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  1. Ilovekaye1

    Sad day

    My guess is he never heard "You can catch more fly's with honey than vinegar" Odds are his relationships with his niebors would not be good even without the display. I believe our hobby streaches the limits of normal (even our own families can't understand it sometimes.) How could we expect our niebors to be more understanding. Our families put up with it because they care for us. If our niebors do not put up with it it is because they do not care for us.
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    Target's really pushing the LEDs.

    Is it just me or do the LED's seem to have come down some from last year. Not that I can afford them. I too buy at the after holiday clearances. Have mostly LED's that I have gotten for under $4.00 box but I see them now for like $6-$7.
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    yard

    Excuse my typo> 2 1/2' long not lond!!
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    yard

    I went down to HD and bought some 3/4" X 1 1/2" landscaping stakes and painted them white. They are about 2 1/2' lond and I drive them in about 3-4" at about 8' spacing. I drive a finishing nail it the top and swag C9's between them. Outlines the entire yard very inexpensively and most people will not try to step over it.
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    LED C9s that Flash

    I spotted these the other day from one of PC's vendors. Not cheap but way cool. http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=713
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    I have a illness

    I keep buying lights from China. Can't seem to stop. I keep saying I will but I don't. Is there a Ebay anonymous?
  7. I see you are on. Did things get worked out this afternoon?

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    OK New guys - roll call

    Hey all I'm Curt from Rydal, GA (Just N. of Atlanta) I put up mostly lights. Have had as many as 50,000 but now I've moved into a subdivision and have a smaller yard. I still put up about 20,000 led's last year and got a whole bunch on sale at Krogers after the holiday. I love led's due to the low power usage. I also put out some inflatables and wire dear and sleigh along with a 6' star I mount to a tree with white lights running down to a blowmold meanger scene. I bought a GE-lights and sounds of chrismas after the holiday and I'm making plans (in a small way compared to most on PC) to animate. Seems like the nicest people on PC and I'm glad I signed up. I read a lot and hope to improve my display every year. I imagine eventually my display will be "over the top" like some of them I see on PC. If you talk to my family they would tell you I am already a bit nuts over the whole thing but it's a hobby and I enjoy it. Wishing all a Merry Christmas. Oh-- Is it to soon?
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    running multiples on a single motor

    The material that the inflatable is made of is sandwiched between a ring and the base. The motor is usually supported under the base and the base supports the inflatable. Without taking several inflatables apart to confirm it I would guess the larger the inflatable / the larger the motor / the larger the base / the larger the opening in the base. If the feed tube for each inflatable were sized to the opening in the base and the feed lines to each were of similar length this is totally do able. You could also do the same thing with smaller feed tubes and higher pressure. However I agree with some of the others above who question the logic of the proposal.
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    Turning on the lights.

    I thought I would find a ton of threads on the subject but have searched for two hours and could find nothing. I saw an ad somewhere, for a ground stake outlet, that would turn power on at dusk and then off after 2 hrs., 4 hrs. or at dawn. I have been unable to find this product again. Is anyone familiar with it? Also I have done a little studying on LCR circuits. I wondered if anyone has had any experience with these and possibly timing them to go off at a set point after dark. How does everyone time thier lights to come on? Thanks
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    Turning on the lights.

    Tim also I have some Fisher relatives over in Fargo. Any relation? I know there are a lot of Fisher around. My last name is Scott.
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    Turning on the lights.

    Tim sounds great I'm wondering how we can get the $ to you so you could get four off to me?
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    Turning on the lights.

    Sorry I am just getting back to my post. It's been a busy day. Tim if they are the type that can be set to go off at a given period after dusk I would probably be interested. Although I am not sure what the freight would be from the land of a thousand lakes to GA. I am thinking four would do me since I use mostly LED. Any idea what freight might be? Obviously I am in no hurry since we have a few days till lights on. LOL Thanks
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    1/2 wave vs. full wave

    I am new to site but have looked everywhere here and found no answer to my question, so I am hoping someone can help me. I use mostly a static display of LED lights. Most were purchased on sale after the holidays and I,m sure they are half wave. I picked up a GE lights and sounds of chrstmas and intend on animating some trees. In looking for lights I noted a comment about full wave rectified lights vs. half wave rectified. It seemed to infer that half wave will not function properly when animated. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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    1/2 wave vs. full wave

    Looks like I worried needlessly. First, the GE Lights & Sounds of Christmas does not dim or shimmer. It only turns off and on. Secondly I pluged in nearly every manufacturer and style of LED I had in the attic and they all functioned fine. Ran the lights, I plan to use on it, for a couple of hours with no noticible deterioration. I did discover were I saw the supplier that had me concerned. Holiday-Light-Express in thier ad states "Compared to other LED Lights, Our FWR LED Lights: *Can be used in light shows *Are dimable" I did go to How things Work (Ain't the Internet great?) and learned more about half wave and full wave rectification of AC. My guess is that the capacitors that Clay speaks off are an attempt to level or use the bottom half of the cycle on the alternating current, since this is not used by half wave LED lights. Anyway looks like I'm all set. How many days till Christmas?:giggle:
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    1/2 wave vs. full wave

    I do believe it only turns the lights off and on. (No fading or shimmering) I hope to do some more serious animation in the future but I am not sure how far the neibors will allow me to go. I am the first house in a one street subdivision. Anyone who turns in goes past my house then has to go two blocks down, to the end of the street and turns in the culdesac at the end then comes back by. All of the residence stop and say how much they enjoy the lights but I have heard that there are mumblings about the traffic. I'll pull the controler down over the weekend and start trying some out and post my results. Y'all have been very helpful. :santasmileyitty:
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    1/2 wave vs. full wave

    Thanks I'll try them by brand and style and see how I come out. I hate to dig out the old high amp. lights so I can animate. I just got back to using two 20 amp. circuits without triping breakers and I love it.
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    1/2 wave vs. full wave

    Brand? Oh boy. From suppliers here? Well. Many are from our favorite box store two seasons ago. Lots are Phillips from Target last year and a bunch I just got at several Kroger's this year. Many from the Kroger's are GE but many are also an off brand. I could pull the stair down to the attic and get the brand though if I need to. I guess what I am hearing is that I should hook them up to the controller and see if they work?
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