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tekcor1

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About tekcor1

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  • Birthday 06/14/1973

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    http://www.BurlingtonChristmas.com

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  • Location
    Burlington, WA
  • Biography
    When I was a kid, my dad always did a big static display. It was a competition with the neighbor and would get bigger every year. I loved the Christmas lights! Once I became "the dad", we started doing Christmas lights on our house, and like my dad, it keeps getting bigger every year!
  • Interests
    My family is my first interest. After that, I enjoy working on my Halloween and Christmas displays.
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    Casino Shift Manager
  • About my display
    2009 was our first year of animatin with 32 channels of LOR and approximately 15,000 lights.

    In 2010 we moved up to 48 channels of LOR and approximately 20,000 lights. We have a 23' half mega-tree on the front of our house, 4 leaping arches, two fire-sticks, and 70 candy canes. About 3/4 of our lights are LEDs.

    In 2011 I wil lhave 64 LOR channels and maybe 25,000 lights.
  1. I have four arches that are run with two controllers. Arches 1 and 2 are run off channels 1-8 and arches 3 and 4 are run off channels 9-16. At some point I'll get another controller for them but for now I think it works well. Here's a video of my display with one controller running four arches.
  2. I guess first thing I should do is measure the area and see what will fit. If it doesn't fit then its too big.
  3. Thanks for the reply. That is how I got my 35' measurement for the 45* angle. My question is whether 45* is correct for a solid hold. I have seen somewhere that people talked about how long to make guy wires based on how tall the tree is for the best hold but can't seem to find it. I guess I'll just go with 40' guys to (hopefully) be safe!
  4. I know I've seen it on here before but can't find it now. How long should your guy wires be in relation to the height of your tree? My tree is going to be 25' tall. 45' angle from top of tree so 35'?
  5. tekcor1

    Guy Wire Ends

    How do those crimp ferrules work? Seems like it has space for two wires not one. I'm getting the supplies for my guy wires today.
  6. Do you drill a hole in the front of the J channel for each light?
  7. We've been doing this for several years now. All of our extension cords for our display are old mini lights with the lights cut off. We don't even cut off the first light or the two middle lights. If you just leave them on there, no soldering required at all. It makes it much cleaner to run all the extension cords because they are all so small they can be bundled together and it's not a huge bundle. When I cut off the lights, I cut every other light right below the socket. Then I go back and pull each remaining bulb. It goes much faster this way than trying to unwind them. Snip 50 bulbs, pull the other 50 bulbs and the string is done in no time. A lot of times I'll even cut the bulbs and then have my kids go back through and pull the remaining bulbs. Makes it go even faster! Another great thing about this setup is the space-saving feature. I can wrap all my extension cords on about 4 of the extension cord holders. So I have around 100 extension cords wrapped in the space that I could normally store 9 of the regular cords. I also color coded my cords by putting a piece of colored tape on the end. That way I know at a glance if the cords is <10', 10-25', or over 25'. It makes it much quicker setting up the display because I can eyeball how far the run is and then quickly locate a cord that is approximately that length. After doing this for a few years, after Christmas people will leave their old lights on my car, on my porch, at my desk, I'm constantly getting people's old lights. Now I don't even ask anymore because I have more than I'll need for awhile. Edit: When I said all my extension cords for my display are these cords, that is obviously with the exception of the cords that power my LORs. Anything in my display that pulls over 3 amps is powered with a regular extension cord.
  8. Thanks for all the replies. It's interesting reading for sure, especially seeing the differt opinions on whether prices are going to come down or not. I guess I'll just have to make the big decision this summer on whether to make the jump to LED or upgrade the power.
  9. When LED's came out several years ago, they were expensive. I figured I'd wait a few years to fully switch over to them so that the price would come down, as all new technology does. I've slowly been buying LED's for my display, but each year I'm surprised that the cost hasn't come down at all. So the $20,000 question is, are LED's ever going to come down in price or is what they're at now pretty much where they are going to stay? I'm starting to think it will just be cheaper to upgrade the power in the house than to switch over to all LED's. Especially since incandescent strands are much easier to find on clearance than LED's. Forgive me if this has been discussed recently. I went back several pages and didn't see anything. I figure too much farther back than that won't really be relavent anyway, since it will be from so long ago.
  10. I'll be waiting with bated (but not held) breath!
  11. Figures. I really wanted to attend this year but I'll be in Hawaii on April 30th, which is of course winning by a 4 to 1 margin. Maybe next year. I guess the upside is I'll be missing it because I am in Hawaii!
  12. Yeah, bring it Don! When I was growing up my dad and our neighbor across the street used to have a competition every year to see who had the best light display. It was good natured and fun. Since none of my neighbors want to (or can!) compete, maybe I can have a cross town rival or two. So bring it! And thanks everyone for the votes. When all was said and done, I won by 31 votes.
  13. http://goskagit.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=23997&s=6312100&i=1&m=X#SD Last day of this contest! I'm currently in the lead, and I'd like to stay that way. If you've already registered, please stop in and vote again. You can vote once a day so please make your final vote today! Charles, your video is blocked because the audio is owned by WMG. You can post on Vimeo. I ran into that this year too, and couldn't post my display video on YouTube either.
  14. Nope no LED's. I was going with LED's mainly because I hated dealing with incandescents and losing partial strings and trying to fix them. Since I found the LightKeeper Pro this year I'm a changed man. The incandescents were such a good deal they were hard to pass up. For everything in the photo it was about $300 (including the two Santa suits). I'm going to have to look at my power for next year. Hopefully I won't put it off until the last second! I'm planning on moving my display around next year. I'm going to be putting the mega tree more on the side rather than right in front of the house, and it's going to be a full tree rather than a half tree. I'm thinking three colors 24 channels to start, then increasing channels over the next couple years. My snowflakes are going where the mega tree is and up to 12 snowflakes next year (from 8 this year) which should put it at 26' tall. I'm hoping that will make it tall enough to be seen from the Blvd the next street over. Big plans! Lol. We'll see how much comes to fruition. I'm also planning an additional 3 controllers, taking me to 96 channels. I'm excited!
  15. Nope no LED's. I was going with LED's mainly because I hated dealing with incandescents and losing partial strings and trying to fix them. Since I found the LightKeeper Pro this year I'm a changed man. The incandescents were such a good deal they were hard to pass up. For everything in the photo it was about $300 (including the two Santa suits). I'm going to have to look at my power for next year. Hopefully I won't put it off until the last second! I'm planning on moving my display around next year. I'm going to be putting the mega tree more on the side rather than right in front of the house, and it's going to be a full tree rather than a half tree. I'm thinking three colors 24 channels to start, then increasing channels over the next couple years. My snowflakes are going where the mega tree is and up to 12 snowflakes next year (from 8 this year) which should put it at 26' tall. I'm hoping that will make it tall enough to be seen from the Blvd the next street over. Big plans! Lol. We'll see how much comes to fruition. I'm also planning an additional 3 controllers, taking me to 96 channels. I'm excited!
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