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      Fire at LOR in Glens Falls, NY   01/17/2018

      A fire has broken out in the same building that houses the main LOR offices.  More information can be found in 'Important Announcements'.  


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    Music, Sports, & Christmas Lights synched to music
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    Watching youtube videos of Christmas lights synched to songs by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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  1. Got all of my stuff down

    I took down most of the stuff on Sun Jan 7, and the rest on the following Wed and yesterday (Sunday). Total tear down time was about 8 hrs between the 3 days. I think almost 4 hrs of that time was spent unplugging everything and rolling up extension cords on that first Sunday. My wrists and forearms were so sore that I couldn't workout that evening!
  2. TSO Package on SD Card

    You've got mail!
  3. TSO Package on SD Card

    Happy New Year to you too! Other than the GFCI breaker tripping a few times during a light rain on the 3rd night, everything ran flawlessly. I was so stoked that everything ran so much more smoothly than I thought they would. Opening night was 11/23 (Thanksgiving) and Sat Jan 6 was the last night. If my math is right, that's 42 days. It was a LOT of work to set everything up, but because of the results, I can't complain. It took me over 8 hrs to take everything down and store everything lol. I think I spent over 3.5 hrs disconnecting cords & plugs, and rolling up extension cords! I "only" had 48 channels.....I can't imagine how long the tear down & storage takes for people who have hundreds of channels! Now that we're dark, our house & yard look sad, dull, boring, and lifeless lol. I bought my controllers & TSO package during the summer sale in August. From what I've read, the spring sale has better pricing, but limited quantities (some items sell out within 5 minutes of the start of the sale!). So keep your eye on the forums and join the LOR emailing list for advanced notice of the sales! I'll probably buy 2 more controllers...one to bring my show up to 64 channels, and one for a spare...just in case!
  4. Wrapping it up

    My family started feeling sad when I started taking down our outdoor lights & decor last year. So as a "compromise" I told them I wouldn't take down the indoor lights in our living room. We've had string lights in our living room around our inside window frames, door frame, and fake house plants for 13+ months. I'll leave them up again this year too so it'll always look like Christmas all year 'round! Maybe I'll even hook up one of the LOR controllers to the living room lights!
  5. Wrapping it up

    Tonight will be the last night that I run the full show with the outdoor speaker. Since it'll still be too cold this week to start taking everything down, I'll continue to run the show for a limited time in the evenings this week thru Saturday nite. Again, I won't be using the outdoor speaker, but I'll continue using the FM transmitter in case any of our neighbors still feel like tuning in. The temperature will finally warm up into the upper 20s next Sunday, so that's when everything's coming down. I just hope I can get all the cords out of the snow without damaging them, otherwise some of the lawn decor might have to stay until the spring thaw. Other than the GFCI breakers tripping a few times one night during a light rain (which was easily resolved), everything ran very smoothly for our first year using the LOR. A big THANK YOU to the LOR help desk and to many of you who helped me out with the many questions and concerns that I had. This was our best light display ever and I couldn't have done it without you! Happy New Year!
  6. Bummer, but understandable. I was worried about the potential increase in traffic too, so since this is our 1st year using LOR, I didn't even put a "Tune To" sign on our lawn. I just told a few neighbors, relatives, and friends from work which FM frequency I'm transmitting on.
  7. LED Lights

    If you just need LEDs for the remainder of this Christmas lighting season, the Enchanted Forest lights from Menard's should be fine. But buy a few spare boxes, just in case. Hopefully they'll last at least a few years (unlike the ones I got last year at Home Depot that didn't even make it to the end of Dec.).
  8. LED Lights

    I'm using that brand for the first time this year and so far I'm not having any problems. I'm using them on the 3 tree trunks by our Nativity Scene and the 2 tomato cage mini-trees by our front steps. They seem to dim & shimmer just fine (see videos).
  9. FM Help!!!

    Sometimes you just gotta Fight Fire With Fire.
  10. "Freezing" and "Skipping"

    I covered them with plastic baby-proof outlet covers and made sure the sockets weren't laying on the ground. I didn't have to do that the previous 2 years using a non-LOR system because everything was daisy-chained together and there were very few unused sockets. But since nothing is daisy-chained in my LOR setup, I feel that I have to plug those unused sockets to hopefully prevent GFCI breaker trips. Thanks! It was a lot of work, and I know I'll do some things differently next year, but overall I'm pleased with how my 1st LOR setup turned out.
  11. LOR SET UP

    Ah, that makes more sense..... having a 2017 LOR controller, versus having 17 LOR controllers. But I think miniDirector can handle more than 4 light controllers though, because the online description says "Note that the mini-Director does not have a powerful on-board computer but will usually handle several hundred control channels depending on your sequencing style". But even if it's just 1 controller, I still think it's too late in the game to learn how to sequence enough songs considering Christmas is less than 3 weeks away. So at this point I'd suggest buying some sequences from LOR, mp3s from Amazon, and a Kingston SD card and SD card reader/writer.
  12. LOR SET UP

    Great suggestion/advice. Also make sure the SD card is Kingston or Lexar since the other brands won't work.
  13. LOR SET UP

    You have 17 LOR light controllers? At this point there isn't enough time for you to learn how to create sequences for that many controllers/lights. Even if you only had a few light controllers it would be a tough task with so little time before Christmas. So I strongly suggest buying sequences from the sequence store and the corresponding mp3s from Amazon. Check out the Sequence Sharing forum too.
  14. TSO Showtime Central

    Sorry, I'm not sure how to deal with that error since I connected a controller to my computer just once to change the unit ID# and it worked fine. Maybe someone here with experience doing that can help you through that error.
  15. TSO Showtime Central

    What is the ID# of the light controller? If it's not 1, set it to 1 using the LOR software (I only did that once a while ago, so I forgot how to do that). Then plug in a few more strands of lights in channels 1 - 4. Also, since there is an FM transmitter, set it to an unused FM frequency, and turn on a radio and set it to that frequency. With everything off and the SD card already in miniDirector, plug in the cords for the light controller. Do any lights flash? Do you hear the TSO music on your radio?