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  1. First off, sorry for the topic title.lol. When Im in a time crunch and having problems, I kinda flip out. Anyway, I did get one of the controllers working. The other one still wont show up in the HU. Its still getting the outgoing signal so I'll still be able to operate the show. thanks Mark
  2. Ive got everything hooked up and Im running out of time to get sequencing done. All of my PC units(LOR) are working fine, but for the first time im using 3 of the LOR DC controllers. 1 of them is working fine, the second one is recognized in the Hardware utility but when I try to test the channels I get nothing and on the 3rd controller, I cant get the Hardware utility to recognize the unit. As far as the 3rd controller, I hooked the cat5 directly from pc to the controller. I got a solid light so thats good. I set the dials in the box to the correct number. My max unit ID is right. But the HU still wont find it. Any ideas. Unit number 2 is just as strange. I tested all the lights on the power supply prior to hooking up to dc controller and they were fine. When I go to the HU it does recognize unit but none of the channels come on. I really hope someone can help. Im losin it over here.
  3. I looked him up and it seems most of his songs are parody. I was hoping to find an original Christmas song with an original rock artists background music, Like the above song Spiraling did. (with The Who)
  4. Does anyone know if there are any other songs similar to Spiralings "Do You Hear What I Hear"? I love how it has music by The Who, playing with a Christmas song. To have another Christmas song with a "rock" background would be great. Anyone have some suggestions?
  5. I could post a daytime pic, but you wouldnt see them. If you stand at the end of my driveway, which is about 20-25ft, you cant see them. If you look really close I suppose you could. So far Ive asked 3-4 people to look for them and they had no idea they were there. And yes I have finished putting them up. I used a 3" spacing and then just drilled a pilot hole on the face of the strip and screwed it directly to the house. The only thing you need to be carful with is the hole size for the node. If you just drill a hole big enough for the node to fit in, it will not fit snug because of the tappered shape of the node. It would slip all the way through the hole. I drilled a small hole on one side and then used a tapered "metal" drill bit to drill through the opposite side. This way the bulb would stick out when I pushed it in, but not go all the way through. Then I siliconed the wired side to not only lock it in place but also to keep moisture out of the node. Although I dont think moisture will ever be an issue since they are under the roofline. I checked them one time after a day long, hard rain and the nodes and plastic strip were completely dry.
  6. Well can you explain how thats done? Is it on S3? Where?
  7. Im not on the computer that has the LOR software but when youre doing colors other than red green or blue, dont you just turn on specific colors at a certain intensity to get various colors? Like red green and blue at 100% is white. So I thought that like red at 50% and green at 50% would be a particular color. I guess Im not understanding how it works. Can someone elaborate on how exactly to do it. Do you do it through the intensity tool?
  8. This is the first year Ive used RGB nodes. Im using the non intelligent type. Does anyone know what percentages of Red, Green or Blue you use to get the color orange? Is there a chart somewhere that shows what to use to get other colors?
  9. Started applying hardener to 9ft foam candy canes today. Should be ready to sand and paint this weekend! candy cane 2.bmp candy cane.bmp
  10. The nodes are non intelligent, so I cant make them chase, etc. Im using a LOR dc controller and 150w power supply. Got all of it from Ray Wu. As far as the U channel, I got it at home depot. Its located where they sell lattice. Evidently grey isnt a popular color because its on clearance $2 instead of $7, for an 8ft piece.
  11. First test was amazing. Tested out 6-7 colors and all were very bright. Love it!!
  12. Still have quite a few left to do, but here are some pics of the progress. Im using the composite "U" channel strips, that are used as a channel for lattice. They worked out perfect.
  13. Let me start by saying Ray Wu has been awesome to work with so far. Im just posting what Ive experienced with my strings during testing. I recieved my nodes from Ray a couple days ago. I started testing each string this evening. Out of 24 custom length strings, 5 of them dont work properly. Im sure Ray will take care of it. As I said Im just posting my findings. 30ft - 122 nodes > Color blue, only half of the string lights 7.5ft - 32 nodes > Red and blue are ok. Green only half the string lights. When lighting green, the wires get VERY hot. 26in - 19 nodes > Red is ok. Green and blue are actually a light blue. Almost white. 40in - 28 nodes > Red is ok. Green and blue are actually a light blue. Almost white. 40in - 28 nodes > All colors work ok but wires get VERY hot.
  14. Those are great looking candy canes! I think you said they were 6 inch pvc. I was looking at 8 inch pvc at Lowes and a 10' piece was $40. The styrofoam ones that Im having made are 10 inch. It is a little pricey but with everything else Im doing, I really didnt have time to make my own. BTW jerrymac, thanks for the link. I am going to order the hardener.
