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  1. Shortening LED light strands

    Depending on the type of light you're using, you could cut your own light strands down to size. I make a beautiful 7ft tall PVC that has 12 strands of lights. Some of those strands had to be cut down to size. When I bought the lights, I bought one extra strand of each color (red, green, white) for experimentation. Luckily it worked out just fine. It also depends on how much time you have.
  2. Got My First Complaint

    I think that it's following the spirit of Halloween. Shouldn't the mom be telling the kid that [1] it's not real and [2] it's part of what Halloween is about? I think at this point it's not too early to put your decorations out on your yard. However, there is a point of community respect. I've yet to hear a complaint on the bright lights (or noise from our bickering during setup), so I don't know how much this advice really helps. Additionally, your decorations make me roar with laughter. Especially the way you handle this. You took the very diplomatic and professional path. I'm glad to see that your show is making an impact in your neighborhood. Enjoy your Halloween weekend!
  3. Chicken wire to hang lights...

    Love this idea. I have a different route that I'm going to be implementing this holiday season, I'll share with you when it comes time to put it out! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Brand Spanking New

    Welcome to the fun! First, I have to say, "+1 on everything everyone has said." Looking through the material already here is a good place to start. Second, take a picture of your house: what kinds of things do you have now or what do you do now that you'd like to improve on? Are there any things you want to do that you haven't done before? I'm helping a couple of other people on here get their feet wet for 2018, so please feel free to join my inbox party Email me at goldinglights@gmail.com and I'll be glad to help you get started for 2018. Step One, in my opinion would be to budget yourself and look at the options you have from L-O-R and start designing a display. From there I can help you find vendors that are affordable based on your budget and design.
  5. DIY Extension Cords

    I've shared my sentiments on cord management here: Additionally, I have a vendor that I use for SPT-2 and accessories that I can provide in Private Messaging.
  6. Starting to Set Up This Year's Display

    We'll been doing tiny bits of work where we can (due to a very finicky HOA), but we're right on schedule. Right now our emphasis is on wrapping up sequencing, followed by slowly putting chunks of our show out in the yard. A couple of weekends ago we had the bright (pun intended) idea to innovate for ourselves. We took all of our existing extension cords and laid them across the lawn. (We're working on making everything even easier to install each year.) After assessing what we had, we made groupings of the cords. Each grouping was for a group of props we had -- we took about 30 strands of extension cords and zip tied them together. Each props grouping now had all of the extension cords we needed in that area. So now, when we go out to plug the lights in, all we have to do is plug one end in, unravel the roll, and plug the other end into the controller based on the labels we made. Sure it was a little extra effort - in the end, it'll save us setup time for when we hit any snags on new equipment being added. Information and pictures to come when the site is updated for the 2017 season.
  7. First Season - Tips & Tricks?

    The software is free to use in demo mode when you download it. When you purchase a license, it activates the full power of the software. Make sure to take a picture of the front of your house during the brightest part of the day and when most of the house is visible from the street. Then, save this to your computer. You'll import this into the visualizer to create your lights "demo" -- The visualizer allows you to see your lights on your house while you sequence. Use the Visualizer tool in the software to lay out your lights, then the sequence editor to animate them. Lots of resources are available to you. Beware, though, that many of us will be busy preparing for Halloween, and shortly after that - Christmas. We may not be around as much to help for these reasons. However, don't let this discourage you from asking us! We will make sure to answer your questions to the best of our ability. Please feel free to contact me via email and I can work with you one-on-one to set you up with the software and getting you started with animating lights. E-mail: goldinglights@gmail.com Welcome to the lighting hobby, we're glad to have you onboard. Scour the forums and ask as many questions as you can, we're here to help you get ready.
  8. what do I need to get started?

    Depending on (1) how much time you have, (2) how technologically savvy you are (3) what your budget is, we can provide a limitless supply of ideas. Please let us know how we can be of assistance.
  9. Looking to Get Started and Need Advice

    Welcome to the addiction. I'm glad to hear you're ready to go big! First and foremost, I'd like to remind you that there is sequencing involved in this hobby. For this time of the year, it might be best to start with building the tree and buying songs pre-sequenced. Look at wowlights.com or holidaycoro.com - both offer services. I don't recommend one over the other, or exclude any services from other vendors, but these are two I've seen as most popular. As for software, I recommend you download LOR's S4 Sequencing Suite and learn the software so you can build your show. Additionally, I recommend buying an FM transmitter to broadcast your music. Use radio-locator.com to find open signals to use. Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help you.
  10. PVC train

    Next year you should go for the 3-Dimensional version! It looks really good and I really like the design. Nice work.
  11. Dumb rgb ribboms, rope or pixels.

