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  1. Brick sections are animated. Hopefully will get a video up this year.. Hope you like the display! Constructive criticism is always good...Happy Holidays! Facebook for display: https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights
  2. Hello folks, this is my first post here (hope I'm posting in the right thread!) Anyway, when I was a kid (about 20 years or so ago.) My family would always drive around during the holidays to seek out the best light displays! That was always fun. Maybe that's why I love holiday lights so much now as an adult! Back to the topic. One of the houses in particular had an awesome set of icicle style lights hanging from the roof. They were blue, and they flashed in a pattern I'd never seen before! They didn't flash all-together at once, nor did they have a chasing effect. It's kind of hard to describe, but I'll do my best. The middle portion of the lights would flash very quickly, then the outer part would flash afterwards, then back to the middle once more very quickly before repeating from the start again! It was almost like the lights were "dancing!" Here's an alternate way of describing the sequence. More or less, the order in which I saw them flashing: Portion 1 | Portion 2 | Portion 1 This has never left my brain since seeing it as a child. It blew my mind! And I've never come across another house that had lights flash this way! Also, all the other light strings besides the blue ones described either flashed normally, or were just steady burning. My question is, is there a special type of chasing control system required for this? Or can light sets like this be bought in store? (I've never seen them in all my years of searching!) I'm also curious how much power lights like these would consume? I'm assuming quite a lot. I know I'm not imagining what I saw. It just boggles me that I can't find lights with that exact flashing pattern. I figured the best place to ask is right here, since there seem to be some very knowledgeable folks around here, who know more than a thing or two about lights! ^^ I would really love to get my hands on a few sets if these do exist! I'd even like to get some orange or green ones for Halloween if possible. If a chasing system is what is needed, then how would I set up a custom flash pattern? Rather than a simple chasing effect. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! -Cory
  3. I was searching on the ebay for other things and saw this Sale. Another display going dark, in the Bonita, California area. Hopefully someone in the area can grab this up and carry on the tradition. Descriptions says you need a 25ft box truck!
  4. Have 8 boxes of universal light stakes, fits c7 & c9 bulbs. Purchased these 3 years ago in bulk (30 boxes) 25 per box 8 boxes. Paid $6.50 per box, selling for 35.00 for all eight including shipping in lower 48 priority mail shipping.. NO splittling all 8 or nothing.
  5. I purchased 4 sets of multi function net lights. The issue I have is they are connected together but I want them steady and when I turn the lights off and back on each set does a different feature it is very annoying how can I keep them all in sync. Thanks
  6. aabeck

