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Are there any other EB members who are christmas light crazies?
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#1 whatnamenow

Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:47 PM

Just seeking any other EB members who are the christmas light crazies?  We have a huge display that takes 6 weeks to get up and months to plan. This year we have 70 metres of RGB going up and another 800 metres of LED going on the roof alone.  Also have to find somewhere yet to buy 6000 mini candy canes to go out to the kids who visit.  Just wanted to find somewhere to chat lights without getting overly technical ( the australian christmas lights forum gets me glazed over sometimes with the 36 page diagrams to program LED screens)

Has anyone had any luck with the new version of Light Show Pro?

If you are not yet a christmas light crazy but would like to be feel free to ask questions.

#2 Unatheowl

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:00 PM

No us personally sorry, but we love to take the kids around to see those who do!  We think they're wonderful!  Keep up the good work and please post a photo!

#3 whatnamenow

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 20/09/2012, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love Christmas lights but we have none as yet (except on the tree  tongue.gif ) so I'll be watching this thread with interest.

My only suggestion is to start!  They are amazingly addictive. I started 7 years ago with one string of outdoor lights, that then doubled the next year to 2, then the next year 6, now they take up sheds.

#4 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

Yes we are.

We have so many lights it looks like daytime lol.

Basically everywhere in windows on the roof on the brick work even reindeer in the garden and lights up and down the driveway.

The ds and kids in the street love it.

#5 whatnamenow

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:35 PM

yay cheekymonkeys mum!!

We are the same.  Every year i get some bright spark who tells me i should swap to solar lights.  i quickly point out the one set i have out by the letterbox.  Unless i remember to upend the solar panel we have so many lights it registers as daylight still.   biggrin.gif

We were planning on switching to computerised this year using light show pro but i dont think i will manage to get it all done this year due to the pregnancy.  It doesnt help that this years set up will be done via me sitting down telling DH and our various helpers where i want things put.  Do you use anything to program your lights?  If so how many channels do you have?  Where do you get your supply?  I am struggling to get a good supplier for the RGB this year so am always keen to find a good supplier.

#6 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:39 PM

QUOTE (charlottesmum04 @ 20/09/2012, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yay cheekymonkeys mum!!

We are the same.  Every year i get some bright spark who tells me i should swap to solar lights.  i quickly point out the one set i have out by the letterbox.  Unless i remember to upend the solar panel we have so many lights it registers as daylight still.   biggrin.gif

We were planning on switching to computerised this year using light show pro but i dont think i will manage to get it all done this year due to the pregnancy.  It doesnt help that this years set up will be done via me sitting down telling DH and our various helpers where i want things put.  Do you use anything to program your lights?  If so how many channels do you have?  Where do you get your supply?  I am struggling to get a good supplier for the RGB this year so am always keen to find a good supplier.


No we don't use anything just the little box thing (it has a switch like twinkling or slow etc) the lights come with and set all the lights on the same setting.

#7 ~iMum~

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:42 PM

I've always wanted to know what you do about mowing with all those cables running over the yard.

Also always wanted to know how you manage to plug them all in. Do dedicated Xmas lighters get extra powerpoints put in, or double jack on double jack?

#8 *maddierose*

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:55 PM

We had a few on a single level home and it looked like a fair bit, then last october we bought a two story so it looked like hardly anything.

Christmas sales last year we bought a huge singing santa and several of those gorgeous musical ornaments with villiages etc.

Dh is planning to make a little picket fence to go a long our front verandah and have santa out there. We will keep buying stuff until we have enough to have window and garage displays.

We live in an area where people come from all over sydney on bus tours to see the lights, some truly amazing houses and several families who have santas/mrs clause giving out lollies, posing for pics with the kids  and the most amazing displays.

Every year one street has santa visit on a harley with a sleigh and about 60 elves all on harleys, they raise money for the children's hospital.

I hope in a few years time we will have collected a good ammount of stuff to have awesome displays.