    If you're using Dumb RGB Strips, they generally come with power cords unless you take the DIY approach. There are accessories you can buy to connect to the controller. You will need pigtails on the controller board to receive the plug for the lights. WowLights is an excellent source and so are some other vendors listed here. CAT 5/6 is generally used for communication.
  12. ELLs for sale

    Hi Craig, how about a local pick up? I'd be willing to strike up a reasonable offer in a little while here and I could make a local pickup if possible. Thanks!
  13. overlay of two audio files

    +2 for Audacity... very easy to do so. Did it for my unfilmed "Show Starter" that was voiced over by a family member.
  14. CMB24D RGB with 8 Ribbons For Sale

    Jstein, are you able to post pictures and more information? Are you paying for shipping? What's the controller version? Where did you buy it? Tell us as much as you can about the controller please.
  15. How Long Is Your Entire Show?

    One thing you might want to consider is the viewers! How long can you captivate their attention? How often do you think you'll have repeat visitors? Also, if you have so many songs, you can have multiple shows, airing on alternating days or mix it up so each day has a unique set of songs? Something to think about. Hope this helps. We usually go for four to five songs, since we're always changing our display elements year-to-year.
  16. Mega tree

    I think you need to make that decision for yourself. Take a look at both of the two and which one you want. Since Dibblejr is offering his services for the Pixie, maybe you take that route. Don't buy or upgrade anything until you know exactly what you need. I'm also looking into expanding into Smart Pixels. Since it's already September, time may be limited to help you out as we all are preparing our own light shows. That being said, we won't turn you away. We'll try our best to help when possible, but I would recommend waiting to incorporate it into the next season (2018).
  17. I Think I'm Adding this to My Display Next Year

    Holy smokes. That's impressive. Extremely bright too. Is this the next level of the mega tree?
  18. A Basic RGB setup

    Thank you! I will definitely take this into account. I did start a thread in Newbies but there was great debate over different pieces and some of my questions didn't get answered. Now that I have responses I needed, I can do my research and shopping. Phenomenal advice. Greatly appreciate everything you do in this community, too. I see you're always out helping others on here. Thanks everyone!
  19. A Basic RGB setup

    I'm looking specifically to do Pixcon16, will it work with the cg1500?
  20. Advertising In The Show?

    You might want to get it in writing that he's okay with it. While he may say that now, he may change his mind later on. So if you can get it in writing that he's backing you, that'd be a big step. While I do agree with everyone that the potential headaches could become overwhelming, my old boss told me something I use to this day: You don't know what you don't know. So it might be worth a try, if you're willing to possibly deal with anyone. Come up with an action plan for if someone does make a complaint, et cetera. Cover all bases and be prepared just in case anything could go awry.
  21. A Basic RGB setup

    Also -- I'm looking at doing smart pixels and would like some advice: [1] I'm buying the Pixcon 16 from LOR (unless there's this ginormous deal changer that I should be aware of)... a. Where do I find an enclosure for this? And the power supply? b. I'm thinking of using the ribbon from Holiday Coro with this... will that work? c. Any other notes? [2] I might use the S4 Pixel Editor, but I want to know what's most commonly used to program smart pixels...
  22. Imagine Dragons - Thunder

    May I too have a copy? Goldinglights@gmail.com
  23. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Update: With the Summer Sale going, I want to go with the Pixcon 16. What I need to know is: Where do I buy an enclosure specifically for this? What software is being used to program the pixels? Any advice on where to buy lights? Extension cords?
  24. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    Hi all, I'm not new to LOR (I've been a member of the forums for a while and have shared videos and advice in the past on other topics), but I've got a new area I'm unfamiliar with. I'm hoping someone with experience can help me out. I'll save you guys some time reading through all of this and I'll list out my questions and concerns below. Pixel "Support" per controller. So... I see some controllers out there say something like "supports X Number pixels"... what does this generally mean? (Picture) The difference between a CCD (Cosmic Color Device) and Intelligent Ribbon (this) How this is managed in LOR S4... i.e. Pixel Editor, all that jazz. Please either reply here at your convenience or email me at GoldingLights@gmail.com Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!
  25. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    I'm hearing a lot of things between the Alphapix and the Falcon, but nothing much on the Pixcon 16... I'm thinking about the Pixcon 16 with some ribbon from HC (here), since it sounds like this is the most likely way to expand. What do people tend to use to sequence with these?
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