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Rainbow Floods...ASSEMBLED!!

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WayneKremer wrote:

I think I'll get a RWR and RF to try both out. The RWR seems nice to mount under the eaves of the house. The RF really would light up the whole front of the house, tree, etc.

Bill, does putting 2 RF's together make a huge impact vs. one?

Wayne


It makes a significant impact, and well worth the $14.75 extra, especially with the red. Red is always going to be the least bright of all the colors, but the RF still have the other 2 beat, and with the double boards, it’s a very bright defined red. I’m off for a couple of days, I will try to get some comparison shots, but like I said, I’m no photographer.

Bill


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Tim Fischer wrote:

Tim Fischer wrote:
I just put in an order for a sample tonight. Pending some tests, hopefully will be ordering more!

My RF came today. Very fast shipping - thanks Greg!



Glad you got them Tim. The Postal Service is my new favorite friend. They shipping is cheap and its on your door step in 3 days max! Let me know how you like the lights!

On that note, you guys are really animals when it comes to these things!! :) I just can not keep them in stock. I have placed another order for all the components today and will have everything in 2 weeks max. There are a couple left, but not many, so don't worry if you still want them and haven't gotten any yet...more are to come!!



edit: spelling

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Ponddude wrote:

Let me know how you like the lights!

Will do! I'm waiting for my new solder station to arrive (should be here sometime this week) and then an evening where I can sit and knock it together :)

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I used the RJ-45 ECS weather proof jacks for my floods.

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This seems to be a pretty good deal to install the boards. No shipping if you pick it up in the store.






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New: Craftsman 1,000W Tripod Worklight with extra handheld for $22 + $11 s&h
Sears offers the Craftsman 1,000-watt Tripod Worklight (pictured) with a handheld worklight, model no. 14204, for $29.99. Add it to your cart and it drops to $21.99. Shipping adds $10.65, or choose free in-store pickup. That's $18 off and ties our mention from two weeks ago as the lowest total price we could find for the set. Sales tax is added where applicable. This combo includes a tripod worklight with four light levels and extending legs that raise up to 70", two 500-watt bulbs, extra handheld worklight, and more.


Edit to add that the deal expires on 6/20/2010

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JBullard wrote:

I used the RJ-45 ECS weather proof jacks for my floods.

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John, it looks like you modified the pigtail end of the RJ34ECS to the light housing? What did you do there?

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John, that looks great. Can I ask what enclosure you're using? Did it come with the stake, or did you build that all up from parts?

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I should let everyone know that it looks like my idea for the enclosures just isn't going to work out. With very preliminary pricing in, it looks like the enclosures, waterproof and all, would end up cost you around 29 bucks. Honestly, I almost fell off my chair when they sent me the pricing. That also was for 150 units and that is where their price breaks end. I am going to still do my research and see what I can come up with to make some sort of enclosure for these that is reasonably priced.

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Ponddude wrote:

I should let everyone know that it looks like my idea for the enclosures just isn't going to work out. With very preliminary pricing in, it looks like the enclosures, waterproof and all, would end up cost you around 29 bucks. Honestly, I almost fell off my chair when they sent me the pricing. That also was for 150 units and that is where their price breaks end. I am going to still do my research and see what I can come up with to make some sort of enclosure for these that is reasonably priced.


Since it sounds like the cat5 connectors are going to be on the outside of the enclosure anyway, why couldn't you just cut the holes in the plastic box on the back of the halogens and mount them there. Of course you would have to run the wires.

Bill

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Tim Fischer wrote:

John, that looks great. Can I ask what enclosure you're using? Did it come with the stake, or did you build that all up from parts?



Tim,

I found those at Big Lots, came with the stake, a spring clamp and a hanging hook.

I bought all they had at my local store.


EDIT: Price was about $9 They were yellow, a little spray paint fixed that!

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zman wrote:

JBullard wrote:
I used the RJ-45 ECS weather proof jacks for my floods.


John, it looks like you modified the pigtail end of the RJ34ECS to the light housing? What did you do there?



These housings had a power cord that entered though the back. I used the same wiring path, cut off the male end of the RJ45ECS and direct connected to the circuit board.

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JBullard wrote:

Tim Fischer wrote:
John, that looks great. Can I ask what enclosure you're using? Did it come with the stake, or did you build that all up from parts?



Tim,

I found those at Big Lots, came with the stake, a spring clamp and a hanging hook.

I bought all they had at my local store.


EDIT: Price was about $9 They were yellow, a little spray paint fixed that!



Thanks for the info. Looks like it works perfectly...

