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  1. Yea, there is a scroll bar, and the log will last forever if it's just reporting on songs. But it reports on interactive trigger activations too, which I'm getting hundreds of an hour at points. During peak time tonight, it only lasted for 15 minutes before clearing.
  2. I know I'm one of the few still using 2.9.4, but is there a way to extend the status log? It only saves a small number of activities... I would love to be able to see how many times my interactive tree is triggered in a night, but the log is not anywhere near long enough to handle 15 minutes of activity, let alone a night. And, if you can't do it in 2.9.4, is it longer in more current versions of LOR?
  3. What the heck are they? Icicles? 300ct in a 19' strand is like 3/4" spacing! (In any case... price + shipping comes to like $2.50 per 100, which is the same WalMart gets for incan strings full retail. Just some friendly guidance - I'd suggest Craigslist or some other local marketplace because shipping costs are going to make it not make any sense to buy incans online)
  4. I didn't want plugs on my arches, so I just spliced SPT in between the beginning of the light strings and the plug, and ran the SPT down the arch under the lights (so, obviously, start at the end and work your way back - emphasis on obviously - because I know someone very well who got 2 sections in before realizing he was going in the wrong order! haha). I keep my controllers within a couple feel of the arches, but with as light a load as that is, 20-40 feet will be no problem - You're likely good beyond 100' if you really wanted with that light a load.
  5. I saw a post over on Facebook LOR Users of another display with lights. The comments identified the lights as "Clay Paky Sharpys and Martin Mac IIIs " - I googled prices, holy cow, that's a "need to win the lottery" investment for me. Post link: Pic link:
  6. I use the "Shopping" template. Don't really care for their new Pages layout... not as good for our use as the old layout.
  7. I cut out styrofoam and covered it in white duct tape for stability, stuck some spare rod up them and hit them with a couple low power LED floods from Lowes. Put them out by the road... they're on their first season but so far holding up great.
  8. or, for a little different style: http://www.christmaslightshow.com/mini-strobe-light.html Many, many options out there.
  9. I had an unusual one this year too. One of my channels turns on for about 2 minutes like a blown triac, then turns back off ofr about 2 minutes (show running or not, doesn't matter.) Used to blown triacs (had 3 of my ~200 go bad this year, that seems about average), never seen one act like this before. Not really an answer, but apparently, it happens.
  10. You're describing issues I had in my display which was a bad network port on a CTB16PC controller last year. Whenever a certain controller was plugged into the network, everything would slowly degrade - channels running on the wrong box, channels flickering quickly, channels missing commands entirely. I burned up a DIO8RLY channel when it went into a flicker while troubleshooting. Once the offending controller was removed, everything operated normally. Start eliminating controllers from the end of your daisy chain. Process of elimination, if you're having the same issues I was, you'll find t
  11. 20' Tall, walk-in, controllable tree. At one point it logged 135 triggers in a 25 minute period. Kids are LOVING pushing the buttons and making the tree change color, spin, and strobe. Plus, they're INSIDE a 20' mega tree. By far the biggest hit of the year. Works using an LOR InputPup and a pair of 16-channel controllers.
  12. Well, see, back 30-some years ago, my parents had to come up with something...
  13. Nice! Are those the 50W LOR floods, or another type of RGB flood? I've been thinking about adding floods to my effects, but havn't bit the bullet yet. You're right in the middle of some of the prominent west end displays it looks like, I'll definitely be stopping by at some point to check them out.
  14. Eh, don't worry about it. I have to ask - do you meet the 40k requirement? Just looking at your FB page pics of this year, the "lack of density" makes it look like less... Maybe that's what they see? It's still very pretty, and I can't even tell what the sequencing looks like because they're just stills. I'm sure that adds a lot of "WOW!" to it. In any case, don't worry about it, people will still see it and enjoy it. Keep growing! -Signed, someone just too far outside of Richmond to be on the tour.
  15. ...They sell tangled lights? Haha, this is great.
  16. A lot of people use SPT1 and vampire plugs, but with the layout of my tree, the 6' WalMart extension cords work perfect for my use.
  17. Also, the "big box" store LED lights are generally what are called "half wave" - they are generally thought of as not well suited for using with LOR. "Full wave" lights from vendors found on this and other sites are considered far superior, while admittedly a bit more expensive. From my experience, the full waves from the vendors here tend to be a bit better in quality than big box store lights as well - though that being said, I have thousands of warm white half waves from Sams Club that I'm very happy with in my static areas, and I make significant use of Big Lots LED C6's I've gotten on sal
  18. No, you're not crazy at all. I run a "hybrid" display, both in terms of only part of my display being animated with LOR and the rest being static, and also in that roughly half of my lights are LED, while the remainder are incandescent. I personally LOVE the look of incan lights. The warm glow feel they have, and their relatively inexpensive acquisition cost, are wonderful. They are a power capacity drain for certain - one of my first conversions was virtually every clear incan strand I had was converted to warm white LED because you really can't tell the difference between them. My animate
  19. http://www1.lightorama.com/christmas-contest-2015-entry-form/ Yea.... That's kind of what I was thinking.... about that....
  20. ...or, actually, we'll just wait. Because you'll manage to do that on your own in short order.
  21. Well, when you buy the drone, if you're required to give your full contact information for registration, and then you go crash it somewhere you wern't supposed to be flying, then yes, they'll be getting the "stupid people". It's an imperfect solution, but quite frankly, some kind of responsibility has to be put on these novices that have no common sense. Those of us who fly smart and safe will gladly abide by reasonable rules in order to get the idiots out of the air.
  22. Good. Too many idiots out there that don't have the common sense to fly responsibly. I've been flying Phantoms for almost 2 years now... I've seen others fly these things waaaaay too high, or waaaaay too fast & on the edge of control when over people. I'm glad they're starting to crack down. Too many people just have no freaking sense when they get into these things.
  23. Yea... Last year Garden Ridge became "At Home" - and there are two in SC: http://www.athome.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-athome-Site/default/Stores-FindByState?dwfrm_storelocator_stateUS=SC&dwfrm_storelocator_findbystate=Search
  24. I went by my nearest Lowes on my lunch break - confirmed they have gold incans on the shelf. Also confirmed they are still selling the 0.33amp strings, not the 0.20amp strings they used to. As far as the LED vs Incan talk - meh. I use both. I prefer the look of incans in most cases, but to each his own. I use LED's out of electrical load necessity where I can blend well with the incans, and in certain situations, I prefer their look. (The blue LED's in my "pond of lights" are pretty spectacular). There's no right or wrong... it's what you like in your display.
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