Sounds like you do a beautiful job, i bet the kids just love it.

Edited to remove picture of my house since i posted again with the area.

Edited by belnryan, 20 September 2012 - 09:24 PM.


#9 Miss 50s

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:56 PM

I'm a wannabe crazy! DP doesn't get into it at all so if I want any Chrissy lights I'm going to have to do them myself.

#10 Bubblicious

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

Where in Sydney has bus loads? I NEED to see the lights!

Am finally able to put some up myself this year, goin to start with just 1 or 2 strands, and possibly a window pic :-)

#11 madmother

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:09 PM

I so want to be a crazy, but as we live rurally (on 3 acres) there is nobody to see them!

*Sob*

#12 *maddierose*

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:15 PM

QUOTE (Kenzi_Bubble @ 20/09/2012, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where in Sydney has bus loads? I NEED to see the lights!

Am finally able to put some up myself this year, goin to start with just 1 or 2 strands, and possibly a window pic :-)


The cascades in mount annan, you won't be disappointed.


#13 sarah_jane

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:17 PM

I'm not. But the tenants in my house are! He hardwires all of the lights and sets them to music.

He even re-painted the entire front exterior of my house. And it's triple faced weatherboard- would have taken him AGES. All at his cost...

This is his 2011 display. He's been working on this years display all year, can't wait!

http://vimeo.com/33148462

#14 imamumto3

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:18 PM

I would love to do lights, but where we are located no one would see them!  I go a bit crazy inside though and it is starting to rub off on dh.  he drives around Sydney for work and he calls me each time he sees a new Christmas shop

#15 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:20 PM

Im a fresh lights addict, i have some already but need more.... DP left em up and then one day when on the roof decided to pull em down leaving my cherubs to get to them and ruin them so back to getting more.

This is last year......



#16 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:22 PM

With all the Cables we cable tie them all together and at our home hide it in the garden then the side of front steps then under the lip of the first front step and they go into the garage which is next to the steps.

With the hanging lights we use theses plastic hooks that you can put into your gutter on the roof.

#17 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (madmother @ 20/09/2012, 09:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
we live rurally (on 3 acres) there is nobody to see them!

*Sob*


Same here!

However....


I bought a whole bunch of solar lights in a mid year sale and put them up (way up) and around various big old trees two Christmases ago when my nephews were coming to stay...

As dusk began to fall the first night and they started to illuminate the boys went absolutely crazy... yep no-one else saw them but those two little fans made the whole ladder climbing, death defying experience worthwhile...

And watching the wallabies hopping about illuminated in all the multicoloured lights was rather sweet too...



#18 whatnamenow

Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (whathousework? @ 20/09/2012, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've always wanted to know what you do about mowing with all those cables running over the yard.

Also always wanted to know how you manage to plug them all in. Do dedicated Xmas lighters get extra powerpoints put in, or double jack on double jack?


The lights on the lawns go down last,  then you just pray pray pray for no rain so the grass doesnt grow.  Other than that you have to pull them up and then mow and get them down again.

I have 4 external power points, and then also run extension cords into the garage and 3 internal points balancing what goes on what fuse in the house.  Oh and the roof then comes in to the upstairs of the house via the upstairs balcony.  Even then you cross fingers you have calculated correctly and dont turn on the microwave!!  As for the actual plugs i use power boards and transformers to plug multiple lights into the one transformer.  They all then get put into a sealed up underbed storage box to keep them safe from weather.  i enclose any of the controllers in a snap lock sandwich bag as it leaves space for the cords to come out but keeps the controller dry.


This is the professionals shot of my house..  my house

and the ones i took...  my house 2

and more...

this year there is 3 times as many lights going on the roof and the ones on the roof are coming down to the ground.

