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Woodro

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About Woodro

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    Kiel Wisconsin
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    Logistics

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    Riding my Harley, planting flowers, spending time outside while its nice out.
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  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    christmas

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  1. We too are planning on not showing this year. After an amazing reception from our community on our showing last year, we got married this summer and I have gotten almost nothing programed for new songs, plus we put our house up forsale and our est. closing date is Dec. 4th. We have tossed around the idea of just plugging in our big tree and see if the lights I left on all year still work. I have packed away all of my controllers, cords and props already due to showings and open houses. As soon as the ForSale sign went up, alot of people in town asking what we are going to do for a show, and they will miss our show and who will light the tree, my dentist even said "aww the christmas tree house is forsale." I just keep telling them that if we don't have a show at our new house I have other ideas and locations that I will try to get something going for next year. We keep saying it is bittersweet. We will miss the joy it brought us the last few years knowing everyone enjoyed it, but we have those memories and now its time for us to make some new ones. Whatever you decide to do, or not do this year, people will understand. Even if scaled back people will still get enjoyment from the lights, twinkling or not.
  2. So a friend of mine dropped this off today. It came out of a factory that was using it to display assembly line information, date, time, ect. They were going to throw it in the dumpster, but he grabbed it and knew I could use it. I thought about using this to display the time, possibly song titles and scroll the tune into radio station as well. Has anyone used one of these in their display? Was there anything special you needed to do with setup in LOR, or is it treated as a regular matrix? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByBIZdmp3D93THJEMk5BM1Zqb3M/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByBIZdmp3D93RzI2M0xoa2tibUk/view?usp=sharing
  3. I am looking at getting into RGB of some sort for next years display and have some questions on a few controllers and the set up of them. I was able to get a few different DMX controllers from my employer (that we are currently not using in our products any more) and wondering if I should even bother trying to use them or just go with the controllers that LOR sells. I assume either of the devices I have would require some DIY to get them to go, if they even would. I am currently running LOR v4.2.12 The first one I have is a - eldoLED LINEARdrive 100/s second is a DMX decoder - SR-2102BEA DMX512 decoder If anyone can give me any advice, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
  4. I just got this earlier this week, $50 and about a 4 block range, works great. Plus free shipping! Signstek 0.5 W 05B Dual Mode Long Range Stereo Broadcast Home FM Transmitter with Antenna https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Broadcast-Transmitter-Antenna-Fashion/dp/B00CM2VPMQ/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MACVM51P6AFZ53JF3MVV
  5. Hmmmm. Sorry, I will try again later. I would get some more video tonight, but it just started raining
  6. With about 150 people waiting anxiously across the street from my house, we turned it on with a BANG! Actually we blew out 2 of the speakers we had set outside for the night to hear the music above the traffic noise and the receiver kicked out (about halfway through you can see me running into the house)... After some quick resetting, we got going again. The reaction from the crowd was priceless too. I don't think it could have went better for the first night. Here is a link to the opening to my first show. https://www.facebook.com/sbonnett1/videos/10207793124322915/
  7. I'm overly excited to be 8 days and counting down, away from my first show! It all started 2 years ago when we decided to decorate the 60 foot evergreen in our front yard. Might not sound like much, but we live right on the main street in our town and you can see the tree from about 5 city blocks away and we're from a small town of around 3,000 people. It turned out to be a big deal. We started gathering lights in secret, cleaning out local hardware stores and some big box stores too, all while trying to keep our ideas to ourselves. I finally had everything planned out and started down this slippery slope of holiday decorating, and put out a post on Facebook telling all our friends of our plans. I think I posted that I had amassed some 2500 C7 LED Multicolored lights. We were going to dedicate our tree to everyone in our lives that is no longer with us, and we extended this "Remembrance Tree" to all of our friends, family too. We wanted to bring some joy to anyone that drove by, but also bring good memories to our families during the holidays. The majority of the responses were that I was crazy, but all were positive. It took me about a week of hanging lights on this tree, in the rain, wind, some snow and sun shine. When I was done I started planning our "Tree Lighting Party". We opened our home and garage with warm cider, hot chocolate and some alcoholic drinks as well, to anyone who wanted to come and help us dedicate this tree. Thinking that maybe 40 or 50 family members would show up, we didn't get too excited. I still can't believe that we ended up with around 150-200 people lining both sides of the main street in front of our house while I gave a speech about why we were lighting this tree. It was simply a magical moment that I will never forget. Simple lights bringing people together for a simple cause. Skip ahead to this year..... I decided to take the plunge and picked up 2 controllers at the spring sale, a new laptop and countless other items and haven't looked back. I have been very busy all year since I unplugged last years display. We are at an estimated 12,000 lights this year set to 6 different musical sequences. A few weeks ago we rented a 55' boom lift again to take down all of the lights I had put up last year that were destroyed during the winter winds we had and to rehang the new ones for this year. I had the usual passersby honking and hooting as I was up on top of the tree hanging lights again, and now everyone knows "Its On" again this year. Everyone that asks how its going, I tell them "It will be something to see for sure!" For this years display I decided to divide the tree into 6 segments from top to bottom, add 12 mini trees in the yard, 19 blow molded candles and some 35W LED Floods. Oh yea, and I built a 7 foot tall star for on top of the tree that is controlled by 3 channels, 2 white and 1 blue. We had to make a custom flag pole style system to hang the star that is semi permanently mounted to the top of the tree. I decided to use this method so I can lower the star to the ground if high winds are predicted and still be able to hoist it back up without having to rent the lift again. I am still finishing up 2 of the sequences with final tweaks, but I think it will go off without a hitch. I am constantly coming up with ideas at work and running home to see if they look right in the editor, but mostly just trying to get what I have finished on time. I have to run all my SPT wire yet to all my mini trees and candles, but I have off of work next week so I can get it done then. I didn't want to do it too soon and have the neighbor hood kids stealing candles at night either. I can't wait until next Saturday when I can finally turn everything on and leave it on, without fear of giving too much of the show away before we dedicate it again. I'll try to get some video's after the dust settles around here once too.
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