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Clyde Lindsey

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  1. You will be fine. I used these : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GXB6CI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Think they may be the same as yours. I got them 2 years ago for like $8 each and picked up extra for future hobby uses. They performed well in Western Pennsylvaina winters. Also, water tight! We had tons of rain last year and these controllers worked just fine. And Victor (at Lighting up Paxton) had a great idea of using pickle buckets I decided to go this route, but I had them in the basement until I cleaned up on Sunday.
  2. Just shipped out around 80 boxes... still a lot of Blue and Clear to be had here at Leechburg Lights
  3. Well, here is what I've come up with over the past 2 years. First 3 images are of a PVC mounted box. The second is how I build the controllers with boxes on the back side and plugs housed in a box on front side. They will replace my current Controller stands that are ~ 3' off the ground, the new ones being around 2' tall.
  4. LED Liquidation sale! I have jumped into the world of RGB's and will be selling all my new LED sets that were purchased this year (and some from a previous year). All lights are New In Box. I have posted the type and quantities on my Facebook Show page. I will NOT be posting everything here as it will take too much work to manage a sale list in multiple locations. Prices are listed in the description of the picture. If you have questions, please post them in the comments section of the pic you are interested in... that will help answer others who may have questions. Shipping will be through USPS parcel post and I require insurance on the package (very nominal). If you are interested please PM me with your request and your ZIPCODE either thru the PC site here or thru FaceBook. I have sold and shipped a lot of mini incans earlier this year (some of you have purchased from me already) and I'd hope I've earned a good reputation. If an entire lot sells, I'll remove the listing and picture from the FB page so it is no longer visible. I have attached to this post 2 sample pics... please visit my FB Show page for details https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.698640686819005.1073741827.184401674909578&type=1
  5. I'll add that since my last post, I have installed Dropbox onto all of my computers... Show, desktop, laptop, and livingroom media center computers have a file with them saved on. I can access the dropbox from any computer and don't need to carry a thumbdrive. Likewise, I can share my sequences with anyone by adding them to my public folder. No need to email anymore.
  6. I'd like to point out that if you already have a bunch of 100' cords and don't need them to bee 100', you can always shorten them. If you purchase the 1' cords from Monoprice then cut them in half, you have a male and female 3 prong connector (as opposed to purchasing male and female 3 prong replacement ends from Lowes for $2 or $3 each!!!!). You can then solder them onto your existing extension cords to make shorter runs. All of my orange cords were 18AWG anyway. 3 years ago, I moved my controllers out into my display. I no longer needed 60+ 100' extensions, so I cut them into 25' lengths. I then found some similar inexpensive short cords at BigLots and soldered them on. I think I converted 15 cords? That made 60 each @ 25', something I can use. I now have more than enough extension cords for my purposes, and it only took a little time to make the cords. Best of all, I don't EVER need to purchase extension cords again
  7. I like the Holiday Coro tree listed above http://www.holidaycoro.com/product-p/220.htm... Something is wrong with the price "our price" = $11.99 "pre season price" = $14.99 I want them at the 11.99 price haha Could use these modules from Ray http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/promotion-5050-SMD-RGB-LED-module-DC12V-input-waterproof-20pcs-a-string/701799_423204013.html They are only $9.00 for 20 pieces! They use .72w of power and you could run them on Ray's 27 channel board with ease at .4 max amps per channel (after calculations) I do like the 2' trees... but I'm going to let you in on a secret. I have used the white 4' trees from Walmart for the past 5 years. I threw out 6 of them because they were shedding the little white bristles. I suggest finding the twig trees... I seem to recall someone finding them in China without the lights on them. If that is the case, that would be perfect for you. I was lucky this year and found 9 of them at Home Depot for $20 each (plus military discount). So my entire Walmart White Tree Line will be gone come 2013. I have a mess in the mulch out front to clean up because those six trees started to deteriorate. I did love them tho... As far as Ray's board... it is a 15a max board with a total of 1A/channel max. Just so you have the idea, if you ran 9 of those holiday coro trees with 20 nodes, you'd only pull a max of 3.6 amps. Total amps on the board would = 10.8amps Not too bad.