#19 ~rollercoaster~

Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:32 AM

I am a Christmas light crazy wannabe.  xmas_tongue.gif We have lived in our current house for 12 years and it is just not designed well to be lit up. We have done the 1 strand of icicles lights and 1 strand of party lights on the verandah for a few years but as our house is sideways on the block you can really only see the icicles from the front and the party lights when driving past.
We have our house on the market nowand the house we are looking at to buy buy would be perfect  llove.gif  for lights.So maybe next year I will have a light decorated house.

Where does everyone buy theirs from?

#20 whatnamenow

Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (~rollercoaster~ @ 21/09/2012, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am a Christmas light crazy wannabe.  xmas_tongue.gif We have lived in our current house for 12 years and it is just not designed well to be lit up. We have done the 1 strand of icicles lights and 1 strand of party lights on the verandah for a few years but as our house is sideways on the block you can really only see the icicles from the front and the party lights when driving past.
We have our house on the market nowand the house we are looking at to buy buy would be perfect  llove.gif  for lights.So maybe next year I will have a light decorated house.

Where does everyone buy theirs from?


The 55 metre strands from Big W are surprisingly good quality and fairly reasonable on a bulb for $ breakdown.

For anything unusual i go to tim from Christmas Alight..christmas alight  he has in the past had pink flamingo's, butterfly's, swan's and i get alot of comments on my green tree frog rope lights.  Dont be put of by the prices of some of them.  Tim really goes overboard at his house in everton park/hills and seems to think nothing about dropping a few thousand on a single light.  We are not all like that but its nice that someone caters for it.

If you or hubby are really into building things then there are alot of technical diagrams on au christmas lights forum
and the american site planet christmas but they are very very technical based and my eyes sometimes glaze over when all i want to talk about is the flashy twinkly...

My only advice is to buy in bulkish.  Dont buy a small set lights for $20 when you can buy a large set for $55.  You will love this tip in a few years when you are addicted and need to find powerpoints for everything.  Oh and be very careful about buying rope lights.  They drain alot of power.  Alot of the lights now are coming out in LED and that is great because they are energy efficient.  But the new technology is RGB which is LED that is changeable colour.  So you must juggle what you buy in LED thinking if you may want to upgrade to RGB later. Its costing me alot more this year to replace my rope light with RGB but my other option was to replace it with LED now and then RGB a year or 2 later which would be alot more expensive in the long run.

#21 ~rollercoaster~

Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:09 PM

Thank you charlottesmum.Your house looked great last year.
Have had a quick look at the websites you posted. Well the christmas alight on was a bit longer. ph34r.gif  The American ? one looks great and will have a look at this years later in the year.
Thanks for the tips on lights. I can see it could become a bit addictive. I will have a look at the big w lights as I used to buy cheap $20 one and they would only last 2 or years. I will avoid the rope lights although I do love the look of them.Will have a look for RGB or LED lights. How well do the solar ones work?

#22 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:01 PM

I can imagine that im not the only one who is ever so eager to go and put out the xmas lights NOW.. we dont have a huge display so doesnt take months to set up but i am ever so eager to get them up! Went to Big W yesterday and got another $114 worth of lights with more to get.... laughing2.gif love it!!!

#23 whatnamenow

Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:12 PM

QUOTE (*~Luvmy2~* @ 28/09/2012, 12:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can imagine that im not the only one who is ever so eager to go and put out the xmas lights NOW.. we dont have a huge display so doesnt take months to set up but i am ever so eager to get them up! Went to Big W yesterday and got another $114 worth of lights with more to get.... laughing2.gif love it!!!


I'm currently stuck in hospital but have been stalking big w for when their lights are out.  Just rang DH and told him straight after lunch he has to go down there and ring me so I can get what I want.

#24 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:53 PM

So in the world of being a christmas lightaholic when is it appropriate to turn your lights on without being a weirdo??

#25 TopsyTurvy

Posted 28 September 2012 - 10:39 PM

Another person interested in how the solar lights work.  Any real life experiences to share as I'd love to put some lights up here at our new place original.gif




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