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aidancar

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About aidancar

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    Male
  • Location
    Harrisburg, PA
  • Occupation
    Work

More About Me

  • Interests
    Running, Walt Disney World, DIY
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Research inspired by Disney's Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Halloween + Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    5.1.2
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. Thanks for the ideas. Moving it where Caniac suggested may be the best bet for me. I do know those neighbors well and I’m sure they would be fine with putting the tree between the driveways but I hope to one year put a pixel canopy over the driveway which would then obstruct the tree once again.
  2. My bad, I attached the link to only one of the photos. Here is the folder with aerial shots that I meant to attach. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13SlOnKqi3lcg-io1fnydo_LhhSU4ZzNF As much as I would love to take out the huge tree, I’m not quite ready to go that far, yet... haha. Wrapping it’s branches always tripped the GFCI in rain and all the lights got very sticky from woodpeckers causing sap to leak. Gave up and just loaded it with old LED strings this year. Moving the mega tree to the right may actually work out nicely. I hadn’t considered that before due to the large tree. I will have to see if it will fit in between the large tree and the sidewalk. It may just make it. The mega tree has a 10ft diameter base.
  3. So I have had a 20 foot mega tree for the past two seasons just off center in front of my house. It is currently fairly difficult to see what the mega tree is doing because the lights on my house behind it. I am going to be more than doubling the amount of lights on the tree next year and as the tree becomes more dense, I fear that it will become harder to see the lights behind it on the house. This coupled with the fact that it is already tough to see the trees patterns has me thinking of relocating it. The problem is on the right side of my yard is a 50-60 foot tree with branches that reach out about 20 feet at the base. And on the left is a smaller 12-14 foot tree close to the street. Any ideas on where I would be able to position the tree to that It would not block the house? Do you think you would still be able to see the mega tree alright if I were to put it behind the 12-14 foot tree? Or do you think the branches would be too obstructing? Thanks! Open to all ideas! Drive link to pictures and viewing locations: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tXHEzgqvh9nGmmV_zYUiXimsnaEgILu9
  4. Oh wow, sorry for the late response, I forgot to check for notifications to this. Here is a quick drawing that will work provided you know which channels are causing the issue each time. The variation I made is slightly different as my "indoor switch" is actually an Alcorn McBride show controller that detects a ground fault and automatically kills those problem channels before automatically resetting the GFCI. If it happens a second time they stay off and broadcast an inclement weather voice line until the rain stops and I reset it. So I have a 5th relay zip tied on which connects to the Alcorn Controller through that barrel connector. All you would need would be a rocker switch as shown but run its wires inside. Let me know if that makes sense https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iMbQb0cWr2o5GI5a9KZBCPcB-_nMTbE5?usp=sharing
  5. For my display, In the past I wrapped my trees in incandescent lights and they were always the culprit due to the water getting into the bulbs and following theater on tree down to ground. I had installed a relay on the hot of each tree channel. If the outlet tripped I would flip a switch inside to quickly disconnect the trees and continue the show. I have since switched to mounded LEDs in the trees and haven’t had a trip yet.
  6. Now that you mention that, unit 4 on my roof (main problem controller) has its data cable zip tied into a bundle of power cables running off the roof to my porch. But I’m not sure if that is what was causing it since it doesn’t seem to happen anymore with the slower network speed. Also the controllers that are connected ‘downstream’ of that one haven’t had any issues to date.
  7. It’s running off a new computer I got specifically for LOR.
  8. It seems downgrading to the 115k enhanced network speed fixed the issue at least for now. Still would like to be running the 500k enhanced but I'll just have to ride it out until this is resolved.
  9. All of my controllers are running version 1.09.
  10. Just to clarify I am having this issue on generaion 3 CTB16’s. I do have a pixcon in my display but that is working fine. Not sure if this is the same problem others are having on the pixie controllers or something different.
  11. I put a help desk ticket in around two weeks ago. So far I have only gotten one response saying to keep an eye on it and record what channels it happens on that it’s hard to tell what is going on. Haven’t heard back since so I would assume that they are still overwhelmed. Major distraction for the visitors each night. Really wish they could find a fix.
  12. Just happened again to me 20 minutes ago. Worse case yet, channels 8-16 on Unit 4 affected, Multiple lights channels on unit 2 affected, and Unit 1 channel 1 affected. Here is a video of the issue tonight showing me walking out and resetting all the controllers, temporarily fixing the issue. https://youtu.be/6XQcvs2HMaE
  13. That’s interesting, I wonder if mine would do the same if I left them on during the day? Were they on steady or shimmering?
  14. It seems to happen randomly and when it happens it continues on the same channels reguardless of what sequence is playing until power cycled. I thought the same thing when I first saw it. Also k6ccc, the musical sequence is the only one that is playing. A part of me wants to think it’s something involving a firmware issue but I’m not sure.
  15. About two weeks ago I left for vacation the same day my show began. Shortly after arriving at my destination a neighbor reached out to me telling me some of the lights in my display were behaving erratically. I pulled up my camera feeds to find that channels 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, and 4.7 which control green led lights on my second floor siding looked as though they were shimmering. Luckily I have it setup that I could unplug all of the controllers remotely and reset them. After I had done this the problem would go away. It seemed to keep coming back roughly every other night and still continues doing this. I typically see it on unit 4’s odd channels. I have also seen it recently on 2.1 (snowman video attached) as well as some of the bush channels I have in unit 2. Im sure there were some other channels that have done this that I am unaware of. When I saw the snowman doing this(being back from vacation) I disconnected both Cat 5 cables from unit 2 and reconnected them. The issue continued. After power cycling the unit the issue stopped. I have the latest firmware on the controllers which are all CTB16 gen 3. I am running 5.2.2 software with a 500k enhanced network through the high speed USB adapter. Any ideas what could be the issue here? This becomes very distracting throughout the show. Unit 4.9 4.11 4.13 4.15 with the issue: https://youtu.be/nvwbHoga0TI Unit 2.1 with the issue: https://youtu.be/dCGOh3mOMeE
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