DMX Lights and Your Display

When getting started with finding lights for your Christmas display, you decide to add some DMX stage lights. As you may know, my professional background includes working with stage lights and with that, I can help you set up DMX lights inside of the lighting program xLights.

DMX lights may have a few extra steps compared to adding pixel lighting, but it can definitely make a huge impact in your Christmas display. In this post, I’ll help walk you through how to properly setup a DMX light in xLights.

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Things to Know About DMX

With most of the controllers that we use for display, there is usually a DMX port that is an ethernet port. You may to make or purchase an adapter to get it into a DMX jack. A DMX jack is typically a 3 or 5 pin XLR.

When working with Christmas or house displays, we typically use fixture on the budget end and 3 pin XLR is the most common DMX plug that we see.

Another piece to remember when working with DMX is that when you’re setting up and assigning the lights you will set the universe for the output port and match that in xLights. There will also be a DMX address, which you will enter on the light itself.

Setting Up a DMX Light

To set up a DMX light inside of xLights, you’ll want to launch your xLights program and go to “Controllers”.

Adding DMX Lights to Your Display

In most cases, you’re going to set up your lights as ethernet. Click “Add Ethernet” or in other scenarios, you may use the “Add USB” option. Once you add the light, it’ll come up as E131 or Art-Net.

Next, you’ll want to add the IP Address of the node or controller that you have the light plugged into. Once done, click “Save”.

Set each light to it’s own unique DMX address, Each light will have a certain amount of DMX channels available. For example, you have two lights and each light has 10 DMX channels. You’ll set the first light to be 1 – 10 channels and the second light will be set at channels 11 – 21.

In the layout tab, you want to add your DMX fixture. In the menu bar, select “DMX” and select the best option for the type of light you are adding. You’ll then be able to add the light to where it will be located in your display.

Back on the left side of your screen is where you’ll set the specific channels for your DMX light. You’ll need to refer to the light manual that will help walk you through what to set your channels for. Anything in xLights that you don’t have listed in your manual, you can leave it blank. Once done, just click “Save”.

Testing Your Lights

Setting up DMX lights compared to adding pixels does have some extra steps but once you get it set up, it’s worth having the DMX lights in your display.

Now that you have your DMX lights set up, it’s time to test them out in the sequencer. You can go through to test all of the colors, pan/tilt, and the movements. If there are any issues just be sure to reference your light manual to make sure the channels were set correctly. And that’s it! These are the basic steps to get DMX lights working via xLights.

Should I Do a Halloween Light Display? My Top Tips!

If you’re getting started with your Christmas display for the season, do you really want to consider doing a Halloween light display? Should you keep it simple or go all out? In this post, we’re going to cover the pros and cons of setting up a Halloween display.

As we’re making this video and post, we’re in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Life in general has looked very different and presented some challenges, could having a lighting display help make life feel a little more normal during the holidays?

Pros of a Halloween Display

Whether this is your first year or you’ve been doing displays for a few years, should you consider doing a lighting display for Halloween? Last year, I had already set up my permanent outline lights on the house. These stay up all year and when done right, no passersby will even notice them.

Since the lights were already up, I decided to make a quick color change and light them up for Halloween.

This was super easy since the lights were there and it made it fun for the kids during the holiday.

Setting up a Halloween display is a great reason to let you set up your lights for Christmas a little early. If you already have your lights, xLights, and controller ready to go, what does it hurt to bring them out a little earlier? Who doesn’t like the thought of setting up lights in warmer weather?

This will allow you to set up before it gets cold, test out your lights, controller, ad to make sure everything works as it should. If you have specific Christmas props, just leave those out until it’s closer to Christmas. Not to mention, if anything should go wrong, you won’t have as big of an audience as you would during Christmas.

The Cons of a Halloween Display

The only con to a Halloween display would be the time involved to programs the sequences for your lights. If you prefer, there are those that sell both Halloween and Christmas light sequences if you want to to take that route instead.

If you want to create a sequence you can add or leave out the music. For adding music, you may just want to consider setting out a small speaker during Trick or Treat to go with the theme and your lights.

This is completely optional but easier to manage and your neighbors will most likely not mind with everyone out and about.

Tips and Tricks

My suggestions are if you decide to do a Halloween display, just keep nit simple and have fun with it. There’s no pressure in going all out and keep it to be a quick and easy set up.

