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About JerryB.

  • Birthday 07/21/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My son catching Santa on video Christmas eve when he was 9
  • Location
    Granada Hills, Ca
  • Biography
    An average guy doing average things
  • Interests
    Christmas lights, computer work.
  • Occupation
    Plant Manager
  • About my display
    304 channels, over 60,000 lights, 90% are LED,

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  1. Dave H, Mine were the square and I think water was my problem 3 weeks in, but not in the beginning, they were just bad pixels. After the rain I cut pixles out that stayed light on white or caused the other to randomly flash and the ones that just stayed on in blue cleared themselves up after a couple days. Sysco, I think having off every few sequences is a good idea, thanks
  2. I made a 24 strand 50 per strand ws2811 pixel tree. My main reason for doing this was so I could incorporate images into the display that highlighted various parts of the different songs, i.e. a gingerbread man, Santa, manger, Menorah, etc. I did spirals, snowfall and other effects as well. I always wanted to do something like Danny DeVito's character had and this was a close as I was going to get. For me what worked is kind of what didn't work and that was the pixel tree. Not because of the bad pixels (and there were plenty of them) but because people seemed to focus on watching the pixel tree and not how the rest of the lights matched the music (or didn't match). I spent far more hours sequencing the 304 LOR channels and it almost seemed like I could just have them blink randomly and no one would have noticed. I'm only a little disenchanted it will be back next year and other RGB elements as well. My pixels were problems from the beginning and even 3 weeks into the season I had to cut out and replace pixels. Here in L.A. we only had 2 days of rain since I set them up, one day barely a drizzle and the 2nd quite a bit more but not a downpour by any means and that day I had many failures. Failure rate so far 90 bad out of 1300 and there will be more. I will say I don't necessarily blame the vendor he is just our middle man but his factory needs better QC standards. I do think if he is going to have us continue to buy from him he needs to rectify the situation. Even with my issues I was going to buy from him again but have now decided to go with one of our U.S. distributors, at least with them we can make a phone call during the day and get someone (hopefully). What I would do different? Once I figure out what elements, is add more pixels to highlight the edge of the house, roofline or something else to bring the attention away from the pixel tree and back to the entire span of display. These pixels are too darn bright and over power (attention wise) all my LED strands. Hopefully this will make the overall display better, well except for perhaps my lack of talent. :-) One tip; I found with images bringng up the contrast and taking down the brightness and intenisty made a lot of images display better. This I believe is because the pixels are so bright many colors blended into each other. I used Corel Draw to do this but (and I'm not sure why) MS Paint seemed to do a better job when reducing the pictures down to 50 pixels than Corel. They seemed crisper with paint. I also think that saving them as a .png file they looked better. Sorry to be so wordy.
  3. I have several Mickey Mouse items in mine, a Mickey driveway arch, Dancing Mickey, Mickey cutout, Mickey images on my Pixel tree, does that count? Some folks have a better flare for sequencing than others (I know mine could be better a lot of times), but al least we are trying. IMO as long as you like how they come out who cares if it's "Mickey Mousing', most folks that wacth our shows don't know the difference anyway. Now if you want real Mickey Mousing try using SuperStar on your non pixel strands. talk about not finding a beat.
  4. I found the same issues with the time lags between songs but did a couple things that helped it quite a bit. One, I ran the 4gb patch on all the LOR programs (.exe), this seemed to help. Then I set the show to have a 5 second delay between songs and also under options set Sequence Loading with sequences are loaded before they are played. Now only occasionally do I see the delay and those are mostly on the songs that are videos. With a 10 second delay between songs I almost never saw any noticeable delays but the 10 seconds of darkness bugged me so I took it down to 5.
  5. I have painted them with http://www.duplicolor.com/products/metalCast/. The colors are not as vibrant especially next to other LEDs of the same color. I've only tried to color LED which have plastic lenses, perhaps regular minis with glass lenses will work out better.
  6. Chris mentioned I have some but maybe he is specifically talking about this video where there are two smaller trees inside the bigger one. They are only a single tree but no reason you couldn't make them rotate as well.
  7. You can also download http://the-rasterbator.en.softonic.com/ which will blow up an image on multiple pages you tape together. Or go here and do it online for free http://www.blockposters.com/
  8. If you don't mind using up some paper you can also go below and have the image blown up to the size you want, then just tape together and trace with carbon paper. Best of all it's free. http://www.blockposters.com/
  9. I did 1.5 turns the last two years and this time did 2 turns. I must say I think 1.5 turns looks better. First two years I had a 7ft octagonal tree with 8 channels per 4 colors, an 100 strand 5mm from MITS folded in thirds does 1.5 wraps. This year I increased it to 9 ft., the same 100 strand 5mm from MITS folded in half goes full 2 wraps. Next year going back to 1.5 turns will have some lights left over and will send back up the turn as far as they will go.
  10. I use 8, but made 5 for my daughter's display.
  11. There is also a website that will enlarge it for free http://www.blockposters.com/ And a free program http://the-rasterbator.en.softonic.com/ I use Corel Draw which will send it to the printer as tiled. I believe the two above also do that.
  12. Winter Wonderland - Alexia Phillips
  13. JerryB.

    M-5 Leds Minis

    I believe the problem you will have is that different color bulbs draw different power. Multicolor strands are set for the power draw of all the current bulbs, red for the red, etc. Perhaps you could change a couple and it not make much difference but not sure you can change a lot. Or atleast this is what I have read before. Some have used the Dupli-color Metalcast paint to paint the bulbs, ibcluding myself. They come out okay but not nearly as good as the real colored LED
  14. HI speedyken, The sets I bought had 4 wires that were connected to the controller and one common wire. I soldered the 4 together with a fuse to one wire from the plug and then the common with a fuse to the other wire, the fuses were just the regular 3 amp fuse that comes with most mini light sets. Later I just used some mini light plugs that have the fuse in the plug so in case a fuse blew I wouldn't have to unsolder and re-solder it. As for which wire is the common it should be the one that is not connected to the SCRs in the picture. Please keep in mind I'm not recommending that you take the controllers off just letting you know I did and it is working for me. The reason why I say this is after I did remove them I read in the forum I got the instructions from you can not do that, but it was too late for me and I had already thrown out the controllers. The more electrical savvy here might have more words on this and I don't want to get scolded for telling you it's okay.
  15. The look incredible, nicely done! Yes please share us a picture of the back so we can see how the lights are attached. These lights look like they might be the 5mm kind since they don't protrude through the Coro, but there is not much bulb on the 5mm to hold on to the Coro so perhaps you glued them in place?
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