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  1. Well I decided to build my own sign this year as well and I had a local sign shop design what I wanted and I built the "box" and candy canes. I think total I spent was $85 for sign design and the wood and pvc another $30 so for a little over $100 this is what I have now...If you go to my web site you can see my "unprofessional" coroplast with marker signs...HUGE difference!!!! www.MusicalChristmasLightShow.com Let me know if anyone wants more details... PS - Web Site is new this year too so any feedback is appreciated!!!!
  2. The Snowflakes I got from Walmart & Target. The middle snowflake is a 36" and the next row is 24". The outside rows are 6" & 9" diameters (same ones I have on the eaves) and come 9 to a strand and each strand has their own controller that I set to twinkle when they come on. I also took the strands that had a couple of burned out flakes and just scattered them around on the roof. I want to make new snowflakes for this year from LEDs and coroplast. But I want to get my new arches done first. Let me know if you have any further questions...I'll be glad to help...
  3. Hello All!! Couple of quick questions...I am wanting to add 4 Arches for my display in 2011. I want to do White, Red, Green, Blue, and Purple...all seperate colors meaning 5 colors per section...8 sections...4 arches. That means I need to order 160 strings which will also need 10 16-Channel LOR controllers!! My question is...Has anyone tried to do that many channels on an arch? What size light would be the best "color" and "efficiency"? Since I was thinking of LEDs it will quite expensive but in reading so many posts there seem to be some issues with "burnout". Any suggestions would be hel
  4. Yeah I will have to say that it sparked me to ramp it up another notch next year!!! He was the one I was afraid would call code enforcement on the power usage or something but now LOOK OUT here come the lights now!!! I have lots of plans for next year and have already started on them!!! Thanks for all your comments!!!
  5. Have you rented from them before? Are they nice? I checked out the pics but...they are pics... I am planning on going and it will be my first PLUS. I mentioned it to my wife and she was all excited about going so as far as I can tell...I will be there!!! Also going to bring along some friends...the ones that want me to help do a light show for his mom in Arizona. Coming from Florida that will be a feat including getting my own show up and running!!!! It will be a fun year!!!!
  6. I am planning on going to the "PLUS" in Gatlinburg this year and was just chatting with another member who says there are no golfers in PC...If that's true...Noone will respond to this post...If not maybe you would be interested in doing a Golf Scramble of sorts!?!?! Let me know and if there is enough interest I will check it all out....I have worked with MANY tourneys in setting them up so it would be no big deal....Lots of fun and a round of golf...What could be better?!?!?!?!
  7. Well I just need 4 16 Channel controllers and don;t want to wait till July Sale...if anyone is dumoing some...
  8. GREAT JOB!!!! Adds a "New" dimension to "Firesticks and Stars" I will make mine similar to yours in coming year or so...next year...bi-colored arches!! When I am ready I will PM you for more details...maybe day time pics?!?!?! These would work GREAT for 4th of July display too!!!!
  9. Welcome my firends!!! Thanks for checking me out!!! To see my videos at least until I can get a web site designed go to YouTube and in search bix type/copy paste ChristmasLightsFL and you can see my videos....I will be adding 4 arches with bi-colors for next year with Arch "Pads" and "Spalsh" to them. I will also be adding Jingle Bells by request of a 12 year old girl in my neighborhodd since it is her "Favorite" song as well as a "Techno" version of Jinglr Bells for my wife. I also have a friend that wants my help builfing hid mom a display in Kingman, AZ...so I will be going "Nation Wide" this year!!!

  10. Great Job Paul!!! I have checked out your video before...Still helped to spark me to "new" arches. I currently have 4 arches but all Multi Garland single channel...wrong way for those looking to start out!!! If you are gonna do it...do it right...I have been disappointed with mine...So to fix it...next year 4 more arches, all white with additional color for each arch...1 Red..2 Green,,3Purple..4 Blue. I will be also adding Arch "Pads" and "Splash" for added effects. It will take some time to sequence but I think the outcome will be "INCREDIBLE". I will be using C6 size for durability and crisp
  11. Well since I am not in the beautiful Twin Cities area and I have a few trips planned to Kingman, AZ for a new project I probably won't make it there...but if you need help sequencing...I need the practice!!!! For selfish reasons if nothing else!! LOL Let me know if I can help....otherwise good luck!!!!
  12. NP...if anyone responding has them...let me know...Thanks...
  13. No White on White LEDs???? I need some for my Candy Canes that are burning out year after year I have had to shrink the nimber of Canes due to bulb burn out...I want LEDs to replace all of them....Let me know...
