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  1. @Life With Lights, @Kapkirk - Thanks, guys. Good info, that's why I'm asking before I get too serious about it! I hadn't thought about the clip sizes, which I ran into in trying to swap out incans for LEDs on my wireframe deer. However, those stand on four legs and are stable on the ground , so I thought something heavier may be needed to stand up tall. I'll keep looking in to it. Sounds like fun to do.
  2. What gauge metal have you been able to use? This HF Flux 125 Welder says welding capacity is 18 gauge to 3/16". I'm guessing you can tack thicker rods together to make frames? I would think you want 1/2" at least, for stability.
  3. I'm just throwing this out there, but in the S5 Grid View, you can click and drag channels up and down the view to wherever you want them. I had the problem where in a string of 50 smart bulbs (150 channels) they would get out of sequence unless you renumber Prop1,Prop2,Prop3 to be Prop01, Prop02, Prop03. Which you can do automatically. However one or two would still end up sorted out of sequences. So I went in and clicked and dragged where I wanted them. Then export the config and you should be good to go to re-import for all your sequences.
  4. I keep thinking the same thing. Every time I get an add with a coupon from Harbor Freight I REALLY think about it. Let me know when you're ready and maybe we can do it together.
  5. Well. THAT opens up some possibilities for next year! Thanks for confirming. Once I get everything packed up properly and bring my show computer back inside, I'll do some re-sequencing and make channel config changes and give it a test.
  6. SO, apparently, I've been misreading the specs all along! Just so I'm sure about this.... Right now, I have a Pixie 2 running my arches. I have one strip on each output (and split each strip into two arches of 25, for total of 4 arches). If I'm now understanding correctly, I could run BOTH strips (all four of the arches) off of ONE of the outputs on the Pixie 2 and free up the other? So since I have a similar situation running a second Pixe2 with two strings of 50 bulbs, I could free up one of the Pixie 2s (or at least one output on each)?
  7. Yes, that's what I did as well. Makes it MUCH easier to add WOW sequences. As far as building the Preview, I realized it was much easier to build the preview WITHOUT even thinking about the sequence. Open the PREVIEW DESIGN window and maximize it. Add your picture and your props to the picture. You don't even need to think out channel config at this point., You may get warnings but get all your props added first. Then, you can go back and straiten out all the channel configs. String will be your friend. It will be a better friend if you have Excel and copy to Xcel so that you can sort and
  8. That is INSANE! Thank Heavens for RGB!
  9. I am using S5. Once I made the transition, it's been fine. They run easier in S4 because you don't need the preview. Once I created my preview and channel config for my house and props, I was able to add 5 more new WOW sequences in a matter of minutes, each. I wasn't too far along the S4 path anyway, so the transition for me was not that hard. To anyone starting out, I HIGHLY recommend starting with S5. My mini trees are 100 multi colored lights. Actually 2 strands of 50 so that if one craps out you only have to replace half the string. My mega tree is 2 strands of 50 white tied together
  10. I have to tell you, I discovered a local show here this year that looked to me like it was entirely AC channels. He had, what looked to me to be, a 16 channel mega tree that was at least three colors so you're talking 3 AC controllers for that one tree. 4 Arches, same thing. Seemed like most of his props were that way but. MAN, what a show! And it turns out he's only about 2 miles from my house. I gotta admit, it really got me thinking about MY show and some things I can do to spruce it up!
  11. I started out the same way. Currently, all my sequences are from WOW. I'm starting to re-think the 10 mini trees as well. As for reprogramming those 5 channels, it depends on what you want to do with them. I found cut and paste is my friend when it comes to sequencing. ESPECIALLY the PASTE SPECIAL command. The problem is that they do a really nice job of sequencing say, all 10 going from 1-10 like a chase sequence, right in time with the music. If you are going to cut out half of them you need to re-time the start to finish. You can't just start at 1 and stop at 5 or start in the middle. It ju
  12. If you purchased the sequence at WOW Lights, they deliver theirs as compressed zipped files. You need you double click the zip file to unpack it and it gives the option of where to put it. Once it is unzipped, you should be able to open the S4 sequencer and then open the sequence. As @PhilMassey above says, you should really start out with S5. Your license should cover S5 up to the same level as you are using for S4. Same stapes as above for S5. A LOT of the sequences at WOW lights have an S5 preview as separate, I'm pretty sure free, download. That should at least get you started.
  13. Thanks and thanks for the tip! I will give that shot. Now that I'm starting to sequence my own ideas (so far everything has been purchased and modified to my set up which is mostly cut and paste if I can't just change the channel/unit setting for my needs) I can see where multiple grid views will be quite helpful.
  14. Not sure if this is an S5 only problem but I haven't found anything through searches. In my Channel View I have defined 4 RGB Arches (24 pixels per each) first as individual Props and then then as a Group (Arch A, Arch B, etc.). They show up as part of the Group which I can expand and contract but also individually. Is there anyway to NOT have them show up individually? For instance, I'd like to be able to sequence Arch A and D next to each other without having to scroll through B and C to make sure I've got them in exactly the spot. Hope this screen shot helps. Sorry for the extra click.
  15. tlogan

