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  1. CMB24D interfering with LOR CTBPC setup

    When you say reset, did you go into the HU and delete the standalone program installed on the controller? I use this function all the time in the off months. Make sure to power down the controller after tell it to delete the standalone program, then power it back up.
  2. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure you need to update the firmware on unit 1 in order to run it on an enhanced network. I had to do the same. I went from v1.06 to v1.08 (1.09 wasn't out when I did it) and now they run.
  3. Firmware

    Just a question, mostly for the LOR Guys, but is there a big difference between 1.08 and 1.09 for the CTBPCg3 Residential Controllers? I only ask because I had to update from 1.06 to run an enhanced network and at the time 1.08 was the latest. Halfway through updating all my controllers, I noticed 1.09 had come out and so I didn't know if it would be beneficial to update again. I do understand that updating firmware is a "last resort" thing, that's why I ask. Thanks,
  4. strange controller behaviour

    Having the same problem here. I was seeing it across all the controllers. I turned the network speed down from 500k to 57.6k and the problem went away, except the initial controller that started all this.
  5. What does everyone use for their beginning show sequence?

    I also have my "opening" loop in the show. This year it's "The Final Countdown." It's different every year. I've used THX, Christmas Vacation, I've put together a few excerpts together using Audacity. So far everyone's favorite has been Christmas Vacation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFJxWlYV82U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By__1S1tuxg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKCK6j-iAhg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDrBGhRiwvM
  6. I use a lot of white 80lb fishing line throughout my display. It's bigger than normal so you can use it like string, but almost invisible at night time. Just wrap some around the mold and anchor it in 2-3 spots like you would if it was a blow up.
  7. LED Spheres from Home Depot

    Do they Twinkle? I bought a couple a few years back that twinkled and the fade up and down where a bit off. So I just used them on or off and still had the effects I was looking for.
  8. Help with PE Prop Setup

    I have 3 pitches on my roof that look like that. What I did is I ran the actual pixels from the left up and back down to right. In the Prop Set-up I made 2 separate props as single strands with no extra points. I assigned Left Side as pixels 1- 20 (or how ever many there are) and the right side as pixels 21- 40 on the same universe. Then you just plug in the effects you want. You can also assign the 2 to a group with the "use preview" option and in the effects use the up or down on say "Bars" and it will give the effect you are shooting for.
  9. Has anyone used Sylvania Stay-Lit Led White Lights from Costco? And have you had any issues with dimming or other problems? Or do they work great? At $9.99 for a strand of 100 it's hard to pass up.
  10. First Mega Tree?

    I pretty much did the same thing, only I use 1 winch, but 2 cables to pull it up. 51 superstrands of Red, Green , and White, making a total of 153 strands of lights. I grouped 3 strands of each color together and mirrored it on the other side making 6 strands per channel, 8 channels per color. Believe it or not it doesn't take much effort to crank it up. You just have to make sure the Hook Head is going up straight and not angled or it digs into the pole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY I got the pole from a local metal shop. It's 1-1/4" and 22' long, (3' in the ground, 19" above) http://www.metalmart.biz/ I got the Pulley Topper from Christmas Light Show https://www.christmaslightshow.com/mega-tree-pulley-head.html?category_id=44 And the Hook Head from 3G http://store.3glightingcreations.com/mega-tree-hook-head-threaded-24-peg/ I got the aviation cable (guy wires) and hardware from Lowes or Home Depot. To anchor the guy wires to the ground I use tie out stakes https://www.lowes.com/pd/Covert-Tie-Out-Stake/999909353 We've had some pretty good winds and haven't had any problems.
  11. LED Arches ?

    I made mine with 8 channels per arch using 100ct incandescent lights, but strands of LED will work just as well. I wrapped each strand on a 12" piece of 1" PVC pipe. I then slid 8 pieces onto an 8' piece of 1/2" pvc pipe to make the arch. Each strand is plugged into an AC Controller. I broke them up like this for easier storage. Here is a video of them in action at about the 2 min mark. The video says I did 6' and 8', I have since made them all 8'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY Keep in mind if you use strands of LED lights, make sure they are dimmable. Not all LED's are. It will limit the effects you can do if they are not dimmable.
  12. Led Ribbons on roof ridge row

    I use "J" Channeling for vinyl siding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY In the video about the 7:08 mark, it shows how I use them. On the roof I also mount my deer using 2x4's and I just screw the "J" channeling to that at about the 10:45 mark you an see some photos of it lit up.
  13. In the past I have used Dumb RGB strips and have left the Power Supplies running all the time since only the controller had the power when not in use. Now that I have mostly Pixels I wonder if there are any issues leaving it on all the time with power running through all the strips/nodes. What are your thoughts?
  14. If the female end is plastic, you should be able to wiggle and force the plug into it. The plastic is usually soft enough. Not that I condone it. I usually do it on the back side of the male end with extension cords.
  15. Mini Tree?

    I started with tomato cages, then one year after Christmas I found some 4' trees at walmart for $5, so I've been using those ever since. They look much better than my tomato cages. This year I'll bought some Pixel Trees from Holiday Coro.