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  1. Thanks for the kind words everyone! Next year's plan is to add a mega-tree in the dark spot between the house and the two trees off to the right side, which I'm very excited about! I am actually, I've been a Trumpet player for 8 years. I've realized recently that my sequencing style is a little different from what I usually see, and I think that's the best explanation for why.
  2. Hello everyone! I just wanted to share one of my videos from this year. This is my 4th year using LOR, and this year I had 48 channels and 15,000 lights. This is my personal favorite, Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Mannheim Steamroller (although most viewers would say their favorite is Wizards in Winter). This year presented an interesting challenge as I am a college student and my family moved to a new house this year. This resulted in me only having 6 days for set-up, which included re-sequencing the 8 songs that I played in the show this year. I hope you enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugru1sqVsoE
  3. I sent an e-mail today. Thanks for your response.
  4. I found this video on YouTube the other day, and I would really like to sequence that song for my opening fanfare this year. Does anyone know the name of that song or how I can find a way to purchase it? Thanks!
  5. Does it seem to anyone else that light stock is up this year from the past few years? This time last year, I had trouble finding anything but multi-colored incandescants. This year, I've seen plenty of all color incandescants and Wa;-Mart has huge stocks of them up higher. I hope this is a good sign! How do the stocks seem to be for everyone else?
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    FM Transmitter

    ^I had a feeling that price was too good to be true... Does anyone have any insight on this transmitter: http://www.christmaslightshow.com/digital-fm-transmitter.html
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    FM Transmitter

    I'm looking at FM Transmitters, and I came upon the Ramsey 10C. It has a price that I like, but does anyone have any experience with it? How is the sound quality? What is the range? If you don't have experience with it or you didn't like it, can you reccomend a different transmitter? The EDM's seem popular, but I don't have the 2 weeks that they take to ship anymore... Thanks for the help!
  8. caniac wrote: really cool, check one of the other threads on my fog test using a drain pipe filled with frozen 16 oz bottles of water as the chiller. ran my test yesterday and WOW. Where can I find one of these threads? Do you mind posting a link?
  9. Well the minis will cost you $36. The LEDs will be over $100... For that much in savings, I'd use the incandescants.
  10. MikeH wrote: I keep all my tied cords in a plastic tub. I leave out 3 extension cords for yard work or whatever else they may be needed for. MikeH I leave all of my special cords in a plactic tub too and all the standard cords that I haven't done anything special to stay in an open box so they can be used during the year. And they still go in the plastic tubs and use wiring harnesses. It's not that big of a deal, but it's an extra 10 minutes for me to fix that when display time is already extremely limited and things like this happen frequently.
  11. So here we go again. We have a huge box of extension cords in the basement, but somebody decides to go through one of the light boxes and cuts all the wire ties on one of my wiring harnesses so that can use the cord for the leaf blower. Very frusturating! Does anyone else ever get frusturated with their family undoing their light work?
  12. To answer the original question, one off the best things you can do to save channels is group things. For example, you could put all of your columns on the same channel, or put the columns on each side of the porch on a channel. This creates a much bigger impact while saving channels. Something that I found really helpful last year was this behind the scenes tour of Holdman's display. Many people consider this display just about the best out there. The "how it all works" video is really helpful, even for smaller diisplays. It will give you lots of ideas and tips that can even be used for smaller displays. http://holdman.com/christmas/projects.asp Last year, I started planning with 16 channels and I had no idea how I would fill all the channels. A few months later I was up to 32 channels and wanting more! You will find that there is always something bigger and better that you want to do, but make sure that you stay within the boundaries of what YOU can accomplish. Some people get 200 channel displays, but get burned out quickly due to all the work. Also, I'm not sure what your set-up plans were, but most people here start set-up in the beginning of November or earlier. I start as soon as my Halloween stuff comes down, and you really will need that time. Don't underestimate how long it will take to run 32 cords and set up lights and props for 32 sets of thing. Have fun and good luck!
  13. I found green minis at Lowes today for $2.98.
  14. Last year I kept my controllers in the garage, but this year I'm considering putting them outside attached to 2 U Stakes each as shown above. I am considering zip-tie-ing each cord to the pig tail. This would slow someone down or hopefully discourage them from attempting to mess with a controller since they would either have to cut each cord, or unwind it from all over the yard. Do you all think this would actually help, or would it just create more headaches for me?
  15. So I am almost done soldering my 3rd board and just noticed something that I didn't notice the first 2 times. In the directions, it says "do not install high-power heat-sinks until after you have tested the board". It also says "do not power board unless it is in a proper enclosure". So how am I supposed to test the board? My first 2 times I got lucky and the board worked the first time I powered it after it was installed completely in the enclosure, but it would be just my luck to get my 3rd board completely installed only for it to not work and have to undo it all again. Thanks.
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