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lakewood
12-15-2009, 02:42 PM
Hi all

I started noticing more and more Colorado people on the DIYC site, especially new folks and thought it might be nice for the Coloradan's to have a place to connect, share ideas, get help and maybe meet up.

This sub-forum is not meant to take away from the main DIYC forums, rather just a meeting place for those in or around Colorado. Please make sure you still post your general questions and the like to the main forums.

Through this forum I was hoping that we could perhaps make connections and meet others in the area, provide help on projects to those close in the neighborhood, or just show-off our talents. Everyone knows people from Colorado have awesome abilities! ;) So lets show the rest of them what we're made of!

Please feel free to introduce yourself, ask around the area for help, share ideas and lets see if we can't get a real atmosphere of sharing and help going in Colorado. Take the Spirit of Christmas all the way!

My name is Robert Dagg, and 2009 is/was my first year of blink-flashy. I am now fully committed (or should be committed) to making future displays bigger, better and always fun. I'm more than happy to help anyone and would welcome requests.

Merry Christmas!
-Robert.

Sharkey
12-15-2009, 07:22 PM
Very cool, Robert!
I hope you guys get this together,
I'm over here in NJ, no meeting spot over here ;)

gizmo
12-15-2009, 09:51 PM
Hi all my name is scott and im in the thornton area.

Pm if i can help in any way... i can weld have a small metal lathe/mill and woodworking was my #1 hobby before the blinke bug got me.

I have yet to do a full blown display (using MR CHRISTMAS 6 channel) but i have 96 channels of LOR ready to go.... i just could not get it all together for 2009 but look out 2010.

scott

kiowamike
12-15-2009, 10:05 PM
Sorry I am not eligible to join this gorup any more. I used to be stationed at Ft. Carson and loved every second of it.

jcizek
12-16-2009, 03:48 PM
Hi Everyone, Name is James, I live in Wellington, CO

This was my first year of an animated display. Actually started building a little bit of hardware 2 years ago, but didn't really get into the big builds until about early August this year.
I have (2) 128 channel FireGod dimmers out with 176 channels running, I built all of it including my own design SSR's from scratch, photo and acid etching all the boards. Got 2 LEDTRIKS panels this year, pegboard variety about 2 x 4 feet. 20ft Megatree with 30 channels (and as i have learned, not nearly enough lights on it to be really cool!!) 10 minitrees, 4 leaping arches, 10 strobes and (2) tune-to signs (I do my own vinyl cutting) and in all about 17,000 lights (and a rediculous 1700 feet of Cat5e in the yard,... another lesson to plan better controller placement next year!!!)
I managed to get 5 songs sequenced for this year and I am tired now, so it will stay at 5 for this season 8)

If I can be of help to anyone let me know! I have a full metal shop with lathes, mill, plasma, welders etc... and I can do cut vinyl to 36" width. I develop with EagleCAD for circuit boards and have the full package, can do pretty much any single or double sided circuit board. Be glad to help out if anyone needs anything locally!

Thanks for posting this sub-forum lakewood!
-James

Larry Hazeltine
12-16-2009, 05:42 PM
I'm Larry and live in Colorado Springs.

I started animating my lights around 01 or 02, IIRC. The first year was just a simple 555 timer and a relay. Every few seconds (adjustable with a potentiometer) the timer would switch the relay to have all the white lights on or all the multicolor lights on. The next year I built an 8-channel parallel port controller and moved up from there.

I started using LOR around 04. To keep expansion costs down, I added 2 Renards this year. In order to mix the systems I'm running them on DMX with Vixen.

This year show has 112 channels.

lakewood
12-17-2009, 12:56 PM
Hi to everyone that has replied.

Please upload or attach videos/links/etc to your displays so we can all see and applaud your work. Plus we might get some ideas for next year.

I'm thinking that early in the new year, if we can all take the time, we should maybe try to meet up somewhere central and put names and faces to the displays. Whatcha all think?

