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The biggest things I will be adding is 2 of the boscoyo 96" flakes. I already purchased them and will be putting them together soon. I am also upgrading my matrix from 1200 nodes to 2048 nodes to make it a 32x64 matrix. I am hoping to get my 2 dmx 230w moving heads programmed this year as I didn't mess with them this past year. As always I look forward to doing new things for the show. What does everyone else plan to do?

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I live on a corner lot so I have a side yard that my wife normally puts a static display in. The side of the house is 41 feet from the ground to the top of the house and she wants a large tree. I was thinking a 24x200 or 24x150 flat tree with a 6' star attached at the top of the house coming to the ground.

I will also be adding three 8' pixel trees to the main display in front.

Currently calculating everything I will need to catch some of these pre-sales that will be starting in January.

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Thinking of making 2 candy cane spinners out of a bunch of Walmart candy canes that were causing a bunch of GFCI trips 3 yrs ago that I haven't used since.  I'll probably mount them to the front of our house to keep them off the ground.

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24 minutes ago, Speedster said:

Thinking of making 2 candy cane spinners out of a bunch of Walmart candy canes that were causing a bunch of GFCI trips 3 yrs ago that I haven't used since.  I'll probably mount them to the front of our house to keep them off the ground.

I converted 12 of those (Walmart canes) to 12V WW strips (30L/M), 2 years ago. I use 2 (un-grouped) ports of a CMB24 to drive opposite pairs.  (5M does 5 canes)

I went to convert a pair of 5' canes this year and only can find 60L/M strips (way too bright for the thin plastic) at Amazon. Any sources for 2@ 5M 12V rolls that won't break the bank with outrageous S&H

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For 2021, I hope to get some of the stuff I did not completed for 2020. 

Six Holiday Coro Candy canes.  Those are mostly sequenced, and I have had all the parts for a couple years.

50 Peace Family Pixel Stakes.  Built, but not installed this year.  Mostly not sequenced (why I did not install them).

I have a bunch of re-build stuff that was planned for 2020 that did not happen that I want to get done in 2021:

Rebuild the lights on the eves and roofline - badly needed (especially the roofline).  Add strobes to the eves.

Maybe rebuild my six arches - they are getting kinda tired.

 

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14 minutes ago, Wayne K said:

But I do want to start upgrading controllers.

From what to what?  I'm going to guess, older AC controllers to Gen 3.  Was I right?

 

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13 hours ago, Vince4xmas said:

NOTHING. I got yelled at this year for adding. I will wait one year. Just going to move around some existing props for next year.

I completely understand. By the way, love your display.

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On 12/28/2020 at 1:47 PM, TheDucks said:

Turns out, those were Smart RGB (3 wire) I need 2 wire (just 1 color)

Have a look here > https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/flexible-led-strip-lights/outdoor-single-color-led-strip-light-super-flexible-w-through-hole-leds-12v-waterproof-ip67-85-lumensft/123/

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I think I'm going to add a 16 arch pixel fountain this year.  Here is my idea.  Using 1" Pex tubing, and flag pole holders (that holds a 1" flag pole), I will put them in a circle and and then have 16 arches sprouting out of it.  This will take up a large amount of yard but I think when sequenced, will look amazing.  I'm thinking each arch will only be 2.5 meters in length. 

I'm looking for some cheap ways to secure the pixel strips inside the Pex tubing so if anyone has used anything for them, I'm up for suggestions.

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for your arches

 

2 hours ago, BluMan said:

 

I'm looking for some cheap ways to secure the pixel strips inside the Pex tubing so if anyone has used anything for them, I'm up for suggestions.

 

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21 hours ago, k6ccc said:

From what to what?  I'm going to guess, older AC controllers to Gen 3.  Was I right?

 

Yes, from CTB-16D's to Gen 3's. The old ones work fine for the most part, but they don't like single strand led's on one channel.

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13 hours ago, ebrown1972 said:

I completely understand. By the way, love your display.

Ditto - Love the display and love your sequencing.  

I've already added 2 more arches this year and relocated them to the spaces between the columns on the porch railing.   I'm still looking at options for the roofline (likely a pixel line) and replacing dumb RGBs with pixels around the windows.    It'll be my first foray into power injection...  Wish me luck.  :D

 

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3 hours ago, nader said:

for your arches

 

 

 

OK, I did this slightly differently.   I got boards that are 72" long, 5" wide, and 1" thick, then screwed the rebar caps 1" in from each end.   Painted the whole thing black.   

I used 2" pex (10' length) and used a router to cut two slots about 3" from each end on the bottom.   

I cut a pixel strip to length (a little long, actually), and fed the tail end in one slit, and fed it through until I got the last bit of the strip (before the wires) into the pex.   Then I fed the other end through the other end and cut off the excess.   Hot glued the ends in place, slid the pex over the rebar caps, and secured them with 2" hose clamps.  

If anyone wants to see pictures, I can post some tomorrow. 

 

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Curious for those of you using the Matt Johnson method.  How do you keep them in place.  Matt only shows the rebar cover as the only "stand"  That might keep the arch vertical if on a solid surface (concrete) - until the first puff of wind.  And would not stand a chance of keeping the arch upright if on an uneven surface (lawn).  I may end up rebuilding mine this year using his construction method - and McMaster Carr is only 20 minutes away from here (and I drive a truck) so no shipping charge for me...

 

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2 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Curious for those of you using the Matt Johnson method.  How do you keep them in place.  Matt only shows the rebar cover as the only "stand"  That might keep the arch vertical if on a solid surface (concrete) - until the first puff of wind.  And would not stand a chance of keeping the arch upright if on an uneven surface (lawn).  I may end up rebuilding mine this year using his construction method - and McMaster Carr is only 20 minutes away from here (and I drive a truck) so no shipping charge for me...

 

I drilled holes through the corners of the rebar covers and drove large nails through them into the lawn when I had them on the lawn (using metal strip instead of wood as a base).   Worked well.  

Now on the porch rail they are grip-clamped.   

 

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Changes for 2021

 

I am taking the 5 shooting stars off my roof to go from my front yard to the neighbors tall pine tree, and will try to install some form of lights near the top to light after the shooting stars go off in order, not to be very easy because the tree is a good 80-90 feet high. But that is the first half of my change.

 

The other half is I am going to construct a 4' x 8' American Flag out of aluminum and stainless steel cable, with the lights tied to the cable to form the flag and then place it on the roof where the stars are. I am using the cable because I believe the wind will be negated that way and not become a wind sail. We had 55-60 mph winds this season and had to take my buddies flag off his roof because of the wind. And I hope constructing this way I can tilt the flag for best viewing angle regardless of wind.

 

And the last change is I found 2 spare controllers in my office (thought only had 1 spare), so I think I will add them to my 24' Mega Tree, currently I am using 45 channels for the 135 light stands, 3 strands per channel for each color. I am thinking by adding 32 channels I can make near 2 strings per channel and make it look better. And of course if I find some more dollars I may add an extra mini tree to the 10 I have for 11. Will make sequencing easier maybe.

 

That is my plan for next year, just ordered the lights for the flag from Holiday Light Express. After takedown only have about 300 days left, dang the days are counting down already LOL.

 

Keith

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I'm probably adding eight, 7 section section arches with Super Strings, (RGBW) and maybe 5mm strobes for some "POP",  strobes would be one channel, not broke  into seven programable.  

 

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