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hotrod1965 last won the day on June 2 2016

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About hotrod1965

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  • Birthday 07/17/1981

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I love hearing from my customers all the ways their displays affect their communities,
  • Location
    Vicksburg, MI
  • Biography
    Director of Sales and Installation for Holiday Light Express
  • Interests
    Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Occupation
    self employed
  • About my display
    We put up a ton of LED dispays!
  1. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    I want to thank everyone who placed orders during our sale. We will keep you posted on order progress and things start to some in.
  2. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Today is the last day to order!
  3. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Just a couple days left on the sale!
  4. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Just one week left to get your order in!
  5. Where to get quality non-dimmable LED's

    Al I'm not sure you are going to find that these days. The sealed strands are mainly reified these days. Our pre sale is going on for another week, it's our best pricing of the year, so you can get a good deal on sealed rectified lights. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/
  6. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Two weeks left on our sale! We do have a ton of stuff that is available for immediate shipment, all at pre sale prices, included a lot of RGB lights! https://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  7. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    No standard 16ch controller could do that. That would equal about 300 lights per output. Your max run on our pixels is about 150 before you need to inject power. It's really more about the pixels themselves than the controller when it comes to how many you can run before power injection is needed. Our pixels are a high grade 18AWG build, so we can do 150 before voltage drop catches up to you. I've done as high as 170 before, but I'll only promise 150 will work consistently. We can do custom builds for you. I've done 32 channel controllers for 3200 light mega trees. They basically ran 100 pixels per output. But, 3200 was about the max we could ask of two power supplies. I think we ran them at 30% power to get them under the 700 watts of available power. You could probably get away with 4800 at 25% as long as you stayed away from going all white on the whole tree. That would give you 32 outputs with 150 lights each. Might be worth shooting me an email or a PM and letting me know exactly what you are trying to build (tree size, # strands..etc). Then I can see if we can find an easy way to get you set up.
  8. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    I'm struggling to get them to actually look different in the video! I'll keep playing with the video, but basically the following is true. 1. C7 ceramic style: You can't see the 3-LED's in the new bulb like you could the old, as it's a single diode now. Brightness is about the same between old and new, except for orange and yellow. The new SMD orange and yellow kicks butt over the 3-LED design. The reason there isn't much difference is because the ceramics are designed to absorb light, not reflect it. It's not that the light source isn't brighter, its just that the bulb design isn't letting it pass through and reflect. 2. C7 faceted: Bulbs look the same except when you turn them on! The SMD is notably brighter than past years. If you installed these side by side with older bulbs, it would be noticeable. The same is true for the C9 style as well. The ceramics don't come off as brighter because of the nature of the beast, but they have a little different look to them. The faceted look the same, just the SMD's a noticeably brighter. One note: The green color is slightly different on the SMD bulbs. I'm a little OCD, so it would bug me if I mixed it with the older bulbs, however, it might not bother you if you are less picky. This would be in side by side applications. If it was across my lawn on another element, I'd be fine.
  9. 6803 strips and pixels

    Agreed. 12v will give you less problems with voltage drop. Also, think about 2811 instead of 6803. 2811 is more common. So when you add on to your display, you aren't trying to mix and match different IC's.
  10. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    I think I'm just going to stop waiting for better weather and shoot some videos indoors. That way you can at least see them side by side.
  11. Vendors that sell M5 LED strings with Quick Connect ends?

    They are expensive but very nice. The wire is a little heavier and they have screw together plugs. Typically a 25 count is about the price of a normal 70 count strand.
  12. Thinking about it

    1. Make sure the controller you get, supports the type of pixels you are buying. 2. In my experience, Falcon is easiest to set up. We build all out pre-build controllers using Falcon boards. During our pre sale, we have our Pixel command center for $450, which is a Falcon 16, two power supplies, pigtails, and a UL rated enclosure.
  13. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Correct, the SMD bulbs would be a true pre order. I couldn't tell you the difference between our SMD's and the Opticore. It wouldn't surprise me if they were made in the same place and Wintergreen just but the Opticore trademark on them. I can tell you ours are made by Minleon which is the best in class when it comes to C7 and C9 replacement bulbs. It's been real snowy and super cold, so I haven't braved the out doors to shoot a video of the new bulbs. But, I will try to get it done in the next few days.
  14. LED's that look like Incandescent

    I can say that the yellows look much better on the SMD's. That was the biggest improvement. However, for the ceramic bulbs, they don't really look brighter with a SMD. You can't see the 5 LED's any longer which is nice. I'll work on getting a video up of the differences shortly.
  15. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Greetings! I hope everyone is have a great light show season! It's that time of year to start our pre sale! It is just like past years, where it runs from now until the end of February. Orders over $1000 ship for free. Orders paid in full get an extra 2% discount or you can pay a 50% deposit with the balance due when your order is ready to ship. One big change this year is with our C7 and C9 bulbs: We are switching over to bulbs that have a SMD LED. It's "Surface Mounted Device". Think of it as how a LED flashlight LED works. Instead of having a cluster of 5 LED's, we now have one high powered LED. In theory, the SMD bulbs should be more durable because there are fewer parts. They also have a little more light output. For our Ceramic style bulbs, this is a manufacturer change from the previous ceramic bulbs. They are now being made by Minleon, which is who made all our faceted bulbs in the past. This is for cost reasons. We've combined manufacturing and shipping on all our bulbs now, which has dropped the price. You'll see that pricing on all our C7 and C9 bulbs is lower this year because of this. We also have three price tiers this year. Single bulbs, 25 pack and full case of 1000. Our RGB line also got a make over for 2018. A lot of our RGB strands are now being made to work seamlessly with our Pixel Command Center controller. This makes setting up pixel displays a little more plug and play than in the past. All strands have plugs, as well as various lengths of pre-made extension cables are now available. We should be getting our first load of these before the sale is over! We have a bunch of lights in stock and ready to ship now. These are all at pre-sale pricing, making it a great opportunity to get a great deal with immediate shipping! The list of in stock lights can be seen here: https://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php As always, if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! Merry Christmas everyone!