-Robert

Hunter310
12-17-2009, 02:20 PM
Hello all,

I am Steve Endicott from Colorado Springs. I am new to this, and currently have a static display with about 2000 lights. I, like Robert, have committed (or should be...love that!!!) to making 2010 my first year. I am still learning a lot about this great hobby, and feel that 12 months of planning/prep should give me enough time to do a good show next year.

If I had a system in place this year, it would be an 8 channel system with pretty much white icicle lights and netting on my bushes. I plan on growing to a 24 (or maybe 32) channel system with my existing icicle lights, along with multi color, C7's, yard decorations and maybe a star or snowflake.

Thanks to a great community for helping me get started and I would very much like to connect with fellow hobbyists (what are we called...btw...other than crazy...:)).

Thanks,

Steve E.

dirknerkle
12-17-2009, 02:31 PM
I am still learning a lot about this great hobby, and feel that 12 months of planning/prep should give me enough time to do a good show next year.



Welcome to DIYC, Steve. You are smart to plan on 12 months. It's not that it's terribly difficult to do, it's just that the combination of equipment that's available coupled with "ideas" that will suddenly pop into your head will clutter your total sense of reason and you'll go bananas just like the rest of us! :-D

Like you, I had a static display once. Then last January I got into this blinky-flashy stuff, finally joined DIYC in February, and it's been just a blast since then. Building the gear will be the EASY part. Deciding on the music you want to use and matching the lights to it will become the most time-consuming part, but that's the "magic time" that will really give you the payoff later on!

Get started early, plan it out and stick to a schedule, giving yourself plenty of last-minute time to "tweak" things. Then stand back and enjoy what you've done -- and let others pat you on the back for bringing some special joy into their Holiday celebrations too!

-dave

Hunter310
12-17-2009, 04:01 PM
Yeah...I have already grown (in my mind at least) from a simple 8 strand setup to my master plan which is a heck of a lot more. There is no way I can 1.) afford all of it now, 2.) have time for all of it in a year, or 3.) can convince the spouse that it is ALL ok. I am sure she will want to have input on what is too much. :-)

I figure it will be a growth process. 24 channels next year, a few more the year after, a sale here and a sale there (means another 8 channels or so....) I will get there eventually. I have it all planned out in Visio so I can visually see what it might look like. Plus it is easier to sell to my wife that way. Of course, like any good plan, it is subject to change and probably will.

Anyhow, thanks for the welcome and I look forward to working with you and the rest of the DIYC community.

Steve E.

JustJay
12-19-2009, 02:24 AM
Hello fellow Coloradoans! I live in Milliken (near Greeley) and animated my house for the first time this year. I am loving every minute of it too! Here are some links to what I have done so far. You can visit my website at www.technolojay.com and click the Christmas Lights link to see more and get a map and directions if you'd like to see them live.

http://www.youtube.com/user/technolojay#p/a/u/2/AGGD3qtgf9w

http://www.youtube.com/user/technolojay#p/u/1/aF6vGGCvN0U

- Jay

www.technolojay.com
http://www.vixenlights.com/sig/sig_h.php/128/128.gif

Hunter310
12-19-2009, 05:05 AM
Welcome JustJay! I saw your garage earlier and loved it. Nicely done!!!
I am brand new, without an automated display yet. But I have plenty of time to plan.
I look forward to more from you.

gizmo
05-17-2010, 10:05 PM
Hi all

Dont know if any of you log into Planet Christmas..I flop back and forth... but Im hosting a get together for other coloradians.

Its going to be held in thornton (very north denver)(136th and hwy 25) on July 31. We have total DYIers and commericial controller users and lots inbetween.

If you want more info PM me

scott

WWNF911
05-22-2010, 05:49 AM
Sorry I am not eligible to join this group any more. I used to be stationed at Ft. Carson and loved every second of it.

