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Regular Christmas Lights vs. Pixels – What Is the Difference?

By Kari / June 27, 2019

When these lights are unplugged, standard Christmas lights and pixel lights look very similar. But when the units are plugged it you can really notice the difference between the two! If you’re looking to stand out this year with your Christmas display, make a statement, or even pair up a music and light show, using […]

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How Do I Use Other People’s Sequences for My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / June 11, 2019

One of the most difficult parts of sequencing Christmas lights is the sequencing, or creating the patterns and motions in the lights which go to the music of your display. The good news is that sequences can be imported from other users, including sequences that you buy online. While the process isn’t super simple, it […]

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Should I Sequence My Christmas Lights to Music?

By David Henry / June 6, 2019

We’ve all seen “that house” in our city that synchronizes it’s lighting to music, or perhaps watched an episode or 2 of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and wondered – should I do that too? Should I sequence my Christmas Lights to music? If you’re going to take the time to make an elaborate Christmas […]

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Should I Run My Christmas Light Show on My Home Network?

By David Henry / May 30, 2019

If you’re running a Christmas Light Show that includes pixels, then the signal that goes from your computer to your controllers runs over a network. Whether your display is simple, with just 1 controller, or complex with many controllers, the question still remains: should you run your display on your home network, or let it […]

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How Do I Build a DMX Controller for Traditional Christmas Lights?

By Kari / May 29, 2019

In this post, I am going to help you build your own relay box for controlling your Christmas lights . I wanted to share and help you with this project because perhaps it doesn’t make financial sense for you to buy one of these when you don’t need as many channels for your display as […]

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What Computer Do I Need for xLights or Vixen?

By David Henry / May 17, 2019

When I first started sequencing Christmas lights, one of the first questions I had was “What type of computer do I need for xLights or Vixen?” At the end of the day, most modern computers will work great for either xLights or Vixen. A good starting point would be a dual-core processor with a speed […]

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How Do I Choose Effects for My Christmas Light Display?

By David Henry / May 8, 2019

To choose the right effects for your Christmas light display, you need to consider 3 main factors – your display props, the music itself, and the lyrics of the music. Choosing the right effects at the right time in your Christmas light show can make the difference between your audience thinking “This is cool” and […]

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Let’s Design Our 2019 Display: LCL March Update

By David Henry / May 7, 2019

At the beginning of the year, I had already started planning for this year’s Christmas lights. I had created a spreadsheet to help keep track of the lights and equipment that I would need in this year’s set up. On top of that I have already pre-ordered my pixels, also known as PreSale, so that […]

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What Colors Can Christmas Light Pixels Make?

By David Henry / May 3, 2019

In short, an RGB LED Christmas light pixel can make 16.7 million colors when running at full intensity. If you’ve ever worked with LED lights and talked to an RGB LED salesperson, you may have heard a line like this: “These LED’s can make 16.5 million colors!” And that’s just got to make you raise […]

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