If you have the extra time and energy, then consider busting out a fog machine, Halloween props, and spooky lighting effects for the kids. It’s completely up to you.

Whether you want to keep it simple or go all out for, just remember that either way your neighbors and those trick or treating will absolutely love it.

Line and Coro Props 101 – Why Use Them and Where Do You Get Them?

If you’re new to designing your own Christmas light display, you’ve probably heard the term line and coro props.

But what are they exactly and where should you get them?

In this post, we’re going to cover the basic types of props as well as couple of options for where you should purchase them for your Christmas Display.

Why Use Props?

Props are essential to have in a pixel light show because the pixels are set up in a certain shape and form. This helps when programming your show to create movements and effects on your display, because your sequencing software knows exactly where each light is.

Knowing exactly where your pixels are placed makes it easier when setting up effects and video to play across your display properly.

Strip & Line Props

One of the most commonly used props would be your strip and line props. These strips are fantastic for keeping your pixels in a line and gives you the options to separate your pixels a certain distance if needed.

One of my favorites go-to shop is: Boscoyo Props and Gilbert Engineering USA

These props are very inexpensive and you can cut these to the size that you need. Vertical strips can hang freely, but horizontal strips require conduit or PVC pipe to keep them straight.

I generally use these strip and lined props to help create outlines for the roof, the house, and the garage.

Some folks go the DIY route where you can use a drill press to drill out the specific holes in a PVC pipe and push your pixels through the drilled holes. Personally, I prefer purchasing these strips since they are inexpensive and it helps save me time. However, this is definitely another option if you want to create your own props.

Shaped and Coro Props

Shaped and corrugated props are a lot of fun to work with. Not only do you get to select multiple shapes and sizes, you also get a lot of options when designing your lighting show.

You do have a couple of options with shaped and coro style props. You can order the shaped “coro” or corrugated props that are sturdy plastic and you can easily push the pixels through.

I share more on how to do this in this post: How to Setup Corrugated Props

The upside to these is that with xLights, the shape model is saved into their interface and can easily be downloaded and added to your show.

There are also other options such as building the props yourself with wood or purchasing the corrugated plastic. You can create the shapes or have a sign shop that can make it for you. The downside to this method is creating the shape – called a “custom model” – in xLights can be very time consuming.

What Props Should I Use In My Christmas Lighting?

Often in Christmas lighting, you may hear terms such as pixels or props. What are props and do you want to use them in your lighting?

In this post, we’re going to cover what props are used for and the different types of props that can be used in your display.

Pixels is another term that comes up often when we’re talking about Christmas lighting displays. To help cover the introduction of props and why we use them, we can also cover the basics of using pixels.

What Are Pixels?

Pixels are strands of lighting that can display multiple colors and even different looks or designs.

These are different than your conventional strands of lights because each individual pixel can be controlled, whereas your standard lights can only do one thing at a time.

Pixels are a great tool to use in Christmas lighting because, they can be set up in props (more on that shortly) and you have the capability to create different designs and looks with your lighting.

Why Use Props?

So, why not just use the pixels and have them wrapped around an object or just strung up like regular lights? While that is definitely an option, it becomes more of an obstacle when you’re trying to program the lights to look the way you want to.

Pixels have the ability to display effects and designs. But those effects and designs can be hard to get across when the lights are wrapped around a bush. That’s why we use pixels and props together. You can have different shapes, straight outlines, and so much more to help your display look amazing.

What Are Props?

In a basic description, props are just a device or template that can display pixels. Using props in your lighting can help you create shapes and display different lighting effects.

There are three different types of props that you will generally see used in Christmas lighting displays. You have the stripped, corrugated, and DMX type of props.

Strip Props

The first type of props we will cover are the strip props as pictured below. These strips are great for when you want to create an outline or a straight lined prop.

Setting these up is very easy and designed so that you can just pop the pixels in each hole. This keeps your lights organized and keeps them in a straight line.

Another type of strip props is known as the horizontal strips. These are similar but stiffer so that you can use them with a piece of conduit or pipe. Setting your pixels up in these is the same, you can just pop them in.

With either of these props, you can hang them up to outline your roof, windows, or even porches. My personal preference is, to begin with, these and create an outline for my entire display. They’re easy to get set up and a great foundation for your lighting display.

Corrugated Props

Another type of props that are commonly used are your corrugated, or “coro” props. These type of props are great for your more complex looking shapes and outlines.

