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Christmas Light Displays

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Chris Blount, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Nov 3, 2009 #141 of 209
    Matt9876

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    +1:grin:
     
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    wilbur_the_goose

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    Honestly, I greatly prefer something I see a lot here in Pennsylvania: A simple candlestick light in each window. Very classy and colonial - fits with our history down here near Valley Forge.
     
  3. Nov 4, 2009 #143 of 209
    SayWhat?

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    Yup. Much to be said for simplicity.
     
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    ibglowin

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    Not "real" candles I hope! :eek2:
     

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    BubblePuppy

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    Cholly

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    Indian...
    Seems to be about time to resurrect this thread. A few nights ago, a local public TV station broadcast two programs about "Crazy Christmas Lights". The first focused primarily on Richmond, Va., where they run a "Tacky Christmas Light Tour" and hold a contest for the tackiest or most overwhelming displays. People there go all out, starting to set up their displays before Halloween. They have special electric service installed to handle the load (separate panels with 20 or more circuits). They invest thousands of dollars each year on their displays, some with a million lights! Yet, I don't find most of them as attractive as the computer controlled displays discussed in this thread.
    So, Chris and others herein, what's new with your displays?
     
  7. Dec 7, 2010 #147 of 209
    Chris Blount

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    Hi Cholly,

    I took this year off. No computerized lights. I got bored of the design. I plan to have an entirely new display for next year with new music.

    Actually its been kind of nice not worrying about it for this year. Recharging my batteries for next year. :)
     
  8. Dec 7, 2010 #148 of 209
    hdtvfan0001

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    Same here Chris.

    We had new windows installed in the entire front of the house....so being a bit conservative this first year with stuff being put on them.

    I do admire some of the creativity that folks have in their decorations - many are amazing.

    Then again...when I see the truck pull up each year to the house at the end of the block for 2 days and a 5-man crew installing decorations....perhaps some of it goes to an extreme.
     
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    dpeters11

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    I've been attempting to do my computerized display this year, but have had a terrible time. Got new lights, some of them were bad, GFCI's tripping etc. It's about to make me hit the eggnog hard and heavy.
     
  10. Chris Blount

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    Well, here we are with another year of Christmas lights. I took last year off and planned a re-design but I guess that's not going to happen. I will have mostly the same songs but will add a few more.

    We have all of the lights up on the house now. Just need to put the rest of the stuff on the lawn and fire it up after Thanksgiving.

    This year our housing association is having a contest so I hope we win. :)
     
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    Good luck Chris some pics would be nice :)
     
  12. dpeters11

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    You using LOR 3?

    We're actually taking this year off, will be static only.
     
  13. Chris Blount

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    My license is only good up to 2.9 so since I'm not making any major changes, I'm sticking with that. Anything good in 3 compared to 2.9? I haven't looked yet.
     
  14. dpeters11

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    Here's the list:
    http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/3.0.0/help/index.html?whats_new.htm

    They are charging $30 for the upgrade. Considering a lot of early adopters haven't had to pay for software since version 1, not bad. The SuperStar Sequencer for Cosmic Color Ribbons is an extra addon that gets quite expensive, up to $300 for 3600 channel support. But then at that level the hardware is $5k, so what's $300?
     
  15. Chris Blount

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    In the final stages of setting up the light show for this year. A few more tweaks and we will be on the air the day after Thanksgiving. Had to re-position a few things due to tree growth in the front yard but everything is coming together nicely. You can see my jumbled mess of extension cords coming out of the controller boxes. I think running the extension cords is the worst part.
     

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  16. Davenlr

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    Controller box for a light display...Wow. I am impressed.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    I think you have more hardware, I just run mine off the USB booster and the fm transmitter connected to my desktop.

    I watched one of your old videos, was the The Demented Elf I heard?

    Davenlr, I'm sure Chris would agree, the controller box is the easy part. It's cables, programming and (for me) keeping track of the amps of power.
     
  18. Chris Blount

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    Here are a couple of new songs for this year. The trees in the yard are starting to get big so I will need to either trim them or put lights on them and add them to the show. Maybe next year.

    [YOUTUBEHD]cIHFLkP4J10[/YOUTUBEHD]

    [YOUTUBEHD]_ClRq2bKvNM[/YOUTUBEHD]
     
  19. dpeters11

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    Good job Chris. Is that 32 channels?

    I may have to do House on Christmas Street next year...it's the one song I know that's guaranteed not to be pulled by Youtube...Not cheap, but she even has packages where she'll customize and re-record the song for you.
     
  20. Chris Blount

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    That is only 24 channels.

    Didn't know she customized songs. I got this version from iTunes.
     

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