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  1. Now that I'm not trying to do this on my phone, I will give a longer answer. I have run two rows of GE Color Effects bulbs on my eves since 2014 and on the roof peak since 2017. Here's a view from a different angle: You can see examples of how I used it in this video at about 2:50. You can also tell that I do not conceal the fact that there are two rows of lights. The mounting clip for the GECE bulbs made dual mounting very easy. They are smart RGB, so I can make each bulb whatever color I want. To make the house "hop", I turn off the lower bulbs and turn on the upper bulbs - typically for 100mSec, then back to the lower bulb. There are several ways to accomplish that, but since I do almost all my sequencing in SuperStar, most of the time, I have a SuperStar Image with the bulbs in whatever colors they happen to be at that time, and apply the image to a different group of bulbs to make it hop. You can also do that with Scenes, but that is more trouble since you have to have a separate Scene for each color.
  2. I don't know, you gonna be able to travel that far? 😀
  3. OMG...today they added 2 big inflatables!!! 😄 If they keep this up I'm going to sneak into their yard at night with my LOR controllers, mini-Director, outdoor speaker, & SPT1 cords and rewire all their lights & props! And something tells me they might not even mind! 😄
  4. Orville

    GCFi's

    Completely agree with the dielectric grease. After I started using it, along with child proof outlet covers on open female ends and pass thru plugs, my GFCI trips went away. But if a cord gets worn, or nicked where it can make contact with the other wire in some manner, it could cause issues, even if the nicks are only slight, but if both sides are nicked, even if they don't touch, water is a conductor, and that will trip the GFCI. Then FLEX SEAL products can be your best friend too, as they are water proof and form a nice watertight seal when dry. ' It really is great for saving a long extension cord that's seen lots of use and frayed, just cut or strip off the outer jacket that's frayed or split, cover with the Flex Seal, works great and the cord will be good for use again. Flex Seal makes a hard, but flexible plastic water-proof and water-tight seal, so it's great for use on cords with nicks or cuts. Just make sure the inner wiring of the extension cord isn't broken or nicked, if so, {solder the broken wire{s} back together, same color to same color},separate and cover each of the nicked wires, one at a time with Flex Seal, let dry, then cover all with Flex Seal, makes a nice water tight and water proof jacket.
  5. Mr. P

    GCFi's

    Keep in mind that a GFCI receptacle has a line side and a load side. If you want all receptacles on the circuit to operate or shut down individually then all wiring is on the line side only, load side will not be used.
  6. Don't count cars, don't count anything, not even the number of lights in my display. None of that is important, what's important is that your neighbors and their children enjoy it. And that YOU, yourself enjoy doing it, whether or not you get any traffic. I'm glad I don't get any traffic, parking is already a nightmare just for the residents that park on the street, adding more cars would just fuel frustration in my neighborhood. So I don't really advertise my display, I do here, but ask for a PM if anyone wants to come and check it out. Sometimes I leave my display up until Jan 6 {3 Kings Day}, and other times, depending on my mood, may take it down as early as the day after Christmas. It's whenever you feel it's time to shut it down and take it down. It's all a matter of preference for each person that does this.
  7. Update. Show has been running since 5pm EST. No issues with any of my 52 songs. That's about 3 complete loops.
  8. Could be. Running from each outer end of the rooline to the center is only a hair over 30 feet. At four inch spacing, that is 91 pixels which should fly without power injection (at least at 12 volts. You really have to test it. I do have some 12 volt strips that are 94 pixels long and were down to about 9 volts at the far end and looked quite pink, so it will vary with different strips or strings. That's the way... Do it on your bench before mounting so you know before you install them.
  9. I'm going to start talking about items I plan to add to my display in 2020. Hopefully others will follow suit so we can share/discuss ideas and how they'll work. I'll kick it off. My basic plans are to make the jump to smart pixels and move some objects in so that I expand down the side of my house and onto the side of the garage that is offset to the back but faces the front yard. Outline the front and side of house in smart pixels Outline the garage in smart pixels Cut down two trees that have started growing over house clearing space in the front yard Add four singing bulb faces from smart nodes, two on each side of the house Move my "Merry Christmas" dumb RGB prop over to the top of the garage peak Put some P5 panels in that place with some smart pixels on each side (the P5 won't be as big as the Merry Christmas prop) Move my green string tree and star onto the garage roof under Merry Christmas (since I'm cutting down the tree I used to hang it on) Move my spinners onto the sides of the garage and in the middle of them put a large candle prop my grandmother left me when she passed away this year at 102 years old (the prop isn't that old) Move my blow molds, dumb RGB trees in front of the garage to add more depth to that area Move my arches closer to the house and add a 16-string smart pixel tree on each side of the arches Sequence lights until my eyes fall out That is all (for now) that I've dreamt up. I'm at the "figure out how to drive P5 panels and start measuring the house" stage so that I can calculate out how much I'm spending and how to hide it from my wife.
