1. New to Christmas lighting? Get started with the AusChristmasLighting 101 Manual:
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    Hi all

    So I have been watching the forum since Christmas and thought time to officially say hello. After many years of saying to the kids let's do that next year, the year has finally come so time to get some brownie points from the kids (and the wife).
    I have read the 101 a few times now, but I'm the kind of person that until I see it I won't understand it.

    So far I'm into this time spent on learning xlights for mac, listening to music to try and get some ideas, watching YouTube for more ideas, and reading all the posts in the forums.

    I'm interested in understanding what funds I need to acquire from the minster of treasury to try and complete what I would like.

    I would like to:

    1 - Have 4 x spiral trees. My welding skills are non existent so I brought a 150cm spiral obelisk plant trainer from Bunnings (see photo) to see how it looks. I like it (as it has the spirals already on it so I can get the spacing spot on) so will buy some more and just add the lights.

    2 - have with a mega tree. I see this as a great foundation to have and it would be a focal point, especially in my early years. I have been trying to get an idea on a size and cost. But have not been able to find it. I think I would like to go with a 180 deg tree. But not sure of height.

    3 - (funds permitting) a matrix for the front fence (size of the fence is around 2 mt wide x 1.5 mt high).

    4 - (funds permitting) possibly just some multi colour strip lights to start highlighting windows etc.

    As said above I am going to go with xlights for mac for sequencing (unless the items I purchase mean I need to use something else). So I would like the lights to be able to run all the effects (pictures, colour changes etc). I'm happy to use the mac to run the lights, but I read I could export to USB and put it in a Pi??

    What would I need to purchase and some ball park costs for the purchases would be appreciated? I have been reading about minis and would definitely be attending one in Brisbane in the future if one is held.

    Another (probably regular) question, but how can I tell if my current lights are able to be included in the sequence, even if it's just to turn off and on?

    I'm sure I got more questions but for now I think that's enough.

    Thanks all for your time

    Brad


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    Welcome Brad. Some good plans there and great you're starting early, plenty of time to learn and build by Christmas. It's a fun hobby and this community is full of folks with all levels of expertise willing to give time and advice so ask away.
    2016 was my first year with a sequenced display and I did a few things similar to what you are planning, spiral trees, strip and integrating existing Christmas lights. Check out my walkthrough video here https://youtu.be/nUg-CD4e7Fo .
    I'll try to answer some of your questions below.

     
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    Hi Brad. Officially welcome to ACL!
    Starting from scratch and building all of those elements in your first year is a steep learning curve, but certainly isn't impossible. However, it can work out to be expensive, particularly buying it all at once, and I'd imagine the order value (and physical size) would be so large that freight charges would be high, plus if it's too expensive (usually over USD$1000) then Customs becomes involved and adds on extra costs. My advise is to pick one-two of your elements first, buy the required equipment and materials (as David mentioned, lights, controller(s) PSUs and cables at bare minimum) and get those up and running. Then later in the year, time & money permitting, add to it.
    Incidentals can also add up quickly, including, but not limited to, tools (wire cutters, heat gun, glue gun, crimpers, knifes/blades) soldering iron/station, multimeter, fuses/fuseblocks, terminal connectors/blocks, heatshrink, weatherproof containers, cable glands, conduit, screws..... I could go on!
    Have fun, ask questions, we're all here to help one way or another :)
     
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    Welcome to ACL, you will find lots of info and help here to get you on your way. At first it may seem overwhelming but the pieces do fall into place. A great place to start is with the ACL 101 lighting manual found here

    https://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,1889.0.html
     
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    OMG [emoji44]. What am I getting myself into. I could be doing a lot of outsourcing......


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    Is this a good buy for the Pi? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raspberry-Pi-3-Model-B-1-2-GHz-Quad-Core-CPU-Wi-Fi-Bluetooth-LE-/201533139822


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    So this one with wifi and Bluetooth ? https://www.buyraspberrypi.com.au/shop/raspberry-pi-3-model-b/


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    I just bought a Pi the other day with a touch screen

    check here for Pi stuff as well
    https://wiltronics.com.au/product-category/raspberry-pi/
     
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    Thanks for the plug :) It's glorious to see Raspberry Pi being used for these projects. We have full time makers whom spend their day helping people with their projects, feel free to reach out if you need tips or a nudge in the right direction.
     

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