  8. Bob, I found this video on YouTube with interesting Coro mini trees. There are other versions I've seen. Some have just replaced the minis or LED's with a dumb string or RGB's. Just requires more 4 core wire to make those long runs that you have. Personally though, I love how you used the light strings as your "extension cords". Helps light the ground up and looks great.
  9. Here are 2 pics on my Lights page on FaceBook. I use 1/2 pvc and broom handel clips to hold the pvc frame to the window. I do not have a daytime pic. These were super easy to build. I had 5 strings of lights (red, green, warm clear, cool clear, and multi leds) ziptied to the frame. Storage in attic took seconds, and I can test them before taking them out of the attic. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549102638439478&set=pb.184401674909578.-2207520000.1364754227&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F615355_549102638439478_1429335391_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F553805_549102638439478_1429335391_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1536 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549102255106183&set=pb.184401674909578.-2207520000.1364754227&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn1%2F616129_549102255106183_896477787_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F46558_549102255106183_896477787_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1536
  10. SPRING BREAK UPDATE!! Here is what remains of the MINI light inventory still up for sale: Walmart minis 100ct Multi green wire 10 @ 1.35 Multi white wire 87 @ 1.35 Pink green wire 16 @ 1.00 <<--- Now reduced Amber green wire 22 @ 1.00 <<--- Now reduced Other minis 100ct Clear (Home Holiday brand) on green wire 20 $2.35ea <<--- Now reduced Multi Home Depot brand green wire [email protected] $1.35 Multi Sienna brand green wire 12 @1.35 I also have the remaining C9 incandescent sets 25 count Walmart Red ceramic 25 ct - 8 @$2.00 Blue ceramic 25 ct - 4 @$2.00 Replacement C9s Blue Ceramic 27 boxes 4ct @$.30
  11. I have been selling my overstocked minis lights that were new. 2 weeks ago I shipped a 20 lb box for around $19. I estimated a shipment on Thursday for a 17 lb. box at $25. The total came to $30 What the heck???
  12. I purchased 4 LOR cards last year used for $89 each. Yes I had to install and assemble them into enclosures and that takes time and money. And yes, you pay shipping. I also found 2 used contrlers in home-made housings for $150 THIS YEAR. The deals are out there... you must be willing to have patients. Also, you must be prepared with a "fund" for emergency controller purchase. I have not purchased a "new" PCB 16PC card in 2 years because people offer them here. http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SN-CONT As for this controller here suggested by gmac, it is very similar to what I was explaining in my original post at the top. It is a bigger version of a multi-function controller. These will work for you!!!!! Just remember the limit is 150 watts or 1.37A per channel (if my math is correct). Your 12' rope lights will pull ~ .65A per string (check your set for the actual). I don't know how many rope lights you'll use per channel, but 2 sets may be the max with this controller. At $24.50 that is good price. For 3 of them @ $73.50 + shipping, well to me that gets close enough to warrant the purchase and use of a controller.... OR!!! What if you had a separate extension cord and ran it on a timer?! If you want them to come on and turn off with the show, just set the timer? No channels, no fuss! Easy stuff
  13. Yep, I put my 20' cords in an 18 gallon tote for storage too... I also begin wraping with the female end ALWAYS! When I've get to the male end I loop it around the entire bundle 4 times then run the male ind thru one of the 2 sides that are created by the loops. they never untangle in the tote. OR they get hung on a piece of pipe by slipping on to the end and sliding down. And then I did the same thing with my controllers... moved them to the yard to make the extension cord runs much much smaller. This happened after the 2nd year. It was so much easier to run one 30' extension and 16 of the 15' cords versus sixteen 40' cords. Also, I watched these videos where you make knots in the cords... It wast of time and space when you deal with 200 cords. Way easier and faster to do hand-to-hand wrapping. Key is consistency, always wrapping the same way that works for YOU!
  14. agreed... I don't know how many channels that is, but it would be cheaper to go with a used PCB 16pc LOR controller. Fret not people will sell them. keep your eyes pealed to the forums.
