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I was wondering if anyone has any experience with lightning effect machines. This is my second year in my house, and I want to add a little lightning to the setup this year. Here is what it looked like last year: House at Halloween.jpg .

I have two LED lights on the tombstones, and was thinking of putting the lightning effect closer to the house. As for questions, I have several. First off, what types of machines are people using? I am looking at the Picostorm, however would love to know if anyone has any success with the cheaper "Perfect Storm" by Morris.

Also, what types of bulbs are people using. Since either of the box options allows for up to 1000 watts, I was thinking about 2x500 watt work lights. However I was wondering if anyone was using LED lights with this type of setup with any success. Thanks for any suggestions!
 

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I use the Firefly two channel machine (https://www.lightsalive.com/controllers/firefly-lightning-simulators.html). It does a great job but is a bit pricey. I use photographer flash bulbs (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TZQUF0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). They are very bright and pretty cheap. The one issue is that they only have about a 20 hour lifetime. You will also need a good sound system and speakers with good base to sell the effect. I got a pair of large speakers and a receiver off of Craigslist for pretty cheap. Best of luck.
 

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I use the Izombie 2 channel machine driving halogen work lights. The izombie machine is not the cheapest but it is simple to connect. I agree that you need to use a good quality speaker system to really sell it.
 

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I use the Firefly two channel machine (https://www.lightsalive.com/controllers/firefly-lightning-simulators.html). It does a great job but is a bit pricey. I use photographer flash bulbs (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TZQUF0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). They are very bright and pretty cheap. The one issue is that they only have about a 20 hour lifetime. You will also need a good sound system and speakers with good base to sell the effect. I got a pair of large speakers and a receiver off of Craigslist for pretty cheap. Best of luck.
What kind of fixture do you use for your photo bulbs? maybe something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Bayco-SL-302B3-Brooder-Porcelain-Ceramic/dp/B0061MZ4Q6/ref=pd_sim_60_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=43KQD1Z5H7FEDS88K10Q
 

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I've been using the i-Zombie MC-2401 with 2 speakers and 4 500w halogen work lamps for 4 years and it works fantastic! i-Zombie also provides great support if you need it. The unit comes with a thunder CD track that you can easily transfer to an mp3 player, though doing so will cause some reduction in sound quality. If you have any trees, mount the lights high up towards the house.
 

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I've been using the i-Zombie MC-2401 with 2 speakers and 4 500w halogen work lamps for 4 years and it works fantastic! i-Zombie also provides great support if you need it. The unit comes with a thunder CD track that you can easily transfer to an mp3 player, though doing so will cause some reduction in sound quality. If you have any trees, mount the lights high up towards the house.

I've thought about putting a couple of work lights up in our trees, but those things get pretty damn hot don't they? I wonder how safe it is...

What do you use to play the thunder tracks?
 

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2nd for the perfect storm. We have a small town home so really it need the one channel. Hooks up directly to my surround sound system which I moved outside on the night, so it was loud. Mounted a halogen work lamp in the tree with no heat issues (it's hottest on the glass, plus it only lights up for a couple seconds at a time).

There's a video of the setup in action in my shared album below:


https://goo.gl/photos/gmTuVV9z3UgupxGz5




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Nice setup. And I love the garage door idea. I have been looking for something to put up in that area. Are those headstones just mounted on foam insulation board?
 

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2nd for the perfect storm. We have a small town home so really it need the one channel. Hooks up directly to my surround sound system which I moved outside on the night, so it was loud. Mounted a halogen work lamp in the tree with no heat issues (it's hottest on the glass, plus it only lights up for a couple seconds at a time).

There's a video of the setup in action in my shared album below:


https://goo.gl/photos/gmTuVV9z3UgupxGz5




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Well done, thanks for sharing. Nice fog effect also.
 

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Nice setup. And I love the garage door idea. I have been looking for something to put up in that area. Are those headstones just mounted on foam insulation board?
Yep, got the idea from Eerie Acres, user BIGANT on this forum. He's got a youtube channel that showed his progress on the build.

Mine is 3/4 inch foam with headstones also carved from the 3/4 inch foam, attached with screws (originally tried velcro, but found a few in my neighbors yard one day. Held to the garage door using huge magnets attached to the candle holders. A word of caution though - be careful leaving it setup if it's windy out, not only did my stones fly off, the wind got behind it and tore one of the panels in half, thankfully I was able to salvage it. I've started running a few rows of high tensile fishing line across the face to keep it steady.
 
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