were to implement
  15. Are you using the latest version of Acrobat Reader. I was getting error messages with an older version, but it works fine with the new one.
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