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  1. johnny christmas wrote: I guess I am too lazy. I bought mine at Target... prelighted, 3 in a box.
  2. Tim Fischer wrote: I think I remember Dan saying awhile back that there's a bunch of preset intensities/fades that you can customize, instead of just one that you have to keep changing. This would be really helpful, as I'm constantly changing that setting... -Tim AMEN ! A feature I would love. I could really use preset intensities. Also I saw on a wish list somewhere on this board that they wanted to be able to show intensity of a segment on a popup when rolling the mouse over it. I could really use that feature too. Often I have to go in and experiment to see what setting I made for an intensity.
  3. Tim Fischer wrote: Tim, "Great minds think in the same gutter." :-) I do the exact same thing and I agree it is a good technique. In my case, I have one controller dedicated to 16 candy canes on the ground. Each candy cane also has a mini tree tied to the same channel. I chase the candy canes (and associated tree) at full brightness in parts of a song while the background intensity is set to about 25%. It looks a lot better to me than simply chasing the lights from full off to full on (of course I do that too at some times).
  4. We have had a donation box for 15 years. Our donations go to a different charity that we select each year, but it always involves the selection of an organization that benefits ill children. As for the donation box, ours was so old we replaced it last year. I bought one of those vertical locking metal mail boxes from Home Depot that is intended to mount on the outside wall of the house. It is opened with a key in the top. There is a small wide slit in the top of the box where people can enter checks or cash. I installed it to a 4x4 wooden post that fits into a metal stake in the ground (stake comes with the post). Each year we leave the stake in the ground and just mount the post in it (a 5 minute job).
  5. I hope this information is correct. It is just my observation and experience playing with LOR. It appears that when you edit a sequence, the show editor picks up the changes the next time you start the show. Also, I have not had any trouble in the last two years editing a sequence while the show is running, but in order for the updated sequences to take effect, I stop the show and restart it.
  6. I'm curious if you have the same problem with standard incandescent bulbs? Have you tried plugging in a string of standard bulbs and looked at them in the dark to see if they do that same thing?
  7. melwelch wrote: Mel, thanks for the introduction as a PF associate. I looked at your site and info. Very interesting stuff. I have not heard of you from the Pink Floyd folks, but that is probably because we are from different times. Great job on getting the pyro stuff out to LA. That was a miracle. Please stay in touch. If you get an opportunity, go to my site and register, or send me a private email. I see we have a lot in common. Richard
  8. Bjorn74 wrote: I leave mine on all the time. It's no big energy loss. In fact, during the day, I am running a sequence which plays repeatedly (no lights of course). It gives information about show times, dates and other related info. This way, there is always something going on at that radio frequency so that when people drive by during the day, they can tune in to hear what is going on. Tim has a good suggestion with the X10 control if you don't want to run the transmitter all the time. If using X10, you need to have a good one because some X10 devices aren't very good at switching on very low loads such as a tranmitter. Or you might consider just a cheap $10 time from the hardware store. By the way, I think you mean to say you have a 25 milliWatt unit, not .25 Watt? If you running more than 25 milliWatts in the USA, then you are running it illegally. Richard.
  9. Ah Dan, you are a genius. That solved the problem, yet I have no idea on earth why that worked. I never would have figured this out by myself. When I first received the unit, once of the first things I did was to change the ID number of the unit to the value I needed. I never plugged it in first, and I assume it needed that for some reason. Thanks for the solution. All works well. Richard
  10. Tim Fischer wrote: Thanks Tim. Good suggestion, but that is not the problem.
  11. Thank you, Well, I guess I would still call you an "Old Timer" ;-) btw, beautiful family photo. I am sure the kids will grow up to enjoy your Christmas displays. cheers, RGH
  12. As an experienced user of LOR, I seem to have trouble with this issue. One of my 6 controllers (an 8-channel unit purchased this year) is working normally during a show with one exception.... between songs during the show, lights on many channels will not turn off fully as expected. They stay in a very dimmed state. When I stop the show at the end of the night, the lights turn off fully. Strangely, this problem occurs only when the show scheduler is running, and it only occurs on one of the 6 controllers. The show is working fine and all channels work as expected during a song. Any suggestions are welcome as I don't see any clues to this issue on the support board or on the Wiki. Here are some other facts. The unit is an LOR-800W with most recent 4.01 firmware. Signals are being sent to all controllers wirelessly. The channels typically drive one string of incandescent bulbs (about 100 Watts) A couple of channels have mixed sets of lights (led and incandescent), but still only drawing about 50-150 watts. Several channels exhibit the "very low light" on state during the show so the reason is NOT due to low power draw of LEDs. I am not running any "Background" sequences or animations. To state again, the controller works fine during a song, but not between songs when there is simply an announcement being played with no lights signals being sent. Thanks for your genius suggestions. RGH
  13. Christmas_time_karl_UK wrote: We use one of those plastic laminator devices that you can get in any big office supply store. We print the sign on our printer and then laminate it and glue it to wood.
  14. Thanks to LOR, synchronized displays have gotten easier for us in the last couple of years. In 1992 we started our display with midi controllers that we used to use with Pink Floyd tours and it was a bit cumbersome to program the sequences and unfortunately midi is just not fast enough to run a lot of channels at fast speeds. Our sole purpose was to collect money for charities from teh generous people that drive by. Thankfully, it has been very successful. A couple of years we started adding LOR equipment to our display and it has helped us in a lot of ways. Our two neighbors have joined in on the action, so I transit wireless data to their garages so their lights will be in sync with ours. Our site that gives all of the details is at http://MagicLightShow.com (ok, so I was desperate to find a domain name that was not taken). We also have a bulletin board there as well, so we hope to see you. Cheers, and wishing you a safe, happy holiday season. Richard
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