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  1. But if it says microwave fuse AND 15 amp, 250 volts, I've got the right one, right?
  2. Last week I posted about blowing a fuse in my LOR box for the first time. I have been having a hard time finding replacement fuses at a local store. The fuses in the controller are 15 amp 250 volt. Hardware stores are only carrying up to 32 volts. However, I do see packages of "microwave" fuses that look a lot like the LOR fuses. A quick internet search does show these come as high as 250 volts. So are these the fuses I need to be getting?
  3. Came home tonight to find my singing pumpkin not working. The FM transmitter was still transmitting the song, but no lights. Found that it appeared no power getting to the controller. Checked cords, breaker, rebooted the computer, no luck. Decided to pull the fuses from a controller that I'm not using right now to see if that was the issue. Replaced fuses, turned the power on, and the orange pumpkin flickered a few times, then I heard "zzzzz....POP!" and smelled burning wires. Started looking inside the styrofoam jack-o-lanterns that I use for a pumpkin choir, and found the culprit: One of the lamp light sockets I used was fried. Left a big black mark inside the pumpkin and on the 2 by 8 they are set on. I unplugged that socket, replaced the fuses again, and everything working fine. So it's off to Home Depot tomorrow to get replacement parts. I am thankful that's all it was, as a few fuses and a new lamp socket is much cheaper than a whole new LOR controller!
  4. I came across these RGB lights... http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/rainbowspotlight.htm ...while looking for ways to spotlight the 3' white artificial trees I have in my display, and the idea of using any color I want is definitely intriguing. I understand that it will take three channels to control each light and LOR's software makes that possible. What i don't understand is how exactly do RGB lights connect to the LOR controller. Any helpers out there? I would be buying the lights completely assembled.
  5. Update: My sister-in-law called me from an Old Time Pottery and found exactly what I was looking for: 3' white artificial trees for $4.99 each! Despite the strange looks imgot from the other customers, i bought s dozen! Tested one out last night and it looked great! It really reflected the white lights well and the blue lights gave it a soft glow. I discovered that 1-100 count strand of each color worked better than 2 strands per color. I'm going to go ahead and use green wire lights since I don't have any white wire in storage and I hate paying full price for lights. I don't think the green wire will be too distracting as my minitrees are used mostly in chase sequences, I'll be sure to pick up a couple dozen strands of white wired lights after Christmas for next year.
  6. Anybody ever try to use a LOR controller on their vehicle?
  7. I'm looking at unwrapping and re-wrapping my floral easel mini trees for the fourth consecutive year. Between the first and second year, I increased the floral easels' size. Between second and third year, I had to replace several strings that went bad. Now I need to replace the ones I did not replace last year due to the blue lights fading. I'm looking for reasonably priced unlit outdoor trees, 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. I think those would be the right size to hand 400 mini lights on them, 200 white and 200 blue. Does anyone have any suggestions of where to purchase them? I'd also be interested in knowing how a white tree may look as compared with a green tree. I've read where the white limbs diffuse the light better and gives a nice look in the dark.
  8. I have lamp kits purchased from Home Depot tacked to a 2 by 8, then place the foam pumpkins over the top of them. A stiff win occasionally knocks one or two of them over, but it has been rare this year. This setup is not in the video in my signature. Last year I used real carved pumpkins and wound up replacing half of them before Halloween due to rotting in last year's unseasonably warm fall. Live and learn.
  9. I bought the Michael's pumpkins last year on November 1 at 80% off and are using them for the first time this year. I used an exacto knife to carve them and have experienced no problems whatsoever.
  10. Great idea! For those of you who can't find orange lights when you need them, Walmart has a christmas light color called "amber", by it's really orange. Ive often found cases of these in mid January at 75% off, around 60 cents per box.
  11. I had this happen during my Halloween show, and it happened during my Christmas show Saturday night: It would only play the first song in my list. The only quick fix that I could think of both times was to set the show to play each song randomly (which I don't particuarly care for). I think I know what the issue was. Both times I made changes in the start time in the schedule director. I don't know why that would affect the musical selections, but it seems as if it did. Regardless, both times fixed itself after rebooting the computer. Anyone else have this issue?
  12. One of the best spirals I've seen, and particuarly impressive with it being seemlessly incorporated into a mega tree. How many turns around the tree is each spiral?
  13. I really want one next year! How tall is yours? How many channels is used? What color? Got video posted of it?
  14. I use Adobe Premiere Elements 8. It is a $100 program, but will import and export any format and does more than WMM ever thought of doing.
  15. I'm not sure that powering the transmitter through the USB port would provide enough power. If you haven't tried pluging the transmitter in to a standard outlet or run it off of batteries, I'd give that a shot.
  16. Weird thing: Middle of my Halloween show, I started getting bad static from my Whole House Transmitter. I had moved the computer from in front of the couch to behind the couch and somehow that was causing interference. I still wanted to keep the computer hidden, so I moved the transmitter antenna to a different wall, and I got crystal-clear reception again.
  17. I've seen too many 100,000+ lights displays that simply look too cluttered and "blinky" for my taste. Use what you need for the number of channels you have. And put me in for a vote that your yard needs a mega tree!
  18. It's not something everyone follows, either. There is always a debate about the number of channels an arch should use with some of us preferring 7 or 9 channels rather than 8. Even Carson Williams in his famous version of "Wizards of Winter" used only 6 channels in his mega tree.
  19. Do you have any kind of delay between turning off one color and turning on another?
  20. Second year LOR user, but still feel like a newb compared to some of the recent videos I've seen on here! Currently I have multi-colored incandescent mini lights surrounding my house windows, door, and garage door, but next year I think I want to use LED C7s or C9s. I would like to organize them so that they are all in a neat row. Any ideas how to do this? Anyone use a PVC or conduit setup? I have a brick house and currently use hot glue to attach the minis.
  21. Is it possible to have 24 amps on one side of a standard LOR controller (15 amp max per side) if 12 amps are used for one color lights, the other 12 are used for a second color, and both colors would never be on at the same time?
  22. Don't you love that feeling? I, too, was a 16-channel user last year. Nearer to Christmas, it was a constant stream of cars outside of our house! We won the city Christmas lights contest, unseating the previous five-time champion. For the rest of the year when someone found out where we lived, they would always exclaim, "That's the Christmas light house!"
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