These props can be any shape or design. Similar to the stripped props, you can just pop in the pixels and it may take a little more of a set up to make sure the wires are covered. But once you have the pixels set in the prop, you can then set up the prop inside of xLights or Vixen by adding the model.

Once the prop is programmed in, its fairly easy to set the lights to display exactly like they would on the computer as well as in person. Coro props are great once you have them set up and can definitely add some fun looks to your display.

DMX Props

The last type of prop we’re going to cover is your DMX props. These are starting to become more popular over the past few years. DMX props have come from being used in stage lighting.

These types of props offer a couple of different functions. Often you’ll see them sending out a beam, creating a wash on a backdrop, or some units even are a moving light.

You might not see these in every display, but if used in an effective manner, they can really help bring a unique look to your display.

How to Map “xLights Around the World” to Your Display

You’ve might have heard the project from xLights, xLights Around the World. This is a project that takes place every year. One to two songs will be selected and professional lighting experts will go through and design a lighting sequence to go with the music.

Now, why would this matter to you? With this project, you’re able to download and use a professionally designed lighting sequence to use on your own display!

In this tutorial, I am going to help walk you through the steps of downloading the audio and the sequence as well as how to upload and use that same sequence for your own display. Let’s get started!

Setup and Download

The first step is to visit the xLights Around the World Display and download the sequence you want to use in your own setup. This is completely free to use. The audio, however, you will need to purchase separately and the site will direct you to Amazon.

Once you have downloaded both the audio and the sequence, be sure to unzip the sequence files. Open your xLights program and set the show directory to “Change Temporarily” as seen below.

How to Map xLights Around the World to Your Display

Next, select the home layout file and you should be able to see the layout in your layout screen. Remember, since this is changed temporarily it won’t replace your current files and setups.

Next, click “Sequencer” and select the downloaded sequence file. This should be a .xsq file. If you are using an older xLights version you may be able to change the sequence file to .xml and upload it to xLights.

How to Map xLights Around the World to Your Display

On this screen, you will be asked to upload the audio file. Just select the file and click “Done”.

Now that everything is uploaded, you can go to the top menu and select “View” and select the “House Preview”. I do recommend saving before you go further.

How to Map xLights Around the World to Your Display

The process of doing this setup is so that you have the option to go through the sequence, groups, props,etc and make notes of what you can and cannot use. Consider the current setup that you have and decide what you can use from the pre-built sequence.

Even if you don’t have the props that show on the layout, you can still us the house outlines and the designed looks to make it look great on your own display.

Building Your Own Sequence

Now, you will need to close and restart your xLights program. As long as you had originally selected the “Change Temporarily” option in the beginning it should revert back to default when you reopen.

Select “New Sequence” and upload the media file and set the show up as your originally would when creating a new sequence.

Next, click “Import” on the top menu bar and select “Import Effects”. You’ll then upload the sequence file in the .xsq format.

Now, is the opportunity to match up your current display and decide what to use from the pre-built sequence that you’re uploading.

On the left of the screen will be your layout groups and on the left will be the groups from the pre-built sequence. You can drag from the pre-built sequence where and what groups you want to add those presets to. You can leave what you decided not to use. Once done, just click “Save Mapping” and save your file. Click “OK” when done.

Tweaking the Sequence

From here, you would treat this as any new sequence that you would create for your display. Refer to your notes and make any changes and adjustments as needed. Personally, I like to play the audio and watch the sequence in action.

Just make any changes that you want to and remember to have fun with it!

How Do I Play a Musical Light Sequence on my Christmas Lights?

In this post, we’re going to discuss the basic details of creating your Christmas lights, pressing play, and being able to get the show you’ve built to actually play on your lights.

This process will apply whether you are using xLights or Vixen and the very specific details may vary depending on which controller you are using.

As we get started, this walk through is based on the premise that you have built your lighting props, created your lighting sequence in xLights or Vixen, and you’re ready to press play. There are still details in between these steps but this is the general process.

Creating A Sequence

If you haven’t already, the first step is building a sequence that is mapped out to your playlist. This will include your complete lighting show including your props and music playlist.

Once you’ve built your Christmas light sequence you’ll then want to test it out on the visualizer . Once you’re happy with the sequence, press save, and then you’re ready to see it in action with your props.

Building and Setting Up Props

Your next step is going to be setting up the lights and your props outside your home. This includes laying everything out in their proper positions and deciding which lights and props will go to which controllers.

