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My Halloween display (orange eave lights and 4 pumpkins) is a test to make sure things are going to work for Christmas. It goes up a week before Halloween.

I use C7 chasing candlesticks and several controllers for both Halloween and Christmas, so they stay up. On November 1, I remove the orange lights and pumpkins, and move the speakers to their Christmas location. I set up the rest of the Christmas stuff the first 3 weeks of November.

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Hi All:

I start putting lights up last week of October and light up on Nov 25 pm.

Hey if Macy's can bring in Christmas on the Nov.25th So Can I LOL HO Ho Ho.



Don In Kenner...:)

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1st year will be this, plan on setting up around the 1st week of Oct for Halloween. Then I'll tare down and keep going until all the Christmas lights are up. Last year we all had static displays and we all began the weekend before Thanksgiving. All it took was one neighbor out doing so, the trickle effect was amazing. After I saw this, I grabbed all my lights too! :) If I remember right the weather that weekend was amazing. 70's and sunny.

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This is my 5th year. I do a Halloween and Christmas display. I will set up Halloween on the 2nd and 3rd of October and take it down on November 1st. I will set up Christmas on November 20th and 21st as we are having family over for Thanksgiving this year, and take it down on the 2nd of January.

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Being a newbie, cannot speak to past experience, but planning on taking Thanksgiving week off to do the bulk of the work, with some weekend prep starting long before that.

When I first got serious about LOR back in the spring, I was a little skeptical of those who were telling me how you can't get started early enough, and don't underestimate the amount of work to do. I laughed then, but now I'm looking at putting all the tasks into MS Project and tracking it that way..I have seen the light..:D

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DonFL wrote:

Being a newbie, cannot speak to past experience, but planning on taking Thanksgiving week off to do the bulk of the work, with some weekend prep starting long before that.

When I first got serious about LOR back in the spring, I was a little skeptical of those who were telling me how you can't get started early enough, and don't underestimate the amount of work to do. I laughed then, but now I'm looking at putting all the tasks into MS Project and tracking it that way..I have seen the light..:D


Somer of us have to deal with snow and cold.

When it is real cold (-18 C or 0 F) or colder you can only stay out for a short time so setting up when it is warmer make sence!

Even if it was warm I would take me many full days to set everything up.

Wow only about 2 more months to set up Halloween!

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KenL_MCSE wrote:

Paul when does it start getting cold in Alberta?


It never ends!



No seriously it can start to snow in Oct!

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I was hoping for the "It Never Ends" response - lol

I cannot rember if we ever had snow or ice before Thanksgiving in SE Pennsylvania

One thing for sure the worst time to put your lights up in when the wind is whipping

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I start the end of September when the temperature finally dips below 100. :P

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I'm hoping at the end of September the temperature stays above freezing.

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KenL_MCSE wrote:

Paul when does it start getting cold in Alberta?

Paul said jokingly that it "never ends" and he is not that far off. This summer shows no sign of global warming but global cooling rather.

Right now the leaves are changing colour and this weekend coming the high will be 17c compared to 27c. Our first frost can come in the last week of August or early Sept., and we had a big snow storm on Sept 17th back in 2006 or something like that.

We did have snow storms on Halloween night on a number of occasions.

Paul mentioned -18c (0 F) but the last two Decembers began way colder than -18c (0 F). Rather it was -30 to -35c for most of December or (-22 F to -31 F) except that one week before Christmas where it went from -35c to -46.2c or (-31 F to -51F).

Edmonton where Paul lives does not see all the snow and cold like we do 1 hour South West of Edmonton. We get a bit more snow, Frost, and cold than Edmonton for the most part, but not always.

I start putting the lights on bushes and the house on the second or third week of Oct., and then spend most of Nov. setting up the rest of the display. So on many occasions I have set up in cold and snowy conditions.

By the way after 4 weeks of -30c (-22 F) -18C (0 F) feels like spring.

At -5c or (23 F) people begin to take their coat off, and I am not kidding.

Here is a picture I took of our 1st snow fall back on Sept.12th , 2009 . (nothing like 2006)






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I grew up in the Vancouver BC area where when it snows the rain next day washes it away!

