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  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Internet search for Christmas light show after seeing light display Wizards of Winter in an e-mail 2013.
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  1. 2018 Spring Sale

    I also have 2 e-mails and did not get an e-mail. Created a new one this year a few weeks before the sale just to make sure did not miss it. They both are Hotmail based. I received e-mails last year. But, the explanation would explain why did not receive e-mail this year. Kept checking for the sale to post and did not miss it. Got what I wanted. Will try g-mail and see how that works. Or is there other e-mail providers someone recommends? Is there anyway to test and see if we are receiving e-mails? Do not know how often they go out. Been a while since I received one.
  2. 2018 Spring Sale

    Got my e-mail... On the way will be here next Wednesday.... Love Christmas. Friday of the sale my 24 year old daughter was in car and I was thinking of the sale. Started humming Jingle Bells. She started laughing and said are you humming a Christmas song? I replied... Everyday is Christmas for me. To which my wife replied... Yes it is!!! So excited about Wednesday.... Ain't it great to have an addiction you do not have to go to a class to get over.....
  3. 2018 Spring Sale

    Was happy to get what I wanted... And yep clicked send with a quick response from the wife as her phone binged..... Man it does that fast. But, she will get over it when she sees the mega tree for the first time. Did miss having the countdown clock this year... Unless I missed it somewhere. Still have items to buy not on sale. Maybe I'll go on the bank site and disable her notice for the credit card...
  4. 2018 Spring Sale

    So will my uMP3g3 (Gen3 mini Director Card with MP3 Player) work to run the Pixie16 controller a CMB24D and two CTB16 ?
  5. 2018 Spring Sale

    Oh forgot... My dog's name is Zeppelin... Named by my daughter when she was 18... If that says anything about my influence on her musically. She listens to 60's and 70's music...
  6. 2018 Spring Sale

    Pink Floyd... That is great... Never thought of that... Next will have to get some Led Zeppelin... Love the face
  7. 2018 Spring Sale

    Yep.... "Not giving any Hints". But, sure hope there is a sale.... Last year was my first and sounds like the same. Checked daily for any hint of the sale and then when it posted, made my list and had my Ipad and computer both going... Oh yea, asked the wife if I could buy... Did not say how much.... Then came the sale... Just like having Christmas... Could not wait... Watched the count down and within 15 seconds had the order ready. Pushed buy and the excitement was like opening a Christmas present. Forgot to mention wife gets text alert anytime credit card is used.... Then I hear "NORMAN>>>>>" yep... She got the cost. Went all summer then fall building props and making sequences. Wife not happy... Said I love the computer more than her..... Then had an opening night.... After first sequence played she sad "What we doing for next year" SOLD Now wife excited and buying the mega tree.... Happy day...... Wife planning opening night with hot chocolate and candy canes... and here I am again checking daily waiting for that sale...... FOR YOU NEW GUYS..... It is living a dream and like being Christmas everyday of the year. You hear songs and dream of light shows..... It is a way of life...... ENJOY Use the form for questions and advise. Have received a lot.... dibblejr has been a big help answering questions and reading post. I know there are may others with advice I have read and all are good.
  8. 2018 Spring Sale

    Think the fire will hurt the sale this year?
  9. I have not figured this out yet and the setup I was looking at was 24 50 node string. Would run 2 50 nodes together as 100 nodes and that would give 12. Maybe run another 50 node string for the star. Was planning on a 180 tree. Having the 24 stirrings would give a wider tree. Maybe that would not look good. Don't know... Going to build the tree in the backyard this spring/summer and test how it works. It is going to be a LARGE learning experience. Also have thought of placing the strings on PVC pipe and using them to make a matrix for Halloween then taking it apart to make the tree. But, then did my taxes and that may put a big dip in doing LOR for Halloween or even having the money for the Mega Tree..... Oh, and everything I have read says go with 12 volt....
  10. Thinking about using 24 50 node strings. Would this be good with the pixie 16?
  11. So, like I said I am new to all this and learning. Just figured out that I did not buy SS but it is a demo version. I have S5 and will be good on updates until April 2018. Will need to do buy SS before I can go live. Guess the good thing is I can figure out how many CCR's I am going to need. Do they put the SS on sale in the spring or does the price always stay the same?
  12. Thanks for your response. Read a lot of your post when I was first looking at getting into this over a year ago. Greatly respect everything you say. The cost is not an issue as I bought the program when first started, knowing I'd be going to pixels. Waiting to see if there is a sale this spring and will buy a prebuilt. Strongly looking at the pixie 16. As you say it cost about the same. Plus getting everything LOR makes me feel better. This pixel thing has started out confusing but the more I read they more I understand. And the easier it is getting. Will start working on learning SS. Will make my life a lot easier not trying to learn both. Happ New Year. When first bought (on sale) this year it was over $1,200. And yea wife had a melt down on me... But, it is great having her on board now and bragging to friends.... Just wait until you see what WE have next year....
  13. This being my first year, it went great. Did not want to dive in too deep first year. Bought the Showtime Central and two 32 controllers to start plus a CMB24D . After the wife watched the opening of the show she was sold on LOR and now she wants a Mega Tree. So, been doing A LOT of reading and research. Think looking at a 210 vs 360, 10 to 12 foot tree. Think a 180 will look a little flat. So, now to the question. Looking at maybe going to XLights but learning both that and SuperStar to see what is best for me. Not knowing much about either my project for now is trying to decide if I will use a Pixie 8, Pixie 16, or PicCon 16. I am really learning here.... Think I will run 16 strings... not sure if it will be 16 - 50 strand or 8 - 100 strand doubled over. But if I understand right the Pixie 8 would be able to run either set up. So for just a little more I get the Pixie 16 and this would open me up to maybe some arches,, spiral trees or some other pixel setup close to the tree. Currently have a CMB24D have not used and dumb strips to go with it. Will use it to light the star and maybe some other items. The PicCon 16 will run a lot more nodes but do I really need that. Would 2 Pixie 16 give me more flexibility as far as room goes vs the cost? If I understand from reading you can not get too far from a controller with the nodes??? So the short questions are XLights vs Superstar on a Pixi 8 or Pixie 16 vs the cost of the PixCon 16???? This is a Facebook page with video if it helps on my setup to answer the questions. https://www.facebook.com/Hales-Christmas-Show-1973207026255556/
  14. Speaking of trolls... my daughter got her BA in broadcast jounalism. One of the things she learned is three are people that go around to restaurants and if they play music from a radio station the restaurant can get fined for playing songs without a music license. I'll have to put this question to her.
  15. That's great thank you. I am not wanting to profit. It's going to cost not pay. My pay will come from all those that stop by to watch and the few that say thank you. But most of all will be the look on the grandbabies face... Really enjoy the Christmas lights. Been a long time since I had a Christmas display that brought people by to look. Excited for next Christmas...