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Ok so I have always admired the work you guys do. Well at least the shows I see on youtube.  I am from a small Indiana town that has a bad case of the bah humbugs!  I have always gone way out on Christmas decorations for my town but I am a world away from you guys. I just happened across this site as I was looking for ideas and seen the video on Light-o-rama about the Spiral Tree and I have fallen in love!  I have no light show experience AT ALL but I just have to have this.  Where do I start?  Is this a kit you can get or do you guys actually invent this stuff.  I am truly in awe and just dying to get started with the light show things but have no idea where to start, what to buy, or how to do this:).  The spirals looked really thick would this be pvc pipe wrapped in lights as I seen the arches are made? 

 

Thanks,

Bri

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Just keep reading on this site. Mind you this is our crunch season and really most of us will not have much time to hold hands. Things calm down in a few days like after the 1st of Dec. You can download the software and start playing with it. Look for some free sequences and see how it is done. I believe that LOR has some training tips on you tube.

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Keep in mind this is not a plug and play hobby.  There is a learning curve to the software, the props are homemade or kits that may be available.  Putting on a show takes time, lots of time, planning, a deep wallet and did I mention time?  Yes, you can get some sequences to help you get started, and you're just in time to get started planning your 2014 season! :D

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Get one 16 channel controller and go for it this year! It's a perfect way to start. One channel for your roof line, a bush, a tree, something in the yard... it will be awesome! Even if you only grab a few free 16 channel sequences and just run 3 or 4 songs you'll have a blast! Do it!

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I agree...it can be done this year although as suggested, "time" is your need. You can acquire the controllers and ready to run sequences from LOR or other providers, just plug in the lights and launch the program(s). LOR now sells a system of ready to run things too although I don't remember the name of it this second. As mentioned, this is the time to start planning for next year's display/show. Its not a cheap hobby to say the least but the rewards of hearing the "oohs and ahhs" is plenty of reward. Plus, seeing children dancing to the music and lights...very cool. WOW lights has kits for megatrees, firesticks and so on. Seems that lots of people are getting into RGB, CCR's, CCP's and CCB's. Personally I only own one CCR at the moment and if money will allow, I'll get more. The learning curve for these extra's is extreme, so best to learn the basics and continue from there. As also mentioned, lots and lots of video tutorials online from LOR on how to use their software. Welcome to the madness!

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The one thing I see missing here is the following:

 

WARNING!

You may lose touch with friends family and loved ones over this hobby. Sequencing, soldering and Songs can have you married to your computer and light show.

 

LOL

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Start small. Watch the video tutorials and play with the software. If you think you'll want to do something this year, jump on it now with a single controller. Otherwise, wait until next year. Don't drive yourself crazy. You'll have visions of sequences dancing in your head soon enough. ;)

 

Plan, plan, plan, prepare, prepare, prepare. And repeat.

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Ok so I made the plunge I got the 16ch starter package.  Software installed the computer and controller are taking, but I can't get the test to run on any lights I plugged in ch1, ch7, ch16, it shows it bounding on screen between the three but no lights, not a good start :(

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I got past my early stumble.  I'm not looking to do much this year :)

 

I have (15) led floodlights for the outside of my house (Red, Green, White) I have five sets.  looking for a simple sequence.  Startup Fade in Red, 30 seconds later fade out, Fade in Green (I would like over lapping), then Fade in White.  That's it for this year

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