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  1. I do a little bit as a hobby all year long so I am not so stressed when the season comes.  I'll take an occasional Saturday at least once in each month of the year to work on a sequence.  It also keeps the mind fresh on the use of the software.

  2. 17 hours ago, Mr. P said:

    Well the wife did it to me again, she threw a last minute project at me and she now wants pixels on the roof this year. She threw $1500 at me and said to get what we need and to let her know if it's going to cost more.

    She doesn't realize that not only do I have to put the controllers and pixels up but I also have to program the 28 songs for the new pixels. Why does she keep doing this to me.

    I already have the pixels so I am now off to get three more pixel controllers.

    Wife and I have an agreement.  She doesn't tell me what to do outside and I don't tell her how to decorate inside ?

  3. 18 hours ago, k6ccc said:
    Song title   Artist
      Wizards In Winter   Trans-Siberian Orchestra
      Christmas Cannon   Trans-Siberian Orchestra
      You're a Mean one Mr. Grinch   Burl Ives
      Jingle Bells   Barry Manilow with Expose'
      Hark! The Harold Angles Sing   Lake Ave. Church Organ & Orchestra  
      God Bless the USA   The American Patriots
      Deck the Halls   Mannheim Steamroller
      Carol of the Bells
      (Christmas Eve / Sarajeva 12/24)  
      Trans-Siberian Orchestra
      Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer   Gene Autry
      All I Want for Christmas is You   Mariah Carey
      Feliz Navidad   Jose Feliciano
      The Hanukkah Song   Elliot Dvorin
      Soldier's Silent Night   Father Ted Berndt


    I like that list.

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  4. 6 hours ago, Kyle Whitaker said:

    I haven't seen any discussion about people receiving their summer sale orders.  Anyone else out there waiting for their order to ship?  I am guessing LOR is still backed up with certain products.

    Actually there was a discussion in a couple other posts.  I got my order shipped in less than 2 weeks of order.  However, I ordered on the first day of the sale.

  5. Glad you were able to find a buyer.  Actually I just now listed 2 brand new linkers on eBay for interested parties.  All info is there.  Search for "ELL Easy Light Linkers" on eBay and they will probably be the only linkers listed.   Thanks all.

  6. 1 hour ago, k6ccc said:

    I have thought about mounting a laser that would hit the photocell on top of the light to turn it off.

    I recall a discussion about this a few years ago.  A few people jumped in to criticize about possible deflection that potentially affect pilots.   I don't know about that hypothesis.  Without experimenting, I just concluded that it probably won't work because the street light photosensors don't respond the the wavelength of lasers which are typically 810 nm and higher wave length, and you would probably have to be pointing down on the sensor from up above it anyway.  Who knows..... might work.

  7. 22 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

    So not a bug, perhaps with the new dip switch controllers there is a switch setting for some advanced control ...

    OK JR, I accept that.  Perhaps I was not clear why I call it a bug, or my definition of a "bug" is different.   I used that term by thinking if the software does something that I don't ask it to do, like changing the device ID, and then doesn't update the display to inform me that it changed the ID, I am confused trying to find what went wrong.  I'm hopeful that could be changed in the future.

  8. Just now, james morris said:

    I love Rock so i use Christmas songs by Rock bands and old school Christmas songs

    Yup,  me too.  And sometimes songs with nothing to do about Christmas at all.   On rare occasions, I get a visitor with a comment like "Why you play Pink Floyd songs mixed in with traditional Christmas music? "  Obviously they are not my neighbors or they would know why.  So I usually reply with a stupid sarcastic comment like......   "Learning to Fly.... is appropriate.   Reindeer do fly don't they?"  ?

  9. 6 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

    Halloween is the time to get all of the oldies, rock and roll and various genre of music out. However remember not everyone believes in Christ or they still want to show what they like. I do my shows for my family, everyone else is collateral damage.

    Christmas is the time where I play mostly Christmas music from all cultures, yes Japanese, Vietnamese and Spanish find a song or 2 in my Christmas shows. 

    The day after Christmas most Christmas music stops Santa stops singing and I turn to New Years music.

    If you have seen my sharing threads you see music all over the spectrum. A lot of it is from requests. The requests expose me to music I would have never thought of or heard since I listen to mostly country (and western). Old rock and roll. With that being said there are some songs I can only sequence so many seconds at a time.


    It seems we do similar things ?   Yea, I understand not everyone is religious, but I would have guessed they would not celebrate Christmas at all.   I just thought it was funny that Ozzie was singing to the lights about the devil with Jesus and the manger on the lawn, and then right after that was a song of highly religious content.  I sort of concluded he likes hard rock.