  15. I wouldnt think he used 10 inch pvc. I looked into pvc fittings and found 2 curved pieces that would have made up the "hook" portion. They were over $300 a piece!!!
  16. Every year Ive done my display its consisted of all lights. Mega tree, mini trees, arches, etc. This year I wanted to add some whymsical props. Giant candy canes. Giant lollipops. Stuff like that. I researched a lot of the companies that provide Christmas decorations to shopping centers and Malls. I quickly realized that those type of "props" are crazy expensive! A fiberglass 7-8ft candy cane was between $1000-3000!!!(depending on the company). So I started trying to figure out how to make one out of pvc or styrofoam. Doing it myself didnt seem possible. So I called 30-40 companies trying to find out who could make them. I hit A LOT of dead ends. To make a long story short PVC was going to be too expensive and it would have had all the flanges, on the couplings, showing(which I dont like). I finally have it. It will be made out of styrofoam. Its going to be 10inches in diameter and 9feet tall. It will be unfinished, so i will have to paint it.(which is gonna take some research as well). They will cost $250 each. if anyone is interested in purchasing any of these, please shoot me an email. [email protected] Shipping is a bit of a problem. Its very expensive so if you can work out your own shipping details that would be better. I will post a picture when they arrive.
  17. Ive been emailing Ray Wu about these lights but Im not sure if these are the right kind> Can someone help. The light I need is a "non I/C or non- intelligent" RGB. IM going to get a dc controller to operate. Will this light do the obvious red green and blue, but also white? Also is there a link on how to hook these up to a dc controller and then how to sink the lights using LOR. Ive been using LOR using standard minis and LEDs for 4 years, but I have NO CLUE how to hook up or operate RGB lights. http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209889132-314090872/12mm-through-hole-LED-channel-letter-DC5V-input-red-color-waterproof-0-1W-120degree-beam-angle.html
  18. Ive used 3 different colors of icicles, in the past, to go on my roofline. The problem is that my roofline is so high that I have to have neighbors put them up and take them down....uh.....because Im terrified of hieghts. There I said it. I want to permanently mount lights under the eaves of the roofline(no more icicles). I wanted something that wasnt noticable during the off season. Something that you would really have to know was there to even notice it. Someone recommended "waterproof non IC LED strips(tape)". They said I would need to get a d/c controller and power supply. I have only used regular led strings throughout my entire display, so I know NOTHING about the led strips. Can someone give me an idea if this sounds like a good application for the strips. Since I want to permanently mount them, can someone reccomend a place to buy quality(longer lasting) strips? In advance, thanks for any other insight.
  19. I think we're getting off base here a little. All I wanted was a little help finding RGB strings that were durable enough to be permanently mounted on a house and that didnt cost over a hundred bucks a string. If they dont exist, fine, I will move on to other ideas. My main reason for looking, was for my house, not for a Mega Tree. I did give the Mega tree as an example, and if cost effective, wouldve done it. But my 96 string Mega tree cost me about $200, so I dont think I will use RGB for the tree if its gonna cost $2k-3k or more. As far as the true measurements on my tree. Im not 100% sure. Its based off of R. Holdmans tree. Mine is only about 15' high because 2 out of the three colors are LED and the strings arent as long as the incandescents. Its not super tight and the spacing might be 4" or 5" or 6". To me it didnt really matter. I was just trying to mimic the same look as my existing tree, which is a 15' tree with 96 strings.
  20. I "may" not completely understand your math. But this is how I interpret it. First off, if I use 24 strings with a 4in spacing. 4in x 24 strings = 96in. 96in divided by 12(in) = 8(ft). So are you saying you would connect all strings to an 8ft stick of pvc and then bend that into a circle. Not sure how to do the math but that would mean the base of your tree is only around 2+ feet accross. Second. If you use 24 strings that total $907 for just the strings, thats only $37.80 a string. I thought they were $100 or more. Unless Im looking at something different.
  21. I want to stop using my red, blue and white string icicles and permanently mount RGB lights/nodes/or strips under the eaves of my house. From what Ive seen they seem to be INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE!! And not only expensive, Im not 100% sure they would be able to be used to stay up year round. If true RGB strips are not either going to be cost effective or strong enough to stay up year round- is there an RGB strip or node that only has 3-4 usable colors(white/green/red/blue) that might be cheaper? Bottom line I want to get rid of most of my 3 string setups and use RGB, but dont know alot about them. Other than they seem to be WAY over priced. I mean if I wanted to change my Mega Tree over to RGB. It would cost me over $10,000. 96 strings with about a 4inch spacing. 96x $115 string/ribbon = $11,040. Theres got to be a better way.
  22. Very Cool. Didnt realize it at first but found myself doing some light head bangin.
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