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slink976
12-06-2006, 03:50 PM
Has anyone every tried this?

I just did it to my house and it was a very simple process. I bought a "Kit 74" 8 port Parallel relay switch and wired it to 8 extention cords. Then downloaded Vixen software. Now my house Rocks at night!!!

Here is a picture of the final board.

If anyone is thinking about doing this I can really help you out just let me know. I would show you footage but my freaking camera doesn't film with sound so it is kinda pointless.

Lee

beef
12-06-2006, 04:21 PM
Does the fire department know about that rig? :D j/k


I wanted to do that after I saw that famous christmas light video set to Wizards of Winter a couple of years ago. Didn't do it this year... How much/where did you get the relay? I'd love to see a video if you can get one to the web.

chudson
12-06-2006, 04:32 PM
Did you see this guys christmas lights from last year? http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/xmaslights.asp
click on "here" just under the house picture. He lives I think in a burb of Cincy and he even got a spot in a Miller Light commercial.

slink976
12-06-2006, 04:43 PM
really inexpensive. the whole thing was done under $100. You can buy a light-o-rama set up for $450 and it does the exact same thing. The relay board ran me about 39.00 plus shipping but I had to get a solder book and a few other things as I have not done this (soldering) since high school.

I too do the wizards of winter, it starts my show off. the whole show last about 45 minutes and then there is a 5 min break before the next show. this was amazingly easy to do! you still have time to do this set up takes about 2 days for the board to arrive everything else can be bought local. I started really simple, next year I am going to build a Olsen 595 board with 128 channels. This year I only have 8 channels!

slink976
12-06-2006, 06:28 PM
oh yeah, If anyone is around the El cajon area PM me and I'll send you my address

trickskier
12-06-2006, 06:48 PM
Looks Like an electricians nightmare.....LOL.....How about some pic of the house?

slink976
12-06-2006, 06:54 PM
I'll post something to you tube and link it. But it might be dumb do to the camera doesnt have sounds. Was hoping a fellow team member lived close enough to come by and take a shot for me!

trickskier
12-06-2006, 07:07 PM
I'll post something to you tube and link it. But it might be dumb do to the camera doesnt have sounds. Was hoping a fellow team member lived close enough to come by and take a shot for me!
Look forward to seeing it Slink!

sixysixss
12-06-2006, 11:27 PM
Slink, I was looking at doing the same thing. Do you have links to the curcuit boards, software, and setup instructions? Thanks.

SKI*MC
12-06-2006, 11:34 PM
looks fun! I saw Trans Siberian Ochestra in concert last year, absolutly an AMAZING SHOW! If you have the chance to see it, do it!

rick s.
12-07-2006, 06:47 AM
a neighborhood friend has a computerized setup that is driven by an fm transmitter (and a computer, of course). Rather than play music that drives your neighborhood crazy, there's a sign on the lawn that says to tune your radio to 107.5. Works really well, but he did a lot of custom programming do get this done. Pink Floyd christmas light show. About 30 minutes of music then it starts over again.

Setting a new standard in the neighborhood....

slink976
12-07-2006, 02:10 PM
Here are some links that I found very helpful for those of you that want to try it:

http://computerchristmas.com

http://www.spiffomatic64.com/lightshow/


http://www.vixenlights.com/

one of the cheaper kit 74's that i found. You might be able to find a better price.

http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/elec/ck1601.htm