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  1. Mine stay up year round. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY at around the 7:08 mark I explain how I do it. In the video I was using Dumb Strips, but have since upgraded to Pixels. You can use the same method using Nodes, you just have to drill holes to fit them in. I've seen jigs made to keep the spacing even and straight.
  2. Sounds like others have already answered, but I use 16/4 direct burial speaker wire. Just make sure it's not copper clad aluminum wire. Used that by mistake and had to replace it after a short while.
  3. I did this using Dumb Strips at the time, but looking to switch them over to Smart strips. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pq642if2gohigby/AACs04fRN1hkbw9zbiMfS9yla?dl=0 I also leave my Dumb RGB Floods out all year pointed at the house to change for each holiday of the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6XOno7fUNo These are all connected to 2- CMB-24DC Boards sometimes controlled by the show computer, sometimes the sequence is downloaded to one of the boards and come on with a timer.
  4. I bought these a few years ago, but haven't tried them yet. https://www.cannysystems.com/ I do something similar Jim does, except I use 2x4's on the peak that are about 2 feet long down each side of peak. I do this because I attach my deer to it, as well as my strip lights that are attached to a piece of J-Channel. Not sure what kind of lights you are trying to attach, but at about the 7:08 mark i show how I attach my Strip lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY&t=67s https://www.dropbox.com/s/1cys0bps3f31k6e/20151031_152652.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fl3g6urtjbkrfot/20170111_124954.jpg?dl=0
  5. I retro fitted my yard lights with RGB strips. You could use smart strips to get a more diverse pattern. I keep thinking I'm going to do that one day and run them off of either a Pixie Controller or an ESPIxelstick. Here are some old pics at about the 13:00 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY I made some homemade post lights that go on top of my Vinyl Fence Posts using sections of Smart Strips. The wire runs in the top rail and controlled with an ESPixelstick. I also have the 10W RGB Spots from LOR pointed up around my house that run off a CMB24 Controller. I even went as far as using Jim's idea and made my own Lights for my house fixtures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuLiJSMCDXY
  6. I do Landscape Lighting all year, but each month gets a color depending on the Holiday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6XOno7fUNo I've added Thanksgiving since filming this.
  7. Usually it's my first full day off of work after Christmas. So yesterday this year. Just put away the last strand of lights an hour ago. The matrix will stay on the roof until Easter. I use it each month until then. Plus it's the North facing, so it's iced over until March anyways.
  8. This is what I meant in my long winded explanation. Thanks Phil.
  9. Several things can cause this, sounds like you've tried a few. Not sure if it's one channel or multiple, but another couple areas to check is to see if you have created more than one preview using the same channel. For example: if you have one sequence with a single prop using LOR Unit 1 Ch 1 for your Tune to Sign that runs in the background of your show, but you have the same prop (or different) in your regular sequences assigned to the same channel, both sequences will try and run the channel, so if one is off and the other is on, they conflict and cause a flicker. The same is true if your running 2 sequences at the same time using the same channel. If you're using LED strands, you may need a "snubber." Damaged RJ45 jacks and bad network cables are also known culprits.
  10. Thought I'd chime in here a little. Just my opinion. You could run this on 2 Pixcon16's if you power the strips from the power supply rather than the ports. I did this on my matrix running on E1.31 using Pixel Nodes. Each strand is 126 Nodes long, 63 down, 63 up. I built my own boxes that contain 1 Pixcon16, 3 power supplies, and 2 8 count ATC Fuse holders each. I run a + wire from the power supply to the each fuse. I have a connector that comes into the box: + goes to the fuse, the - to the - terminal on the power supply, and the Data to the output on the port. I also run a wire from the - pin on the output to the corresponding - terminal on the power supply that the connector is attached to. Each power supply runs 5 outputs each totaling 28Amps, almost maxing out the 30A power supply. Now I never use full white so it never really comes that close to pulling 28Amps. https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ijvhd0ea9z6u1v/Matrix Board 3.jpg?dl=0 I've never used the 300LED/ 100 pixel count strips before so I'm not an expert on power drop on a single strand, but I can't imagine it being very much and needing to power inject as it is meant to run off a single input. If you connected 2 strips (16.4' Long) together (32' Long), then I see the need to power inject. Trial and error has always been my friend. You can create a Prop in LOR big enough for your Tree. My matrix is 126 pixels wide by 63 tall. In my preview I created 4 matrices, one per controller, then grouped them together for one big matrix. I did this for my sequencing needs as I break it up from time to time.
  11. Yes, whatever you use to connect to the projector. I use a VGA cable, but it'll also use an HDMI.
  12. Sequences with no video will play and leave a blank screen. I'm not sure what the 2 cables are you are referencing to, unless it's one to a projector, and another to your light controllers.
  13. If I remember correctly, they would all blink. I started by replacing the Cat5e cables, but that didn't work. At the first controller I unplugged the cable going to the next controllers, and it would go solid, so I continued down the line. The first couple times I did it, I didn't find the culprit right away. It took a few times to narrow it down. I did most of it during the day and I would unplug one or more controllers and let the show run for a bit before disconnecting again. Sometimes they would start blinking right away, other times it would be fine for a while.