There are many different ways to approach this and will be some personal preference. Some people will put one light strand or one light prop per controller while others will put multiple lights and props on just on controller.

As I recommend often, it depends what the controller is able to handle and finding a balance to getting the most out of your controllers without overwhelming it. I’ll normally do 2 – 3 lights or props per controller.

Next, once you have everything positioned and lined out, you want to decide where everything is going to be physically plugged in.

Lastly, you’ll want to test your lights with the controller(s) to make sure that everything is working properly.

Controller Setup

Some of these steps will depends on which software you’re using to program your sequence as well as whichever controller you decided to use for your display. The best suggestion is to always follow the specific instructions for your controller.

No matter which protocol you are using, you want to make sure that your software know where and what your controller is as well as where your props are plugged in.

Once you’ve made the connection between your sequencing software and your props, you should be able to turn everything on, press play, and see your sequence in action.

Running Your Show

Running your show is much more than buidling a sequence in xLights or Vixen. You will need a software such as xSchedule, FPP, Or Falcon Player Software to run your lights automatically.

To go more into details of what your options are be sure to check out this related article: How to Run Your Lights Automatically

Once you’ve done this, save your show, and you’ll get an FSEQ file type from xLights or Vixen. This is the actually file that will run your show.

As mentioned earlier, depending on which software you are using as well as the controller, the exact steps may vary. But overall, this is generally what you will need to do to to play a musical light sequence on your Christmas lights.

What Do You Need to Make a Great Light Show Happen?

Getting lighting gear together for a Christmas display at first can seem overwhelming and trying to figure out what you really need to make it all work. Once you understand the terminology and how everything works together it’s actually a fairly simple setup.

In this post, we’re going to review the basics of what gear you will need to be able to create a great light show.

To get started, we’re going to work backwards and start with the lights and work our way back to how to power and control those lights.

Lights

The most known piece would be the actual lights that you use in your display. This could be the strip lights that are often used in most homes or if you looking to create a display, pixel nodes that are wired together are great to start with.

What Do You Need to Make a Great Light Show Happen?

When working with pixel nodes you have ability to set each pixel to light up differently than the others. The plug receives the power and data, and you then set those pixels up on what is known as a “prop”.

Props

A prop is a terminology commonly used that basically means anything that would shape your pixels. This could be your house, a display, corrugated plastic, and so on.

Power and Control

To get your lights or pixels to light up they’ll need a way to receive power and data to do so. An important piece to keep in mind is that when data has to travel a long distance there is more of a likelihood that there will be a struggle for the data to get from point A to point B.

Of course the actual distance amount can vary, but a good rule of thumb that I use is 25 feet as my limit.

Controller and Power Supply

I do have my own setup with a waterproof box, but there are many different ways you can actually set this up.

What Do You Need to Make a Great Light Show Happen?

In this box, I store a few different pieces that you will need for a display. You’ll need a controller, possibly a receiver board, a power injection board, and a power supply.

What this does is act as a communication piece between the computer and helps send the data and information on what the pixels should be doing.

Computer

The last piece would be your computer. In my setups I use a very inexpensive tool known as Raspberry Pi microcomputer. But you can also use a PC or even a Mac. This is where the data and the information actually originate for your lighting.

You won’t need a super fast or even a fancy computer to run your lights but it does need to be reliable and in working condition.

And that’s it! These are the basics of what gear you will need to make your first Christmas light show happen!

How Do I Begin Sequencing Music to My Christmas Light Display? – Tips to Get You Started

When you are selecting your audio and begin to approach sequencing the lights it can all be overwhelming when you get started. In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through how to get started and tips on sequencing your lights to the music.

This is a great introduction to how to look at music and creating lighting that will help highlight the audio and create a great lighting show for your audience:

In this video I use xLights but these tips are the same regardless of what program you decide to use. When sequencing your lights to the music you want everything to flow together so that your lights match the melody of the song.

Getting Started

Once you have your music selected you want to get started by listening to the song and making notes (and time stamps) of where the music changes. In most cases you’ll have a break down of the intro, verse, chorus, bridge, and end.

Identify the different portions of the song and highlight the highest point of the song. Listen for the low, mid, and high peaks of your song. Where and when does the song reach its peak? That high point of your song is where I recommend getting started with your sequencing.

High Point

The high point and the most complex parts of your song are where I recommend getting started with sequencing your lights. Lighting is all about dynamics and making an impact during the points of the music.

