Another newbie here...

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  1. Dionthekiwi

    Dionthekiwi New Elf

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    Just getting excited after watching a vid on the Facebook, and want to know how much I need to spend to put on some sort of funky light dhow next Xmas?
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    G'day Dion and welcome to ACL. How much you spend depends on how much you want. We try and do things DIY here which is cheap but requires a bit of work. You can spend a couple of hundred dollars but I'd say at least $1000-$1500 to get out of the blocks. My first year with pixels I spent about $4000 and prob another $1500-$2000 this year.
     
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    firebug Senior Elf

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    Welcome to ACL Dion... 8)
     
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    bbayjohn Full Time Elf

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    Benschristmaslights Dedicated Elf Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Welcome to ACl Dion.

    your question is like how long is a piece of string. you could spend under a $1000 and have a show or you could spend over a $1000. really depends what you would like to do and what you already have.

    but jump into chat and look around the site as from your post I think you have a few ideas of what you would like to do already
     
  7. mararunr

    mararunr Here to learn! (and share)

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    Welcome to ACL. Along with money spent, consider time. I only spent about $800 to do this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk-PWiLSAIA) but it was a couple hundred hours of time because for all the reading I did, there was still a lot of learning through trial when working with the actual lights. You've come to the right place. Best of luck.
     
  8. Bird

    Bird Proud LOR user

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    to ACL Dion

    First the disclaimer
    Joining these forums and entering the chat room can give you CLAP!!! :D
    Christmas Lighting Addiction Problem

    If you haven't found it yet, the new revised 2nd addition AusChristmasLighting 101 manual is a great resource for all things RGB and more. :)

    As to what it will cost YOU.
    Time = money and money = time.
    So first decision is ... what do you have more of ?? time or money ??
    LOR is much faster to set up and program but you throw a lot of money at it.
    DYI is much cheaper but requires a lot more time.
    If you have lots of both time and money you can have an over the top display on your 1st year.
     
  9. gerry

    gerry Senior Elf

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    Welcome to ACL !

    In addition to what the other have said , I think that it depends on whether you want to have a show running with the least effort or whether you chose to make this a hobby (CLAP). Much like model trains...

    The more DIY you chose , the less you may end up spending , but the more work it is
    Unless using some off the shelf capability {Minleon / LOR} (with higher costs) there is considerable time investment in learning a lot of new stuff in the first year.
     
  10. fasteddy

    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Welcome to ACL, lots of great help and assistance here, but as Gerry said there are 2 main ways you can go, being DIY or plug and play, both have tradeoffs
     

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