The Big Lots closest to me closed a few years back so I don't get there often anymore, but I might have to make a point of finding one and tracking these down.

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JBullard wrote:

zman wrote:
JBullard wrote:
I used the RJ-45 ECS weather proof jacks for my floods.


John, it looks like you modified the pigtail end of the RJ34ECS to the light housing? What did you do there?



These housings had a power cord that entered though the back. I used the same wiring path, cut off the male end of the RJ45ECS and direct connected to the circuit board.
Thanks John!

Tim, I know I have seen these type floods at Home Depot at times. The price might not be as good as what John picked them up for. I am going to check Harbor Freight next.

Mark

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Tim Fischer wrote:

JBullard wrote:
Tim Fischer wrote:
John, that looks great. Can I ask what enclosure you're using? Did it come with the stake, or did you build that all up from parts?



Tim,

I found those at Big Lots, came with the stake, a spring clamp and a hanging hook.

I bought all they had at my local store.


EDIT: Price was about $9 They were yellow, a little spray paint fixed that!



Thanks for the info. Looks like it works perfectly...

The Big Lots closest to me closed a few years back so I don't get there often anymore, but I might have to make a point of finding one and tracking these down.


A bit more money but Home Depot has them here

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JBullard wrote:

zman wrote:
Northern Tool still has them for $7.99

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200309783_200309783

No stake.



Mark, I also bought some of those to put two boards in for doubles. A few weeks ago Northern (at least locally) had them on sale for $4.99 That's when I bought!


WOW! Too bad, my closest Northern Tool is only a 1000 miles from me in North Dakota. Tim should have some around him though. I need a Northern coupon to hit me via email pretty soon.

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I should explain what I am trying to get done with these cases.

The cases would have been completely waterproof with a clear cover on it. The modular jacks would have been inside rubber gasket seals that you would have fed the cat-5 cable through. In theory, they would have been completely waterproof.

Right now, everyone's best bet is to keep getting those halogen cases to put your lights in. They work great and what I used all during my proto-typing.

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I am thinking that I would like to find something submersible for a Rainbow Wall Runner to place inside a fountain. Not to steal the thread but any thoughts on that?

Rick

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zman wrote:

WOW! Too bad, my closest Northern Tool is only a 1000 miles from me in North Dakota. Tim should have some around him though. I need a Northern coupon to hit me via email pretty soon.

Yeah, they're based here out of the Twin Cities. I'll have to check them out, although I'd like the smaller form factor I think (still have to assemble and try my sample to see about light output...)

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When you place two of the floods in the same enclosure and wire them directly together without using the connectors, what type of wire do you use? Is it a short piece of cat 5 cable or can any wire be used?

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Denny wrote:

When you place two of the floods in the same enclosure and wire them directly together without using the connectors, what type of wire do you use? Is it a short piece of cat 5 cable or can any wire be used?


I just stripped a piece of cat5, but any small hobby wire can be used, it just has to be small enough to fit in the holes on the board. It only has to carry 12v.

Bill

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Bill Hoffman wrote:

Denny wrote:
When you place two of the floods in the same enclosure and wire them directly together without using the connectors, what type of wire do you use? Is it a short piece of cat 5 cable or can any wire be used?


I just stripped a piece of cat5, but any small hobby wire can be used, it just has to be small enough to fit in the holes on the board. It only has to carry 12v.

Bill

When soldering wires directly to the board (instead of using the Cat5 jacks), is it pretty obvious which wires go where (referring to the color key in the instructions?)

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Ponddude wrote:

Due to popular demand, the Rainbow Floods are now being offered fully assembled! I know, a lot of you are saying, "They were offered assembled before." Well, you are correct, but the demand for assembled floods has been more than I could have ever imagined. So, I now have a supplier that is going to be making them. They have been ordered and parts are en route to the manufacturer now, but if you want ensure you get some, the pre-order event is going on now. Lights are expect to start shipping on 6/25/10.

You can find the lights here:

http://www.christmasonmanor.com/store/product.php?id_product=25

The product information page can be found here:

http://www.christmasonmanor.com/rainbowfloodlight/rfl.htm

Also, for those that are interested, the DIY version of the Rainbow Floods are back in stock and shipping!

As with any of my pre-sales, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at greg@christmasonmanor.com or visit our support forum at http://www.christmasonmanor.com/forum

Does anyone have any clue, how to get a hold of the owners of christmasonmanor.com?

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I'm right here....:(

However, if you want, you can send me an email at greg@christmasonmanor.com. You can send me a PM too.

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