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  1. I have 3 of those standing, light-up deer, similar to the ones you see at any Home Depot or Lowes store. I bought mine from a garage sale two years ago, and while they look okay, they need some work. Some of the incandescent bulbs are burned out, and some of the frames are rusting. Anyway, one of the projects I want to do this off-season is tear these apart, repaint them, and convert them to LED lights or maybe even RGB pixels depending on my display for 2015. To repaint them, can anyone recommend what paint I should use for these? I was thinking of maybe even getting them powder-coated depending on cost? Any suggestions? -- Paul
  2. In previous years, I have had my show computer in the garage and have run a 100 foot long Cat 5 cable from there to my first controller. However, this year, to make things possibly easier, I am looking at keeping my show computer in my basement and running two Cat 5 lines up to the garage. For the USB-485, can I run a Cat 5 cable up to the garage, mount it in a box with a Cat 5 connector on the end of it, and then daisy chain another Cat 5 cable into it that would go out into the yard? Obviously, in the basement, on the other end of the cable, would be a regular connector connecting into the USB-485 (or can I do another Cat 5 connector). Can someone clarify what I can and cannot do? I'm hoping this is a possible option since I would like to keep things as simple as possible for this year. Thanks, Paul
  3. I am only using the programmer cable as a programmer, and am not doing anything else with it. I have a mix of type 1 and type 2 controller. When I go to program the controller, and hit the "READ" button, it comes up and says "No Controller Found". On the one controller that worked, I was able to change the address and it worked with no problem; however; the ones that don't work basically come up and say "No Controller Found" and that is the end of it. I have worked with David before so I know the support is Top Notch, however, I was hoping to resolve it without going that route. I'm going to try something else and if that doesn't work, then I'll file a ticket with David.
  4. 1. They are the 12V RGB Rectangular Modules. 2. I have 4 modules on each 3-channel controller. 3. Yes, I did check and they are the Holiday Coro modules, both the controller and the modules were purchased in 2012 from Holiday Coro.
  5. OK, so I was plugging the DMX signal cable in first, then the power cable; then running the Programming tool. And yes, I am only connecting one at a time. I have the solid orange pin hooked up to the D-, and the orange/white pin hooked to D+. I also checked the other solder connections to make sure everything else is correct. I may end up purchasing a 27-channel controller instead to run these, instead of these 3-channel buggers. Might be easier than dealing with the individual controllers.
  6. Last year I bought a bunch of those 3-channel DMX controllers. I believe I bought them through Holiday Coro. Anyway, today I started building a bunch of North Poles. Got the LED modules mounted onto the pipe, and got the "topper" assembled. However, the first batch of three, I can only configure one of them through the DMX programmer I bought with them. However, when I plug all of them in, the modules come on and start going through the auto-sequence, so I know they work. At first I thought that maybe it was one of my solder connections on the board for the DMX signal, but I double and triple-checked everything and they all look good. So then my next possible answer was that it could be how I'm connecting them. I have the connection setup this way: PC ---> DMX Programming Dongle ---> Injecting Power from Waterproof Power Supply --> DMX 3-Channel Controller In the meantime, I'll try another board to see if its maybe a defective batch, but if anyone has any ideas as to what I'm possibly doing wrong, I would appreciate it. Thanks, Paul
  7. I thought about buying pre-made net lights, but I want net lights that are three colors (Red, Blue, Warm White) and also want net lights that fit each individual shrub. The smallest net I have found was 4'x4' and I could do 3-4 shrubs with a net that size. Thinking it may just be easier to build my own. As for sequencing time, that's not an issue. I'm trying to make it so that setup is as easy as possible, because, it is just me. If I can spend 6 hours building my own nets and only spend a half-hour putting them out in the yard (instead of 2+ hours), then it is worth it for me.
  8. As part of the landscaping at my home, I have approximately 20 "small" shrubs that are probably 12" tall and 6-12" wide across. Right now, I basically wrap them in LED lights, but its kind of time consuming, so I had a thought. Anyone try to create their own "net lights"? Since I need to order some Pre-Sale lights, I was thinking of getting a bunch of 35-ct. strands, take either chicken wire or some sort of thin "net wire", paint it, and then string lights on it to look like a net. That way, come setup time, all I have to do is drape it over each shrub and plug it in, instead of having to spend hours wrapping all of them (I'm kind of OCD, so if it does not look right, I start over). Has anyone tried doing this, and if not, does anyone think it will work? I'm tempted to try it just to see if it would work, but thoughts from other members on here would be helpful. I'll try to post some pictures when I have it completed. Thanks, Paul
  9. For some reason, the link ate the rest of my post above. For the longer cords, I use the extension cord reels, because they fit perfectly stacked in some of my larger bins. Plus it helps to keep all bins labeled and make sure that what is on the label goes in the correct bin. I've had a few times where bins have been switched and I spend hours trying to figure out where I put lights, etc.
