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Old 09-05-2008, 04:17 PM
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I Want To Do This!

This is COOL! I want to do this to my own house AND be able to do it to customers homes...

How hard is it to do? Does it run through a source and does the work itself or does it take a lot of set up? It seems like each line would have to be run into different parts of a box that turns them off and on on its own.

Whatever it takes... this is what I want for my house... If I can pull this off I should be able to get whatever customers I want!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0IwpRzWL_4
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:23 PM
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This is COOL! I want to do this to my own house AND be able to do it to customers homes...

How hard is it to do? Does it run through a source and does the work itself or does it take a lot of set up? It seems like each line would have to be run into different parts of a box that turns them off and on on its own.

Whatever it takes... this is what I want for my house... If I can pull this off I should be able to get whatever customers I want!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0IwpRzWL_4
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:34 PM
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found a controller to do this, 6 outlet, for about $100. I am going to keep looking to see what else I can find.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:49 PM
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We are a parnter company with Animated Lighting. I would look at them if you wanted to do it on a commercial basis. The other big company is light o rama. The LOR stuff is a little more involved as far as the programing vs the AL stuff.

Be prepared to spend some cash though!
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:06 PM
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What do you mean by partner company? They come out and do it for you?
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:46 PM
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They can if the project is big enough and you are willing to pay for them to come out and help.
Basically you get a better price on things and have the option for them to custom do anything for you.
the catch is, you will have to fork over some $$ for a small set up to become a partner (also known as a re-seller)
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:48 PM
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what all is involved in doing that kind of work? I take it you do a lot of the programming with the computer and then up load it? A lot of syncing the right lights at the right time?

Definitely more complicated than it looks I am sure.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:57 PM
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yep, definitely not cheap but REALLY COOL!

Maybe next year...
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:48 PM
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-Light O Rama
-Animated Lighting
And there's several software packages that can help you animate.

Check out planetchristmas.com forums.

There's lots of options out there to animate, but good a MUSIC background and decent computer knowledge is necessary. Oh, and TIME and MONEY. Figure 3 to 4 hours for an experienced person to animate ONE song, and that's with only 48 to 64 channels. Most people start with 32 to 64 channels (each controller typically controls 16). Figure about $1,000 to get started with 64 channels, that's 4 controlers, the software, and transmitter for the radio. The lights and miles of cords ar much much extra...

I'd LOVE to animate my place, but I just don't have the knowledge of music nor the patience to sit down and listen to a christmas song beat by beat hundreds of times in a row...

In the meantime I use a "Lights and sounds of Christmas" controler like Deep Green mentioned. I added SSR's (solid state relays) this summer to boost the amperage of lights I can control from 12 amps to about 45. I used it last year and was pretty happy with the results. It's "plug and play", literally... But it takes time to figure out what to plug into what outlet to give you the best effects.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:06 PM
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I like this one better for the Wizards of Winter song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLmA...eature=related

I've been all over youtube with this animated lighting. Definitely something I could do if I had the money. I'll be looking into this for next year for sure.
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