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OT: Xmas Lights 2018
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Post 1 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 16:33
Duct Tape
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Show me what you got!  I want to see what you got!

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Post 2 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 18:49
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Impressive as always. Stepped your game up this year.
Post 3 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 19:11
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Awesome.

Can I ask though a rough estimate of how much you have invested to do that?
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OP | Post 4 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 19:23
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I started doing this about 5 years ago.  I'd say about $3k since then.
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Post 5 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 20:38
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Super impressive! However, I want to see the behind the scenes stuff! What type of controller/program/relay system do you have setup?
"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!"
Post 6 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 21:55
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On December 8, 2018 at 19:23, Duct Tape said...
I started doing this about 5 years ago.† I'd say about $3k since then.

Wow, thatís not near as bad as I would have guessed. I would have thought 3 or 4 times that. Also, my wife and kids liked your can can video better than this years video.

I think you told me once before when I had a client express an interest in doing something, but where can I find how to get started on this?
Civil War reenactment is LARPing for people with no imagination.

Post 7 made on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 21:56
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On December 8, 2018 at 20:38, drewski300 said...
Super impressive! However, I want to see the behind the scenes stuff! What type of controller/program/relay system do you have setup?

+1
Civil War reenactment is LARPing for people with no imagination.

Post 8 made on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 08:59
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On December 8, 2018 at 20:38, drewski300 said...
Super impressive! However, I want to see the behind the scenes stuff! What type of controller/program/relay system do you have setup?

+2
Post 9 made on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 10:29
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Wow, really something!
Post 10 made on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 13:42
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OP | Post 11 made on Monday December 10, 2018 at 09:30
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When I take things down in January I'll take some photos of the wiring and electronics involved.

The system consists of a mini PC running Light-O-Rama software.  This uses two USB adapters to communicate to the system.  One works with the Light-O-Rama control protocol and the other works with the DMX network.  All the RGB stuff is DMX controlled and I have various DMX to RGB controllers around the house/yard.

I have 4 Light-O-Rama 16 channel controllers that get connected to the more traditional light strings.  The tree takes up 16 channels and the arches take up 16 channels.  The santa face and lights in the yard use another 16 channels.  The last 16 channel box isn't completely filled yet, though I plan to add some lights to the side yard.

The RGB lights up in the soffits are permanently installed because I got tired of climbing on my roof.  The solar we had installed this year would have made it difficult anyway.

The RGB neon rope on the windows are attached to curtain rods and hung up on hooks every year.  The RGB neon around the garage and foyer are attached with little aluminum holders that stay in play year round.  I just push the neon into them.

All in all it only takes me a couple weekends to get everything going.
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Post 12 made on Monday December 10, 2018 at 16:44
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Jesus would be impressed at the way you celebrate his fake birthday.
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Post 13 made on Monday December 10, 2018 at 16:54
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Post 14 made on Monday December 10, 2018 at 18:36
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If we cant play that song on the radio anymore, what about rap?
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Post 15 made on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 02:28
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Here is a behind the scenes:
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