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  1. George, Santa, you both have been a tremendous help in helping me get started. Thank you for all that you do for this community. I hope I've become a little more helpful like you two have. I've learned a lot from just participating in the thread. I have offered in the past to those who contact me by email, but my main source of assistance has been in design and setup, not quite in the sequencing. (Which is totally fine, I'm not the best when it comes to sequencing tactics.) I hope to one day spread this knowledge for others. ( I might open a more in-depth part of my website up where I go into much larger detail of how to build my show's pieces. ) Thanks again for everything, you two!
  2. For RGB LED strips, I used PVC! I cut and soldered my RGB strips to length (based on where I could cut them) and ziptied the ribbon to the PVC frame. The PVC frame then was ziptied to staples hammered in along the window frame. We found cheaper elbows on Amazon and bought a bulk order. There was quite a bit of soldering involved (4 solders per corner, 3 corners to solder). To seal/waterproof, we used clear packaging tape in the corners. It allowed for the lighting to still shine through, while blocking water and dirt/dust. It survived the California storm, too. I understand how difficult it must be. Our 2014 season only used 2 16 channel controllers, 2 seasons later and we're expanding to a fifth controller. (2 RGBs and 3 standards). Please feel free to email me for more support or questions. Email is My videos here show how well it worked.
  3. On the topic of software: it's not just "what will work"... but what you're doing. What I mean by this is a couple of things: [1] How many controllers do you expect to use? [2] What do you need to use? This will help you figure out what you need. I've heard that some people advise to just buy Advanced, as it will do everything you need. It's a one-time fee for starters, but you may need to renew the license down the road. The reason people have bought the Advanced license is to be able to expand their show without having to upgrade a license further (and paying more later). Yes, you'll be paying for more than you might use to start. Personally, I've started with Basic Plus and expanded to the Standard license. (Even the site mentions something along these lines!) Think about what you hope to learn or wish to learn how to do and how involved you want to be in the sequencing and programming. How much expansion do you predict could occur in the future? How much do you want to learn about? Consider this as you weigh your options. IF you're only doing one controller, I recommend just going with the Basic, since you're only using one controller. If you're going to grow your show larger, though, think about the other levels. For lighting your house and waterproofing connections: Depends on what you're using for lights. RGB Ribbons: I use silicone... it hasn't been a problem. Hope this helps.
  4. I appreciate the update and am sorry this is happening. If only we lived closer to you... we could have helped. I understand that you're facing a hardship and therefore need a quicker sale. Best of luck in the next month and the future.
  5. I understand... This is an outdated file too... back before I converted to RGBs. Let me know if you want it. I didn't use it when I hit the RGBs era of lighting.
  6. One other thing to note is that people tend to steal and re-purpose these sequences or re-sell them on Ebay or other sites. It's frustrating to deal with. Therefore, I only share sequences as a trade, or with someone I know that will give my sequence "justice." (Meaning they'll respect that I (a) want credit for the sequence and (b) would like a plug to my site if they use my sequence and video it for their website. I don't need to deal with people abusing the hours and hours of work I spent perfecting the sequence.
  7. Mike, Please take a look at my video, I can clean it up if you want it. (This was from my first year of sequencing, roughly 2014) Thanks!
  8. I'm assuming the post where you first mentioned this has the pictures; the top two are of the CMB24D, the bottom for the CTB16PC? Is that correct? Please either direct message me or email me, the email is ... thanks!
  9. Well I might just have to convince the family to take a trip out there! Looking forward to a great season.
  10. Always a treat to see your sneak previews! Maybe one year we can make it out to your show in person.
  11. Battery powered lights... are... always on? They run on battery power, so... I would assume not. I have zero experience in this field, since my display is not static (fully synchronized).
  12. Hi there, welcome to the addiction hobby. I'm glad to see another user is jumping into LOR and going into the RGB world! I started my lighting journey in 2014 with non-RGB elements in my whole show. What a big mistake! As soon as we began looking into what capabilities we were given with RGB products, we were all in. So in 2015, we introduced minor RGB changes while we still were understand the whole concept. Last year, we added a whole new controller to expand our RGB display. I couldn't be happier with our transition to RGBs. A couple of things to note about the RGB world: The distinction between Dumb RGBs and Smart. (This does not equate to your frustration level... though it seemed to for us at times. LOL... just kidding.) The distinction is simple: in dumb RGB elements, you can only control the whole element at once. (If you use a strip or nodes, for example, the whole strip is one color at a time.) On the other hand, Smart RGB products are controlled all the way down to each pixel. Most, if not all, dumb RGB controllers only have 8 channels. I specify the dumb controllers because I haven't dabbled in the smart RGBs yet so I don't know a whole lot about the products. But, for dumb RGB controllers, there are 8 channels. (Let's be even more specific: 24 channels, but 8 plugs. Eight elements can be plugged in. The 24 channels represent the RED, GREEN and BLUE for each element.) Elements do have a limited distance from their controller. These elements will require the controller to be a bit closer to their controller. I think the longest I saw/heard someone ran their lights was about 100' from their controller without complication. I hope this helps in figuring out how to get started. To learn more about my display or about how I used RGB products, please visit my website below. if you have questions on retailers or accessories, please drop a note in this thread or email me. (
  13. Please visit my website and check out the songs on there and contact me if interested in what we use. Contact me either here, through Direct Messaging, or via email at -- Thanks! Please also feel free to ask questions! Best wishes this coming lighting season! The Light Maestros Team
  14. I agree with you, seeing the Visualizer on my big TV is always a treat.
  15. I'm not worried about setting it up, just need to buy and configure a bridge for the WiFi and then follow the setup procedures. Thanks for offering to help though! It's been a low-level list item that I've wanted to do for a bit now.