  14. We started the show on 11/28 and for the first time that I can remember, there haven't been any issues. Timing was on, all the lights were working, wind has broken anything. I kept knocking on wood everyday knowing how lucky I was. Last night the Gremlins came swooping in. My USB splitter went dead. So none of my LOR networks were working. Luckily the show was only on it's 3 loop when I discovered the problem. I have 3 LOR networks and luckily, (knock on wood), my new laptop has 3 USB ports. Hooked them in directly, and show was up and running. Later that night I discovered part of my Top Roof outline of Pixels weren't working. Went up to see the problem today, and ended up having to replace a pixel. Now they are working fine. Wife came home after the show ended last night, I had gone to bed, and this morning she asked why some of the lights were still on. I forgot to put the Blank sequence back into the show to make sure they all turn off at the end of the night. Tested this afternoon and everything was working fine. Crossing my fingers things go good tonight, and every night. If someone else could take these Gremlins off my hands, that would be great. Thanks.
  15. I run into this from time to time as well. Sometimes you can get lucky and just bend the prongs out a little or twist just slightly and it'll be just enough to make a better contact in the controller plug.
  16. Two years ago I had the same issue where the controllers would start blinking and not connect to the network correctly. I found 2 solutions and haven't had any issues since. (Well, this issue anyway.) 1- I reboot the computer at least once a week. I set up a command so it would do it on it's own. 2- I found one RJ45 connector in one of the controllers was bad. I don't know what it was doing exactly, if it was shorting or crossing the lines, but it was sending noise across the entire line. I found it by trial and error. I used a Cat5e Female to Female adapter to bypass each controller starting at the first one, then the next until the blinking became steady. Found it 4 controllers in. It is now the last controller in the run with a piece of tape over the bad connector. Being the last one, it only needs one Cat5e cable connected to it.
  17. If you figure out how to run a cable from your computer to your projector, you can use the animated video as your media file and sequence what you want to it. The video can be run to the projector and the audio to your transmitter. I do the same thing at Halloween except my laptop sits inside and the projector not too far. I ran the cables for the light controllers up through the wall into the attic then to the outside. I have plenty of access to my attic, so I found the wall where my laptop sits and drilled a hole in the top and put a Low Voltage box in the wall so you don't see wires and is clean.
  18. I used "F" and "J" channel to permanently mount my pixel strips to. On the back I added small hooks where I hang my Icicle lights. i use the same hooks in the corners of my windows. Check it out at around the 7:08 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY
  19. Create your arch with the starting pixel on the Right. When you see the pictured prop grab the "Rotation" Knob (Red Round dot with a line) and move it Left or Right to turn it upside down. You'll just have to play with it to get it to be just right.
  20. I am currently using Holiday Coro's pixel trees. But in the past I was using some 4' artificial trees I had bought after Christmas for cheap one year. I set them up with Red, Green, and White lights, and put a 4' rebar down the center into the ground to help hold them up in the wind. Being an indoor tree i didn't think they'd last too long, but after 9 years, they still work great. When i converted mine over to Pixels, I started setting them up in my parents yard with a simple animation sequence downloaded. They are my moms favorite part of my layout, so I let them use the trees now.
  21. I use these- https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sigma-Electric-ProConnex-1-in-EMT-Rigid-Conduit-Hanger/1095129 to hang mine on my mega tree pole. Here is a picture of an example of them hanging. I posted this somewhere in an other post somewhere. I also use them to hang some of my RGB flood lights. If you're wanting to have a stand alone that is in the same spot every year, i found if you pound a 1-1/4" pvc pipe in the ground as a sleeve, a 1" pvc pipe fits perfectly inside and goes in and out easily.
  22. I use Paint.net and resize the canvas to the same dimensions of my matrix. this way each pixel in Paint will be a pixel node in real life. Some pics i import and have to redraw a bit to make it look like i want, but most of my pics I draw myself.
  23. Luckily i've started using my Matrix for Halloween so it went up the last week of September with the roof outline. 87 degrees out, but had to be closer to 100 on the roof. It sure has been warmer later in the year this year. I remember usually having to wear at least a sweat shirt when putting it up. Not this year, still in shorts and a T-shirt. My eaves and wall floods stay up all year, so technically i started about 7 years ago. Every year my Halloween has been getting a little bigger, but still mostly a static display with the 3D animation projected in the front window. I'll usually have all the lights in the trees before Halloween, but the rest my wife won't allow until after 10/31.
  24. So a quick update- I bought some of these from the original post, and the quality isn't there. The wires that plug into the power pack don't fit to seal correctly and the bases aren't sealed. There's no hole in the stake to let water through so over time, it will fill up where the wires all connect. I know because it fell out just by me carrying it and the ends need a little more, let's say shrink tube, to seal the wire ends. I set them up in the yard the other night and they are fun, but they do take a little stronger breeze to get them moving.
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