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1/2 inch I think would be too much, Doug at wireframedelights makes his out of 1/4 inch steel, The 20 feet of "Merry Christmas" sign he made me is very rigid and plenty strong. I believe you could use

with the 90 i could go to about 1/4" stock. with the 220 i have 1/2 flat stock with no problem. as for the wire frames i have only found light clips for 3/16 and 1/4" stock. for me and my little shop

You will, however, still need to get from RJ45 to a three pin XLR, for most fixtures.

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3 hours ago, tmcmillin2001 said:

we'll see how much cash I have come LOR spring mad grab...   interested in learning how to weld and making my own wire frames...

Welding is worth learning, it opens up lots of things you just can't do with wood or PVC.  I recommend you look into it. 

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On 12/29/2020 at 8:30 PM, jtomason said:

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

 

1/2" pvc conduit and the HC clips. On my 40' section I have 6 clips and they have been up there 4 years. Some of them in my garage for my test lights break easy so when the hurricane damage a section of lights I figured they would break after 4 years. I was wrong, they all stayed in place and in one piece. Go figure.

I use the rectangular ws2811 5050's They have double sided tape and screw holes but dont put to much torque on them. In 4 years it took a hurricane to wreck that one set but I did post here a video of what 4 years of AL heat and direct sunlight has done. I will be replacing all of them for 2021. I feel they were a great choice since they lasted that long. If they were not so high 40 and 60' I would take them down every year.

JR

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Hopefully two neighbors houses which will only require me to explain what they need to do to outline pixels on their house. Most of my part is just sequencing and making the connection. For me Arches and another smaller tree. 

Overall I really need to increase my library of sequence plus improve the sequences I have.  

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Going all the way to the top of my boulevard trees this year (4 trees). About 60' tall. Finally got my sane and better looking half's blessing on renting a boom lift. Need to make up for 2020 as only got up about 3000 lights before the Covid put me down.

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I decided to stick with my 1200 pixel matrix but changed the spacing from 1.9" to 1.5". It looks great in my opinion. I purchased 40 snowfall ws2811 tubes and plan a project with them (not sure exactly just yet). I also purchased my first wire frames from Doug at wire frame dlites. One is Jesus carrying the cross and one is of him standing. I plan to use pixels for the wire frames. I will also have 78 sets of 100 count 5mm strobes this year. I bought 16 sets last year and really like the look they give and decided to go all out on them. I plan to place them all over my roof. I still plan on using my moving heads this year (didn't get to it last year). 

It's going to be a busy year getting things built and sequencing but I look forward to it very much.

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For 2021 I'm adding 7 more CCB100D Controllers {for a total of 12 controllers} and a lot more C9 RGB Bulbs.   Not even sure where I'm going to put them at yet.  Still trying to figure that out.  Also am trying or attempting to convert an old Permit Box that was left at my house after the construction of my 66 foot wrap around handicap ramp.  Will be using bullet nodes for the matrix project, if I can ever figure out what I'm doing to make a matrix and make it work and get it created in the Visualizer and hopefully SS providing some funding comes in so I can register it at the 40 CCR level.  Matrix will be 24 nodes across and 8 nodes down.  It'll be small, but hopefully can use it to make a tune to sign and maybe scroll some Christmas greetings across it.   Not sure if it'd be suitable for displaying any type graphics.  Since I've never created one or sequenced one, that'll be a new experience for me.   Or if that isn't feasible, maybe just turn it into a simple Tune To sign.  The bullet node strands are 50 count, but will be cut down to 48 nodes to fit the matrix set up/  So 24x8 is what I think it will be, but I haven't tested that out to make sure I can do that on the box front as yet.   Got to pull the Permit Box out and do some checking to see what I end up creating with it.

But that's part of my plans for Christmas 2021.

 

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13 hours ago, james morris said:

Also adding moving Head Lights got one to start working with

What did you get?  I was thinking about adding a couple as well, and want to get one to start playing with to figure it out.

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On 1/24/2021 at 10:38 AM, ebrown1972 said:

...I also purchased my first wire frames from Doug at wire frame dlites.

I had not heard of this site before.  I went out to look and he has a disclaimer that orders for all of 2021 have already closed.  I guess I am like @tmcmillin2001 and want to learn how to weld anyways; maybe this is the year.

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1 hour ago, hasslerk said:

I had not heard of this site before.  I went out to look and he has a disclaimer that orders for all of 2021 have already closed.  I guess I am like @tmcmillin2001 and want to learn how to weld anyways; maybe this is the year.

Yes, my friend Doug's frames are highly soft after. You need to contact him very early for the next season. LOL

JR

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10 hours ago, hasslerk said:

I had not heard of this site before.  I went out to look and he has a disclaimer that orders for all of 2021 have already closed.  I guess I am like @tmcmillin2001 and want to learn how to weld anyways; maybe this is the year.

I'm sure building wire frames is doable for most folks and it appears that welding is very minimal on the frames. I say go for it. Good luck and keep us updated on how it turns out if you decide to start building them.

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11 hours ago, hasslerk said:

 I guess I am like @tmcmillin2001 and want to learn how to weld anyways; maybe this is the year.

I keep thinking the same thing. Every time I get an add with a coupon from Harbor Freight I REALLY think about it. Let me know when you're ready and maybe we can do it together. 

