Hi everyone, I attempted to post a greeting last week but apparently something went wrong and it never posted. So here goes again. I've been lurking around visiting the forums since last Christmas. I'm definitely a lighting beginner. I'm captivated by all the wonderful displays and shows. One day I hope to do something similar. Currently I am using a majority of Kmart lights (icicles, strings etc). I've modified a couple of the controllers to lock them down to always on (thanks to the helpful guide here). Would love to know how to lock them to a specific pattern program though. Otherwise this season I've finally grown tired of each string being out of sequence with the others of similar placement so I have gotten inventive and spliced a few of them together (3 strings max at the moment). My display finally has some cohesion! This year we splurged out and got an animated Santa on a sled and reindeer arrangement made out of rope lights. It's a winner with the neighbours and kids. I'd love to find a giant Merry Christmas sign or if someone knows how to make one (or point me in the right direction) I'd be keen to have a crack for next season. The next step from here is to think about some sort of controller etc. But that's a ways away $$ wise. This is a picture from last year. Some changes this year but so far I haven't taken any pictures.