  10. Adding a 12 strip horizontal matrix (2811 strips falcon f16v3 controller ) and replacing all 12 strips on my lor ccr tree with 2811 strips and the Falcon F16v3 controller Also adding 12 23 inch candy canes from BOSCOYO , Plus just got done swapping all my 3 core waterproof pigtails to the same type .
  11. Yes the number is 51 Use the HU to set the number on a port to 100 Be aware that 100 nodes x 8 can overload the power bus (bank) without power injecting. for all white mode Also if using 5V nodes: They Will need power injection as the typical limit is 50 without Also: All nodes must be the same chip and color order
  12. I'd do a "light lake" in my front yard, but it'd be a frozen lake with snow on it by the time season ended. I'd have to add a few drunken ice-fishermen props to it for the right effect up here. I should have bought those strobes when they were on sale...
  13. This year i used N4-G4 with about 3500 pixels in one network (pixcon16 + pixie 8) with 500K
  14. I did a 7 min song no lost of time at all the phonic mind only allows 6 min only you pay 1.99 per song I spent 120 .00. Before I found the other program if you get it can tell you how to use it
  15. I've been using s5 since beta, and I personally think it's a great piece of software. Contrary to many views here I actually found it much more intuitive than s4. The integration of the old "pixel editor" in to the new main sequencer alone was worth the switch. I also love how the new previews work. If anyone is new to this hobby I would always recommend starting with s5; especially if you use pixels.
  16. Here are videos of each of the songs we did for 2019. Enjoy! Christmas Vacation Intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZAcbmLeLw8 The Christmas Can-Can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko828DhyD7c Hey Come Look At My House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HuuIUCIVik Marshmallow World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA_RNoyxzek I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phyealQfic0 Joy To The World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AcEw7i0Vm8 Greatest Time Of Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmdCNMbMaWQ All I Want For Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOGBPkXmUmw Static Display https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr8mHrtTQQM YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9tgNtz7EmJcqCiwmYY9sg
  17. It's only 359 days till Christmas ,guess he is getting an early start !!!
  18. Last night was the last show. We watched from across the street, watched the show twice and I all I could think about was what I could add next year, how much work it was and I cant wait to do it again. The rain was a real PIA this year and plan on doing some water proofing as I pack it all away. I have already bought a bunch more lites at 50% and 75% off here and there, LOWES was 75% off very early . Gota love SPT1 wire and vampire plugs, only used two big green ext cords this year, will get more SPT1/plugs spring sale, along with a controller kit or two . I have built all four of the controllers in use ,two in one weekend. My husband gets nervous when at 70 years old I get on the roof, which I will do next weekend to take down the big snowflakes. When I was putting them on the roof, John yelled up don't fall off the roof ya haven finished the laundry yet. Life goes on !!!! David
  19. I started using spt and vampire plugs this year. On many of the props I numbered the plug and zip-tied the cord right to the back of the prop when I put it away. I expect to cut my setup time in half on my current props. Of course, it can't be another Christmas without adding more to my setup, and who knows how long those new pieces will take.
  20. Even though this might be a long video (19 mins) it was easier to show the bugs this way rather than try to explain them with words only. The bugs center around importing .lpeprops. I came across while helping out some forum members creating some props, and making a video explaining how to import the props into S5. I'm going to see if I can duplicate these bugs in 5.3.6 Alan...
  21. We went dark on the 2nd, had a few people that wanted to check it out. Started tear down today, we got about half done. All six controllers brought in. All the spt cords coiled up to each tree or prop. All the other extension cords coiled up and in the garage waiting to go into storage bins. I have the inflatables running in the garage to dry them out, we had a rain the past couple days... We also have a bunch of stuff to fix, partial strings out and what not. already bought and received some new stuff for next season too!