  14. I am not sure where Burnsville HS or Apple Valley....but I am in Orlando, FL and would be willing to help where I can...if it makes sense....I am going to do a display on Kingman, AZ this year along with mine so I am "branching out" if you will and looking to do some "cool" stuff with programming arches...Let me know if I can be of service!!!!
  15. Who is "Travis" so I know where to buy my lights from!?!?!?! I am looking at ordering from Ryan at Magic in the Sky Lighting...Any comments on him????
  16. I actually have the neighbor across the street that asked me when they moved in this year if anyone decorates for Christmas...I told him I did a little and so does a guy down the street but the rest just enjoy the lights. When he saw what I was doing...he dicided not to bring down his decorations from Minnesota where he moved from. I think I will talk with him next year and see about the "Over the top...Over the Street" display. From what he said he has LOTS of decorations and I think he would have a blast doing it with me. Hus wife sits in their front room and tunes in the radio so she can se
  17. Thanks to all of you for your comments!!! I wrote it so that all of you could see the reason we do what we do and want to make it bigger and better every year!!! I know all of you have similar stories but I felt I needed to share mine!!! Even my wife who thinks I am crazy for doing and spending what I do thinks it is GREAT to have a forum like this to share best practices and stories like this!!! I almost didn't set up my lights this year since she was hurt on the job and finances were tight. Along woth all of the physical theraphy and doctors appointments I just almost gave it up this year. M
  18. For all of you that think your neighbors "hate" your light show....I have a "Crotchety Old Man" that lives next door to me...during the year. If I cut 1/2" over into his lawn he knocks on my door to let me know...or he will call code enforcement if I park the tires of my truck on my lawn and not on the driveway...or if my Rottis bark after 9pm(which by the way...don't bark much and are "inside" dogs). You get the picture... with that in mind...tonight I get a knock at the door about 8pm...assuming it was him because it is the 7th of January and my lights are still up...I figured it was Crotche
  19. I also would like to chime in!!! Everyone I have spoken to in the forums either ones I started asking questions or ones I have joined much like this one...EVERYONE has been absolutely wonderful in helping not only me but anyone who asks for help!!! And unlike other forum sites where you may not get a response for weeks or months I have been getting response times in hours!!! Thanks to all those who have helped me and just like fxdwg stated in this forum I will be glad to help if anyone needs it. My stories this year...I have a 12 year old girl in the neighborhood that asked for "special" ti
  20. Here is a video I have of my 32 channel set up from 2 years ago. I changed some things around this year but minor enough that I haven't taken any new videos. I could take a video or two I guess since I will not be taking them down until this weekend...a sad sad day when it's time to take down the lights!!!! I am also working on a web site so I can post all my videos without YouTube blocking them. My YouTube Channel is ChristmasLightsFL if you want to see other videos. Let me know your thoughts...Since I don't have a 6 foot brick wall to work with my arches will have to go along the front of
  21. Hey Geoff, THANKS for the info and the pic!!! I definitely will add them to my display of arches and I may even try the pad thing too for the added affect. Once I get in my light shipment in June I will go ahead and set up the arches in the back yard for testing and I will post the video. When I do I will let you know so you can check it out. Thanks again for your help and your persistence in getting me an answer!! How wierd that the other pist was closed!! I was just in it a little while ago. Maybe I did something to close it. Don't you just love us newbies!!! LOL Have a great one!!!
  22. Hey Geoff, Thanks for the response!!! And by the way...Your Lights are AWESOME!!!! I want to be like you!!! I just need a much bigger yard and a LOT more lights and channels!!! LOL I only have 32 Channels and by adding my 4 Arches I have planned I will be adding another 32...still a long way from 360!!!!! By the time I actually get to a level of fire sticks and stars they will be old news like the arches!!! But they will be new for me and I can't wait to get them done... Do you have a web site or a close up pics of the "splash pools" so I can see how you made them? I might do both the "A
  23. I am looking around to design my "NEW" upgraded version of arches with five colors of LED C6 including red, green, purple, blue, and white. I currently have 4 arches single channel multis and I want to step it up for next year...WAY UP!!!! In looking around I saw something from Holiday Coro I have not seen before... Arch Pads...here is the link http://www.holidaycoro.com/default.html?RadioSign.asp It is suppose to give the effect of the arch landing in water if sequenced right. Is there anyone using these or something similar? Is it a waste of channels? Does it really work? Any input i
  24. I had the same type of issues with blow ups, radio, etc having a loud crackling noise in between songs. I solved it by getting a digital timer from WalMart for about $20 and I start it when my show starts and it turns off when the show is over. Problem Solved...and it gave me additional channels for lights!!!!
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