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Hey - when you get past the age of joining AARP, as long as the word "rigid" remains somewhere in the equation it's all good...

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George Simmons wrote:

Hey - when you get past the age of joining AARP, as long as the word "rigid" remains somewhere in the equation it's all good...


Scary day when it goes from rigid to brittle

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MikeH wrote:

Arnoldc wrote:
Cray Augsburg wrote:
George Simmons wrote:
...1/2" rigid... .


Yep, he sure is.

MikeH
is this with or with out viagra?? :D

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God, at 49 I don't want to thing about "not rigid", much less "brittle". That there's some scary stuff!

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Don Gillespie wrote:

MikeH wrote:
Arnoldc wrote:
Cray Augsburg wrote:
George Simmons wrote:
...1/2" rigid... .


Yep, he sure is.

MikeH
is this with or with out viagra?? :D


Or a pum...... Er never mind

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Cray Augsburg wrote:

God, at 49 I don't want to thing about "not rigid", much less "brittle". That there's some scary stuff!


Roflmao!

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It's really an arch on viagra.

MikeH
better call a doctor.it's been erect for more than four hours
define "member".... :D

Funny Comments!! :D

I used the same method as Ron & George started. I wrap 100ct lights around 1" PVC....about 11" per sleeve. Then slip over 1/2" EMT. I used 7 sleeves in the video. Go with the odd count as George suggested.

The "firesticks" or whatever you want to call it were used more in these videos.



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Cracker wrote:

It's really an arch on viagra.

MikeH
better call a doctor.it's been erect for more than four hours
define "member".... :D

Funny Comments!! :D

I used the same method as Ron & George started. I wrap 100ct lights around 1" PVC....about 11" per sleeve. Then slip over 1/2" EMT. I used 7 sleeves in the video. Go with the odd count as George suggested.

The "firesticks" or whatever you want to call it were used more in these videos.






you might think this is creepy but after playing around with different sizes and lengths of PVC today what worked and looked good was 1" PVC cut 11". thanks for the inspiration!!

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Jeff Millard wrote:

George Simmons wrote:
snip..."rigid" remains ...unsnip


This place just keeps getting better and better!

Jeff


You got that right!:D:P

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jstorms wrote:

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a firestick? Anyone have a video example? I'd love to see one.

Stick a Triple Star on top & you get a " Star Burst". Stick 10 to 16 "Firesticks" side by side spaced between 12 -16 inches and you have a Matrix. At 8 channels (sorry wedges, no maybe slices, no perhaps sections) per pole and spell out words on the Matrix.

When you really think about it each display item is an basically something in a different form. A lawn grid could be a fan. Put a lawn grid in a 1/2 moon shape and you could get a "Lawn Fan".

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When you really think about it each display item is an basically something in a different form. A lawn grid could be a fan. Put a lawn grid in a 1/2 moon shape and you could get a "Lawn Fan".


Kind of like eating at a Mexican restaurant - all the same ingredients no matter what you order - just served up in different varieties.

I envy people who can use their lawn in December...

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George Simmons wrote:

lightzilla wrote:
When you really think about it each display item is an basically something in a different form. A lawn grid could be a fan. Put a lawn grid in a 1/2 moon shape and you could get a "Lawn Fan".


Kind of like eating at a Mexican restaurant - all the same ingredients no matter what you order - just served up in different varieties.

I envy people who can use their lawn in December...

I agree, about envying people with lawn grids, maybe even those that can do a roof grid too.

The only way we (those who get loads of snow) could have a lawn grid is to build it about 12" above ground and hope it does not snow more that 12" in December, otherwise we would need to dig it out like last years display was dug out.

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lightzilla wrote:

George Simmons wrote:
lightzilla wrote:
When you really think about it each display item is an basically something in a different form. A lawn grid could be a fan. Put a lawn grid in a 1/2 moon shape and you could get a "Lawn Fan".


Kind of like eating at a Mexican restaurant - all the same ingredients no matter what you order - just served up in different varieties.

I envy people who can use their lawn in December...

I agree, about envying people with lawn grids, maybe even those that can do a roof grid too.

The only way we (those who get loads of snow) could have a lawn grid is to build it about 12" above ground and hope it does not snow more that 12" in December, otherwise we would need to dig it out like last years display was dug out.



Snow?? what in sam hell is that?? I have to worry more about the damage my lawn sprinklers are doing to my display!

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http://www.youtube.com/christmaslunatic#p/u/5/BPy5RPV1_J8

Here is a video of 4 'fire sticks' (i've called them 'color columns') that i just made. They have 8 segments. I used 12v flexible LED strips. I used the RGB style strips, so i can have the poles produce any color i want by mixing the RGB. I had used traditional mini lights last year and once i wrapped the 3rd color of lights around the pole A) it looked like green cotton candy and :D the color on the bottom got buried. These 12v strips worked perfectly. Columns are really really clean looking (and bright as the sun).

i used a 4" pvc pipe. I also didn't wrap the LEDS all the way around. I used (24) 8" strips. 8 sections, 3 strips per section.

So that's (24) individual channels. For connection, i pulled off the coolest thing. I have (24) negative connections and one common positive connection, for a total of 25 connections. I used a 25 pin DSub connector. I wired 2 female ports into the base of each pole. Then in the controller box i wired in female ports as well. I got a few 25' 25 pin Male to Male cables and voila... set up is so easy. The 2 ports on each pole mean they can be daisy chained. Let me know if you want more detailed instrux...

