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Richard Hamilton

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Richard Hamilton last won the day on October 9 2012

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About Richard Hamilton

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  • Location
    Now in Sparks Nevada, previously in San Ramon, CA
  • Occupation
    Retired Engineering Exec / Former Pro Musician

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    Travel
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Been doing animated lights since 1990 (before LOR)
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas of course

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    5.1.2
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. Richard Hamilton

    UV concerns

    Yea, been there done that 🙂 Zip ties for most anything outside has been a problem for me as well so I stopped using them a few years ago.
  2. Richard Hamilton

    UV concerns

    Maybe your ribbons were exposed to the sun directly ?? I've mentioned elsewhere that I put mine up under the eves and they still look good and not discolored after several years. I live in the high desert at 5,000 feet so the sun UV is intense up here.
  3. Richard Hamilton

    CCR arches in S5

    I'm using ribbons inside my arches and use S5. For me, S5 provides a fast and easy way to add lot of nice effects without needing to use SS. I guess it is just a personal choice thing.
  4. Just a quick thought here. On the eve's I remember seeing someone on this forum say they zip tied their CCRs to a small PVC pipe and that made it easy to just put the pipe up on hooks or nail and then take down easy. I thought that was a good idea. For me, I installed my CCR strips permanently under the eve to stay there year-round, yet not able to see them unless they are on. Much less work for me to not put them up and take them down every year. The only other things to install is my tree and lower landscaping CCRs.
  5. Richard Hamilton

    Taking the Pixel Plunge ! Questions

    Yup, I also ditto all you said. I love S5 and would never want to go back to S4. The integration and use is so much easier once I got used to the changes. It was definitely worth the investment in time for me. Part of what took me longer to learn it is the current lack of documentation on S5. Good documentation could have probably saved me hours of experimentation. Hopefully that is coming soon so I can learn even more tricks. Thanks to the dev team for making a big improvement. It took me about 20 hours of time to get all my sequences set up properly in S5. Importing was easily. Reassigning things the way I wanted it and adding more effects is what too the extra time. I'm all set for the season now.
  6. Richard Hamilton

    Max number of pixels

    DevMike, wow. That is a GREAT amount of detail and information. Thanks for taking your valuable time to put this together. Much of it I already knew, but I learned some new important facts !!! Oh, and a mention about use of ELLs would be nice. I've found that I can't use ELLS in my CCR networks as there is too much lag at that speed. I run cat5 instead.
  7. Richard Hamilton

    Did anyone/everyone get their stuff?

    Well, I was in shock to see that I got my stuff within a couple weeks of the TFF order. But then again, I placed my order on the first day of the sale. Last year, I placed my order near the end of the sale and didn't see the stuff until end of October.
  8. Richard Hamilton

    new computer suggestions

    Jim, you may disagree as you seem to run a Christmas show biggest enough to be seen from the space station. From my experience, it doesn't require much of a powerful computer to run a light show with LOR. 😀
  9. Richard Hamilton

    New to This.

  10. Richard Hamilton

    New to This.

    Yup Jim, you are the Christmas Ninja. Good idea of refurb. Also might wait for black Friday. Last year I updated my really old Win 95 computer with one from Best Buy that was really powerful and during black Friday, the normally $475 was $280. I was surprised. 😀
  11. Richard Hamilton

    Driveway Arches

    Well it is just my one man's opinion. I've done it both ways. Like most folks, I used to wrap my lights around the pipe or-zip tie them to the pipe and it seems like every year I was damaging something while setting up or putting away. More importantly I really like the smooth look of the glowing pipe. There are a lot of videos out there that explain how to construct them and where to get the pipe. Some other members on here have also done the same thing. I just wish I had done this years earlier. For the last 3 years, no damage to my arcs while setting up and taking down.
  12. Richard Hamilton

    Driveway Arches

    Yes that is a great question and I am not sure of the answer. Maybe someone else knows. Mine are only 16 feet long (formed in a semi-circle) and they are plenty stiff enough to survive the high desert mountain winds. In my case, I have a retaining wall about 4 feet high and I lean my arches against the wall and attach the lower part to the wall to keep them from falling over. Even when I didn't have the wall at my prior home, they were still enough to stay in place with a single support pole in the center. You might know that there are various thicknesses available so I expect you could get a thicker pipe to withstand that length.
  13. Richard Hamilton

    Driveway Arches

    Have you considered getting translucent high density polyethylene tubing and putting the lights inside? That's what we have done and really like the effect. Plus, the lights don't get damaged with installing and putting away each year.
  14. Richard Hamilton

    Sequencer V5.1.2 Channel Configuration

    Agree, I was a bit lost at first, but after playing with S5 for a few hours, I began to understand it, and frankly like it a LOT better than S4 even though the documentation doesn't really exist yet. I'm sure they will have something better on documentation at some point.
  15. Richard Hamilton

    Where to find Outdoor surge protectors

    Good points about having the power company do the install. I did not have that option. I bought a whole house unit for about $100 and installed it myself. Fortunately one of my neighbors is the local building inspector and came to check out my work. I wish there would have been an option to have the power company do it at the time. It would have saved me some work, but I guess now I don't have to pay a monthly fee. They sure do work nicely and I haven't had any electronic device failures in the last 10 years.
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