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  1. Tharkun

    Coro tombstones

    Next step!
  2. Life With Lights

    new to LOR

    thank you so much
  3. GriswoldStyle

    Coro tombstones

    I used the same paint on my wooden ones 5 years ago and they still have the paint on them. The trick is to put plenty of clear coat over it to protect them. I learned that the hard way with the first one when it got so hot the paint literally peeled off. As long as you clear coat over that stuff it will last for years.
  4. Orville

    Just getting started! HELP

    Thank you Mr. P. That will help give halloweenrocks a much better selection and detail than I could have probably stated in the message I was posting when your response came in. I was just trying to give a simple answer to what they are, but we all know when it comes to this stuff, there isn't really always a simple answer. LOL
  5. Mr. P

    Garage Door Covers

    You could always outline the garage doors with dumb RGB strips or Pixel strips, put directional blinders over them and turn them on white. It would then act as a wall wash.
  6. Orville

    Just getting started! HELP

    Pixels are an RGB controller and lights that each individual bulb on the strand is independently controlled via the Sequencer Editor, Pixel Editor or SuperStar software. So each bulb can be a different color at the same time, smart pixels as there are dumb pixel strands where you can only have the strand a single color, I'm not that familiar with dumb pixels, so I can't say exactly how they are sequenced or how they work exactly, someone else will have to handle the dumb pixel answer. But using an LOR CCD device, like the CCB-100 Controller and 2 strands of Pixels {older versions are 50 pixels per strand and 2 strands, 3 wire and 5 volts, the newer ones are 100 pixels per strand and 2 strands 4 wire and 12 volts}, I have the older version, so that's what I know. RGB just means that the bulb is 3 independent colors in one package, R=Red, B=Blue, G=Green and you can make 16 million colors from these 3 colors in varying intensity settings for each color. But in any case, you can have dumb {single color along strand, all bulbs controlled as one color, if I'm correct, again, not certain about dumb}, and smart pixels. Smart pixels allow you to have multiple colors along the strand where each bulb is independent of each other. If you go to the Light-O-Rama website and click on the Pixels link button at the top of the home page: LOR Website Scroll your mouse over the bar and when Pixels is highlighted, you'll see all the different Pixel items LOR sells, just click on one you might be interested in and look at it's documentation file to read more info about it, that will help a little. Also browse the forum here in the RGB Pixel area and you can find a lot of info there as well. There's a lot to learn, but once you get into it and get a set, then start actually programming them, it's a little easier than it sounds!
  7. Mr. P

    Just getting started! HELP

    You can read about them: http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=Different_Styles_of_Pixels
  8. Mr. P

    Not intuitive

    You are looking at $29.95 for a renewal at your current license level. This will give you v5.1 and updates for one year. Or, if you upgrade to Pro $189 then you also get a renewal for v5.1 and upgrades for one year.
  9. k6ccc

    Not intuitive

    This is for a software level upgrade. Each level (Basic, Basic Plus, Standard, Advanced and Pro) gives more capability. This page compares the software levels: http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-software/ This is a software renewal. A software renewal allows updating software versions (i.e. 4.3.20 or 4.3.34, or the latest 5.1.0). Note that a level upgrade (for example Basic to Standard) ALSO includes an automatic Renewal. A Renewal (either by buying it by itself or a software level upgrade) means that you can upgrade software versions for one year. The software download page is: http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-software-download/ A Renewal is the same price regardless of software level. When you are initially buying a software license, it is for a specific license level (Basic, Basic Plus, Standard, Advanced or Pro). You can later upgrade to a higher license level (which also includes a Renewal as previously noted). You are not buying a license for a software version.
  10. Don

    Not intuitive

    It's still a renewal, still at the same link. http://store.lightorama.com/solire.html They just haven't gotten all of the S4 references updated. Will take them a while. It did for S2, S3 and S4.
  11. TheDucks

    ooops moment - fried controller

    solder a piece of solid copper wire. 16-14 AWG (sorry I don't have the UK mm wire sizes in my head. must handle 15A). Just keep it tight to the board so not to interfere with the Faston or fuse seating
  12. BrianBruderer

    Sequences for the 16x25 LOR Tree are available!

