Over The Top Christmas Lights
2012 - Behind the Scenes


The 2012 Christmas show has taken on an entirely new look from previous years. The past shows have been simply static lights then slideshows made from pictures but this year for the first time the lights will be synced to music giving a completely new show. To accomplish the goal of syncing lights and music I will be using Lights-O-Rama (LOR). The LOR system uses a combination of computer programs, controllers, and other items to make the lights "dance" to the beat. There are 11 controllers with a total of 176 channels used to light over 30,000 lights. I have programmed over 20 different songs and clips for the two one hour shows. Each song took between 10 and 15 hours per minute to sequence. I have a total of between 600 and 650 hours of work in the sequencing of the songs. I will use about one mile of extension cords and an uncounted number of miles of wire in total.

Each light bulb is checked both before it is put up and also after it has been placed. I have also converted all the C7 and C9 bulbs over to LED which will use a lot less electricity. If you would like to see the specifics of the lights, channels, amps and extension cords go here.

There are 5 - 3' trees in the front with a 1' star on the top, a 20' mega tree with a 4' star on top, 2 - 8' firesticks, 4 - 52" stars on the roof, and a donation box. The tree roots will be decorated like they were last year.

I want to thank Calusa Electric for their help with the electrical work; eBay seller, nautical-nets-bouys-and-more that provided the net, Christmas Light Show, and especially LOR for all their help and equipment.

How do I do it? Want more information? Just click on the picture below of what you want to learn about.



Donation Box


Firesticks


Mega Tree


Mini Trees


Mysore Fig Roots


Roof Stars


Stars



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