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  1. Daryl

    running wires to the outside

    Getting in here late, but what kind of controllers are you using, pixel or AC controllers? If using AC controller to control incan or LED light strings, get a pair of Easy Linker wireless modules. Put in inside the house connected to your LOR 485 converter and hook the other to a controller on outside of house and done, no wires running through the wall or window. Also protects computer from lightning and power surges since no physical connection. If you are running lots of pixels and RGB's, this likely won't work but or bandwidth limitations. Daryl
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    SPT vampire plug "in-line"

    I get my SPT plugs from Creative Displays during their pre order sale at the beginning of the year. I see ChristmasLightShow.com has the female inline SPT-1 plugs for $6.00 pkg/10. I prefer the ones from Creative Displays but they are more expensive. Daryl
  3. Daryl

    Looking for Extension Cords...

    Extension cords for light strings or for powering controllers? I use SPT1 for light strings and buy in 1000 ft spools Daryl
  4. Daryl

    Extension cord storage ideas

    I use Christmas tree storage bins from Walmart. They are kind of pricey but they have wheels on one end so I can wheel them around and they can be stacked. I put all of my lights and extension cords (SPT2) in 5 or 6 bins. Also when I put the lights in, I coil them up and put cardboard in between the layers so they don't tangle as much.
  5. Yes they are the GE ones? Sounds like these will work just fine Thanks for the responses
  6. No, they don't say that they are. I don't want twinkles but hope they are dimmable.
  7. Has anyone used the 6inch spheres with 50 LED lights in their display? I just bought eight of them and wondered if there would be an issue with them fading up/down using an AC controller. I couldn't find anything in the safety documents if they are dimmable or not and only that the bulbs are non-shunted type.
  8. Daryl

    DIY Extension Cords

    I currently have 208 DIY custom length cords. My setup is different from others here as I keep all my controllers in two custom made plywood boxes that I put on the garage roof (for security and vandalism purposes as I have two schoolbus stops in front of my house). Then I run the extension cords out from one central location. I have bundled the cords together based on location of props (beginning of light strings) and the controller that they come from. Each bundle is numbered and I have marked the bundle number the underside of the eaves the near the cuphooks that hold the bundles along the path the cords will hang. Each bundle is held together with Velcro onewraps about every two-three feet. This allows me to easily replace cords (which I have not had to do), reuse the Velcro, and the cords can slide as needed to connect to controllers/lights and make turns/bends. Number of cords per bundle is 8-16. Each cord is labeled on each plug end using a label maker and metallic label tape. The male plug ends have the controller ID (1-1, 1-12, 10-4, etc) on it, and the female end has a light string code (Left RE-R, Left RE-Grn, LW-Blue, etc) so I can easily locate, run and plug in each bundle of cords quickly. All of my lights are bundled similarly. Each color of light strings around a particular prop, say a window, are bundled together with their plugs labeled the same as the female ext cord bundles (Left RE-R, Left RE-Grn, LW-Blue, etc). Just match the plugs together and connect them. I can have my entire display up by myself in about 4-5 days depending on how energetic I am for that day. I store everything all bundled up as well. When I pull the display out for the season, I know where each light string bundle and ext cord bundle goes and hang them as a group and not individual strings or cords. Diagrams, spreadsheets and pictures are all helpful. As my display is very compact on a two story house and not spread out over a large area, this system works for me.
  9. Daryl

    controller board

    I keep my controllers (13) in two plywood boxes I made that I put on the roof. Keeps controllers mostly centralized, out of the weather, and off the yard reducing chances of vandalism and theft. Show computer is in a spare bedroom and wirelessly connected to controllers. I use an FM transmitter to get the audio to cars outside (no outside speakers). I can email you pics if requested.
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    SPT wire

    So the plugs you can get from Home Depot, are they for SPT1 or SPT2? I've heard the diameter of the insulation is the only difference between the two but mixing plugs and cords is not a good idea. I've always bought my cord and plugs from the same place (Creative Displays) making sure to keep them all SPT1.
  11. Daryl

    station signs ideas

    I bought mine from ChristmasLightShow.com. Go to the more Products tab and there you can see the TUNE TO signs. It is made to fit onto a real estate sign frame.
  12. Daryl

    Screw size - LOR1602 cover?

    So will stainless screws with a knurled top really help you find them when you drop one. BTW Larry, I still have all my controller screws too. But then again all my controllers are in a plywood box on the roof. I figured the farther away from the grass I was the more time I would have to catch one before it landed in the grass.
  13. Daryl

    Easy Light Linkers

    debtoews, I'm guessing that you weren't running any or a lot of RGB's with the ELL's?
  14. Daryl

    Easy Light Linkers

    Oh bummer, TomSusie got me excited there for a minute. With all the new technology and devices coming out you would think they would be upgrading the ELL's to run on the new hi-speed networks.
  15. Daryl

    What to start with (buying the hardware)?

    If you decide to run off a computer, make it a dedicated computer in the evening for only the lights. Remember the audio for the lights comes thru the external jack. If you want to watch a video with sound the same time your light show is running, the sound from the video your watching will come through over your light show too. As was stated earlier, it doesn't take much to run a simple show. Granted I'm not running RGB, but I'm using an old Vista laptop to running my 192 channels using wireless light linkers from LOR. Daryl