I live in Reno now myself but was born in the Springs and grew up in Widefield. Right by Ft. Carson. :) Small world.


Leon

Holiday Hooligans
12-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Hi, my name is Mario. I just joined DIYC and im loving it. I currently only have a static display w about 3500 lights. I live in Greeley. Ive been thinking about going big now for about two years. Its starting to become a passion of mine. The only problem i have is the money part. So im looking into all DIY. As i read thru, I see i have alot of learning to do. :D

dirknerkle
12-20-2010, 11:52 PM
Hi, my name is Mario. I just joined DIYC and im loving it. I currently only have a static display w about 3500 lights. I live in Greeley. Ive been thinking about going big now for about two years. Its starting to become a passion of mine. The only problem i have is the money part. So im looking into all DIY. As i read thru, I see i have alot of learning to do. :D

Welcome to DIYC, HH! You've found the right place -- and you can suffer with the rest of us about the money part!!! :lol:

I'll bet your static display with 3500 lights looks great -- and you'll have all kinds of fun thinking about the possibilities of animating it... and... of course... you'll start reciting the DIY mantra...

"I need more lights.... I need more lights... I need more lights..."

Go ahead, get it over with... start reciting it now... :lol:

Welcome to the fun that never ends!

lakewood
12-21-2010, 09:03 AM
Hi Mario (and everyone else that is new).

As dirknerkle suggested - start reciting the mantra now. Sooner or later you will make the realization that you DO need MORE lights! :)

I think all of us have some worries or concerns over the "money part". (Again it comes back to the mantra - need more lights). But I found that over a couple of years I keep adding and building and that helps to spread the costs. Plus it gives visitors a reason to keep coming back each year as you keep adding new display elements.

Welcome aboard to all - and merry Christmas to everyone.

-Robert.

KeithW
12-31-2010, 03:48 PM
Keith here in Pueblo...Think I might be the only Puebloan?
Just in process of upgrading from parallel port 8 relays to RenSS24 - bought today!

very few lights to start, so looking for LED sales when I can...Just missed this after-Christmas clearance season, but I guess that means I just won't jump in with all 24 channels at once!

IdunBenhad
12-31-2010, 03:55 PM
Hi:
I'm an old Coloradoan. Retired in 1991 from the State of Colorado-Telecommunications Div.

I spend the winters in Yuma, AZ and come back to Colorado and bum around the state in the summer.

rjoatman
11-26-2011, 05:43 PM
Hello Coloradian Blinky's. I live in Colorado Springs and have animated my display starting with 2008. My display has grown to 192 channels using only Ren 16's that I've purchased and built with the help this Do it Yourself Christmas website. Check out some old videos by searching YouTube for "Oatman Christmas".

I'm at 1263 Shrider Road if you want to stop by.

Have a Great Season Everyone!!
Bob

Javo
12-17-2011, 08:33 PM
Hello All! I'm Brad and live in Lakewood. Funny enough I'm only about 5 minutes away from "Lakewood", the OP. Small world sometimes huh? No show this year as I just discovered this site not long ago. I'm already planning for next year though! Ordered my first 64xc and SSRez boards from wjohn this week, have Vixen 3.0 downloaded and have begun to design and plan my layout for next year. I currently have about 10,000 lights up... unfortunately it's all static this year. I'm sure I'll be bugging you guys for information during the coming year.

Please keep me posted if a meeting is set up, I will definitely be there!

Merry Christmas!

Brad

Javo
01-16-2012, 02:55 AM
Hey Coloradan's I just thought i'd see if there would be any interest from you all in scheduling a meeting in the future. We could decide location once we have an idea of who would like to come and where you all would be coming from. Maybe i'm the crazy, enthusiastic newbie but I thought it may be fun to schedule a get together to exchange ideas, stories, successes... whatever.

Anyone interested?

