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Everything posted by MrMatt

  1. You should try bypassing controller #1 meaning connect to all the other controllers only and see if they work. Then you will know that the cat 5 outlet of controller #1 is bad. It is fairly common to have them get damaged. You can use a cat 5 splitter to fix it if that is really the problem
  2. Looking Good Big J! I hope to get started this weekend, I feel like I am way behind this year. I look forward to more progress pics
  3. MrMatt

    Reliable C7 or C9 LED Lights

    Every time i have put a retrofit LEd on a watt meter they pull 0.9 watts to 0.96 watts, both the 5 LED style and SMD. That is still less than 1/7th of the incans, but if you are going to use a large quantity the the difference in power consumption will matter. But in addition I too recommend the C9 LED retrofit, I use them on my home and in my local lighting business. I love the quality and brightness.
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    Newest addition.

    That's awesome!
  5. MrMatt

    Who makes custom sequences

    One called synchronized Christmas, and I know Leechburg lights did it at one time, also I think I came across some others through eBay.
  6. MrMatt

    Expanding my display

    Not sure if I entirely understand your question, but it sounds like you want to add more RGB lights, You can buy rgb lights and controllers from Light o rama or Holiday Coro or more to expand the lights. To program them you can add more controllers to the current sequences you have, and may need to upgrade your LOR software license to do so. Or you can use the Xlights program which is free, but can be complicated if you are not computer savy
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    LOR 16 Channel Control Box for sale

    Generation is usually on the top left corner of the board
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    Roof light clips

    Do you mean up and down from the roof to the ground? If so I am not sure but I think you would use hooks
  9. MrMatt

    Starting New

    I know that in general the Falcon controllers are considered to be the ultimate controller. The word is that LOR sells good quality pixels, but at a premium price. And many buy directly from China through AliExpress.com I was asking the same questions you had a few months ago. The Aus lights forum and xlights pages have tons of information. I ended up deciding to stick with traditional lights for now due to the higher cost of pixels.
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    Lots of people use this place http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/category/All-Christmas-Woodcraft-Patterns
  11. I love planet Christmas, I understand how Facebook is more convenient in ways, but I definitely think forums are a more efficient way to share and store information. My suggestion isn't very you, but advertise what's here, come up with ways to show how this forum is better than social media
  12. MrMatt

    Newbie looking to add new sequences

    There is also a Facebook group light o rama sequence sharers
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    anyone interested in helping me get started

    I think showing some pictures of your current display will help us give tips. I made my first mega tree this year about 18ft tall. I have had lots of compliments and a few asking where they can buy one. So I would say that it makes for some added flare :-) I would be happy to try to help you with any questions
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    Plywood Cutouts

    Looks great, after making all of those do you have any tips you can share? I am looking into doing some next year, and I am sure you learned some do's and don'ts along the way. :-) also can i ask you about the presents, did you make them too?
  15. Looks great! Your arches look like its a jumping ball of fire in that video
  16. It is heavy! 6ft tall and about 40lbs. I put an eyelet in the eave about 12" from the peak on both sides, and attached pulleys like shown below and tied it off to a rope cleat with a bolt clamp so a neighborhood kid cant let it down. Then i use some paracord that is similar in color to my house that I tie to the bottom as guy wires to keep it from swaying in the wind. This is my first year doing it and so far it works pretty good.
  17. Thanks those are some very good ideas, Those window frames took me a good amount of time but i am very happy how they turned out, the Wreath was my favorite classifieds find ever. I like your display, when i showed the picture to my wife she really liked the arch with icicles on your roof, Looks great
  18. MrMatt

    What are "blobs at ends of strings?

    Pretty sure they are rectifiers, leds don't work on AC Power directly the rectifiers restrict the voltage to only flow one way through the LEDs instead of alternating that switches directions at 60 Hz
  19. Looks really good I like your big lights along the front of the lawn I had to watch some. Of your other YouTube videos some of the best video and sequencing quality I have seen. Using the deer like others use mini trees looks awesome. Great job.
  20. Looks good, care to share details on how you made the star?
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    Here's a video, 8 sections would mean that each section has to span 45* of the 360,degree circle, my 12 section brings it down to 30* and a 16 section us 22.5* so the "jumps" are smaller when you animate making it look smoother. But with careful programming you might be able to make it look better BTW I also follow your Facebook page and enjoy the content you post! And yes individual, no mirror, so it would be similar to 6 mirrored. If I add more colors I will mirror them to save on controllers like yourself I can also add that my tree has 2 strands per channel
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    I am using a 12 channel mega tree this year, so it would be equivalent to a 6 channel mirrored one, and it looks good but not great, I don't think you would like the results of a 4 channel tree, animations would be very choppy, but I think an 8 channel would work pretty good. I think your house would be brighter with some C9 window frames, I built some this year with 6" spacing and I think the improvement was great. Maybe a little wreath or decor between the 2nd story windows, and I am going to try to add lights to my roof I saw this roof and loved it.
  23. I finally got a decent picture what do you experts suggest I add next year?
  24. Very classy looking! I like it