    dibblejr noted "when these trees first came out it would not show as planned." I think he is referring to the fact that for a while there was a bug that I introduced that happened when you exported "half length" ribbons in CCR mode. The made it so only half each ribbon exported. That bug has been fixed and half length ribbons export properly in 4.3.34. Because the bug is fixed now, you can specify 8 ribbons in the CCR mode part of the Layout dialog box and it will create a grid of 16 half ribbons that will export properly onto the 16x25 tree. However, even with that bug fixed, it is preferable to use the 16x25 visualization for the tree because it is a visualization of a 360 degree tree and you can import it in wrap around mode and then you can do spiral effects on the tree. There is a link to download the 16x25 visualization at the bottom of the sequence purchase page on my website at www.superstarlights.com Also, at the bottom of the sequence purchase page there are instructions on how to convert a sequence, below is a copy of those instructions. But I will first note that if you convert a full ribbon sequence to a 16x25 sequence you of course will lose detail in the effects because the resolution is lower. And also, a 360 degree tree has a different look to it. For example, in the case of Silent Night, many of the effects should look good, but the manger scene at the end isn't going to look good because of the decreased resolution. You can of course do manual modifications after the conversion that can help. As you can guess, the 16x25 sequences that I have at the top of my purchase page were created by first doing a conversion and then manually doing a lot of changes to improve upon the conversion. 16x25 LOR Tree You can convert your sequences to play on the 16x25 360 degree tree that Light-O-Rama sells by doing the following: Right click on this visualization of a 16x25 360 degree tree and select "save link as" launch SuperStar Click on the File menu and select "Open" and open your 12 CCR sequence Click on the File menu and select "Import Visualization" and import the attached visualization Click on the File menu and select "Save As" and save the sequence to something like "Christmastime_16x25" Click on the Edit menu and select "Select All" Click on the Tools menu and select "Move or Scale Selected Effects" In the "Move or Scale Selected Effects" dialog box select "Scale" The settings should be as follows for a 12 CCR sequence: Source Width=12  Dest Width=16 Source Height=50 Dest Height=25 click on "Ok" Click on the File menu and select "Save" Click on the File menu and select "Export to Sequence Editor" Note that you will need the 8 CCR superstar license to be able to export the sequence to the sequence editor Also note that the visualization uses the default Unit IDs of 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, and 08 for the tree.If you want different unit IDs for the tree, first you will use the Hardware Utility to set a Unit ID in the controller.For example, if you set unit ID 18 in the Pixie Controller that comes with your tree kit, the controller will use unit IDs 18, 19, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F for the 8 strings of the tree.You then launch the Light-O-Rama visualizer and open the 16x25 360 degree tree visualization. On the right is a list, click on "Fixtures" to list the fixtures. Double click on each fixture in the list and change the Unit ID to match what you have set for your tree. You then will go through steps 1-10 listed above.
  13. bryan.hurley5

    Fog machine relay

    This is one that I used... https://www.amazon.com/Wadoy-HH52P-Electromagnetic-DYF08A-120VAC/dp/B074W7YWHN/ref=asc_df_B074W7YWHN/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=226601492573&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9753163549988705786&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011679&hvtargid=pla-391310298886&psc=1
  14. Orville

    Just getting started! HELP

    Yes, that will get you started with the BASIC license level, some features in the LOR suite will not be available to you to use. I really recommend if you can afford the cost to go on and upgrade to the PRO level, this opens up a lot more in the software, and if you ever get into RGB lighting {PIXELS} and YOU WILL, we all seem to get there eventually, you'll need the PRO license for the special pixel options that are available. Also if you want to use some of the musical tools that can help you with sequencing, you need at least the Advanced license if memory serves me here. Been a while since I started. Plus the higher your license level the more controllers you can add on, in Advanced and PRO this is unlimited, all lower licenses are limited to a specific number. I recall my first year when I was doing Halloween and Christmas, within just a couple of months, I had to go from BASIC PLUS license to ADVANCED, because I started with 1 controller, but kept running out of channels and long before Halloween setup was even to start, my 1 CTB16PC controller grew into 5 CTB16PC controllers and 80 channels! Now I'm into RGB, I'll be at around 16,000 channels, I've semi-retired a couple of CTB16PC controllers that will be used as backups, and adding 5 RGB controllers this year {if all goes as planned, getting used ones}. So your display will grow, maybe not like mine did before I even got the 1st show done, but in time, and if you get the higher license level now, you won't have to worry about issues later on when you add more controllers and then start asking folks why doesn't my software see all my controllers? Again I'd definitely recommend the PRO license, it will give you access to just about everything in the LOR software suite with the exception of SuperStar, that is an add-on option mainly for RGB stuff, but it can be used for standard L.E.D. and incandescent light strands too. Just depends on your finances what all you can add in for your first year. Good Luck and welcome to the Craziness and most Honorable addiction, sequencing lights to music for Holiday and specialty displays.
  15. k6ccc