KeithW
01-23-2012, 11:38 PM
I'm from way down south in Pueblo, and most of the users are way up north...Add to that, my family thinks I'm wacky talking/thinking/planning next Christmas already. So though I may not be there in person, I will certainly be there in spirit, if you guys get together. Closest I've seen on this site to me is up in Colorado Springs! Sure would be nice to have a neighbor to bug around here!

BeeJaay
02-06-2012, 06:13 PM
Hey there, my name is B.J. and I live in Littleton. Just finished up with my first year with the whole BlinkyFlashy and had a blast doing it! (Thanks Steve for getting me into this! :biggrin:). Good to see all the Coloradoans joining in on the fun! You can check out my facebook page in my sig to see my videos. If you have any questions or anything, fee free to ask!

B.J.

dpitts
02-06-2012, 10:23 PM
I live in Colorado Springs. I would be willing to meet.

Hey Coloradan's I just thought i'd see if there would be any interest from you all in scheduling a meeting in the future. We could decide location once we have an idea of who would like to come and where you all would be coming from. Maybe i'm the crazy, enthusiastic newbie but I thought it may be fun to schedule a get together to exchange ideas, stories, successes... whatever.

Anyone interested?

Javo
02-06-2012, 10:33 PM
Well, at this point it looks like it would be just you and me but hopefully we can get some more interest and make a fun get together for everyone. I'm watching this thread to keep track of responses. Maybe it would be best if I start a new thread specifically for this purpose, more people may see it and respond.

Thank you for responding dpitts, I appreciate it. Same to you Kieth.

XmasLightGuy
12-29-2012, 12:21 AM
Been quite awhile since I last visited the DIY Christmas site...
But I'm another from Colorado.

My 'display' is ofcourse nothing like you guys's (actually been getting less each year over the past few) LOL
(it is computerized...with some _old_ home-built stuff)

Seeing some of those houses with RGB lighting on the news recently was awesome.

remoteutah
02-27-2013, 12:10 PM
Opps, post under wrong thread.

Dennis & tammey reporting in as a new members of the Colorado Connection - Western Slope Division - Grand Junction

pk85
04-21-2013, 10:19 AM
pk here from Arvada. I am always interested in meeting with fellow enthusiasts!

ANGERMGT
08-11-2014, 11:13 AM
Jumping in would love to meet up and or see someones setup. Ordering the RenardSS24 and the Ren24DC, looking at the VIxen 3. Going to start off small LOL who am I kidding. Westminster/Broomfield area south of the Rock Mountain Airport. If any one is still active and would not mind showing me their setup to help get started that would be great.

mms
08-11-2014, 11:34 AM
Welcome... we typically meet a few times a year. There are a lot of active and highly-involved enthusiasts on the Front Range. I'm in Lone Tree (Park Meadows Mall), my dad (PK85) is in Arvada. We use a combination of Lynx Expresses and hubs and Falcon controllers.

XmasLightGuy
08-11-2014, 08:59 PM
Welcome to the forum ANGERMGT!

Like mms said there are usually a few group meetups a few times per year...these are well worth going to if you can make it. (next one is not yet scheduled, but maybe sometime in the fall)

ANGERMGT
08-11-2014, 10:20 PM
Sounds great I will be at the next meeting. And if anyone has an old controller laying around for cheap let me know what you want for it. I am playing with VIxen 3 right now and planning my addiction/ Attack for this coming Halloween and Christmas..

kmalsom
08-12-2014, 10:56 AM
I'm east of town and used Vixen 3 last year and will be again this year. I'm running really behind this year, but hope to make the next meeting.

msjones2452
11-10-2014, 06:17 PM
Hello all! I'm new to this forum and fairly new to this psychosis called holiday lighting. I live in West Denver and currently only run a Halloween light show. It's pretty simple, 1- 16ch LOR controller, 1- 8ch LOR RGB controller and 1 - 9ch HolidayCoro RGB controller all run with LOR S3 software - none of which are maxxed out. I'm wanting to expand into controlling prop motors/linear actuators/pneumatic cyliners and start doing a Christmas display but I've kinda hit a brick wall. LOR stuff is so expensive and I don't know anything about most of the DIY options. I would be very interested in meeting others in the area willing to help teach an old dummy a few new tricks.