  22. Well Kids here it is , finally a dry night ,New years Eve, we were able to do a video of the display. Our dear friend Dillon came with his amazing digital camera and made several videos, this one is my fave, He was able to put the audio track in it worked great . I spent a lot of time with the song trying to get it just right . The video turned out great except for the two cars and a over weight raccoon ,who wasn't invited, dugh ! I have one more to upload to vimeo which I will do and then post here also. Enjoy and I hope everyone had a great Holiday display season. Thanks for watching! This is my third year ,64 channels. Controllers were kits. Vimeo.com/382510454 David
  23. That explained it, S5. Scb- is the SuperStar file, just like the LCB that is used with pgo. I was able to get my custom singing pumpkin faces in SS and sequence last night. (for my matrix or ccr tree). I will still do the non rgb stuff manually vs pgo. Less time consuming for me. Thanks for the reply. JR
  24. On the day before my last show, I made a change to my preview to check something for next year before I took the lights down. I forgot that would cause an update of all the playback files. When the show started it had to recreate all the playback files. This was causing up to a 15 second delay, for the first pass through the show. This was nowhere near as bad as in the previous versions.There were very few visitors that night anyway so I just let it go.. I ran one last test the next day with a show on demand to recreate ALL the playback files from scratch and it took about 20 minutes for my 58 sequences compared to nearly 3 hours in the previous versions. I think it is fair to say that the show delay issue is fixed, at least as regards the LCS file load times. Still don't like the file system though Alan, I have nearly 7000 dmx over e1.31 channels. I noticed the comment in the what's new section and thought the same. I said earlier that the LCS files created by 5.2.4 and 5.3.14 were exactly the same size, to the Byte. Hopefully we can concentrate on sequence creation this year.
  25. Using s4 pro. 4.4. Trying to design a custom prop that need 800 bulbs, or 2400 channels for pixie16 board. Editor let's me build prop, but assigns all bulbs to one controller and won't carryover to next controller if, or let me add more controller id's like when using premade shapes. Thoughts?
  26. Ooooh, you were so close. Instead of the "String Summary" tab, use the "Channel Conflicts & Bulk Changes" tab. You can have it display everything or only the conflicted channels. And you can fix them from there.
  27. caniac

    GCFi's

    don't know if you will ever be trip free but with careful planning you can eliminate most of the weak spots. Last year in NC I think it was monsoon season, our front yard doubled as a swamp. But with planning and knowing the weaknesses we were able to run our show even when the larger show down the road would shut down. Between dielectric grease and waterproof electricians tape we got thru it. Having said all this, tear down was a bit of a challenge. Breaking down the extension cords and connectors I used dielectric grease on was like cleaning away snot.
  28. My wife took some videos with her cell phone tonight...
  29. caniac

    GCFi's

    dielectric grease is your best friend. We added 12 dedicated show circuits when we moved here and all are GFCI
  30. In S4 if you right click on a channel button and choose test physical lights that channel/group will turn on. At least if I remember S4 correctly. It's in there somewhere. It's actually a feature I miss in S5 for testing stuff.
  31. Very nice, your display setting is stunning among all the trees, cool effect.
  32. I think you may have nailed it. When I think about making the jump to Xlights, I kinda picture going with all pixels. What makes me hang on to LOR is that I do still use a lot of AC elements. There are time, however, that I do want all the pixel elements to "spin together", an I really haven't figured that out with LOR. I guess I will play with S5, and Xlights, after this season. The idea of setting up a new visualizer, or whatever they are calling it in this version, does not excite me. Feels like I'm starting from scratch either way. What really started this was when the guy on Christmas Light Fight said it was only his 3rd year doing it, and his display made mine look like a 12 year old did it in his 1st year. Could be me, but I can't get the effects some of those guys are doing. Not sure which, but what I'm using is either too limited, or too complicated.
