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So just curious... who here is still old school?

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Duck tape.... I still use baling wire, a big hammer and a pair of pliers..oh and dont forget the monkey wrench

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Duck tape.... I still use baling wire, a big hammer and a pair of pliers..oh and dont forget the monkey wrench

Bailing wire is great! I use it all the time around the house. The tie rod end on my little lawn and garden tractor broke 6 or 7 years ago and that bailing wire repair is still going strong! :-)

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I finally have my entire display on timers/controllers.  

I have X10 modules on all static displays.

The last thing I have to do is build a relay that shuts off the 12vdc power to my FM transmitter when the 120vac power gets shut off.

Relay should arrive in the mail today.

I use a portable battery to power the FM transmitter because I couldn't find a power supply for less than 50 dollars that had filtered output.

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All LED and one RGB tree prop. No plans for CCR/CCB/CCP. Most likely will replace some old props with some Coro Trees (dumb RGB) next year.

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On 11/7/2014 at 9:16 PM, Santas Helper said:

I'm talkin about "NO" DMX, or CCRs, CCPs, CCXYZs or even smarty strips.

Just old fashioned controllers for incans and LED strands, or LED devices using 12V controllers.

I have yet to dive into the other world of DMX or networks. And for now, I have no plans to.

I don't have icans but have ventured into LED strands and LED RGB stuff but keep using 120V or 12V controllers for those.

 

I'll have to say though, I upgraded from version 1 to version 3 last year. :)

But I still have a computer with version 1 on it, just in case the world comes to an end or something like that. B)

 

Am I alone here?

 

So, now is it just me?

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Well Daniel, I'm not out of the Old School class just yet but I'm gettin close. :)

And I still have that computer with V1 on it. You never know how the election will turn out. :ph34r:

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nothing but leds and a few incans, like the incans way better but the power consumption makes them not feasible 

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I'm at 7 AC controllers, and counting.  I have RGB pixels on the house, and I use them in arches for Christmas.  I also have RGB LED floods. Thus, I am not "just old school".  That being said, I really don't see the AC controllers going by way of the dinos. I think there will always be a place for them. Just really don't see me ever saying "I have no use for these anymore".

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I still keep 5 or 6 dozen AC controllers busy, and don't envision a time when I wouldn't. 

But as I look around the yard(s), there seems to be dumb RGB and pixels worming their way in almost everywhere.

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My three RGB matrix props were boring me and I just didnt want to add more pixels.  So last year I added a 'Retro-matix' using 6 new AC controllers and 96 led strings each wound up into a 5x5 square.   I still like the led string look and I think it tones down the high tech aspects of the show.   I also have 32 three color led mini trees which I love and plan on keeping them for a while.    Something weird was the satisfaction of terminating and bundling 96 spt2 extension cords.   When I am giving tours on how the show works, people 'get' the coolness of the 96 extension cords, but glaze over when I talk about RGB networks.  

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We still have our 70,000-75,000 incandescent lights, but this year we're adding ~15,000 blue LEDs and a 16x50 pixel matrix.

Next year I can see our house lights being totally converted to pixels but the yard will forever stay incan and LED bulbs. They are just too Christmassy to get rid of IMHO.

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I have an 8000 pixel matrix on the roof, some Dumb RGB strip lights around the eaves, but the other 83,000+ lights are still incan.  Including my 15,000 light mega tree.  I've been slowly collecting LED's to switch over, but haven't made that leap yet.  I'm still partial to the incan look.  I'm still using my 10 AC controllers and 4 DC (for the strip lights).  2 pixcon 16's for the matrix.

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This will be my fourth year with LOR.  I was old school until last year when I added RGB to outline the house.    This year I am adding a CCR screen.  Hope to have Halloween online tonight!

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I'm talkin about "NO" DMX, or CCRs, CCPs, CCXYZs or even smarty strips.

 

I barely know what an LED is....yes, I guess I am "old school". But I do have over 800 channrls from 50+ controllers in my light show.

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2 hours ago, Archer said:

I'm talkin about "NO" DMX, or CCRs, CCPs, CCXYZs or even smarty strips.

Which at the point I posted this question 2 years ago, That's where I was going. I had none of that and was curious who else was in the same boat because the new stuff (DMX and smarty stuff) was flying off the shelf.

Glad to see some "Old Schoolers" still exists. :)

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Count me as old school. White, red and green LED's with 4 controllers. Can't justify the expense to go RGB at this time. Maybe a few years down the road.

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I would fall into this Old School niche also.

Not only my light show but I have been training the fleet of hamsters for months to run in the little wheel to turn the generator for power for the show.

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20 hours ago, Archer said:

... I barely know what an LED is....

Correction please... "knowing" and "submitting to" are two different things.

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