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Buckhurst Court

6808 Buckhurst Court

Christmas Lights Show
M-Th 6pm to 10pm
Fr-Su 6pm to 11pm
Tune radio to 107.1 FM to hear the music. Speakers also play music for those walking by.
This page is all about my display which I call my Christmas Lights Show. From my static display over many years, I finally made the jump into Christmas light animation. I did a lot of research on the various techniques for doing a display and finally decided to go with the number one rated hardware, Light-O-Rama. They make it so easy yet it is very dependable and robust. You can find out more about the hardware and software on their website http://www.lightorama.com.
My display now has over 35,000 lights and is animated with 8 Light-O-Rama controllers, 1 DMX controller, and 2 pixel controllers. Those include a 20 foot mega tree, a 10 foot spiral tree, 3 leaping arches, and a 3 channel Bethlehem star. I have 8 dedicated GFCI circuit breakers capable of providing up to 130 Amps of power. However, measurements show only about a 80 Amp draw at most if every part of the display was on at the same time (just one color of each part). That only happens for just a few seconds of time on occasion. The biggest challenge with using these controllers is careful planning of how much power will be used at the same time.
It takes about 2 weeks to get everything setup and ready. It takes the rest of the year to plan, build, and sequence everything. I usually get started in July when many online places begin having Christmas sales. Then in August is the annual Christmas Lights convention put together by members of Christmas Carolina. A lot of time is spent at the computer watching the display animated on a picture of my house with little dots that represent lights in the display. It takes many hours to complete just one song. I run out of time every year trying to get new songs put together. I am getting better with using the software now though!
The music is transmitted to car stereos using a low-power FM transmitter tuned to 107.1 FM.

I've now added an Updates page where I will try to include posts about how things are going with the display. Check there often or subscribe to the feed so you'll know when to come see new parts of the display. Often times I won't have everything how I want it until about the second weekend in December. So the two weeks prior and the week after Christmas are the best times to come back and see the display to see what has changed. Of course visit as often as you like! 

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Here are some pictures I took the night it snowed while the show was running:
2015 Video

2012 Videos