  10. I store much of my stuff in plastic totes, some are the 18 gallon totes while others are the larger totes. Right now, I have stuff scattered between the basement storage room, the shed, and the rest of the house. I haven't utilized my attic yet since I don't like climbing the stairs, but I think my blowmold nativity and some other stuff that does not get affected by heat will go up there. For lights, I just wrap them around my arm and tie each strand together. That way, all I have to do is untie it and its ready for use the next year. For extension cords, I keep the shorter cords (I call "extender cords" because they extend my extension cords that are too short) together on an extension cord reel, similar to http://www.amazon.com/Woods-2803-Mountable-H-Frame-Extension/dp/B0037W5W2O/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1387721846&sr=8-9&keywords=extension+cord+reel. For longer cords, I use the reels that are circular, and they fit perfectly stacked in my larger bins.
  11. Since I shot video of last year's display and didn't end up doing anything with it, I decided to get a head start on shooting my videos for this year. Luckily, I waited until the first snowfall of the season, so we ended up with probably a foot of snow on the ground; now, when I go to shoot the next round of videos, the snow will be melted and it will be showing my cords. This is my 3rd year using LOR, with 64 channels this year. Nothing too fancy, took me about 3 weekends (working 10-12 hours each day) to get it setup and tested, by myself. No family or friend involvement here. Who needs a bucket lift to install lights when its just you and your trusty ladder? Songs with Videos Online So Far: Kelly Clarkson - Underneath the Tree Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red Kelly Clarkson - Run Run Rudolph Faith Hill - Where Are You Christmas? Vimeo Link to Album: https://vimeo.com/album/2650574 (for some reason, having an issue embedding the videos on here). I have some Kelly Clarkson fans in my household, so I had to include a few songs from her new Christmas album in the show. Ended up sequencing the three songs in probably one night, started with Wrapped in Red, then did Run Run Rudolph and then Underneath the Tree. While I'm not happy with a few things in all 3 of them, they turned out pretty good considering I sequenced them without the trusty Visualizer tool. Hope everyone enjoys, and please feel free to provide feedback. I'm always looking for improvement in my sequencing.... Also thought I would include a photo too. Thanks, Paul
  12. I occasionally have this issue, depending on what I have going on in my yard. It first started happening when I was running incandescent lights, and my electrician told me that I was overloading the circuits. So this year, I swapped them out and am running 90% LED, and the same thing still happens. It gets to the point where the lights in my kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and foyer all flicker and dim to the music. Am supposed to have my electrician out this week to look at it and see what he says. My next option may be to just run a couple of circuits out to the garage, since I think I could be overloading circuits, and see if that possibly solves it. I have heard, though, that depending on how much power you pull when an item first turns on, the electrical panel cannot handle that load, so you get a slight 1-2 second dim/flicker on lights. This usually happens when I turn on my 60" Plasma HDTV, where every light in the house will flicker when that puppy turns on. But, again, I'm no electrical expert so don't take my word for it.
  13. I have the same concern as well. Right now, I live on a dead end street, and you can see my lights from the main road. Since I'm pretty far off the main road, I don't get very much traffic (probably 5-6 cars a night). There is a guy about 3 miles from me, who is actually my former neighbor, who's been doing an animated light show for about 8 years now, who has probably 50 cars a night in front of his house. I don't promote my show at all to the public. I have it on my website, talk about it on my Facebook page (roughly 200 friends) and my family and coworkers all know about it. Small group of people, maybe 400-500 people at best. The rest of the people who see my display find out thru them.
  14. Now that my show is up for this year (although I have some tweaking to do on a few sequences), I'm starting to plan out my show for 2014. One thing I am looking at is jumping into using RGB Pixels. I am wanting to use the pixel strips (not sure what they are called) on my gutters in place of my LED "Super Strings" (Red, Blue, Warm White). I roughly measured my gutters and would need approximately 100' of pixels to do what I want to do. I'm looking at the possibility of zip-tieing the pixels to conduit, then hanging the conduit from the gutters in 8 foot long sections (makes for easy storage). I've attached a picture of the front of my house. Can anyone make some recommendations on what kind of pixel strips to use? I'm probably leaning towards using a SanDevices controller(s), so my mind is made up on that one I think. Same recommendation for power supplies. Any help/recommendations some of you "pixel" experts can give would be great. Thanks! Paul
  15. I never thought of using the green fence posts, I actually have some up in the attic I may pull down and try if I have some time. I tied everything down with some rope and it held up pretty good, and it looks like the wind is gone for the time being. But thanks for all of the suggestions.
