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Hello all,

Last year was my first "controlled" Christmas..... I only have 16 channels but was the hit in neighborhood, won best lights out of 1200 homes....of course only 10 to 15 percent had lights up..

2 questions, am I better off with 32 or 48 channels? Also will there be a summer sale coming soon?

Thanks, Rick

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The number of channels is dependent on what props you want to add to your show. For example; if you want a mega tree you will need about 8 channels per color, if you want a Robin wheel it will take 24 channels, leaping arches 7 or 8 channels per arch. 2008 I started with 16 channels, I'm now up to 192. It's an addiction :)

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... am I better off with 32 or 48 channels?

I'd say that a better choice is either 64 or 80 channels. Nothing wrong with 96 either. Even 128 is a nice round number. As someone famously said: It's an addiction.

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Year 1 for me was 48 channels and about a half universe of DMX (another 256 channels approximately). Year two I'm up to 64 regular LOR channels but now 4 universes of DMX (2048 channels). As previously mentioned, it's an addiction.

 

Last years summer sale started July 3, and the announcement went out July 1, so maybe you'll get some info on it soon.

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Honestly the best number is what your comfortable programming. I started with 32 first year and was overwhelmed, jumped to 64 2nd year and went pretty good. Last year I jumped to 96 and was very comfortable with it. This year I'm up to 128, not all used, should have a few spares here and there. Plus 300 channels of CCP's

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I've really enjoyed reading this thread.  Two years ago I purchased one 16 channel controller in kit form in early December.  Just thought I'd see how it worked with no intent to get anything running then (2012).  Next think I realized is my first show happened on December 22 with lots of sequences thanks to the generosity of others who shared.

 

So last year, we added two more controllers for a total of 48 channels but also went nvts adding 12 CCR's in the form of a tree and three sets of CCBulbs.  So I think that adds 2700 more channels.  I really wondered if I was going to be able to pull it off but we did much to the delight of the neighborhood and our friends.

 

This year we're adding another 16 channels of conventional channels, three more sets of CCBulbs, one of the cool 24 channel controllers for 'dumb' ribbons and an animated snowman.  

 

To say this hobby is addictive is certainly an understatement.  Thank the Goddess for an understanding and supportive wife.

 

Oh, and also looking forward to the summer sale to pick up the things I missed at the Spring sale.

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I guess there will not be a summer sale...summers almost over, nothing in my email

box...

 

Summer started just over 3 weeks ago. So it's about 1/4 over. 

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I see folks selling controllers on Ebay...all are selling for 40 bucks less than new, I can buy them new, which sounds better to me...guess there will not be a summer sale....

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I see folks selling controllers on Ebay...all are selling for 40 bucks less than new, I can buy them new, which sounds better to me...guess there will not be a summer sale....

Most are selling for around $175 for gen 1 and 2 used controllers, I picked up a new gen 3 at the mad grab for $175. And unlike years past there were plenty to go around, so next year instead of buying used ones in going to try to pickup the new ones for the same price

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I have seen them sell for more than new prices on Ebay.

I don't get it...

This year's Spring sale was different.

Lots of controllers and you could still buy them the next morning!

mavrick331 Why do you say there won't be a summer sale??? its still summer in Canada!

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I would say that with the Christmas expo going on, LOR doesn't have the staff in the office to deal with the summer sale at this time.  Probably start soon after everyone returns to the office.

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This year's Spring sale was different.

Lots of controllers and you could still buy them the next morning!

 

That is because more folks are starting to sell off their controllers & are going rgb. Or they are not buying controllers & are buying rgb stuff.  I read where folks sold everything & then with the money bought rgb stuff.  I am starting to go in this direction myself. Rgb seems to be the direction this hobby is heading.

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Go watch a purely RGB display.  Then watch a display with string lights.    You'll find the RGB's often lack the ability to hold your attention due to lack of numbers of lights.  There is something to be said for a "Full" display.  One that fills in the dark spots, has elements that whirl, twinkle, fade and shimmer.  There is just something about "Numbers" that makes a display good and make you go WOW. 

 

An RGB matrix is cool and so are other elements, but it can't be the only part of the show.  You need the filler that the string lights provide.  For that reason you will always need controllers for string light systems. 

 

RGB is a "Part" of the future of Christmas, but cannot be the ONLY future of Christmas.  We will always need LOR controllers.

 

Putting the soap box away.

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I didn't mean to hijack the thread.  I just wanted people to know that despite what trends we may be taking in the hobby, some equipment types will always be needed.  LOR controllers will be one of those.  I don't know LOR's long term strategic business plan, but I think they will always have standard controllers as their bread and butter.  I don't want to see them go all RGB.  I've gone to many different displays, and watched hundreds and hundreds of videos.  I just find that people love light counts and dumb ole string lights help with that.

 

I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I didn't embrace RGB as I've been spending my spare time over the last two years working on designs for commercial grade RGB elements.  One of my products that I developed specifically for RGB actually has a pre-production run due back to me this next week.  I'm actually glad the summer sale is late, as it may allow me to spend some of the proceeds from that project on equipment at the summer sale. I need to stock upon a few boards for future projects.  It'll happen... eventually.

 

-Rainyoregonchristmas

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