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Home Depot just went 50% off this morning. Stocked up LED for next year to get rid of my old incad lights. Order online and choose pickup to reserve what you want ! Still need a better source than the local stores for bulk Lights ...
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Rite Aid drugstore also has had some decent light strings and put them on sale a couple of weeks ago (plus an extra 20-30% off if you have the Plenti card).
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Home automation is my other passion. I've been playing with the open source homebridge project for HomeKit for about a year now. Tonight I got it working with LSP. I'll try to put together some details about this soon !
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Nice work!
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Finally got the show up and running tonight. After learning of the passing of Tom I really wanted to get out and get this done. He put his hear and soul into this project and he truly loved this time of year. Even though we never met in person his passing had been weighing heavy on my heart. He was a kind and humble spirit that never wanted recognition for his part in this project, he only wanted to make it magical for anyone that came upon it. He will be sorely missed ! You can't see it in this video, but just as the lights went out and before the show started, a star ⭐️ went shooting across the sky above my home. I like to think he is watching down at his work from wherever he may be ! 
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I was wondering about pi zero and how it worked. Are you using that as a client ?
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Been trying to keep up here, but it's been tough. Love the videos and builds I have been seeing from everyone ! Finally finished my boxes for this year. Decided to take apart the first box I made 3 years ago which was way to big. 32 channels here with 8 channels via satellites not pictured not pictured. Picked up about 9 deer and a sleigh for a steal so I'll be adding those too. Looks like the weather here won't cooperate over the weekend so the show may have to wait a few days..
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LOL! I know the feeling. We have some home made Christmas Trees out of Rose Bush cages and Rope Lights that came out of storage without uniform lines last year. The better half didn't want to fix them and said "it looks just fine", but overtime I look at them I want to straighten the lines and add more tie wraps. :P
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Finally got a chance to play with this nodemcu ESP8266. I ordered months ago for 8$. This may be a good cheap option to setup some remote wireless boxes with the right coding ! 
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I got both of the models I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I have had the time to open the packages and place them on my desk where I can see them. So many things to do, so little time to do them. All if have to do is reach and I can pick up both models in my hands, but I have to restrain, I want other things done first.

Taunt me, what have you gotten done with them so far, what have you tested,??

It's almost 3am, I should be asleep. But tomorrow is a rest day.
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Wondering if anyone has tried one of these FadeCandy boards by Adafruit. Looks like an easy way to control Pixels on a bigger scale. https://www.adafruit.com/product/1689
Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits FadeCandy - Dithering USB-Controlled Driver for NeoPixels ID: 1689 - A new collaboration between Adafruit & Micah from Scanlime, we are excited to introduce Fadecandy, a NeoPixel driver with built in dithering, that can be controlled over USB. Fadecandy is not just hardware! It is a kit of both hardware and software parts that make LED art projects easier to
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Works with the BiblioPixel library that I am using with led strips (same vendor), so it would seem that it would be easy to make work with lightshowpi and so lightshowPi would become lightshowPy 
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A little toy shop madness
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Fantastic!!
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Think that's a wrap for this year. 
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Is anyone here using the PiFM feature to transmit their show audio? If so have you noticed a lag between the show and the music? I know it can be adjusted for within settings, but what I want to know is if using a standalone transmitter resolves that issue entirely ? I currently don't have a standalone transmitter to test with, and I was wondering before going out and purchasing one.
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Yep got my transmitter in today, hooked it up and the delay disappeared as well as the subpar transmission quality !
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Just a reminder to stay safe. This is a fun project but you are dealing with high voltage and it can be dangerous. Been doing this for three years and today I got complacent.

Wanted to test out my newest box. I unplugged the lights from the my mains and hooked them up to the box without thinking about what I was plugging in. I plugged a channel that's normally meant for my 10 amp SSR into a 2 amp SSR. I turned on all the lights to verify they worked and left the house. I was supposed to be gone for a few hours but got called home early to get the kids because my wife was running late from work. Luckily I was called home early. When I opened my car door I could smell the board roasting from across the house. Any longer and I would have had a much larger problem on my hands.

I'll be ordering fuses tomorrow to add into my setup, the extra cost is more than worth it !

Please have fun but be careful !
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I am using a mechanical relays on my AC side and the relays in the link below for the DC. I am going to move the AC to something similar to the DC next year. I run - Cord from Wall -> Fuse inline with black "hot" wire -> into the IN side of the GFCI -> out the other side of the GFCI (for downstream protection) - then to the relay boards / bridge rectifiers / etc.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TGO7POU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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She has arrived and I nicknamed her Flash... Damn it's fast. I've been using my Pi model B as a home automation bridge. I have been doing a lot of work on that thing the past few weeks and got used to the slowness of the system. Plugging this thing in is going to have me throwing the B against the wall with the wait times !

Awaiting a few more toys to come in so I can start experimenting with pixels, I have a few ideas I want to experiment with ! Plan to install LSP on the 3 soon and will report the findings !
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The 3 is so worth upgrading to. Just to explain, I have a pi 3 with the latest raspbian, I modified some of the boot processes but I have the boot time shortened to 14 seconds, from power on to running a python script in X desktop. Probably a bit of overkill for light syncing, but the setup for such a project is much much shorter.
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Was hoping to get a better video before I take down the lights in a few days but with the outlook of bad storms forecasted for the next week I had to get what I could before they arrived. One of my favorites this year.
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+K McWhirter in store everything in my attic and it really doesn't take a whole lot of space. But space is starting to get tight lol
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    Senior Systems Programmer, 2006 - present