Generally, this will be where you see the most activity in your audio. It’ll look like a bunch of clustered parts of your song.

How Do I Begin Sequencing Music to My Christmas Light Display?

In the song for the tutorial, it’s the chorus’ of the song. You want to be using all of your lights and create effects to match the melody during that high point in your song. Have your effects moving and everything going to reflect the energy of that moment in your song.

Slow Points

With the song I used in the tutorial, the slower parts of the song are the verses. In most songs, the verses are usually the same so create the look during the slow points (or in my case the verses) and copy that look to be used for the rest of the verses.

How Do I Begin Sequencing Music to My Christmas Light Display?

If you have a verse that is slightly different than the other verses be sure to use your original look but tweak it to match the difference in the melody.

Bridges

Up next you have your bridges in the song. Bridges just help connect the verse and then the chorus. Create a look that will help this be a smooth transition between your verses and your chorus.

Once you have the chorus’, high point of the song, verses, and your bridges done you should already have 90% of the lights and audio done.

Intro and Ending

The intro part of your song is a way to warm up your audience and create a transition from the end of one song to the introduction of the upcoming song.

Depending on how the audio begins you want to keep it simple with minimal lighting. This will help warm up your lights and set the stage for the music.

Finishing Touches

Once you have your lights sequenced, go through and listen to the audio and watch your lighting. You want to look for making transitions between the different parts of the songs.

Then, make any changes and tweaks to your lighting.

How To Use An Old LOR Controller with xLights

Working with a LOR controller is very common when working with Christmas lighting. A lot of people will either already own their own LOR controller or like me, just order a used one off of the interent.

So, how do we connect the controller, lights, and lighting controller? In this tutorial, I am using xLights but this would still apply if you using a different lighting control software.

Before getting started you want to be sure you know what model and version of the controller you’re working with. This will definitely make the process easier for you when you configuring and setting up your controller.

Configuring Your LOR Controller

After doing a little digging, I found that I have a (model and version) and that I would need to purchase a Light-O-Rama USB 485 to get started with configuring the unit. While the controller does have an ethernet port it actually uses a USB485 or DMX type of signal.

To get started, you first need to configure your LOR controller. As mentioned earlier, it’s much easier to know what unit your working with so that you can find the exact directions. I found that the unit I have is a CTB-16D and found Setting the Controller Unit ID instructions through Light-O-RAMA.

After doing more research, with my controller model I am able to skip using the USB485 and use a DMX signal instead. Looking at the controller, all I need to do is set the rotary switched to “0” and “1” that will set it to channel 1 with DMX.

To Check Your Firmware Version

If you’re not sure what firmware version you have, there is a way to check this. First, you need to plug in the USB485 and if you haven’t already you’ll want to download the Light-O-Rama Sequencer program.

Once you have the software downloaded, your USB 485 connected to the LOR controller, you should be good to go. For specific instructions for your unit, you can download the documentation here.

Next, using the Light-O-Rama Control Panel program, just follow the prompts, and then you should see a “Blue Light Bulb” in your task manager. “Right-Click” the lightbulb and select “Hardware Utility”. A window will pop up as pictured below.

Screenshot: 5:15

In the left sidebar, click “Auto Configure” and it should be able to locate your LOR controller. Once it does locate your unit go over and click “Refresh” and the program will begin looking for the unit on your network. In the meantime, be sure to plug in a couple of your lights so that you can test the controller.

Once it’s done searching your network, the program will tell you the model and firmware version that you have available. Since you’re on the same screen go ahead and test your lights to make sure it is working.

Connecting the LOR to Your Controller

In this tutorial, I am using my Falcon controller but if you have a different unit the steps should be very similar. To get started first plug in your unit to power and get it set up on your network. Then using a network cable connect from your DMX output to the LOR controller. With both units connected and powered on you should be able to configure your Falcon controller.

If you still have the manual for your controller then having that available is a great to be sure you are able to setup everything properly with your LOR controller. Most likely, the manual will be able to tell you how to and where to connect your Falcon to your LOR controller.

For example, with my Falcon unit the instrucions specifically state do not hook your LOR to DMX 1 and instead use DMX 2 or DMX 3.

How To Use An Old LOR Controller with xLights

Going back to the Falcon controller setup, I now need to set the serial outputs for the unit. If you using a different brand these setting should be under either serial or DMX outputs.

