2 Weeks to Light up

Its now only two weeks to our official light up on Nov 28th. I fell a little behind schedule on the install over the last couple of weeks but knew I could make it up this week as I had 3 days off work.

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Installation ’20 is underway

I have traditionally called my installation “build”, but since I have been building props; arches, north poles, stockings, RGB Santa and install structures for the last couple of months I needed a new word. My Install usually proceeds a couple of tasks I need to do to get ready. These are prune my trees, to maximize their light holding capacity and turn around my garage to put the car away and get out the lights. Canadian Thanksgiving is when I traditionally do these and this year was no exception, the difference was I also began my install this weekend too.

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Building the North Poles pt. II.

Well it has been quite an adventure getting my north poles built. I am now complete other than needing to get some additional re-bar for the install.

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Building North Poles pt. I

I’ve always wanted to add some North Poles to my display, this year when I was looking for some projects in spring I ordered the Holiday Coro Candy Cane Post Topper. These seemed like a pretty simple project, the kit comes with a topper that plugs into simple drainage pipe plus a controller and RGBs for less than $20, this looked like a great bargain. These would also be my first foray into DMX so a chance for me to expand my knowledge of RGB lighting.

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Tis the Season

Labour day weekend is traditionally my kick off for working on the display. I usually lock in my layout and get my LOR order in the week before to take advantage of the Light-O-Rama Summer Sale, then I begin converting my sequences to the new layout. This year has been a little different.

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Christmas 2020 build schedule

This being stuck at home thing has really thrown me off my usual process of creating my build plan. Usually I think about what I want to do, order the pieces when the LOR summer sale is on, then build my work back plan once I know what I am doing.

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I’ve got the Power

I am always very nervous that I start blowing breakers when I first turn my lights on. I get especially nervous as many of the lights run on the same circuit as my garage door opener, every time I hit the button to open the door I worry a breaker will pop taking out the lights. When I add an extra controller each year I am also very anxious around my load capacity so I decided to remove that anxiety. I’ve been thinking about adding more power to my front yard for a few years, being stuck at home I decided to action it and add some extra circuits in my front yard.

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The Canada Tax

Here we are on Canada day, being thankful for all the great things being a Canadian brings, but being a Christmas light junkie I have to pay a significant “tax” for being Canadian.

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We’re Half Way There

In the famous words of Jon Bon Jovi “Woah, we’re half way there”
Woah, RGB thoughts are in the air. It is the halfway point between turning my lights off on Jan 4th and light up 2020 on Nov 28th.

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