2014 was our first year doing a full blown light Show synched to music. I had always wanted to have a fun Christmas display in my yard but every Thanksgiving weekend after hanging a few light strings, perhaps putting out an Angel,Snowman or maybe even a reindeer, I said to myself; self, this allot of work and then I have to take all this down in about 4 weeks.
I had seen some TV specials (The Great Christmas Light Fight) and YouTube videos showing houses that were timed to music and had a ton of lights and of course who can forget Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation? In 2013 my daughter showed us a house a few miles from where we live and the lights were synched to music as you sit in your car and listen. I thought to myself, I can do that !
That is where it all began.
I decided 2014 was the year I was going to do something I had always wanted to do, we were blessed with our first granddaughter (Brooklynn) and after telling (oops, I meant asking) my wife her thoughts on a light show, her words to me were if you’re going to do this then “don’t embarrass me!”
With those words of encouragement, in January 2014, I started my journey. Friends would laugh when I told them I was working on Christmas decorations and songs in February; however I knew it would take all year to learn enough to have a nice show.
I had a long road ahead of me, how did this stuff work, where do I get information, and what does all this mean? 120V Controllers, Software, Sequencing, LED, Incandescent, 5V, 12V, RGB, C-9, C-6, M5. M6, Mini lights, Smart pixels, Dumb Pixels, Power injection, controllers, CCr’s, Floods, Props, animations and more!
Pretty overwhelming, but after 10 months I was able to understand enough to have our first Halloween light show, It turned out nice, but our focus was for the BIG SHOW, CHRISTMAS!
If you have any questions or wanted to get started on your own display, give me a shout, I would love to help you get started, one thing I learned is that this hobby can be expensive and its definitely NOT plug and play.
I hope you’re able to come by and check it out, we have a Halloween show the last 3 weeks of October and our Christmas Show runs from Thanksgiving thru New Year’s. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a great new year.