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PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014

The Changing Light of Christmas Future Incandescents, LEDs, RGB, pixels, smart, dumb. Please stop! By Lyman Rate Christmas decorating is something that we all enjoy doing. Well, most of us enjoy it at some point or another. The long hours, the tedious time sequencing, setting up the display, fixing lights that stop working… Okay, somewhere in there is the enjoyment. After all, it’s why we do it right? But lately, there is has been a large change in lighting and it needs to be addressed. This is the pixel and RGB lighting. What are Pixels and RGB? Pixels and RGB lighting are something that really aren’t new but is to the decorating com-munity. With these lights, I have found that there are many things that can be done impos-sible with more traditional lighting. 78  PlanetChristmas  |  September 2014 Here are a few things that are different: • Colors – one color LEDs and incandes-cent lights are designed to be one color and can-not change color. This is where the RGB lights have the advantage. Think of each light as a color palette that can change to be any color. If I want red, green, blue, pink, purple, orange or any other color I can make that happen. With one color LEDs or other lights, this isn’t possible • More Uses – I have found that pixels and RGB lighting have more uses within decorat-ing. They can be used to make larger display elements like matrixes or digital signs, sing-ing faces that aren’t limited to wireframes, and really cool looking mega trees. More uses for these lights mean more creativ-ity and unlimited potential. I have found that I see more and more people thinking outside the proverbial box to come up with more uses for these than I ever did with one color LED’s or incandescent lights. This is because people are seeing more useful things than before. Advantages of Pixels There are advantages of using pixels when it comes to elements and entire displays. One of the biggest is the amount of power used. Generally speaking, I have found that by using pixels in which each individual light is controlled, I


PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014
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