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Okay... slow to the finish line. Too overwhelmed last year with life. Finally started the programming for the new sequences. Here a test run!

 

 

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Here's a test run video and some snapshots...

 

 

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Oh the time it must have taken to cut all that pvc and make the edges all clean.

pretty cool tho! Home made elements are the best 

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On 4/13/2018 at 12:52 PM, drkness said:

Oh the time it must have taken to cut all that pvc and make the edges all clean.

pretty cool tho! Home made elements are the best 

Thanks! Not at all. With a miter saw and a good blade, it was done very quickly.

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So cool to see a vintage design made modern. Great job.

Tom

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On ‎2‎/‎23‎/‎2016 at 12:46 PM, JeffCarter said:

I remember seeing thos but cant remember where but they are kinda cool looking is a way you can update version.?

I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not.

Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/72157635505741139/

Here's a link to my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/

 

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