    Christmas_House_2017.mp4

    From the album: Aabeck's album

    My house display for 2017 Christmas. The outside lights and living room window lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC. The door wreath is controlled by a Siemens S2-200 PLC, with the power to it controlled by the living room SLC5/04. Most of the light strings have been cut into 10 bulb sections to run on 24 volts DC provided by separate power supplies. The flickering candles in the kitchen window are 4 volt bulbs wired to a TTL transistor logic card, and each of the 7 is controlled with it's own subroutine. TO get 4 volts I have a 5 volt power supply run through a potentiometer to reduce the voltage to 3.7 volts - it is easier on the bulbs and makes them a little dimmer than full brightness so they appear more like candles. The kitchen window is controlled by a SLC5/03 PLC, and another SLC5/03 controls the tree that I put out in the side yard this year. The PLC's are synced with messaging by a home control SLC5/05 in my home office, through NET-ENI's. A network COM port on the tree PLC is messaged to through a data-subscriber on the HMI. All features (along with the home controls, monitoring and alarms) are controllable and adjustable by a computer and a Windows tablet both running AdvancedHMI.
  7. I ordered 2 sets of 1k rice lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07575T8R1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=wwwwarriorsof-20 I plan on decorating a tree outside my house but I think it will be a challenge. Any tips on decorating outside tree with 73ft of lights.
  8. I am having some issues with a 60in light up wreath. 7/8 of the thing lights up but half of 1 section is completely out. I have tried replacing bulbs, used the Christmas light tester tool but I am stuck. Today I found what I think is where it is losing power or transfer of power to the next bulb Anybody have any idea what type of bum set up this is? Or how to fix it? I am pretty sure this is where the lights stop from bulb to bulb. I have never seen bulbs like this before and have tried everything except splicing the wires again. How can I fix this so I can use this wreath again?The bulb before this has the same housing and works fine.
  9. Has anyone used Rice lights or as Bed Bath Calls them Griswold Approved lights? Anyone have video of them. Thanks
  10. Hi, I am a relative newbie especially compared to many of you. I have been adding to my decorations and adding light-o-rama controllers for the last few years. I now have arches over my driveway, a mega tree, several mini trees and candy canes along the sidewalk. This year I am adding a star to the mega tree and framing every window across the front of the house with lights. I am looking to tap into your wisdom for help / guidance for the windows. My current plan is to use the smallest diameter pvc pipe and elbows to create a frame for each window. I plan to attach a flexible strap / belt to the top of each frame and use the window (double hung) to lock the frame in place. I am definitely open to your thoughts on this plan but am really looking for help on the lights. Would you recommend rope lights or standard LED's strings. What size bulbs, spacing, etc.? I would like to use the lighter gauge light string wire (without lights) as the power lead vs. an extension cord. Is this as simple as buying the same type of wire and soldering it together? I really appreciate any advice you can provide. I have learned a lot over the last few years via the forum as well as trial and error, leveraging others experience definitely saves time and money both of which are at a premium!!
  11. PNWMuseumMan

    Newbie Help

    Hello everyone! I can't believe the wealth of knowledge that roams these digital halls! I'm hoping you all can help me out with my roof ridge lighting layout. I have clips for this, but what I don't understand, and haven't been able to find anywhere online, is how people get a single row of lights along all of the ridges. In my picture I have highlight all of the second story roof with red, and the yellow shows the first story ridges. My thought is to start with the end of my string and the far left corner of the house, but I can't figure out how to run the lights out the other ridge toward the front of the house, and connect up to the long continuous ridge that goes the rest of the way across the house. Any thought would be extremely appreciated. Also, what do you do with any excess light / cord at the end of the ridge run? Thanks! and Happy 76 days till Christmas!!!!!
  12. We are having a large light sale from Pilot Mountain Christmas. We have both new and used LED and Incandescent lights of all kinds. We are selling by appointment only so if you are interested in checking out what we have call us at 336-351-2487 and leave a message with your Name and a date and time that you want to come. The address is 4236 NC 268 HWY East in Pilot Mountain, NC 27041. See pictures on our Face Book Page. https://www.facebook.com/pilot.m.christmas
  13. mwalz

    2016 Display - 30k lights

    I'm 19 and have been doing this for about 10 years so far, I've came a long way with my display in just the past few years even. Here are some highlight pics of this year and a link to the website and Facebook page: http://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights/ I'm open to any suggestions-good or bad for next year, thanks for looking!
  14. Florida Christmas Light decorators have a Facebook page. 'Like it 'to keep up-to-date with what is happening in Florida. We welcome all decorators from all over the world. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Planet-Christmas/233759653343533
  15. Hey folks! The holiday parties got someone a little too cheerful and tomorrow that cheer is spreading to you ! Now through January 15th, 2012 we are slashing our already ridiculously low prices by 15%! Be sure to check out store.lightsmusicmagic.com to see the eggnog filled deals available to you! Oh, and we're offering free shipping on all orders over $100! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  16. jstorms

    Christmas Tree That Snows Itself

    Visited the Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, Texas and Wow! They even have a Christmas Tree that snows itself!
  17. randallfoster

    Lights Broke- Is This A Good Fix?