The first year I was here it snowed the last week of Aug (yikes that is next week) and I don't think that snow melted until the spring.

I don't think our display would look right without the snow. (I just want it to wait until I have my yard done).

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I generally try to take my stuff down by January 10th or so. Last year the temp was about 10F and the wind was bitter. So a lot of my stuff stayed up until we got back into the 30's. How long before you guys start taking things down up there.

And Denny you are better man than me. I hate the heat. I grew up in S. Florida. When I took a job in PA - I swore I would never go back - and have not. This record heat summer has brought back bad memories of sitting in front of a fan that is in front of an ac vent.

I can always turn the fireplace on or put more clothes on to warm up! Not to mention the wife - ;)

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KenL_MCSE wrote:

How long before you guys start taking things down up there.







I start first weekend after the New Year. But it is a slow proccess. -20 to -40 you only stay out for a few minutes.

Plus the stakes are frozen in the ground and very hard to take out.

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Probably won't get any sympathy out of this group, but I have to wait to end of November, cause sometimes I am still cutting grass even in to December.

The price I have to pay to live in Florida.

;)

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Last year I had 16 channels and started Thanksgiving week after work. This year I have 96 Channels and decided to take Thanksgiving week off and try to knock everything out in a week. Come to think of it, I need to start the week of November 14th.

Our neighborhood has a Christmas Tree lighting extravaganza the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I am planning an unveiling of my own the same day.

Now, back to sequencing :P

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For some of us it is a matter of what the wife will allow. I have been doing the display thing for a long time and we have come to an understanding. I can put stuff out when ever I like I just can not light it up until Thanksgiving eve.

The weather in Southeastern Utah can vary from year to year. I do like to get the roof work done and ladder work done after Halloween / the first week of November. I am not a fan of being cold. Ground displays I will put out the 3 week of November. It all just depends on my work schedule and the expectations of my wife's projects that she expects me to help her with.

I have done some really big Halloween displays in the past but I do not think that I will have to time to do as much this year. I will recycle some props and hook up some lights and maybe to talking face this year. Sorry Halloween kids I just do not have the time this year.

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Ok so call me crazy. I only have about 1 hour per night after work. I work 7 days a week and have a busy schedule like alot of others and some times my wife and kids will have other plans for me. I actually just started hanging lights last night. I know it was not even September yet. I am short a few extension cords and need my display set up so I can show the wife what I need. This is my first year with an animated display using LOR. I used Mr. Christmas in tha past but only had 12 channels. I am starting this year with 48 and bought all the cords my local stores had after Christmas but still need about 700-1000 ft. I really am trying to see my options as far as spt wire or store made. After I get set up I will see how close to pre-made length or if I will buy a 1000 ft spool.

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I had hoped to purchase a couple of new controllers this year to add to my display. However life gets in the way. My son has been in and out of the hospital all summer and all of my spare cash is now history.

Maybe next year I can expand. Oh well at least I can always come up with some new sequences if I can find the time to sequence some new songs.

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ny_yankee_25 wrote:

I started today!

WOW!
For Christmas or Halloween? Guessing you've got a pretty large display going on this year?

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pokrplr wrote:

ny_yankee_25 wrote:
I started today!

WOW!
For Christmas or Halloween? Guessing you've got a pretty large display going on this year?

Christmas! Its a small 64 channel display. But I'm switch for incadesent to retro led bulbs. So As I'm installing them, I'm changing bulbs. The extension cords do go out until later this month.

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It takes time, time and more time. Last year with 18 controlllers boxes I started the day after halloween. I took two weeks off work and it took every day and them some from morning to night. I had help with only a couple arrangements, the rest I did. Hopefully this year with things I did it will save lots of time. Most everything is connected to PVC tubing, a few screws and its up! Walah! No staples, or very few this year. Well, Good luck to all, Happy Lighting!

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Today,:(
This is my first year with lor I'm having a hard time visualizing how it is all going to happen, so I'm allowing time for lots of changes / redesigns/ issues.
Usually we have a white Halloween and the ground is frozen by the second week in November so I try and have everything staked in the ground and tied in 3 places with fishing line by the weekend after Halloween.

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