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How To Set Up Permanent Animated Christmas Lights on YOUR House

By Kari / January 2, 2020

If you’re like me, I really enjoy having a display put together for different holidays. But with each holiday it can be a lot of work to put up and then have to take down lights after each one. So, how do you go about setting up permanent lights but make it look good on […]

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How Do I Run My Christmas Lights Show from a Raspberry Pi?

By David Henry / December 31, 2019

If you’ve spent any time hanging around Christmas light groups or forums online, then you might have heard a lot of talk about this “Raspberry Pi” and how people run their shows off of it. The Raspberry Pi is a small, Linux-based computer that you can use to run your Christmas lights display with a […]

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How to Sequence a Song in xLights

By Kari / November 27, 2019

If you are new to sequencing a song for your lights this is a great tutorial to help get you started. We will begin with the basics of how to sequence inside of xLights but also walk you through the thought process of how to approach it. Getting Started To get started you’ll want to […]

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How to Prepare Audio for Your Christmas Light Display

By Kari / November 16, 2019

When you preparing your lights and planning your Christmas display, one of the first items on your to-do list is preparing your audio. This is a step that you want to have ready before you even begin sequencing your lights. The goal is to make sure that you are bringing in a track of audio […]

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How to Use Falcon SmartReceiver Boards

By David Henry / November 6, 2019

The Falcon SmartReceiver is the new standard in “differential” receiver boards for Christmas light pixel controller boards like the Falcon F48, Falcon expansion boards and the F40-PB, F32-B and F8-B controllers from Kulp Lights. These receivers allow you to “daisy-chain” multiple boards together so that you can use all of the pixels available on each […]

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How Do I Push Pixels into Corrugated Plastic (Coro) Props?

By Kari / October 17, 2019

For my Christmas setup this year I am adding snowflakes to the display. In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through how to push pixels into the prop, add them to xLights, and how to work with the wiring diagram to saving time and frustration. Coro Prop Layout The props used in this video are […]

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How Do I Build a Testing Controller for my LED Christmas Lights?

By Kari / September 30, 2019

Whether this is your first year setting up a display or you have a few years under your belt you may realize that you need a tool to test your lights at full capacity. It’s important to test before you put your props up on your house to make sure they work properly! In this […]

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How to Use The Falcon Player (FPP)

By Kari / September 13, 2019

Learning how to install and use the Falcon player definitely presented some challenges for installation and how to use it. I had purchased a Rasberry Pi because it was on sale so I wanted to give it a try. In this first video, I tackle how to install FPP or also known as Falcon Player […]

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