  15. Just an FYI. I will be on military service all week next week, then returning to college the following week. I will not be able to ship anything else till I return and get started with classes (~around Feb. 4th). I may have access to email while training, but it is not guaranteed. So if you send a PM, please have patients and remember I've got a full plate Thanks
  16. All the green minis + All the Purple minis have been sold
  17. I would not know what to do with a big yard??? lol I have a very small yard. It is as wide as the house (50') and 8' in depth. Now if I do my Mom's place, she has about 1 acre in town, that would be massive! I don't think I'd know where to begin haha. Or how many controllers I'd need
  18. Be careful. Pulling too many amps on those small board will fry them. My buddy and I learned that this year when he added them to his static display. He converted to mostly LEDs too. If you need more multifunction light sets for their controllers, I have 4 of them I can sell ya
  19. I'm selling my arch sleeves that have been used for 3 seasons as well as new sleeves never used before. Specifications: 16” long 100ct clear Walmart mini’s Ziptied to 1’ black PVC Tubing. You can see a video of how I built them and set them up in my display here: I have: 32 used sleeves (3 seasons) all in working condition for……….. $1.50 each 30 new sleeves made during the summer and never used……. $2.50 each I would hope to sell them in one lot since they are all the same. The video tells you how I made them into 5-channel arches. I was planning on making them 10 segment @ 2 segments/channel for next year (ttl length of 13.3’) for a bigger arch which is why I made additional sleeves. For 2013 I’ll be switching over to an RGB strip and won’t be using these anylonger. The only thing you will need to make this arch work in your display is: Rebar 1/2” PVC for the sleeve to sit on Guy wire or bungi cord if it gravity affects it from standing up straight. These are truly the easiest thing in my display to set up and manage. I made 2 extra sleeves to replace any non-working section in the event there was a problem. These are easily stored in a 18 gallon storage bin in sets of 15. I will test all of them before shipping to insure they work properly. I have Mini lights to sell as well (I have no more red or blue, only what is listed below) Walmart minis 100ct Clear white wire 20 @ 1.35 Multi green wire 111 @ 1.35 Multi white wire 91 @ 1.35 Pink green wire 16 @ 1.35 Purple white wire 39 @ 1.35 Amber green wire 22 @ 1.35 Other minis 100ct Green Philips brand green wire [email protected] $2.00 Multi Home Depot brand green wire [email protected] $1.35 Multi Sienna brand green wire 12 @1.35 Payment is made through PayPal only. Shipping quotes will include added insurance cost. I cannot give actual shipping cost but my estimates have proven to be close to the actual cost. I can add tracking on to the shipping if you request it. First come first serve... Please respond via PM with your name, address, and email address. Thank you!
  20. Wonderful job! Looks great. I'd say you have room to go up to 500,000 light! Plenty of room for expansion. Good thing you got some lights coming your way What is your channel count? What are the plans for next year?
  21. What Kind of lights? LED or minis? If they are LED, you could convert a multifunction controller with 4 channels into a 4 channel stand alone module. Then you could hook up 4 deer to the 1 channel each. 3 multifunction controllers would do it (set to chase) and assign them 1 channel in LOR. It may not do exactly what you want but it's a step in the right direction.
  22. Agreed, I don't think that blue incandescent mini's can compare with blue LED's. My display was striking when I did Blue Christmas (Elvis) and showcased the blue and clear LED's. C9's do well also, but are electric hogs.
  23. I run my firestick with LED's. Have been since 2010. They get upgraded next year to LED strips from Flex Tech. I'd like to update you all to a developement too. Since I posted last, I began to "school" myself on the RGB lighting. I was very concerned about the amount of money it would cost. Seems it is extremely economical. Ever since I found the Flex Tech strips at Lowes for $13.50/ box, I wanted to know how I could control them with S3 and LOR. It seems they can work with minimal investment, time, and some learning. I'm still keeping my LED C9 roof lines but I'm going to begin learning about RGB's. Actually, if it's as easy as I think, I would have wanted to go this route a long time ago.
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