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  1. Thanks RAB. We have had a lot of people stop by when we are outside setting up and tearing down. They tell us how they have made stopping by our display part of the Christmas tradition. That's all the incentive we need to keep going. Thanks again for your kind words.
  2. Hey Sidetrack, thanks for the idea. I will try that!!! And maybe the cardboard on the bottom will stop the hornets from making a next in them too.
  3. As mentioned above, the rib should go to the wide blade, which is neutral. But be careful not to think it is ground even if they are bound together in the panel. White is neutral, green is ground, black is hot. If your wire doesn't have a rib, then it will have some other marker, like lettering.
  4. I haven't used it, but still have doubts about the need for it. The price alone would make it cost prohibitive for many people here due to the number of extension cords we use. I have 224 LOR channels and that equates to a lot of extension cords. I have most of the connections lying on the ground. I didn't have any GFCI issues this year, even when things were buried under the snow. Then had rain the next night that melted most of the snow so things were plenty wet. As the poster above states, take a good look at the items in your display, they may be the bigger culprit.
  5. I found a great deal yesterday at Hobby Lobby. Bought 50 boxes of red, 100 count incandescent lights at 66% off. Seems the color incans are getting harder and harder to find.
  6. Takoda


    Merry Christmas to all of you!!!
  7. Yeah, the basics are simple enough. It's figuring out exactly how you want to interpret the song and then nailing all the timing to get it "just right" that starts to consume your sequencing time. Welcome to our madness and enjoy!
  8. What a great reminder of the true beginning and our Creator. Thanks for posting it!
  9. Richard Holdman no longer does a personal display so you are unlikely to see him there. But I agree it would be great to see him and, yes YOU BILL, back on TV.
  10. I had to travel for my job a lot this year and that left very little time for sequencing. Even thought of not adding any new songs. And yes, there were a few moments of insanity where I thought I might not even set up this year. Got a late start, but worked long days and went live Thanksgiving night. Now that it is done and running smoothly I can't decide what gives us more joy -- seeing the cars parked outside watching, or all the people that stopped by when we were setting up and thanked us "so much for doing this. We saw you were getting started later and were afraid you weren't go
  11. I also leave mine on 100% of the time until tear down. I also cover mine with black trash bags to keep the rain and snow off.
  12. I do mine in the same show, just put my looping animation sequence in the "shutdown" portion of the show. Works great and don't have to build another show. If you choose to do another show, the simple show builder will work great.
  13. It would be very unusual to have all three die at the same time, but stranger things have happened! As Keitha mentioned, make sure you don't have another sequence, such as a background sequence, turning the channels off and make sure those channels didn't get reassigned.
  14. I use one of the hand held light tester things. The Light Keeper Pro. Works great for me!!
  15. Sounds good to me! I installed mine on the back of the LOR board, across MT1 and MT2 of the traics.
  16. Most are using a 47k 1 watt resistor and having good success with it. I'm not an electrician, but I wouldn't do what you are proposing because it would leave 110V exposed. At least as I envision how you are talking about doing it.
  17. Hi Steve, Thanks. Here's a YouTube video. Quality is not the best, but it shows how they look. Someday I will figure out how to take a high quality video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ivvUWOOCIc Dennis
  18. This is my second year using 6 poles. I use 3 that are red/blue (8 strings of each per pole) and 3 that are green white (also with 8 strings of each per pole) for a total of 32 channels. That allows me to chase colors up and down the pole, use a single color, or fade a pole between colors. They are wrapped with 70 count M6 LEDs from CDI. For the pole, I used 10' of 1 1/2" schedule 40 PVC. They seemed pretty heavy with 16 sets of LEDs on the, so I slid a 10' 3/4" EMT conduit inside (maybe this wouldn't be necessary but it made me feel more comfortable). Then used 3' of 1/2" rebar with
  19. Tom, LOR did change the controllers. The latest ones (Gen 3) not only have a built in "snubber" but also allow for different dimming curves to account for the fact that different LEDs dim at differing rates. Why do LEDs cause problems? There seems to be a lot of confusion about why LEDs act so "strangely" when being switched by a triac-based dimmer. A lot of people think "they don't have enough load" to allow the channel to switch properly. If this were true, why would adding more LEDs make the problem worse? Adding strings adds load. But adding a "load" of a resistor or a C9 solve
  20. Yeah, that seems really high. You might want to give Paul a call. He's great to work with and if that's what it costs, that's what it costs. But there might be some problem with the website also. I also feel I need to respond to your statement " It doesn't matter which wire is common and which is hot, just make sure they don't touch." Technically, this is not accurate. To be compliant with the NEC, the tracer on the zip cord is neutral. Also, the wide blade on the plugs is designated as neutral. You should line these up. Why? If you are just going to use them for lights, it probab
  21. I have never gone that high, but don't think schedule 40 PVC would support it. Imagine the load on the top pulling down on the PVC. Calculate the total weight of the strings, guy wires, star, and anything else you will be putting on it. You could actually test with say a 10' tree and see if even that would support the weight.
  22. Tom, changing the triacs will fix it IF the problem is leaking triacs as Bill suggested above. However, if it the "standard" issue that occurs when trying to dim LEDs with a triac-based dimmer, you will still have the problem even with new triacs. Try the snubber first.
  23. Hey Jeff, I think what they are referring to is a female vampire plug that can be put in the middle of an extension cord as opposed to the end. It is called an in-line female plug. I made a bunch of them for my fire sticks. They can be found here: http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/806/ELECTRICAL-PLUGS-FOR-ZIP-CORD-WIRE/ Use the drop down box to find them. Dennis
  24. Hey Crimson, nice video of how you made your leapers. I did something similar but wrapped two colors on top of each other, 8 channels for each one. That way I can fade between colors on my poles. I made mine red/blue and the other green/white. Looks great to able to change the colors. Do you put guy wires on yours? How do you "mount" them? One word of caution: Do not use speaker wire! I know LEDs pull less current, but you are still plugging this into 110V and speaker wire is not rated to carry that voltage. Dennis
  25. I just the JUMP pole. (Jack Up Mega Pole). I am sure you can find a link here somewhere. It allows you to install your lights at a lower level, then jack the telescoping pole up into place.
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