  33. Our house is just a few blocks off a main road not too far from Houston. But you can't see my house from even just down the road so I never had many people in the past. As others said, I do it because I really like it. II hand out candy canes to both young and old which has been my tradition, dating way back before light-o-rama came on the scene (to be honest, I just like to stand out there and watch the lights!). The first year with the programmed show, I handed out just a few. Last year was a few hundred and this year so far, I gave out about 1200 candy canes. We have a driveway monitor that plays a tone when someone drives by and that is good on slow nights. Facebook is a good source for referrals. I added a Facebook page for the house last year so it made it easy to locate. This year that really took off. I went from about a dozen followers (family) to just over a hundred which definitely had an impact. A number of people said, we saw this on Facebook. The NextDoor app is also good for getting word out to your neighbors. I also added some signs on the main street to help people find me since as I said, you wouldn't otherwise. My program lasts about an hour (no MIIP) and the majority stay a song or two and this year I had a few that stayed for the whole thing. A good number that just stop a few minutes too, which annoy me a bit but you can't please everyone. I am fine with a moderate volume. The street is not wide but fortunately is dead end only had 10 houses so its not busy and I do my best to not disturb them too much. This year, the max I had at any one time was 10 cars so besides handing out candy canes, I handle traffic control. When it is slow, I also encourage them to get out and walk amongst the arches as it is quite different to sit in your car and look at lights than it is to stand in the midst of them and experience being part of the display. It actually crossed my mind a few times this year as to why do I do it. The obvious because I like it and really enjoy it when other people do too (especially the kids). It is also an art form so as with any form of art, the more people that see it the better. Memories include a cookie (a family was making cookies that day and their son said they had to bring me one), kids singing along while watching the lights, a family that cheered after each song and one family on Christmas day that said they had spent the night visiting other light shows but had saved mine for last because it was their favorite. I also hope I inspire a few other people to get into this an enjoyable experience, but yes with an expense. Kind of the same reason I post periodically on here, I want people to be successful and get past the bumps in the road. So to the original poster, hang in there and keep at it. But I also wouldn't expect a lot of donations for a few years at least.
  34. This is also true for me. Although I started in 2011. And had to take a year off in 2018. Lights back on in 2019. My first year I didnt get much response, ie traffic. how ever each year I did this more and more people came. I dont get many people where I live but word does travel fast. in 2017 my average was about 2 - 300 cars a season, I do three shows a year. The thank you's and the smiles were all worth it. I took a year off and when I came back on this year I was not getting the response that I was use to and even thought just like you, Should I just give up? are people just into it anymore? I was just down about it all. Let me tell you a story of what just changed my mind. About three days ago I was sitting on my porch watching how many people were coming by to see the show. I sat out there for 2 hrs and had only 1 car come by. Feeling down and not wanting to see anymore I went in for a shower. When I came out, my wife came up to me and told me that I had a couple visitors come by, I just figured, ok a couple more, thats cool but it didnt lift my spirits any. What my wife didnt tell me is that she told these 2 visitors to come back the next night. Well the next night, again I was sitting on my porch counting cars and yup I counted then all on 1 hand. Well I was about to go in and all of a sudden here comes about 4 cars, 2 parked on the side of my home, 1 in front and 1 pulled into my drive. This one, 2 kids got out, age, 1 was 6 and the other was 7, these two ran up to my and gave me a big hug, said thank you to me and gave me 2 PKG's of cookies. They were all smiles. They told me that they missed me last year and was hoping that I was running my lights this year. I talked to there mom and dad and they told me that they drive quite a ways to come see my show. That there mom use to live in the park that I do and that is how they knew about my shows. This was a AWESOME KIcker to me and allowed me to remember why I started and do this show. Its not the money or donations or how much I spend on my show but in fact it is the memories that I give to the kids and to the families that come and see it. This is why I do this. These 2 kids, not knowing what they did to me saved my shows. I promised them I will keep going and that I hope to see them next year. I also requested a favor from them. I asked them for a new theme for my show next year and to come up with 2 songs each and I will make it happen. Last night they came back over and gave me there list. So you see, its not the number of cars that come by, or how much I make in donations but in fact for the few that do come by I make memories that are priceless and last a lifetime. Dont give up yet, it is only your first year. Give it some time, the word will get out and my bet is in a couple of years you will be asking how some of us do traffic control because of the amount of cars that come by. Dennis Smith MackLights Toledo Ohio
  35. I too have been doing my display for many years (my parents did lots of lights really nothing like mine now but for them and me back then it was lots). when I started I have never did it for donations (my thoughts are Christmas is for the giving and this is my way of giving). However I have received so much JOY over and over from Kids and parents and grand parents, that I could not make the list as it would be soooo long but here is few 1. Email what is your address as My !00 year old Grand mother would like to see your lights again 3 years in a row 2. A boy 5 or 6 rings the door bell and hands me a hand made Rudolph made of wood thanks for doing the lights we come by no less then twice a week. 3. One year at tear down ( March) found $18.00 in a mail box prop. What to do ? their was young boy became scared of the firemen because he had a dear young friend pass away in a fire and his mind could only think that it was the fire men that made this happen. So I made arrangements for the two of us to go to the fire hall and donate the money to them at their meeting. With a lot of persuading he was able to walk into the meeting and donate. Moral of this story was not the money but to change the young boys thoughts of firemen. I still do not ask for donations smiles and happiness is all what is needed.
