hahahaI have one of those white boards. I bought it a long time ago when I arrived at a job site, for the second time, without any transformers. Guess my mind isn't what it used to be.
I think you should show up in a monster truck like the grave digger and power 75-100 lights!Something else I thought about doing. Call it a drive-by demo. or just a dumb idea.
If I had a 10gauge line ran from the battery of my truck to a multi-plug in the bed area. take 4 maybe 6 spooled extention cords run them from the truck be to the front area of a house. Hit the house in a few places do a couple of trees. How fast could you do that?
When youre down unplug the lights, roll the cords back in and move on down the road. Thats after you sign a contract of course.
I need to figure out how many lights I can run off the truck. The lights will do fine on DC for a demo purpose.
I use about 12-20 lights, uplighting only. I can set up in about 15-20 minutes and be knocking on the door for them to come out. I usually can wrap it up in another 30 minutes depending on the customer. The customer needs to see enough lights to get it. As you get better you can use less lights. When I was new I used more lights to offset my skill level. The sheer number of lights was always breath taking. My best demo ever was 4 lights. Understanding the right vocabulary is equally important to me. Read Nate's book and use the jargon and people listen. Part of a great demo is listening to the client. I get put in check every once in a while by a client whom I was listening well enough. The best demo fits the way the client uses the yard and their lifestyle. I have done hundreds of demos and I will continue to use demos. The role of a demo has changed for me and it will for you as you do more of them. I don't demo every job, but I know exactly which jobs need a demo and that comes from experience.I think you guys are putting way too much effort into your demos. Yes, I know that your demos would be better than mine, but your purpose is simply to show an "example" of what could be done. You can explain the rest verbally. To a potential client, they have no idea of the power of our systems. Even one light looks pretty to them. If you set up several, then your case is closed. You don't need to go through the effort, IMO, to make it look exactly like the final install. Besides, wouldn't it be better for your image to install "more" and "better" than they expected? Some of the descriptions I've heard so far about what you guys go through to set up a demo just kills me. Granted, they do offer the opportunity to take a picture, but what are you trying to prove. I'd be awfully ticked off if I went through that much trouble just to have the client explain what was done to his landscaper and have them do it for cheeper. In my opinion, these full blown demos are giving away your talents and secrets beforehand. Unless you're getting a sizable fee for the demo, I would not do it so inexpensively. I'll explain my effective demo later, but you guys are just expending too much effort and time.
Just my opinion, so don't get mad and start calling me names!
It cost half but you get half or less what our kit comes with. Plus it takes atleast 15 lights at minimum to usually demo a scene. Not smashing the kit, I have seen way worse, at least it doesnt use a Battery. and I do like the post they supply for the TF.My Vista kit cost me less than half that Joey....
And I have a Stanley box and a Gatemouth bag for others...
I haven't seen your connectors Joey, but I used to use Radio Shack's solderless banana plugs, and they worked OK, but once I discovered these two pole trailer plugs I can't think of anything simpler or more reliable.