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  1. You can find my how-to here. http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?9995-LED-String-Modifications Direct link to document here. http://www.palombolights.com/documents/LED%20Modifications.doc Hope this helps. Tony
  2. Don't know if it was mentioned above, but I use a small dab of Vaseline in each joint. Makes removal easy.
  3. tonypgst

    Stealing Ideas?

    If anyone is worried about others copying ideas, then they would not post in these forums. We all come here to share with others and benefit as a whole for doing so. I have used others sequences and shared my own. Just because something has been done many times over, it doesn't mean the people on your street or in your town that visit your display have ever seen it. What fun would it be if you could not use elements in your display that wow your guest and get you excited to see it for the first time yourself. Seeing display videos online is one thing, but seeing them in living color is just fantastic. Please take any of my ideas, I know I continue to flatter others by using their own for my display.
  4. Hey Bull, if you are worried about getting older, the fountain of youth is down here in Florida..... ....only one problem, I haven't been able to find it yet.
  5. I put a low power CFL bulb in mine. Not the 18watt, but I think I used the smaller 9watt. Provides clean and even lighting of the sign.
  6. I zig-zag my strobe strings inside the mega tree using the guy wires of the tree as tie off points. Keep the strobes inside the mega tree light strings, but in a random pattern throughout the tree from top to bottom.
  7. I found 20 to be a good number in my 12' tree.
  8. Rich, Watched your videos again. I like We Three Kings. Somehow we missed it the night we went visit. Good Job! Scott, as Rich questioned, where are you located. We have enough people in the Jax area to have at least a get together later in the year.
  9. SVO4Turbo, Saw your videos last week, great work! Noticed the your bursts elements right away. Very nice. I did something similar in my display also. Here is the thread, http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=20782, and they can be seen in my videos on my site. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Here is a post with a link to a picture of a discected 25 count C7 string. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showpost.php?p=248279&postcount=179
  11. Replaced about 5 bulbs in total this year. All string were new out the box for 2008.
  12. Tonight is the last night of my display. Tomorrow I begin tear down. Have already started planning for 2009. Will have fun going to just over 440 channels and will mix in some DMX control. Hope everyone enjoyed the show this year.
  13. Yep, I know your house now. We did drive by, but noticed the lights off. I'll try to get by on New Year's eve. We saw the snow globes at the entrance, but didn't turn in due to no lights.
  14. Thank you for the comment! Where in Jax are you located? We plan to visit displays that are still up tomorrow, would love see yours.
  15. It is a toss up. I love the cool white on it's own, but until I switch over all the incandescent clears I have, it just doesn't look right next to them. On it's own, I pick cool white because it is so crisp.
  16. Steve needs LEDs. Looks like your speaking of minis.
  17. The two stores I purchased from on Friday, the first store the clerk rang them up by color. At the second, she didn't as she said they didn't care to take inventory as they are clearance items and not being restocked. They are not required to ring them up by color once they go on sell. Before Friday they were, since the sell they are not. Thus, you cannot call any Walmart and rely upon inventory lists for the lights you are interested in purchasing.
  18. Went by your house tonight. Enjoyed the show. Had about 4 other cars there at the same time. Thought about knocking on your door to say hello, but didn't want to intrude on supper and your Sunday evening family time.
  19. Saw your display tonight. We liked the way you used the lights in the grass as piano keys. Great job with just 32 channels.
  20. At 6am on Friday, I went to 5 stores, bought all I needed for Blue, Red, White at one store, but between all 5, only came away with 19 boxes of Green. Green is just not to be found. Went to a few more stores later than night, all colors are still on the shelves except for Green. I have the same problem.
  21. tonypgst


    Nice camera, I'm sure she won't mind you using it to film the display. I got some forgiveness from my wife for the money spent on this years lights, cologne, westone UM1 earphones, some fitness gear, and some big smiles from my girls as they opened their gifts.
  22. Just a few minutes away from me. I'll add you to my map for when I do get to make the rounds and visit other displays in Jacksonville. If you can make it out my way, feel free to knock on the door and say hello. It is great being able to meet others who share in the hobby.
  23. Being a Six Sigma Green Belt is an accomplishment that should help your wife stand out. People are still hiring and I would encourage your wife to look for job postings related to or requiring Six Sigma knowledge. A quick search on Monster.com resulted in over 2500 posting with Six Sigma in the job posting. Look at this as an opportunity, she may land a job that brings an increase in salary and job satisfaction at the same time. Best of luck and keep your spirits up!!
  24. I agree with this post. Anyone who throws away a string without considering their options to sell them to others willing to replace the rectifiers is missing an opportunity. I myself would pay a fair price for failed strings knowing I can fix them for use in my show.
  25. I can think of a few ways. Large resistor in series with the LED string to reduce voltage and current the LEDs drop or place them on a seperate channel and just lower the intensity in your sequences.
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