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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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What is the Best Way to Store Christmas Light Pixels?

By David Henry / April 17, 2019

As you plan your first Christmas lighting display, it’s also important to plan where you’ll put all of your “stuff” when the season is over. With musically-synchronized pixels, we have the pixels themselves, but it doesn’t end there! We also have the controllers, the cabling, and the power supplies to take care of. In this […]

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How Do I Hang Christmas Light Pixels on My House?

By David Henry / April 16, 2019

If you’ve hung Christmas lights on your house before, you’ve probably gone out to the hardware store and grabbed some clips like these, and hung your lights off of your gutters or shingles. Pretty simple, right? And they work great for traditional Christmas lights that have a “bulb” inside of a clear glass tube which […]

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How Do I Fix My Broken Pixels? Christmas Light Pixel Maintenance 101

By David Henry / April 11, 2019

As you plan and begin to build your first Christmas light display, it’s important to think about fixing your pixels for when they break. I don’t know about you, but when I think about Christmas lights from my childhood, I think about half working strands of lights that were near impossible to fix at times. […]

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How Do I Set Up My Network to Run Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / April 10, 2019

One of the biggest things that can trip people up when they’re first working with Christmas lighting is the fact that you often need a network to make all the stuff work together. It sounds complicated! Whether you’re running your show off of a computer or Raspberry Pi, You’ve got to have at least a […]

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How to Begin With Vixen

By David Henry / April 4, 2019

If you haven’t worked with Vixen, here is a great tutorial on how started with Vixen. Starting with the basics we will walk through on adding the elements, patching the lights, and getting started with sequencing! Starting with Vixen If you haven’t worked with Vixen before you want to get started by launching the program. […]

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How Do I Sequence My Christmas Lights to Music?

By David Henry / March 29, 2019

If you to create a really awesome Christmas light display to music, a crucial step in the process is sequencing. Sequencing is when you program effects, videos and static looks on your Christmas lights, often in sync with music. In fact, sequencing is both my favorite and least favorite part of designing my Christmas lights. […]

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