  10. Dibble, that's a great point and you reminded me of a quirk with similar results that I ran into recently.  This probably is not related to the OPs issue, but something to keep in mind.

    Recently I went into the Hardware configuration panel and accessed the "Cosmic Color/Pixie Config" panel to change RGB order.  The controller accepted the change, but it also RESET the device ID of that controller to ID 01.   That was totally unexpected as I did not tell it to reassign the device ID.  The 2nd problem is that the hardware panel did NOT update the contents of the dropdown list box to indicate it changed the ID.   I spent an hour trying to figure out why the lights were not working before I REFRESHED the hardware display and realized it changed the ID.

    Incidentally, if I change the number of pixels per port and the resolution to another value. on the config panel, it will also change the device ID.   Seems like a bug to me.

  11. Yes, this topic is not of any informational value.  Just entertainment.  I can't help but notice the wide variety of music that people use in their Christmas light shows these days.  It sure have evolved over the years.  I guess folks are tired of the old Bing Crosby type of traditional Christmas songs.  Hey, I am not complaining.   I do a wide variety of songs too.

    Now having said that, I'm curious what is the strangest music you've seen on a Christmas display?   Last year, I was traveling in another state and saw an LOR Christmas display where "Black Sabbath" music was being played.  Somehow, hearing Ozzie sing about running from the devil didn't seem to fit on Christmas eve.  I wondered was he a big Black Sabbath groupie or did he just forget that Halloween was over!  ?


  12. Well Mr. P,  I guess that after they install the light, I'll have to ship my pellet gun to you ?  ?

    Over the years on here, I've heard of some strange ways of getting the street light to go off during the show, but none I was willing to try in my previous neighborhood.  At my present house, there is a street light right at the end of our driveway, but it doesn't seem to affect the appearance of our lights in any way.

  13. 1 hour ago, notredameforlife said:

    awwww nevermind newbie issue, I never added the scene I just added something and closed out superstar thinking it would transfer, thanks I love this new update on S5

    Hmmmm, I also made that mistake.   I really like SS5 and the integration, but I am just not anywhere near knowledgeable enough to use it yet, so I am looking forward to hopefully seeing some thorough documentation or videos at some point.   Right now, I do most of my effects in S5.

  14. On 9/22/2018 at 11:31 AM, Orville said:

    The ones I'm using are able to be set in different positions, they have a tongue on them {see large photo in my post above}, so maybe you could use some industrial double sided tape or possibly Velcro to secure them to your brick retaining walls on the clips tongue line?  

    I know 3M makes some type of sticky tape they use on their hooks that will hold on to anything and pull clean when you take it down, won't even take the paint off painted surfaces, leastwise I've never had one do it used for hanging pictures in the house and they do have some for outdoors, but would be extremely costly to use them.   They only come in small packs of usually 5 to 10 clips, at least the ones I've seen are usually a very small quantity, and why it cost a small fortune to use them on hanging Christmas Light strands.   They may have a 20 pack now, but even that is too small a quantity to fill even the smallest of display needs.

    Might check with the 3M Company and see if they happen to sell that type of double-sided sticky tape by itself.

    One last suggestion is to make a small notch where you want to hang the lights on a clip in the brick, just small enough to securely slide the clip tongue into the mortar between the bricks and keep it held there.  Maybe leave the clips where they are year round so they're always there to string your lights each year.   I did that on my late mother in laws home where we used to live, I didn't leave the clips in, but just notched a small hole to slide a clip tongue into and  between the brick, worked great, and it really wasn't noticeable when the clip was removed, just took a little looking to find the same holes to use them again the next year.

    Good Luck.


    Good ideas.  I'll experiment.  thanks

  15. On 9/18/2018 at 2:48 PM, Mr. P said:

    They are pretty rigid with the coupler if you use some 3m marine adhesive/sealant 5200 like I did. They don't bend or flex but they will never come apart either.  ?

    Agree they are rigid and I did something similar to dibblejr.    I use 1/2" EMT and although it is heavier than PVC, the tree is really solid.  For each string, I use a standard 10' EMT and use a couple for another cut 6' section so the total length is 16' and matches the length of a CCR.  I drilled a small hole into the EMT so that the set screws from the coupler actually go into the hole instead of just pressing against the pipe.  Then I put Locktight on the screw to keep it from coming out.   The marine adhesive is also a great idea.


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