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Little_b last won the day on September 12 2019

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  1. I'm running my St. Patrick's Day Animation right now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6XOno7fUNo at the 0:33 mark. April becomes an Easter Animation with pastel lights.
  2. Is that 900 5mm bulbs or strands? I'm jealous if it's strands. I have roughly 4000 Bulbs (or 40 strands of 100 at 6" spacing) in my display, with more for next year. I'm wanting to put them in my trees as well. Currently they are used on my bushes, 16 in my mega tree, and the rest wrapped on my house and wreaths. I have about 80 c9 style on light stakes through out the front lawn. You can see them in my videos, but keep in mind, they don't do it justice like it does in person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmdCNMbMaWQ at the 2:28 mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AcEw7i0Vm8 At the very end around the 3:08 Mark
  3. As Jim said there are dozens of ways to set this up. Here are some things I did on my house that may help you decide how to do yours. I have a variety of controllers from Sandevices, Pixcon16, alphapix, and pixies. All but the pixies are run on an E1.31 Network. I use Pixel Nodes on y matrix and mini trees. The house outline, arches and fence posts are strips. I use 30/m ws2700 12v strips on all the outline of my house. I don't take them down so having to do repairs has been minimal. It's possible to replace a pixel on strip lights, it's just a bit more difficult than connecting wires on nodes for example. For me I needed to permanently hide the wires and luckily I have plenty of access to the eaves from my attic, so all my power runs through the attic and into the garage where my power supply is located. I have a power injection point at each peak and at the point where it connects to the controller. On my longest runs of 49' there are 3 strips and an injection at the 2 middle points. -----P-----P------controller. I was able to mount an e6804 controller on the front corner on my porch to catch all the strips and the power injections go to the garage through the attic. I used F and J channel to mount my strips. I do the same on the outline of my roof and used shingle clips to hold them down. If you watch at the 7:08 mark I show how I mounted them. The video is old, and I have since changed those strips out to pixels, but they mount the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY Keep in mind as well, depending on the controller, your first pixel will need to be within 10-15 feet from the controller, or you will need to add null pixels. They are pixels that don't get used, but help send the signal to the next set of pixels. I agree with Jim's suggested controller points, I think you may need a power injection point at the peak or one on each side midway up the peak as well. For my experience, I haven't been able to go more than 2 strips long (or 100 Nodes) without injection. Easiest way to tell is to turn on white and the color tends to "pink out" towards the end.
  4. Snow covers it all the time, but you can still see the lights even with 6- 8 inches on it. I dont know how to add a link from my phone, but if you look up Engh-Lights, After the Storm on YouTube it is a quick video after a snow storm. My 2019 videos had about 2-3 inches on it. https://youtu.be/SfZrZsIlbfI I think i figured out the link part.
  5. I've never had any issues with the nets myself. I also built my own that sits on my roof that is 63 x 126 pixels. I don't have any frame, just some Para-cord rope tied to anchors on the other side that holds it in place. It is on the roof from the end of September to about the middle of March. Mine is black for 2 reasons, 1- to blend in with the roof, and 2- mainly because when I bought it there was only black, no clear. I have a total of 17 Pixel Nets that make up the matrix and I bought all of them through the clearance/off-spec page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmdCNMbMaWQ
  6. I run the strands up and down. (63 down, 63 back up, so 126 pixels per port) The controllers sit hidden on the other side of the top ridge. They are 12v 126 Pixel node strands, a custom length from Ray Wu so I wouldn't have any connection points in the middle. I connected each end to the connector then back to the controller or power distro board. There is too much power being used to be able to run them off the controllers directly, so power (V+ and V-) comes from the power supplies, and data and V- from the controller ports. It was a 3 year build that got bigger each year and at the time I was using Pixel node strands that were 50 pixels long and I just soldered ends together to make the correct lengths. Because each section was a different batch of pixels, the coloring was never quite the same, so this past summer I re-did all the pixels and wiring to simplify it. And now the colors are all the same. Keep in mind if you plan to use SS with something this big, make sure to create the prop in the program before construction as I am/was unable to use my matrix in SS with 126 vertical strands. The program had a limit. Had I made it horizontal instead, the program could have read it. I haven't looked into trying it lately so I don't know if this is still the case.
  7. Are you talking about the big one on the front corner? They are Meteor Drip lights. This year I had about 200 of them. I didn't make it to the top with them this year as I had just had knee surgery a couple weeks prior.
  8. Currently I am using 4 Pixcon16's and just using Motion Effects in S5. It used to be just 2 controllers, but I doubled it this year to help eliminate all the null pixels and flickering problems I had in the past.
  9. I remember seeing this a couple years ago. Might be helpful. Sounds like a fun project. He put lights in his tile, but a think the concept could be the same, esp. if you ever use flagstone or other type of paver material. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l09hAqXgKo
  10. I have a big (63 x 126) Pixel Matrix on my roof. I use regular bullet style pixels (12v) with a black 3" on center net from Holiday Coro. Spacing will depend on the viewing distance as the closer you get, the more "Pixelated" the image becomes. So closer spacing means a clearer image. I have mine broken up into 8 sections that fold up for storage for the 5 months it's not on the roof. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmdCNMbMaWQ
  11. It is a 63 x 126 pixel node matrix.
  12. I got it from a local Metal Mart Shop. https://metalmart.biz/ Here are the anchors I use for my guy wires https://www.lowes.com/pd/Covert-Tie-Out-Stake/999909353 I cemented a sleeve about 2 feet in the ground that my pole fits in. It doubles as my flag pole at times during the summer.
  13. 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
  14. I created a video of my entire show and uploaded it to YouTube, but it was flagged for Copyright and blocked in all territories. When I upload a video of each song by themselves, I still see the Copyright issue, but the videos aren't blocked. Individually it's fine, but together it's not? This will be the first year that an Entire Show video won't be visible.
  15. In my experience we get more and more cars each year. As word gets out, more and more people come. I usually don't count a total for the night, but I remember the first couple years there would be a handful of cars at a time outside. This year, at times I could count up to about 20-30 cars at a time. And other times during the same night I might see just a couple. Oddly enough there is a Christmas Light Tour bus that goes around town and somehow we are now on the tour. I'm not sure how often it comes by, but it only stays a couple minutes. I've had people tell me they saw our house on the tour and had to come back on their own when they had more time to watch the whole thing. I try and keep my shows to about 20 min or less to help keep traffic moving. Don't fret if people don't watch the whole show, sometimes they may come back a few times and get it in chunks. When we take the kids out to see lights, we try and hit as many as we can in a night, so sometimes we don't always stay and watch an entire show, especially after sitting for about 10- 15 minutes. From a really good movie the saying goes, "If you build it, they will come." When word gets around about your show, you'll start to see an increase in traffic.
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