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  1. Great story and video. I like the use of the snowflakes on the roof.
  2. I’d like to share one idea that has been successful for me. I had received an occasional note or card left in my mailbox and people would tell how much they enjoyed the show if they knew who I was while standing outside. I was curious about where people were coming from and how they learned of the display so I set out a guestbook and the reception was greater than I anticipated. Please disregard the omitted, “you” in one sentence. Oddly no one noticed until Christmas Eve! I apologize for the file size but the PDF is 441 pages long. I had set the binder in my backyard on a podium in my, “
  3. It's difficult to make out the chains on the left but you see them on the right side of the photo. It's white PVC with red duct tape in a spiral with a over-sized, plastic ornament glued to the top. Plastic red and white chains connected the posts. http://nychristmaslights.com/images/2017/IMG_4912(Edited)-2.jpg
  4. I use an inexpensive, motion detecting, outdoor flood light fixture with a screw in AC socket adapter instead of a bulb. This powers on a small amplifier that's always switched on. This setup allows the speakers to only be on when someone is actually standing on front of the house. This eliminates music playing outside all night long when it doesn't need to be. The FM transmitted is always on during the show.
  5. I sequenced a new song while I waited for it to load.
  6. 2015 was the first year that I also decorated my backyard. At the last minute I had the idea to put out a guestbook for people to write in if they felt inclined. I held onto the notes people had put in my mailbox so this was a neat way to learn more about visitors. The guestbook was an extra 3 ring binder with sections for, "Your Name?", "Where are you coming from", "How did you find out about us?", and "Comments". After the show was taken down, I scanned all the pages including the mailbox notes from before. I was pleasantly surprised that there was well over 700 comments left. I'm going to m
  7. Triple ditto. If you wiring demands change, just thread it through the conduit. If I win the lottery, I'm building service tunnels like Disney World.
  8. Several years ago, cars would drive off if I looked out the window. That's when I came up with the idea to cover my windows and make them part of the display. I added cameras too so I could monitor outside action live from the comfort of my sofa. I've stood outside and watched my own show and people will come up and make small talk. Some will ask if I'm the homeowner and I'll let them know I am and then they start the questions. Many of them expressed gratitude for getting the neighborhood together to do the show. One lady passed me and I saw that she hadn't gone into the backyard so I showe
  9. That's so great...I'm stealing it too. I've got a whole year to come up with my script or I might just steal that too!
  10. I've been trying to find a reliable source too. Small props look great covered in it with a set of lights attached to the backside of the fabric.
  11. My show was on the TV news. Out of all of the sound bites I gave him, he picked the one I like the most. He was there for a while but didn't go into my backyard to see the rest of my display and also missed out on my Santa photo prop. https://youtu.be/Frgf0entbHM Merry Christmas everyone!
  12. My song schedule is the same each night. I just run the show without controlling the lights and then take the output of the status as a text file. Manipulate the data so its easy to read and post it to my website...one and done!
  13. I built a seated Santa on a bench in my backyard for a photo op. He's been very popular.
  14. I use the data to show my song schedule on my website: http://www.nychristmaslights.com/Songs.html
  15. Never build a life-sized Santa photo prop without sturdy legs. Everyone wants to sit on his lap (including adults) and he needs fixing all evening long. Next year I'm getting a seated, flexible mannequin.
  16. A handful of homeowners, including me, are in an article in The New York Times newspaper published on 12/20/2015.. The print edition and an online version, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/nyregion/christmas-lights-on-display-in-connecticut-and-westchester.html?smid=fb-share The best thing for me is that the photojournalist said he'll send me all of his pictures he took that evening and that I can use them on my website. The only condition is that I can't get them until two weeks after the article is published. I can wait that long for free, professionally shot pictures! Merry Christmas eve
  17. I would appreciate a copy. Thank you in advance! Chuck Chuck@NYChristmasLights.com
  18. Windows XP functions the same way. I also chose a black desktop and no screensaver.
  19. What operating system are you using (Windows XP, 7, etc.)?
  20. It it solely connected to your show PC with a serial or USB adapter first or is there a controller in between?
  21. Thank you in advance for the share! I'd love a copy. chuck@NYChristmasLights.com
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