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Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:44:16 AM »
Thank you to everyone at Falconchristmas!  BBB ran my show this year, and it worked flawlessly (outside of my trials of trying different powering methods)!  While I never got my F16V2 into the show this year, i'm hoping to get it up and running my shed lights as soon as I get them mounted.  They will be in the show come Dec 2016.

00:00 - Intro
00:30 - Carol of the Bells
01:15 - That's Christmas to Me
04:40 - Let It Go
08:25 - Because It's Christmas
12:02 - Jingle Bell Rock
14:40 - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Have a Happy New Year!
Charlie
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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2016, 12:21:52 PM »
Very nice good job and thanks for sharing.

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2016, 02:34:58 PM »
Absolutely, liked the floating roof affect of how you laid out your lights..

Now 2016 we should be seeing some more video effects in your tree :))

Happy New Year!

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 04:49:22 PM »
Very nice good job and thanks for sharing.

Thank you.

Absolutely, liked the floating roof affect of how you laid out your lights..

Now 2016 we should be seeing some more video effects in your tree :))

Happy New Year!

Tory

Part of the floating effect is just the camera settings.  It's manual exposure set for the lights, so when only the roof lights are on, it does appear to float!  Kinda weird.  New DSLR and have not messed around with the settings to get things right.

Yea, my tree effects are pretty simple, as is my sequencing for the most part.  Sequencing is not my favorite part, so I don't spent a ton of time on it, but I do get the feel that i'm going for.

Thanks and Happy New Year.



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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 09:26:52 PM »
Nicely done. Very smooth sequencing.

What material did you use for your arches?

Thanks for sharing too!
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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 07:09:51 AM »
Nicely done. Very smooth sequencing.

What material did you use for your arches?

Thanks for sharing too!

Thank you.

1" PEX.  Comes in 20ft straight lengths from local plumbing supply store.  Used a $5 cutter to cut them in half in the parking lot so I could fit them in the car! :)
Lights are 12v 2811 strips, 60LED/m 20ic/m (ie. 20 pixels/m).  Each arch is 59 pixels (177 LEDS)... couldn't fit that 60th pixel in a 10ft arch.

pictures here of testing/construction if your interested.
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C25AE91809212A09!295&authkey=!AOq3Ih9pBjMcXkU&ithint=folder%2cjpg

-Cheers!

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2016, 01:09:38 PM »
Nicely done. Very smooth sequencing.

What material did you use for your arches?

Thanks for sharing too!

Thank you.

1" PEX.  Comes in 20ft straight lengths from local plumbing supply store.  Used a $5 cutter to cut them in half in the parking lot so I could fit them in the car! :)
Lights are 12v 2811 strips, 60LED/m 20ic/m (ie. 20 pixels/m).  Each arch is 59 pixels (177 LEDS)... couldn't fit that 60th pixel in a 10ft arch.

pictures here of testing/construction if your interested.
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C25AE91809212A09!295&authkey=!AOq3Ih9pBjMcXkU&ithint=folder%2cjpg

-Cheers!

Nice, I tried the HDPE and was just too large thick to work with. being 1" the PEX seems to be a bit more workable and the fact it comes straight vs in a roll, seems to say that it's easier to work with, just need to bend it.. Thanks for sharing

Tory

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2016, 09:26:35 AM »
Nice show, new to xlights sequencing so learning from your sequence files.  On your star setup I see you did a custom setup, why are the pixels numbered like they are in the custom setup?  Thanks for any info, really appreciate you sharing your builds!

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2016, 02:03:13 PM »
Nice show, new to xlights sequencing so learning from your sequence files.  On your star setup I see you did a custom setup, why are the pixels numbered like they are in the custom setup?  Thanks for any info, really appreciate you sharing your builds!
Thanks, and glad it's helping you out.  I learn new tricks from seeing others sequences as well.

Needed the custom start as that is how my star is constructed.  There is 8" of wire between each pixel, so much if that gets eaten up if I go every other hole on the star.