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    I DO run that network Enhanced with a red adapter.
  16. tlogan

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    OOPS! Fixed. OK, thanks, I was pretty sure I wasn't going crazy. But my wife might argue that point!
  17. tlogan

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    @dibblejr - ALL Pixies? I run 2 Pixie IIs with S5.5.16 Advanced. Granted, I'm not doing anything really advanced with motion effects yet, but I'm thinking of upgrading to PRO for Superstar Instant sequencing.
  18. Sounds like you could threaten as an ADA violation. THEN see what they say.
  19. I'd been decorating for years with static lights. Probably sometime around 2004 or 2005 I bought a Mr. Christmas-type setup with 6 channels of pre-programmed music and lights. Made it work pretty well with what I had. I Was the only only around that I could tell was doing ANYTHING like this. Then in 2017 I moved to LOR and controllers. Started with 2 AC G3s for a megatree and minitrees ,etc (32 channels). Last year added two Pixie IIs and a third AC controller. This year added a fourth AC G3 and a Light Linker. Thinking about two more Pixie IIs and maybe another G3 for 2021. After seeing
  20. Yes. If you get the preview, prop definitions and your channel configs correct, the rest is LOT easier. You assign that preview to every sequence you create and you are set to start sequencing. Everything should be there ready to go. Good luck! It took me while to get everything right. But once I did, I was able to make changes to all my sequences very easily. Although, I will say, most of my sequencing at this point is copy and paste. But still, starting off with everything in place is lot easier.
  21. I got everything down (and MOSTLY packed this past weekend) with help from my wife. It was sunny, lower - mid 40s and only slightly breezy. I at least wanted to get the ladder stuff down on Saturday...Mega Tree and lights over garage and front door. We ended up getting most of it done. It was even nicer on Sunday but by then, I only had a few things left (nets and a few strings on bushes, mini trees and a few wireframe deer. Got most put back in shed, too. Forecast was originally calling for cold and possible rain/snow later this week but that seems to have been taken out of the forecast. No
  22. I meant by "the next Arguing Trees" that everybody has been asking for them, this will be the next they are all asking for!
  23. That will be the next Arguing Trees! REALLY Cool. GREAT work JR!
  24. Agreed 100%! That is EXACTLY what I did before last year's show. I was running off an old laptop that died. Found a refurb desktop for something under $200 at Micro Center. Fortunately I live close to one, but it's probably worth checking their website. They have refurbs all the time. And since it was a little older, it has 8 USB ports (2 front and 6 rear) so plenty of room for LOR networks! It came with a mouse and key board and I had a monitor sitting around. I actually used it to do all of my sequencing work and then set it up in the garage for the show. LOR and some tools (Audacity, VLC m
  25. ELLs only work with the AC controllers, not the pixels. How far apart are the houses and why wireless if there next to each other? Is there some reason you can't run standard Cat5/6 lines across the yards? I would suggest that you can probably run Pixie controllers close to all of the props (tress, rooflines, etc) which shortens the actual connections to the lights and only have to run the data lines from the computer at your house off to the controllers. You will want to buy or request some of the guys here send you some of their sequences so that you can see how it's done. It will
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