From there, you’ll select the port you’re using and change the DMX start address if you need to.

Connecting Your Lighting Program

Once you have the settings and channels set up properly, you’ll then want to launch your lighting control program. Personally, I do use xLights but this would be standard if you use another program.

If you’re new to xLights, be sure to check out my post on How to Begin with xLights.

Inside of xLights, I decided to just create a new show instead but it’s up to you. On the left sidebar, click “Add Ethernet” and put in your IP address, and starting universe. When done click “Save”.

When setting things up it may be easier to set everything with one light so that you are able to test it. It would make things easier in case you need to troubleshoot. Next, in xLights you can go to the layout where you’ll set up your light that you’re testing with.

How To Use An Old LOR Controller with xLights

Since I was using a simple strand of lights, I adjusted the settings and light count. Be sure to set the start channel as well.

Inside of xLights after saving the light settings you’ll want to make sure you select “Upload Output”. There will be light next to your buttons that go from red to green. This means that the lights are good to go.

From there you should be able to turn on your lights and it should work. If there is any troubleshooting be sure to check your connections between your controllers, lighting program, and even your lights.

How Do You Attach Christmas Light Pixels to Your House?

When getting started with Christmas lighting, you probably have all the pixels, conduit, and so on but how do you attach Christmas Light Pixels to your house?

To keep everyone happy you also want to consider making the setup and tear down as easy as possible without leaving any traces or marks on the house. Today, I am going to share some simple tips on what I had used this year for mounting pixels to the house.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the 2019 display set up and walkthrough of the different tools and strategies I used this past year.

How I Set Up My Display and Controllers (2019 Walkthrough)

The Basics of Setting Up

After some trial and error, I was able to find some ways to easily set up lights on the house. To get started, I began with the top of the house and worked my way down.

At the top, I used Wired Watts pixels that I ordered from WiredWatts.com. What I liked about these is I was able to set these up to be more permanent and use throughout the year. It was actually very easy to do and I go more into how in this post, How to Setup Permanent Lights on Your House.

So far these are still working very well and they are still attached to the house. If done correctly, they won’t be very visible and nobody will notice unless the lights are in use.

Using PVC Clips

As most would, you’re probably looking for a temporary set up and for this, I have a couple of different methods. For the outline of the house and windows, I like to take advantage of the vertical and horizontal spaces.

When working with vertical I like to use the regular Boscoyo Strips because they are easy to set up with and they are great when storing out of season.

Not only are these strips great for storage, but they also work great when you want to keep your lights straight with columns, windows, and outlines.

To mount these to the house I used just PVC Clips that you can get from a couple of online retailers such as PixelWorkShoppe.com or HolidayCoro.com.

What these clips do is whether you’re working with conduit or PVC pipe, it allows you to just snap-in your light set up.

Setting up the lights in PVC pipe or conduit may take some time beforehand but once you have them set up you can simply attach it to the house. Then, when you need to take your lights down, you can just snap them off and store them.

This past year with everything set up, it only took us 90 minutes to take down all of the lights. The lights that took the longest were actually the conventional lights.

Another tip is keeping everything standardized if you can. I tried to keep everything at 8-foot lengths when I could. This meant I only needed 3 PVC clips to mount the lights to the house.

Using Bungee Balls

On the areas where I didn’t need to use PVC or conduit, I had found a couple of neat tricks to mount the lights.

To help mount just the strips, I had used 3-inch coated screws to help stretch the strips and use them on the garage or carport part of the house. But instead of using zip ties, I found these Bungee Balls on Amazon that worked really well.

You can set up the strips, and a couple of inches below use a screw or eyelet to connect the bungee ball to. This helps keep the tension on your light strip and keep it straight on the column.

By doing a simple bungee ball loop, you can add tension to the light strip and keep everything fairly straight and in place. Be sure to give it 2 – 3 inches of space so that it can tighten it up.

Working with Wires

Lastly, a piece of advice I wanted to share is to be considerate of when you working with wires. I had found that with standard bullet node pixels, you’ll be working with some extra wire slack. But the square type pixels don’t have as much wire to work with behind the pixel.

When you set up pixels that will bump up against the house, definitely consider working with the square pixels because they have less wire. This means that they won’t stick out as much when they’re set up against the house.

Try to use the standard pixels on areas that aren’t against the house so that the extra wire won’t be forced to stick out and have extra space behind them.

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