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2016, 09:17:57 PM »
Charlie, I really like the roof as well.  What kind of pixels are those and how far apart are they spaced?  I'm hoping to do something similar for 2016.  Great job by the way, I love the wall of arches!

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2016, 09:29:34 PM »

1" PEX.  Comes in 20ft straight lengths from local plumbing supply store.  Used a $5 cutter to cut them in half in the parking lot so I could fit them in the car! :)
Lights are 12v 2811 strips, 60LED/m 20ic/m (ie. 20 pixels/m).  Each arch is 59 pixels (177 LEDS)... couldn't fit that 60th pixel in a 10ft arch.

pictures here of testing/construction if your interested.
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C25AE91809212A09!295&authkey=!AOq3Ih9pBjMcXkU&ithint=folder%2cjpg


What are the dimensions across on those and it looks like you decided that 10 degrees was the best?  That's just 3/4" PVC at the bases?  The pex supports itself pretty well?  Very impressive. 

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2016, 06:40:14 AM »
Charlie, I really like the roof as well.  What kind of pixels are those and how far apart are they spaced?  I'm hoping to do something similar for 2016.  Great job by the way, I love the wall of arches!

These are GECE (GE Color Effects) pixels on the roofline.  I like the shape and size of the GECE lights, but they are only a 4-bit pixel, and the protocol limits the string length to 63.  I got them at 75% off at Lowes a couple of years ago, and it's basically what started me into this crazy hobby!  I have not found the 75% off of the GECE lights again, so this year purchased Technicolor pixels (C7, ws2811 type pixels) for my shed, so I will start going that way next year.  Spacing of the lamps is 10" on the light string, but my spacing on each segment of the roofline varies between 7.75" to 8.1".  The arches were pretty easy to build, especially after dealing with roofline pixels and the megatree.  Thanks!

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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2016, 06:54:30 AM »

1" PEX.  Comes in 20ft straight lengths from local plumbing supply store.  Used a $5 cutter to cut them in half in the parking lot so I could fit them in the car! :)
Lights are 12v 2811 strips, 60LED/m 20ic/m (ie. 20 pixels/m).  Each arch is 59 pixels (177 LEDS)... couldn't fit that 60th pixel in a 10ft arch.

pictures here of testing/construction if your interested.
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=C25AE91809212A09!295&authkey=!AOq3Ih9pBjMcXkU&ithint=folder%2cjpg


What are the dimensions across on those and it looks like you decided that 10 degrees was the best?  That's just 3/4" PVC at the bases?  The pex supports itself pretty well?  Very impressive.

The Arches are 1" PEX, 10ft long.  The supports are 3/4" PEX, 6" long.  I decided on 15 as this gives a nice shape, and limits the stress on junction between the 1" and 3/4".  Here is a picture of the final bases.  A center hole; for future use :) ; two holes angled at 15 from each other, spaced 2" either side of the center hole; and the two smaller holes for staking the bases into the ground.  I install the bases by placing them 94" apart measured from the middle of the center hole.  This puts the hole to hole distance in the bases at 90" apart, and with the arch installed, puts the physical 10' arch section ends about 88" apart.

I was skeptical the arches would hold up this way, but I was very happy with how they did, so just installed them again the same way as last year.  I bend them into shape when I install so they all have about the same height, and they're all lined up.  They just stay that way all season after that.

Thanks again.  I love over-engineering things as you can likely tell.  LoL.


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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2016, 08:39:33 PM »
Looking through older threads, and came across this.
Really liked the show.  Good stuff.


If I may ask, who is the artist for Jingle Bell Rock?
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Re: Smith Family Lightshow - Christmas 2015
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2016, 05:05:17 AM »
Thank You.

Jingle Bell Rock version is from the Glee Vol3 christmas album. I downloaded from Amazon.  Not really a big fan of this song, but this version had kinda changed my mind... and it's my son's favorite which is why it's in the show! 😀

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AG4NSY0/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_nyyrxb3GZZF74

 

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