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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!

 

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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!

That is bad ass :weightlifter:
 

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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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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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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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-Light O Rama
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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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yeah that was a pretty good one... I wander how you can get the sound to be loud enough that if you have a show people in the streets can hear it real well...

I may get the cheaper one that I found for $100 to see how it does by itself.
 

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I did this at my house last year. Had em lined up to watch. Transmitted it thru the car radio and had an advertising sign next to the "tune to" sign.

It was great, lots of compliments. Did the shows at hours so as not to peeve off the neighbors.
 

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We got a few. I expect the real result will show up this year. I did not start up my display until late in the season last year.

Depending on how many channels you want, and that depends on the size of your display the price will vary. I would say be prepared to spend somewhere between 1 and 2 grand for the set up. Then you need you lights to plug into it:dizzy:
 

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I plan on getting my house nicely decorated this year and maybe add that function next year. Do it in stages. I want to get the house looking good. Thinking about putting up my lights REALLY early this year to let people know I am here. Definitely putting them up early on mine and some friends to get pictures to show my work... and get any problems worked out before the customers start calling.
 

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That is what I did.

year 1, I did Christmas for halloween, house completely lit with wreaths, garland, the works. People thought I was crazy, but it got attention when the parents stood at the end of the driveway talking about the lights while the kids came to the door for candy.

year 2, actually did halloween lights for halloween. Learned how to better make colors work on my house for christmas, but switched everything from halloween to christmas the day after halloween to show people we could take down and install quickly,

year 3 upped the halloween display a bit, set christmas display to music and switched to led

year 4.....to be seen but will have fog machines, strobes music for halloween. christmas is pretty maxed out, probably wont change much this year.
 

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Same here. I figured I'd use some of the profit from holiday lighting to do a show type decoration. That is, if everything works out. I dont see why it wouldnt.

I just found out today that I have a relative that runs a holiday lighting company in the DFW area. He's gonna show me the ropes (or is it cords in this cas? :D) Yay!
 

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Same here. I figured I'd use some of the profit from holiday lighting to do a show type decoration. That is, if everything works out. I dont see why it wouldnt.

I just found out today that I have a relative that runs a holiday lighting company in the DFW area. He's gonna show me the ropes (or is it cords in this case? :D) Yay!
 
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