All posts in "Christmas Light How-To"

What Props Should I Use In My Christmas Lighting?

By Kari / September 22, 2020

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 […]


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

By Kari / September 21, 2020

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, […]


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

By Kari / August 19, 2020

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 […]


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

By Kari / June 9, 2020

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 […]


How To Use An Old LOR Controller with xLights

By Kari / May 7, 2020

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 […]


How Do You Attach Christmas Light Pixels to Your House?

By Kari / March 25, 2020

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. […]


Should I Buy Pixels from a Pre-Sale? Or Are There Other Options?

By Kari / February 4, 2020

During the start of a new year, there’s often some buzz going around about Pre-Sales. What is a pre-sale exactly and should you consider it? A pre-Sale is when you have the opportunity to purchase your Christmas lights very early in the season and the cost is set at a discounted rate. In Christmas lighting, […]


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

By Kari / January 23, 2020

For the 2019 Christmas light display, I was really excited to try some different approaches and really expand my display. In this video and post, I am going to walk through the set up I used for the display and hopefully this will be able to provide some inspiration on how you want to do […]


How to Fix Bad Pixels: Scotchloks vs. Solder Sleeves vs. Soldering

By Kari / January 23, 2020

When it comes to needing to repair a pixel or connecting new pixels there a few different methods you will be able to do yourself. In this post, I share the 3 most popular ways and compare them against each other. Whether you are fixing a pixel or extending your pixel row you want to […]

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