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Welding is fun i will say that. Where I work that was part of the job. They gave me a crash course on how to weld. i was working 3rd so had lot of time playing with the welders here. So about 7 yrs ago i bought the 90 amp welder from Harbor Freight and started making some wire frames. I would search the internet for ideals. I first would use poster board for making my templets. Now I have upgraded to the Vulcan 220 it works so great. Also making my templets I use MDF Boards because it want burn as bad and you can put nails to form around. The metal I use 3/16 rod that I get from a local metal shop whole lot better the big box stores. The lights I use Walmart LED sets for most of them you can cut them in half. Plus you can swap out the lights to line up the colors you want. Since they are just for me it gives me more meaning for doing my light shows. And now I got me a 3D printer that has opened up a whole new world of possibilities to create for my show. The spider and webs I made last yr going to make 2 more this yr for other side of the house. The soldier and cannon was one of my favorite things I made. I do want to add more soldiers to it. There is a bunch more i have made but this are the only ones i have pictures of on my phone today. 

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One can get a lot of idea's from Wayfair - some shared favorite links

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I'll be New in 2021 with > 2 AC Controller's and 5 Pixie's with 5184 Pixels and 13 Smart 10w RGB Floods...........

 

 

 

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On 1/27/2021 at 10:29 AM, Life With Lights said:

So about 7 yrs ago i bought the 90 amp welder from Harbor Freight and started making some wire frames.

What gauge metal have you been able to use? This HF Flux 125 Welder says welding capacity is 18 gauge to 3/16". I'm guessing you can tack thicker rods together to make frames? I would think you want 1/2" at least, for stability.

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1 hour ago, tlogan said:

What gauge metal have you been able to use? This HF Flux 125 Welder says welding capacity is 18 gauge to 3/16". I'm guessing you can tack thicker rods together to make frames? I would think you want 1/2" at least, for stability.

with the 90 i could go to about 1/4" stock. with the 220 i have 1/2 flat stock with no problem. as for the wire frames i have only found light clips for 3/16 and 1/4" stock. for me and my little shop 3/16" is so much easier to work with. for most of the bends i can do by hand. depending on if it goes in the ground or hangs I use 3/8" rods for ground stakes weld them on the back side of the frames.  Most my frames are only 2' x 3'.

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1 hour ago, tlogan said:

What gauge metal have you been able to use? This HF Flux 125 Welder says welding capacity is 18 gauge to 3/16". I'm guessing you can tack thicker rods together to make frames? I would think you want 1/2" at least, for stability.

1/2 inch I think would be too much, Doug at wireframedelights makes his out of 1/4 inch steel, The 20 feet of "Merry Christmas" sign he made me is very rigid and plenty strong. I believe you could use the HF welder mentioned to weld up 1/4 inch steel rod and the clips for attaching lights are readily available.

 

Keith

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@Life With Lights, @Kapkirk - Thanks, guys. Good info, that's why I'm asking before I get too serious about it! I hadn't thought about the clip sizes, which I ran into in trying to swap out incans for LEDs on my wireframe deer. However, those stand on four legs and are stable on the ground , so I thought something heavier may be needed to stand up tall. I'll keep looking in to it. Sounds like fun to do.

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With the newer LOR MP3 Directors supporting DMX, I plan on adding some DMX props this coming year (maybe just RGB luminaries to outline the yard).

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10 minutes ago, longhorn said:

With the newer LOR MP3 Directors supporting DMX, I plan on adding some DMX props this coming year (maybe just RGB luminaries to outline the yard).

I was not aware of this feature, and need to research it as I was thinking I would upgrade from my current G3-MP3 Director (only 2 networks) since I am darn close to it's documented limits on pixels.  I have some DMX in my show, but use an iDMX1000 to cross over.  I was thinking same as you, plus some moving head lights.

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12 minutes ago, hasslerk said:

I was not aware of this feature, and need to research it as I was thinking I would upgrade from my current G3-MP3 Director (only 2 networks) since I am darn close to it's documented limits on pixels.  I have some DMX in my show, but use an iDMX1000 to cross over.  I was thinking same as you, plus some moving head lights.

In fact, your G3-MP3 can now support DMX on one or both of your ports (with firmware v5.28 or later).  I upgraded to the G4-N4 version since I was already using two ports (enhanced high speed for my Pixie 16 controllers, and regular 57.6k for my wireless transmitter and high voltage controllers), so DMX will be out of the third port.  I think moving head lights are also in my future, but it may be a few years.

ETA: key item to know is that DMX is sent out over CAT5 pins 4 & 5 from the MP3 Director (so, the blue and blue/white wires).  I believe the standard is out of pins 1 & 2 (orange/white and orange wires).

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12 hours ago, longhorn said:

In fact, your G3-MP3 can now support DMX on one or both of your ports (with firmware v5.28 or later).  I upgraded to the G4-N4 version since I was already using two ports (enhanced high speed for my Pixie 16 controllers, and regular 57.6k for my wireless transmitter and high voltage controllers), so DMX will be out of the third port.  I think moving head lights are also in my future, but it may be a few years.

ETA: key item to know is that DMX is sent out over CAT5 pins 4 & 5 from the MP3 Director (so, the blue and blue/white wires).  I believe the standard is out of pins 1 & 2 (orange/white and orange wires).

You can get one of these DMX to LOR crossover cables from HC: Standard RS485 Based DMX to RS485 Based LOR Protocol Cross-Over Cable

Or make your own if you're capable of that.  Just know that I am NOT! LOL

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