    Just getting started! HELP

    Welcome to the addiction. Ask lots of questions. You will have plenty. Lots of people who will help you out. Along that line, I would suggest modifying your profile to include your location (exact is not required, but helpful), and once you have a software license what license level you have. Also the software version. MANY of the questions asked on the forum depend on know one or all of those items and it makes it easier if the info is already there. To modify your profile, point your mouse to your user name near the upper right corner of the forum, select the dropdown for "Profile" and then on that screen, select Edit Profile.
  16. Mr. P

    Just getting started! HELP

    Welcome to the addiction. A CTB16PCG3 and the Generic Starter Package is a good start for your first year to get your feet wet and see if you will like it. If you get hooked, and you will, then I highly recommend upgrading your license toa minimum of Advanced but Pro if you want all the affects. You could also start with a Starter Package: http://store.lightorama.com/rese16chstpa.html You should review all the license levels so can compare what each level offers: http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-levels/
  17. I'm trying to figure out what you are doing different. The only way I have found it to play only one prop is if you click on a motion effect for that prop and NOT press a play button. In that case, that motion effect will play. However if you press a play button, everything plays. I can't make it do otherwise.
  18. TheDucks

    To ground or not to ground your mega tree

    We had a rare lightning storm back about 2000 in the SF bay area. I had 2 stores in the same city, lose their BiSync RS232 cards at both ends, just from the induced current in the under slab 300' run from the back office to the front end (registers). In one case, the strike was across the street. No one had a clue where the other happened. Only the equipment with the under floor cable was damaged, making us sure that it was NOT a powerline surge. Currents flowing in the earth can be HUGE from a strike. That can couple like a transformer to a single lead. What dibblejr explained, is what can happen, even when precautions were taken. I've visited a mountain top fire lookout. There are multiple rods on the roof, each has 4/0 copper direct to the ground rod below. The ranger has a step stool with big glass insulators that they stand on and their instructions are to keep their arms close to their sides. Even sticking a hand out can pick up a deadly charge from the air. Keep the lead to the ground rod as short as possible. GFCI's are NOT surge protectors. They only protect USERS against unbalance Line (Hot-Neutral) current
  19. beeiilll

    To ground or not to ground your mega tree

    I am an electrician for 30 years so far and give this one note a big plus!! My electrical inspector is the biggest help to have. You can go by all the NEC and local regulations but inspectors have seen and know a lot of the "little things" that can make life easier, safer, and better. Being that they have "seen it all" in the trade, they are happy to help out homeowners and others with questions. I picked up so many little tips over the years from the inspectors that made things nicer for me and my customers. I had the unfortunate instance of having lightning strike my house years ago. It took out a lot of equipment and worst of all my server, 3 separate computers, and the loss of a great deal of data. I was in the process of updating a lot of records and getting a lot of old information put into digital (records, photos, drawings, etc) at the time and almost all of it was lost and unrecoverable by a data service! I was running a year-long test of different types of sealants for using with connections for this hobby at the time and lost all the data on that as well! I am now a "true believer" in having grounds and other means of protection against lightning.
  20. You might want to talk to your local building inspector and ask for a recommendation. Being a temp installation, it's not something that becomes a building permit requirement. If the inspectors there are anything like they are here, they will give you recommendations.
  21. George Simmons

    Opening song.....opinions

    2001 Space Odyssey / Nutrocker by Philharmonic also has its fair share of robust moments.
  22. George Simmons

    Opening song.....opinions

    Here's one I use. Lots of people like it. I use it for checking all the lights across both yards. (Sorry - I can't find any more recent video.)
  23. obishop1

    Do you need help?

    1
  24. dibblejr

    To ground or not to ground your mega tree

    You should see my videos as to what happens when you take a direct lightning strike when you take the best of precautions from things controllable by you but the satellite network company fails to properly ground their network dish to your service pole. Almost as close to you in FL as LA (lower Alabama) person can get. Geneva Burnt everything I owned on my farm including well over 2 miles of underground security camera cables. I had the best surge suppressors a civilian could buy/ afford. Every wire connected to my building including my camper fried. Service contractor allowed us to video record him while he surveyed the damage and pointed fault to dish installer for "floating the ground". Structures were steel so not damaged. Everywhere there was a junction box under ground there was shrapnel in the trees, fields etc. Everything in my building was blown off the walls. Whole home surge protector, what was sup to be the best non commercial network surge protetor was fried, all network stuff, computer, tv, refrigerator. Nothing was spared. Even well pump, gone. That was the one storm I am glad I didn't stay on the farm in the camper. I have stayed during lightning storms and had my air stand up from the static created. Fun stuff. JR
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