Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

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Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:18 pm
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

I’m live!
Four windows setup, in indigo, and synchronising generally well.

Right now just using twinkle fox (blue effect) matched with a blue and white stripe on my twinkly lights

Indigo turns an appliance module controlling my dumb lights and sends an on, a sync, and a twinkle fox command to the wleds, 45 minutes after sunset,

I need to buy one more set I think for indoors to use as a master set and test set.

Reason for this is that the master leads the others by maybe 0.5s so if I have another as the master the four windows will be all in sync

Changes in effects generally seem to go well but now and then one window set will misbehave and not follow.

Next steps

Find more effects that I like and have waf!

Have a recurring (timer/pester) based trigger to send off commands throughout the day and night when I don’t want them on (found a random window on this morning)

Monitor carefully to see if udp packets traversing the network cause issues with anything else.

For instance previously Powerline networking devices caused havoc with sonos apparently due to lots of broadcast traffic.

Probably coincidence but sky box has been a pain on Wi-Fi today

The WLED plugin v 1.03 appears great to me :) that’s some awesome work

If anyone has an ideas for how best to make the most of the plugin then inspiration is all I need!

I’m thinking of putting together a little playlist of effects and time those using indigo maybe, trigger some build up/lightning each quarter of the hour etc

Can seriously see how people get really into this, start adding music, fm transmitters etc etc slippery slope!!

Right chaps (would love to think there’s some ladies following this thread but one suspects not!!!) what should I do next?!

Btw scaffolding will be up in the spring so definitely be fitting strips up around the frame of the house
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Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:33 am
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

Any other progress anyone?

I’ve just built a ‘mega tree’ today albeit I’m chopping it down tomorrow to be a midi tree

Aka a 2m copped pipe in a parasol stand buried in the ground that’ll have strings of lights up and down cone style

Nice effect and reasonably priced plus diy fun

No led strips for that one although maybe addressable leds on it next year.

Been watching YouTube videos of the next level of controller software where you can map the lights on top of your house and really do cool effects!


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Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:21 pm
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

Still waiting for my addressable lights. Hopefully on Monday, but need a big waterproof enclosure for the power supply first. I hadn’t appreciated how big it is and it doesn’t fit in the large one I had.

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Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:33 pm
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

If you got the same power supplies as me then the enclosures linked earlier in the thread work perfectly :)


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Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:54 pm
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

Yeah same power supply, everything is BTF, but don't need the mains as I'm connecting into a external mains lighting circuit. I'll grab one from screwfix.

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Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:13 pm
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I got a 30’ run across my roof line, front door and windows to follow- will post pics

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Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:10 am
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

noel1983 wrote:
If you got the same power supplies as me then the enclosures linked earlier in the thread work perfectly :)


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What did you use for the cable joins?

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Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:28 pm
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights....recommendations please

siclark wrote:
noel1983 wrote:
If you got the same power supplies as me then the enclosures linked earlier in the thread work perfectly :)


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What did you use for the cable joins?


Just connector blocks


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