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I started after visiting a house a few miles away and being floored. I asked the owner how in the world this is all possible. He told me not to bother because it's too much money and time and I probably couldn't do it. That was enough for me.started the following year.

Seems like a real piece of work, I would go back to see his lights and I'd be motivated to prove him wrong and make it better

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Already done. He's got more lights than I do but it looks all in disarray. I don't like to ever speak poorly about others but even with my limited knowledge I always try to help when I can.

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I understand what your saying, I don't think to bad mouth anyone who puts in the effort to do this or even put up lights of any kind. But I certainly have seen ones I love and ones I go wow really does nothing for me. But in the instance of that person, I'd have to make en exception. I would take it as an insult.

This last year I had a friend that I was helping get into this, helping him learn and sequence so he could get a show going to make his kids happy. Honestly he jumped in with both feet and got in a little to deep for the first year I thought. He bought controllers and pixels from a certain well known Vendor who makes Coro pieces from Texas. When he had difficulties getting it working, he called their "world class customer service", where the tech told him that he felt that he wasn't intelligent enough to figure it out and not everyone was capable of doing this. Let's just say I refuse to do business with said vendor anymore.

Everyone has different skill levels, that's why we help each other

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I don't see why you should call BS on anyone's reasoning for doing anything. We all accomplish tasks based on reasons that are sensible to us, even if those actions are done intuitively. I, personally, simply do what I do because I myself enjoy it. Everything else is an added bonus. 

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I don't do light shows yet, but when we moved to our current house in 2006 it started by purchasing a lighted tinsel white elephant to put out near our front door on the night of our annual White Elephant party (now in it's 17th year)!  But then the next year we added a lighted tinsel giraffe that we found on sale.  The next year we added a hippo and a pig.  And at that point the obsession began.  We originally only did lighted tinsels, but then one year we got an inflatable that was REALLY cheap, and suddenly we added those.  Every year we buy 5-6 new lighted tinsels and at least one inflatable.  Last year we bought a bunch more lights and some spiral trees because I knew my path was leading up to doing a light show in the future.

 

Why do we do it?  Because we love the notoriety of being "that house" in the neighborhood.  We have people drive and walk by all Christmas season long, and have even had notes left in our mailbox saying, "You were our favorite house in town this year!"  We also do it because we have a light-hearted competition with some friends of ours at church - they have a much bigger property, and therefore have a much larger display, but we love seeing if we can outdo the other each year (this is where LOR comes in next year).

 

As for LOR, I'm a software junkie, so I am REALLY REALLY looking forward to that part of creating our 2016 display.  I can't wait!

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With the sale going on right now, you could do it this year!

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What you need to do is to teach one of the grandkids, how to do it, so that you can pass it on. No doubt, one will take an interest and if not now, the family will remember you doing this every year. One of them will go looking. Leave instructions!

 

 

I might.  I've already got the software open and am pecking around.  Created my visualizer already, assuming only 16 channels.  Now I'm looking at the free sequences that are available so that I can study those in order to get my bearing on the actual sequencing software.  Fortunately, I've already seen some really great tutorials, so I think I'm in a good place to POSSIBLY run something basic this year.  We'll see!

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