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Everything posted by keitha

  1. From a distance the c6 and m5 will look almost the same. I have also used 5mm but with them when the bulb is facing away from the viewer they don't show up as well.
  2. You could have bad triacs. First I would use the hardware utility to test the outputs to make sure it isn't a problem with the sequence.
  3. Build a frame that extends down on either side of the ridge and either anchor it to the ground or use sandbags along the bottom of the frame.
  4. Sounds like you need a replacement. Usually the problem is either the first defective led segment or the one prior to that(with a bad output).
  5. Just take a socket from a c9 string with a male plug in attached to it and screw in a working c9 bulb. You can use liquid electrical tape to seal off where you cut between sockets. I always hid my bulb in black plastic garbage bags. You can get male plugs at various places or use cheap extension cords and cut off the male end to attach to the socket.
  6. The 2 wires going straight from plug to plug is so you can plug another set into the end thus making the 2 strands parallel. Each strand drops approximately 120v so going parallel is the only way to plug more than one stand end to end. In longer strings you will see a 3rd wire going to the 51st bulb to power the 2nd half of a 100 count string. That is why if you have a loose bulb only 1/2 of a 100ct string will go out.
  7. You have water in a node. Were your nodes rated ip68? If not this can happen every time it rains (especially if they were rated ip66). If the node that flashes green or red is before the stuck on ones I would start by replacing that node as it can cause problems further down the string. If it is not, I would try the first one stuck on or the one just before the stuck on ones as its output could be bad.
  8. Could the bulbs be backward? Could be a bad socket also. There could be corrosion in the socket.
  9. I would use it to bypass each bulb because if they are removable bulbs chances are 1 of the 2 bulb pins has broken off. I see it a lot.
  10. A snubber or nightlight at the end of the string might help. Some leds just don't handle dimming well.
  11. If a bad bulb, I think it comes with a resistor blob you can use instead. Probably cutting out 1 bad bulb won't hurt much. But too many will overdrive the other leds too much and cause them to fail.
  12. LED Keeper available on Amazon. Either a loose or bad bulb or a bad rectifier.
  13. Audacity is the free program most people use. It is not a site.
  14. Thanksgiving night is good especially if the relatives are over. That was the date I lit up.
  15. You could use a DMX dongle and a Rainbow Brain (or some other DMX controller). The Rainbow flood receives its power through the cat5 cable. You can hook up 2 floods per port on the Rainbow Brain so you can go from the first flood to the second and they will both light at the same time. I think there are 5 ports on the Rainbow Brain. I use an Entec Pro compatible DMX dongle. Or I think you can use a LOR DC Board with 3 channels for each flood. You then have to combine those 3 channels into 1 RGB channel in the LOR software.
  16. That house would reflect floods well. For a cheap option I recommend Rainbow floods from Seasonal Entertainment. For more powerful floods if you are comfortable building yourself I recommend Aether II's from DiyLightAnimation.com. The COOP for this year has passed but there will probably be another next year or someone might sell theirs.
  17. A lot of it you can't tell until you look at the "ready to go" sequence. Then you can see how many channels per color they programmed for or how many colors they assumed your tree would be. For example they may assume 8 channels per color in which case you can plug 2 strings together. But if they assumed 3 color trees (which I had) you may have to get more creative. Unless you add a 3rd color in which case you may want less of the red and green so your tree won't be too full or heavy.
  18. My mentioning of the rectifier was because I had a huge order of led strings from a well respected vendor here a few years ago that had switched manufacturers and while the lights seemed okay at first, after ramping the lights up and down the strings began to dim. The way the rectifiers had been built using capacitors along with the usual diodes and resistors would overheat and sometimes actually catch fire. I had to rebuild and replace all the rectifiers myself and the lights have been fine ever since. I am not naming the vendor as he had no way of knowing the rectifiers would not be able to handle fading.
  19. Without being able to see the sequence my assumption is they would want all green strings on one controller and all red on the other. I would start on the left side of the tree and put a green string on and plug it into channel 1 of the first controller(think green 1). Next I would put up a red string and plug it into the other controller into channel 1 (think red 1). Continue doing this counterclockwise around the tree alternating green and red (next would be green 2 and red 2). Some people (depending on the height of the tree) just use the string from the bottom to the top. Some use a shorter tree and go from the bottom to the top and then back down on the opposite side to double the density of the lights. Another option is to go from bottom to top and then back down so the end is only a few inches away from the beginning of the string (like an inverted V). You still will want to alternate the colors. Also you may need guy wires to stand up to the wind unless you tree is short and your lights are attached to c9 lawn stakes (which will act like guy wires around the tree). My first tree was only 10 feet and I used a metal fence post and slip the pcv pipe down over it eliminating the need for guy wires.
  20. Some lawn service companies around here advertise they put up your lights. Once on the lower roof I would use a step ladder turned sideways so the steps are on one side of your gable and the other side of the ladder will be down the other side of the gable so your second story will either be on your right or left side as you climb.
  21. If it is half a string it sounds like the rectifier is bad. The rectifiers are the bumps in the wiring. Here is a cheaper source for the led light keeper. It works great. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H4I8HY/ref=asc_df_B007H4I8HY2765565/?tag=shopzilla_rev_274-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B007H4I8HY&linkCode=asn But cant help a rectifier problem.
  22. I am cheap and use "brads" (Looks like small nails) and shrink wrap.
  23. You really are speedy! Our NBA basketball franchise would be proud.
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