All posts in "Christmas Light How-To"

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. […]


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 […]


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. […]


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. […]


How to Begin with xLights

By David Henry / March 23, 2019

In this series of videos I am excited to share with you how to get started with xLights. I’ll share with you the things I wish I had knew when I just got started. Introduction to xLights xLights is a free and open source program that enables you to design, create and play amazing lighting […]


Why Should I Use Vixen to Control My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / March 18, 2019

Vixen is a great program for controlling Christmas lights which features the ability to set up your display, assign your controllers, and sequence effects to your lights. You should use Vixen for your first display if you don’t mind keeping things simple and want to keep options at a minimum. As I’ve said before (but […]


Why Should I Use xLights to Control My Christmas Lights?

By David Henry / March 13, 2019

If you go searching for software to run your Christmas light display with, you’re going to quickly find xLights as one of your main options. Among the sea of different software for your Christmas Light display, why should you choose xLights? And even if it is a great piece of software, is it the right […]


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 […]


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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