    I have a window frame that fell out over night last night and when I went to check things this AM- it had fallen out of the window (need to put shims in!).... when I put it back and plugged it in- half of the lights were out.. then I realized that two of the lighting outlets (the place the bulb fits into) had disappeared...obviously in my grass. I "fixed" it by electical taping the wires together to complete the circuit to get me through the night... everything looks fine. Question is- IS THIS SAFE? Am I ok with this fix? Or do I need to replace the strand?
  18. happyreindeer

    How Do You Fix Sealed Leds?

    I purchased warm white 100 count 5MM LEDs from Paul at CDI during the pre-sale. I have one strand that has a section of lights out between 2 resistors. Paul is sending a replacement string out (I have always had great service from him!). But if this should happen again, sometime down the road - is there a way to fix these lights? The section that is out is maybe 1/4 of the strand of 100. I looked at all the "obvious things" - no broken bulbs, fuses ok, power ok, etc. Are there ways of fixing these sealed LEDs? Is it unusual that a section goes out? What has likely caused it? I'm thinking about switching my whole display to LEDs next year, and I'd like to know, before I make such a big investment.
  19. Sucker Punch

    Best Lights For Blow Molds

    Had a question about which lights work best in the blow molds. I know there are different makers and that may make a difference. I am wanting to light up my Empire Reindeer and feel the lights in them now are not bright enough. I have read older posts and haven't seen anyone use these incandescent bulbs I found at Lowes and wanted to see if anyone else used them or if they were safe or better options. They are 15 W Tubular light. I picked up some chandelierbulbs but they were too big to fit in the reindeer and I don't want to modify the hole to get the chandelier bulbs in. The tubular bulbs should fit with no problem. I couldn't find a link on lowes website but here is what I am thinking about using here. Yes/No/Maybe? Something better and more energy efficient? Thanks! Here's a pic of one of my reindeer
  20. Margaret

    Missing Light Fixtures

    I luv Santa ! A number of my larger Santa blow molds are missing light fixtures. They use a standard size bulb. Can I buy the fixtures somewhere or do I have to make them myself ? I guess that the blow molds will need a number of different fixture types, but I have not done an inventory. Any source of lights or advice please ? thanks
  21. ocsurf

    Wow Factor!

    I'm a newbie and I gotta say that this forum and all you vets are AWESOME! There have been many great ideas and help here. Anyways, I'm trying to go for the WOW factor with my lights this year. My displays have always been pretty simple with just some mini-lights and icicle lights. I'm in the process of making some mini arches too! My question is this. I have $100 to spend on my Christmas display and was wondering what to buy to give it a little more WOW! Like I said, I just have mini-lights, icicle lights and I'm building the arches. Thanks guys! Brady
  22. just wanted to let everyone know that Boscov's Stores is starting sales on their christmas stuff. 30-50% off ticketed prices - entire stock of trim-a-home department 1.99-859.99 = .99-599.99 life-like christmas trees, lights, outdoor sculptures and inflatables, wreaths, garland, stockings, tree skirts, and more (25 styles of trees) 30-50% off trees, wreaths, swags, garland 6.99-599.99 30-50% off entire stock lights, outdoor lighted decor, and inflatables 1.99-99.99 (lights, sculptures, blow molds, iridescent figures, animated deer, inflatables, outdoor swags) 50% off entire stock boxed cards, wrapping paper, and accessories 1.99-16.00 (gift wrap, ribbon, bows, boxes, bags, tape, traditional, luxury,contemporary cards and more Store locator: http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations.html
  23. Does anyone know where to get this item or anything about it? The item is by Noma, who is owned by Inliten LLc. It's a 6 plug outlet for christmas lights that you can program. I found LOTS of really old posts where people bought them for 19.99. Everyone loved them. One just sold on EBAY for 120.00. I can't find anything else out about them. Help if you know!
  24. I wasnt able to buy as many lights as I needed at the end of last season. Now I could use more lights (who couldn't?). I usually wait until Wal-mart puts their lights out but I am curious, is there somewhere we can buy them this time of year for about the same price as Wal-Mart? Thank you! Jim
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