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http://www.youtube.com/christmaslunatic#p/u/5/BPy5RPV1_J8

Here is a video of 4 'fire sticks' (i've called them 'color columns') that i just made. They have 8 segments. I used 12v flexible LED strips. I used the RGB style strips, so i can have the poles produce any color i want by mixing the RGB. I had used traditional mini lights last year and once i wrapped the 3rd color of lights around the pole A) it looked like green cotton candy and :D the color on the bottom got buried. These 12v strips worked perfectly. Columns are really really clean looking (and bright as the sun).

i used a 4" pvc pipe. I also didn't wrap the LEDS all the way around. I used (24) 8" strips. 8 sections, 3 strips per section.

So that's (24) individual channels. For connection, i pulled off the coolest thing. I have (24) negative connections and one common positive connection, for a total of 25 connections. I used a 25 pin DSub connector. I wired 2 female ports into the base of each pole. Then in the controller box i wired in female ports as well. I got a few 25' 25 pin Male to Male cables and voila... set up is so easy. The 2 ports on each pole mean they can be daisy chained. Let me know if you want more detailed instrux...
awesome, don't even want to think about the cost though

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andyzito wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/christmaslunatic#p/u/5/BPy5RPV1_J8

Here is a video of 4 'fire sticks' (i've called them 'color columns') that i just made. They have 8 segments. I used 12v flexible LED strips. I used the RGB style strips, so i can have the poles produce any color i want by mixing the RGB. I had used traditional mini lights last year and once i wrapped the 3rd color of lights around the pole A) it looked like green cotton candy and :D the color on the bottom got buried. These 12v strips worked perfectly. Columns are really really clean looking (and bright as the sun).


i used a 4" pvc pipe. I also didn't wrap the LEDS all the way around. I used (24) 8" strips. 8 sections, 3 strips per section.

So that's (24) individual channels. For connection, i pulled off the coolest thing. I have (24) negative connections and one common positive connection, for a total of 25 connections. I used a 25 pin DSub connector. I wired 2 female ports into the base of each pole. Then in the controller box i wired in female ports as well. I got a few 25' 25 pin Male to Male cables and voila... set up is so easy. The 2 ports on each pole mean they can be daisy chained. Let me know if you want more detailed instrux...


Those are awesome. Are you controlling them with a LOR DC board? Maybe some closeup pics and wiring info.

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Thanks.

Each pole cost about $15 in pvc and wire, and $80 for the roll of RGB leds. Yes, i'm using (2) LOR DC controllers. So figure $200 in controllers and then $100 for each column. Not bad at all i don't think.

if anyone wants the specifics PM me, i'm trying to finalize the 4th of july show which starts Wednesday night... i don't think i need to explain to the folks in this forum how much work i have to do this weekend!

Pic with closeup of wiring is attached. Excuse the messy wiring please. I dont know why, but i took the picture of the 1st of 4 poles i built. I'm sure you will all appreciate that the prototype always sucks just a little :P. #s 2,3, & 4 are way neater....but you get the point.


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Andy:

Those are absolutely [insert strong positive descriptive word here since the good ones have been used]!!!

Great idea, good execution (even if the wiring on the proto wasn't as clean as it could be).

Really like this a lot! Have to put it on my wishlist.

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andyzito wrote:

Thanks.

Each pole cost about $15 in pvc and wire, and $80 for the roll of RGB leds. Yes, i'm using (2) LOR DC controllers. So figure $200 in controllers and then $100 for each column. Not bad at all i don't think.

if anyone wants the specifics PM me, i'm trying to finalize the 4th of july show which starts Wednesday night... i don't think i need to explain to the folks in this forum how much work i have to do this weekend!

Pic with closeup of wiring is attached. Excuse the messy wiring please. I dont know why, but i took the picture of the 1st of 4 poles i built. I'm sure you will all appreciate that the prototype always sucks just a little :D. #s 2,3, & 4 are way neater....but you get the point.

So how are they hooked up to the DC controller? Is each colour hooked up separately( into a channel) on the DC Card ?

Could you please post any pictures showing the wires going to the DC card and are hooked up?

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andyzito wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/christmaslunatic#p/u/5/BPy5RPV1_J8

Here is a video of 4 'fire sticks' (i've called them 'color columns') that i just made. They have 8 segments. I used 12v flexible LED strips. I used the RGB style strips, so i can have the poles produce any color i want by mixing the RGB. I had used traditional mini lights last year and once i wrapped the 3rd color of lights around the pole A) it looked like green cotton candy and :D the color on the bottom got buried. These 12v strips worked perfectly. Columns are really really clean looking (and bright as the sun).
very nice work, please be sure and post the Halloween videos

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Jeff Millard wrote:

24 strips, 3 channels per strip = 72. 2 DC controllers would net you 32 channels... How are you controlling 5+ controllers worth of RGB with 2 controllers? Do tell!

Jeff


The way I read it, Andy:

"used (24) 8" strips. 8 sections, 3 strips per section."

Eight sections (segments) of RGB should equal 24 channels [per pole].

Unless, of course, my math is a little off. :P

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evan.a wrote:

here's another video to throw in the mix


Yeah! Seen that one before. Lovie it! The firesticks and their action really fit well with the music.

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Jeff Millard wrote:

If you look at the video, it appears each strip of 24 is individually controllable.

Jeff

EDIT, nope! It's coming on 3 strips at a time. So, I'll re-do the math... 24 channels?

PS, I'm finding sleeved RGB 5050s for under $30 shipped, on eBay.




Sokay, Jeff.

Actually, was hoping that if there were a mistake with my math, you'd catch it for me. I had the same question you did before going back and checking again, only to discover the "three strips per segment" statement. In the end, 4 columns equals 6 DC controllers. That seems a lot for four columns -- BUT, they're so good looking!

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