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February Update – What Have I Done So Far This Year?

By David Henry / March 4, 2019

In 2018 I had started planning my Christmas lights pretty late in the year. I had started in September and my set up was very simple and it worked out really well. For this year my goal is to make this year’s lighting set up bigger and better. So, with that I am going to […]

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What Power Supplies Do I Need for My Christmas Light Pixels?

By David Henry / February 18, 2019

One of the biggest challenges for people just beginning with smart pixel Christmas lights is power. Unlike traditional lights, which just plug into the wall and turn on, pixels need both data from the controller, and power via power supplies. While I’ve covered “the how” to get your pixels plugged into power here, it’s also […]

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Why Should I Use Light-O-Rama to Control My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / February 14, 2019

A lot of people, myself included, don’t love Light-O-Rama, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a valid way to control your Christmas lights. I love to use pixels, and I think xLights is the best software for controlling them in a Christmas light display. But still, I’ve found three reasons that may make using Light-O-Rama […]

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How Do I Power Christmas Light Pixels? Power Injection 101

By David Henry / February 13, 2019

Christmas light pixels can be really fun, but one of the most intimidating aspects of using them is power. While “regular” Christmas lights run a full, high voltage from your standard wall outlets, pixels are a low-voltage product. They don’t use a lot of power, but they are picky about the characteristics of that power.  […]

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What are Christmas Light Pixels?

By David Henry / December 27, 2018

When it comes to creating great Christmas lighting, nothing beats the pixel. When you go by someone’s house and see color changing and blinking “bulbs” that each change color, you’re seeing pixels. Or you see a smooth, wave of color slide across a home – you’re seeing pixels! Pixels are individually color-changeable lights which are […]

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How Do I Get Started With Cool, Musical Christmas Lights on My House?

By David Henry / December 13, 2018

Have you ever driven by one of those houses that does the Christmas lights to music and thought “I wish I could do that!“? You and me both!   On the outside, it seems like making a music-coordinated, color changing light display would be difficult…maybe even near impossible, and certainly only for the geekiest folks […]

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2018 – My First Christmas Light Pixel Display

By David Henry / December 7, 2018

It’s just a few weeks before Christmas 2018, and I wanted to take this opportunity to really document and recap what I’ve installed for Christmas this year. If you’re new to Learn Christmas Lighting, you can learn more about me here.  I’ve been working with pixels and stage lighting as my career for over 10 […]

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What is Learn Christmas Lighting?

By David Henry / November 29, 2018

Hi, I’m David Henry, and I think I’m addicted to Christmas Lights. Seriously, though – it’s a ton of fun to impress my neighbors and inspire others with a captivating lighting display…on my house!  And this year, I’ve decided to dive in and do the “real deal” – FM radio and color changing pixels lights […]

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