  36. Into the Unknown, as performed by Panic! At the Disco, from the Frozen 2 soundtrack. This is entirely sequenced by me, with mouth movements at 1/20th of a second. It took about 16 hours to sequence, with half of it being just the mouth, and I still made changes to general lighting effects after capturing the video. You can find me on Facebook at Woodlea Hills Lights.
  37. I have been building my display for a number of years. Currently it is still a static display. I am hoping to take the LOR plunge for next year. I have always done my display because I love to do one. I could spend hours looking at it. Personally if even one person drives by an gets a smile on their face, great it was a success. I will admit that I never put much thought into other peoples enjoyment until a few years ago when we were having supper and our doorbell rang. When I answered the door, there was a young boy around 5 who just came to say that he liked our lights. It truly made my day.
  38. nice job! i didn't have much luck with this song! i ended up taking it off. mainly because the crowd that comes to my house is older that was pulling off during this song.. you did fantastic!
  39. Merry Christmas. May every thing just hold together another day and leavey you inside by the cozy fire.
  40. First guess is that you have the channels that are supposed to be controlled by the background static sequence are also in your normal musical sequences (but presumably off in the musical sequences). This means that there are conflicting commands being sent to the controller - the background sequence is trying to turn them on and the musical sequence is trying to turn them off. Solution is to completely remove the static channels from the musical sequences.
  41. since you say moving back, I assume you have created a group in Sequencer and created a motion effect and selected it to launch superstar... Then after closing superstar, it should say save file and you did that. if your controller are not gen 3 (enhanced network), you cannot control them with motion effects. Although, they would show in the sequencer. I have a few old ones still so what I do is use the export to sequence editor option from superstar to create an lms file and then copy paste that (using paste by time) into the
  42. I think tiers would be great. Also would like to see more behind the scenes. This show actually got me started into this money pit hobby when I saw Blue blue Christmas on light fight. As for America’s got talent, it should be named world’s got talent cause 90 percent of the show isn’t America. Don’t get me started on this one.
  43. Overall, I feel the same about the show. There is NO WAY I could compete, I simply don't have the yard. I think it would a good idea to create "tiers" of sizes and types of displays. And I'd like to see more about the setup and what really went in to setting it up. But most of the home improvement type shows have gotten away from that and only want to show you the finished product. And don't get me started on what America's Got Talent has become.
  44. I use them all. 5mm WW, Red, Green. C9 LED & Xenon, C7 Xenon. I also tried inline flat strobe strings. The 5mm really add a nice pop and twinkle when called for. And they fade (dim). Sealed and fullwave. I do not try and position them. They can be seen well enough from every angle.
  45. Snowflake scrolling from top left down to bottom right SnowFlake.zip
  46. Well - mine failed this year in 60mph straight winds. My own fault - guy wire anchors weren't all the way screwed into the ground (freakin house built on a sandstone base at 12" deep). You can seen the dirt chunks stuck to the anchors in the below pic. 1-1/4" rigid pipe. Threads cut off and used the solid steel pole-pin. 2" sleeve buried 2' deep for the pole. So I figured I really didn't even need those guy wires anyway. Boy - was I ever wrong! So rebuild : I still used 1-1/4" pipe as that's what fits the sleeve. Added 20 ft 1" pipe inside the 20' 1-1/4" pipe. Now double wall strong baby! Also, took time (that I should have first off...) and dug the anchor holes 20" deep. 1/2 bag cement in each hole. Now the house will blow away - and the mega tree will still live on!
  47. Never mind the lights let see the 72 Nova
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