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johnson8ryley

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About johnson8ryley

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    http://www.lightsoflincoln.com

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    Lincoln, Nebraska
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  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    From this Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgf60CI_ks
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas!

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    3.9.0
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    Advanced
  1. This info will be helpful to anyone in the Midwest Menards (a large Midwest hardware chain) has 50' on sale for $3.50 and 100' on sale for $6. I'll be making my way there tomorrow morning around 8 in the morning.
  2. Todd, do you mean you were able to fully wrap all 5 of your miniature trees with one spool? Lowe's has 100ft garland for $9 and I might buy 2 sets as I have a total of 9 miniature trees that are also 3ft.
  3. I would stop at Lowes except its a good 30 min drive and on the opposite side of town for me. Thanks for the tidbit about Walgreens and CVS, haven't stopped there to look yet. Any type of garland would work, doesn't have to be anything special. All I need it for is to wrap my miniature trees. Doesn't matter to me if it has wire branches or not.
  4. I'm building miniature trees for next years show and I'm pretty much set on what lights I'm getting but where is the cheapest place, before or after Christmas, that I can pick up garland. We have Walmart, tons of dollar stores, Home Depot, etc. I'm just not sure which place would have the cheapest garland. Can you guys share your experiences or any tips? Thanks.
  5. I'm building miniature trees for next years show and I'm pretty much set on what lights I'm getting but where is the cheapest place, before or after Christmas, that I can pick up garland. We have Walmart, tons of dollar stores, Home Depot, etc. I'm just not sure which place would have the cheapest garland. Can you guys share your experiences or any tips? Thanks.
  6. Well, I may wait until black friday but then again, I might have my show running by then. I was looking for some suggestions for websites where I can buy right now but thanks for all the suggestions! keep them coming!
  7. Hey folks. I've put off working on my show for way to long now and am now in rush mode so this is going to be short and sweet. I have 9 Mini-Trees about 3ft tall. I'm looking for the cheapest LED strands of solid white (please no yellow white) that you guys have come across. Preferably nothing larger them M5's ( so basically 5mm LED's or Mini-M5's). Hopefully this topic can save me a few hours searching aimlessly for the cheapest LED's out there. Thanks in advance!
  8. Really? I haven't heard that one yet. Usually when it says waterproof, they mean waterproof lol. If it comes in the plasticy enclosure then I should be all set.
  9. I already have everything sorted out. 2811 smart strip, large power supply (can't remember volts and ext) and a pixel controller all over E1.31. I've had my setup verified on ACL.
  10. I just got my everything bought for my 2012 RGB setup this year but now I must learn how to program RGB Devices. The Strip is a smart strip and is identical to the Cosmic Color Ribbon. Does anyone have any guides or tutorials on how to program these? My first question I have though is about how to set it up in sequence editor. I have 4 boxes amounting to a total of 64 channels but these do not plug into the LOR boxes and do not consume a channel so my question is, do I add 3 channels (3 strips) on top of the 64 channels from my boxes? I should add that I have S3 and have an advanced license but do not have the superstar editor ( I believe that's what it's called )
  11. Sysco I recommend taking a look at this thread over at auschristms. There are a few strips listed but I would recommend the 2811 strip. http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,2514.msg22136.html#msg22136 If you need any clarification on how my setup may look, either reply to this thread or pm me.
  12. Well considering the strips are weatherproof and all the connections will be in a weatherproof box, just like how cosmic color devices controllers and power supplies are, I can't see much difference. The strips that you can buy online are very similiar, if not identical to the ones light o Rama supplies, the only difference being the proprietary controller they use. Chances are, I would have a failure with either ccrs or DIY strips down the road, say 3 years. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd rather pay $36 for a new strip instead of having to buy a new cosmic color ribbon. Trust me, I know where you're coming from in terms of customer support. If you read my first post, you'll see why. Light o Rama shelled out $100 just for me. Those controllers are like 12 lbs and they overnight shipped one to me...for free! But I have the time and knowledge now to build it myself and if I want a successful show on the budget, DIY is the way to go. I wasnt ready to shell out $650+ just on 3 strips that can be cut with a pair of pliers. And I can get support from the forums as well. Last night I had a quick question about rgb power at about 1 in the morning. Got on auschristms, went to chat with other members, had my answer within 10 minutes. I would've received an answer around noon if I would've emailed LOR. And if I was able to receive that type of answer at 1 in the morning, I could probably receive 10x the support at noon or 3pm for more people will be on. And if I want to add more DIY rgb items in the future at even a cheaper rate, this is the way to go. I might add that I live 3 blocks away from a school and my arches are about 5 ft away from the sidewalk. If I had kids kick down American flags when school WASN'T in session, I'm a little worried what they'll do to a $250 strip of lights that can be cut with simple tools.
  13. Well, with this being my first year with rgb, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to spend the time learning how to program rgb devices AND have to DIY. That being said, I have received tremendous help over at auschristmas and have switched from a possible DMX setup to a for sure E1.31. Its so simple, almost as easy as hooking up cosmic color devices. The only true wiring I have to do is for the power and connections. The rest is all cat 5. Computer=>Cat 5=> standard ($64) pixel controller=>strip #1=>strip #2=>strip #3 with power being injected between each strip. The only reason I would consider something else other then a cosmic color device is because of the price. My setup will nearly be half of what I would've paid if I would've bought cosmic color ribbons. Someone with enough knowledge and time could easily undercut a cosmic color ribbon by $60 a pop and still make a profit off a similiar plug and play device.
  14. Thankfully I do have an advanced license. I have yet to really look into programming RGB strips but isn't macro the term for used for controlling every individual pixel?
  15. There's no certain specification or feature need for the adapters to work? I'm glad to hear that. What about programming? The strip has the same amount of pixels as the CCR. Would programming be a carbon copy of programming for a cosmic color ribbon?
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