All posts in "Christmas Light How-To"

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


What Colors Should I Use for My Christmas Light Show?

By David Henry / April 30, 2019

One of the most amazing things about modern, Christmas light pixels is that you can make them almost any color you’d like. But, when you sit down to sequence, you realize that having so many options can actually be really limiting, and you might find yourself asking “What colors should I use for my Christmas […]


What FM Transmitter Do I Need for My Christmas Light Show?

By David Henry / April 26, 2019

If you’re going to have a Christmas light display, one of the best parts is having friends, family, and strangers pull up and turn the dial in their cars to hear your display. Okay, maybe they aren’t “turning the dial” quite like the old days, but if you want your display to be heard, you […]


What Controller Do I Need for My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / April 24, 2019

If you’ve started looking for a controller for your Christmas lights you may have noticed the many different types of controllers that are available. There are different brands, types and options, and it can be confusing! It can definitely be overwhelming but how do you know which one is right for your set up? In […]


Why Should I Use Pixels for My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / April 17, 2019

If you run down the aisle of Christmas lights during November at your local hardware store, you’re bound to see a blur of color, blinking lights and a lot of nice, white bulbs. Christmas lights are great, and I love creating great displays with them! But the thing that regular Christmas lights can’t do is […]

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