Matt

XmasLightGuy
11-11-2014, 09:11 PM
Welcome to the forum msjones2452 !
There are a number of CO members here, & lots of knowledge on DIY options (can't help myself, as I'm using something of my own creation, but its also really old/out of date)
Its well worth going to one of the meetups if you can make it (I haven't heard when the next one is though)

ANGERMGT
12-03-2014, 03:56 PM
Does anyone in CO running Vixen 3 with Pixles? If so would you be willing to entertain me and a 6 pack of beer/soda so I can see how you have set it up?

I have a SS16, I very quickly put together for this year. But next year I am planning on adding pixles and would like to see how you have it wired up.

I am assuming I need to transfer to a e1.31 Bridge to control the pixles as all of the pixle drivers do not run off of the Renard protocal.

Thanks and good luck this year.

kmalsom
12-04-2014, 12:11 PM
I run Vixen 3 and am running GECE pixels off of it. I'd be willing to show you, but My show is not all set up at the moment. Because of some issues, it's just going to be more of a static display with a few elements that (like the pixels) that are programmed to change colors or shimmer a little bit.

rprade
12-04-2014, 01:19 PM
I am a new member from Aurora. Veteran of HomeSeer home automation, new to holiday lighting control. Nothing going this year, but may try for 2015. Likely Vixen 3, San Devices boards, smart pixels, dumb RGB strips, LED strings and DMX RGB devices.

I'll keep an eye on this forum for future meetings. I also would be interested in seeing some homes that are doing shows in the Denver metro area.

compfire
02-02-2017, 05:30 PM
I am a new member to "DIYC", although I have browsed from time to time in the past. I though I would post a quick introduction to myself in this thread. My name is Mike, and I have been doing a large Christmas display (and some Halloween in the past) for about 15 years, in Greeley. The display has been computer/synchronized (FM broadcast to music) for the last 10 years. Our display name is the Greeley Grizwalds. The last year our display consisted of over 150,000 lights and about 340 D-Light controller channels (most non-RGB type - "old school"). I have gone to a couple of the Colorado Christmas light group meetings in the past, but that was several years ago (meet "XmasLightGuy" there, and later bought a decoration from him too). SO, that is my story, hope to meet some of you in person this year at one of the meetings. Here is our website (a bit out of date, but I plan on re-doing it this year with new videos): www.thegreeleygrizwalds.com Also, our 2016 videos can be found here: https://vimeo.com/user1130551

XmasLightGuy
02-05-2017, 11:53 PM
Hello compfire (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/member.php?28033-compfire) & welcome to the forum!
I believe the next meetup will be Feb 25 .. just watch the Colorado section for firemedic4christ (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/member.php?1419-firemedic4christ)'s confirmation on this in the next couple weeks :)

I don't even remember what it was I sold now LOL

compfire
02-06-2017, 10:27 AM
I believe the next meetup will be Feb 25 .. just watch the Colorado section for firemedic4christ (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/member.php?1419-firemedic4christ)'s confirmation on this in the next couple weeks :)


If it is Feb. 25th, it will be another meeting I won't be able to make, that is my son's B-Day :sad:




I don't even remember what it was I sold now LOL

It was a outdoor lighted rocking horse with some small bears on it, and I still have it in my display.

XmasLightGuy
02-21-2017, 02:02 AM
@compfire:
Yep, its the 25th see here (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?46666-Colorado-Light-Enthusiast-Meet-Up-in-Denver-on-February-25) for details if you wish..

Maybe you'll be able to make it next month though?

Cool that you still have it.