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  1. I agree with everything Orville said. I also looked at the device photo and it is definitely not weatherproof. You would need to place it in a weathertight enclosure.
  2. My test using an ELL link at 56K showed they do work. Just have a limit of 400 channels on an ELL, where one CCC2 will chew up 300 of them. My existing display was pushing 350 standard channels on ELL. Didn't the CCC originally come out before the high speed network adapter?
  3. I also just bought a CCC2 with 2 ribbons to make 2 circles, my first venture into the pixel world. My situation is a bit more complex as I will be using ELL's to communicate to the CCC2 located 4 homes from my home with a ELL RF bridge across a road. I did ask LOR support and they said that the ELL's at 56K have a usable limit of about 400 channels. I did some testing and the ELL link worked fine just talking to the CCC2 exercising both ribbons. I will add another 26 channels to this new network, but this will still keep me below 350 channels. I was already pushing 350 channels on my existing display using ELL's. This is using all standard adapters, no high speed red ones because of the ELL links and I do have some 10 year+ legacy controllers in my display.
  4. I really have no reason to go to V5 as my display does not contain pixels yet. I have read the ongoing problems too with V5, and that it is a whole new way of doing things. I can't believe you have gone 7 months without making a few backups along the way. That way you only would lose a couple days or weeks - not 7 months. We don't know if any of LOR's employees tested positive, and if they did, have they recovered or were part of the 100K plus. It may be one possible reason for a lack of response.
  5. Please keep in mind what has happened in the last 3 months. COVID invaded the country. Shut down many companies including LOR. Dan tried to keep paying his employees for as long as he could. They managed to have a mad grab sale and hopefully were able to make a bit of money to help them recover. It is also June, a few months away from showtime. Take a break for a week and enjoy summer. The world is far from being normal.
  6. I am also with you. Can't afford to have 250K pixel setup. A newcomer home nearby last season did the whole house setup in pixels and like you said, a jumbotron. After the 3rd song with bars going back and forth, up and down and pinwheels spinning CW and CCW changing colors I got bored and left. That is not me either. Adding another house this year to our neighborhood show with 60K lights. That will literally keep turning heads!
  7. Your CCB controllers use a DC power supply which effectively stops any AC leakage path at that point. For the CTB16's your treatment of those light strings (didn't you say you treated every bulb socket with dielectric silicone in another thread?) really helps. Capping the ends not so much, but again using dielectric coats the metal and keeps water from coming in contact with the electrical contacts. Water is the enemy here for false trips. You also may have a GFCI outlet on the upper end of the trip point range (6 mA). I assume you do test it using the built-in test button on a regular basis to make sure it is still functioning. If it is still the same one since 2010 it may not be 100% functional. Here in Wisconsin my average outdoor life for a GFCI is about 5 years. It contains electronics, and those circuits can also corrode and quit working or change sensitivity over time due to moisture intrusion.
  8. I like to run my Halloween show to get 3 weekends in before October 31st. Like James, take down starts the next day for Christmas.
  9. Five years back my one neighbor saw that I had run out of lawn and said I could put some stuff on his yard. All of us have back yards that face ponds and that is where the lights go. When they are not frozen it basically doubles the lights from the mirror images. Your neighbors may be more than willing to join in - just ask them!
  10. I can say the same thing being in Wisconsin. Halloween had 7 inches of snow (I do a Halloween display too). Then we had single digit temperatures the week after freezing everything solid. Really tought it was not going to happen this year. I just got my Medicare card last year, and the Mrs. says I should be giving it up and quit adding stuff. I do have help from some great neighbors, but still do most of the setup myself. It just takes a bit longer now. The toughest part is bringing up all the stuff from the basement. The show this year was rather uneventful as we did not experience the deep freeze cycles so common around here. So as long as my legs and hands still function - the show will go on.
  11. Adding another house. Another neighbor that moved in last year will be joining the show (5 of us next year). They did not realize we have a little light display in our subdivision.
  12. At one point in my career I worked with a team that designed a GFCI circuit breaker. The specification for them is that should not trip for leakage less than 4 mA but must trip for leakage greater than 6 mA. So if you have 3 "legs" (controllers) off one GFCI they add together for the leakage. One leg might have 1 mA, the other two 2 mA, having a total of 5 mA. That may or may not trip the GFCI depending on the sensitivity of that device. Now if each was on its own GFCI outlet none would trip as they are all below the 4 mA minimum trip point.
  13. Here in Wisconsin I have to deal with the weather. By new years day traffic slows down enough not to justify continuing the show beyond the 1st. This year setup was a pain with snow on the ground and temperatures in the low 20's. Other displays in my area were delayed starts for the early frigid temperatures. Take down this weekend we were in the upper 30's so no gloves necessary. No snow to melt off anything either, and all EMT pipe mounts came out just pulling on them by hand. In all the years doing this it was the best I can remember for the tear down. The somewhat warm temperatures during the show run kept electrical maintenance to a minimum but the rain we experienced increased GFI trips. Mud was an issue but no major wind events like last year.
  14. Thanks for filling us in on the bad extension. Kind of had a feeling that was it from my own experience. I have also seen bad wire. Had a cable one time where they spliced the copper of one conductor by twisting the two ends together and then applying the PVC coating over the top! Only a slight disfiguring of the insulation gave that one away. If you own a light keeper pro you can go down the cord and if the beeping stops before getting to the socket end there is your break! You will have to reverse the plug and do it twice to check each conductor as the hot lead is the only one detected. LED's will show no sign of burning out. They typically fail because of a connection - either to the wire or to the die that actually creates the light. Socketed ones are even more troublesome as the corrosion between pin and socket becomes an open circuit. Those are super small gold leads that are attached to pads on the die and to the wire pins that are molded around the die.
  15. As you just mentioned, rain and cold raise havoc with connections. When water freezes it expands pushing things apart. What was once connected is now open. I'm so used to that here in Wisconsin.
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