  16. I have a 14-piece Nativity scene that I have up in my front yard this year, its a model from General Foam. I've noticed that if I get one little gust of wind, all of the "standing" blow molds get knocked over. I've anchored them to the ground, and have even thrown bricks in the bottom of one of them, and yet, the wind still knocks them over. Last night, they were all standing. This morning, two of them ended up in the neighbor's yard three houses down, the wind dragged them (stakes and all), my one mistake was not plugging them into a controller. So, for those of you that have blow molds in your displays, give me some ideas on how you anchor them to make sure that they stay standing. I've done just about everything I have thought of and I'm just tired of having to spend an hour a day straightening them out. I'm just looking for an easy way to solve my dilemma. Thanks! Paul
  17. Website: www.ashtonlights.com (needs to be updated for 2013) Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/ashtonlights (need to upload some 2012 videos up there)
  18. Bizywk, thanks for the insight. This is exactly what I was thinking about doing, but I was not quite sure how I could accomplish it. Your details are exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! Paul
  19. So I took a shot and posted this over at the Planet Christmas Forums, however, since no one responded, I figured I would probably have a better shot of getting a few answers on here. So, a little bit of back story, back when I was a kid (probably 10 years ago or so) my Dad was a huge blow mold collector. We didn't have a lot, maybe about 10-15 or so that we would put out in the yard each Christmas. What he had done was at the bottom of each blow mold, he had cut a 1x2 piece of wood and glued it, then basically took 2x4 and staked the blow molds into the ground. Now onto my question.... For two years now I have been thinking about adding a Nativity Scene (of some sort) to my outdoor display. A few weeks ago, I took a drive up to Bronners in Frankenmuth (the world's largest Christmas store). Spent over $750 and bought a life-size Nativity - Holy Family is 42" in Height, wisemen are 42-61" Height, etc. Everything is now being stored in a 10x10 storage unit since I don't have any room at my house to store this stuff. Don't you love it when you have no space left? The gal at the storage place was laughing as I unloaded box after box of the Holy Family, Wisemen, etc, right off the UPS truck at the storage place. I told her what my plan was and she was like "Oh, that's cool". LOL.... Anyway, I am looking at building a 2 to 2 1/2 foot tall wooden platform to set my Nativity scene on, with space underneath to run wires and store stuff. I am wondering what I can do to secure my blow molds to this platform, without ruining the blow molds. I have read reports of nativity pieces being stolen (my friend had their Nativity stolen three different times). I'm also going to build a manger set on top of the platform for the Holy Family, along with multiple security cameras all over the front yard. I'm just wondering what the blow mold "experts" can recommend for security protection. Thanks for the help, as always! Paul
  20. I built a wooden stand out of 2x4s that I just screwed the controllers into and then ran my extension cords from it to the display items. However, next year, I am thinking about putting them out next to the display items in black waterproof storage bins. That way everything is nice and neat and hidden out of sight. The way it is right now, the stand is visible next to my front door and I want everything hidden next year. And, yeah, about extension cords, I don't mention them at all. Considering the price of copper, the last thing I want is some thief in my yard taking my extension cords. I actually had that happen last year where extension cords in the display went missing (turns out the neighbor three doors down from me needed extension cords and cherry-picked them from my display. I did get them back). Of course, if someone were to steal them, they would have to take most of my display items with them (since I zip-tie the extension cord to the item) plus a good chunk of gutters and down-spots (zip-tied) along with the controllers (since I zip-tie to those too). The only way for them to do it would be to cut over 3,000 zip tie which are randomly placed throughout the entire display, which isn't worth it.
  21. Thanks! I found a receipt for the ones I purchased last year and looks like I found some of them at Target, the rest at Wally World. I'm going to head over to both this weekend and see if I can find them. That reminds me, I need to hit up my Meijer store to get more LED Snowflakes.
  22. Two years ago, I bought a bunch of light-up candy canes that I think are either 28" or 36" in height. I have them in four colors- Red, Pink, Purple, and Green. I know where I can get the red candy canes, but I'm wondering if someone knows where to get the other three colors? If I remember correctly, I bought them at either Wally World or at Target, but I checked both (and ask the manager at both) and they said they no longer carry them. I'm using them as a perimeter around my display and I need about 10 more of each color. If someone can help, I would GREATLY appreciate it. I thought about making them myself but I've got enough DIY projects on my plate right now that it would just be easier to spend the money to purchase them. Thanks! Paul
  23. That's a good question Tim. I ordered 3 of the V1 controllers from him and then ordered 7 V2 controllers, so I'm stuck in the middle. He says that they will be offering those handheld programmers to people who purchased V2 controllers, but I really don't feel like spending $59 to solve an issue that is out of my hands. I've already spent hundreds of dollars on DMX stuff from HolidayCoro, some of which may not be used this year unless they can solve the problems with the programmer.
  24. For those who are wondering the problem that crazy man was talking about, David's post (from the HolidayCoro.com website) is below.
  25. For other forums, I've gone to hosting stuff on my DropBox account. Since my business (which I own) bought a paid account ($99/year for 100 GB), my account has 125 GB of space which is plenty to host. I see a point in having a file size limit, and that is to make sure that users aren't using the space to host "non-topic" items. However, for the cost of hosting space on the cheap, I do not agree with the 500K limit and would hope that someone at LOR would bump it up a little bit to a reasonable level (how is 5MB too much?). Do they expect us to host 5 files each time, and when we run out of space, to delete them and start over? I sure hope not.
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