Over The Top Christmas Lights
2014 - Behind the Scenes

There were a couple additions to the 2013 Over The Top Christmas Lights show. I again used the Light-O-Rama (LOR) system which uses a combination of computer programs, controllers, and other items to make the lights "dance" to the beat. This year's shows uses 23 controllers with a total of 368 channels over 75,000 lights. I have programmed over 36 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 700 and 750 hours of work in the sequencing of the songs. I used almost 2 miles 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 have been working on changing the incandescents over to LEDs which uses 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, 2 - 8' light wheels, 2 - 5' spiral trees, and a donation box. The tree roots will also be decorated. The items new or changed for the 2014 shows are the mega tree was redesigned so it can be set up and taken down easier, the mega tree was also changed to four colors. The tree roots gained an additional two colors for a total of four colors. The 2 - 8' light wheels now have four colors and the 2 - 5' spiral trees are in four colors. I have added a new stero system with new wiring and surge protectors. Information on the new and redesigned items can be found below. Previous items and ideas can be found in past years Behind-The-Scenes pages.

I want to thank the ones that helped with the lights along with Lowes, Creative Displays Incorporated, Lighting & Cable for their help with the new speaker wire, and Grommes~Precision for their help with the stereo surge protectors.

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

Dancing Chicken

Light Wheels Updated

Mega Tree Base

Stereo Surge Protectors

Wire Frame

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