done would not have been possible even three years ago. An area that has been up for debate is the 5 volts or 12 volts low voltage DC requirements. This is something that I have seen debated many times and it’s trivial in the long run. What works for one person, might not work for the next. Every decorator including myself should use what they feel is best for them. There is no right or wrong and that is a nice thing about decorating. Depending on what you’re trying to build, you might end up using 5 VDC ribbons and 12 VDC strings. Another thing that I found is that if one of these pixels stops working or doesn’t work right, it can be very easy to cut it out and put a new one in. Always having extra pixels on hand just for this purpose. The best way to do this is to cut out the pixel that isn’t working, then use a soldering iron to splice in a new one. Use heat shrink tubing to cover the wires. I found this out with one that I was testing and well, that string didn’t work much after that. 80 PlanetChristmas | September 2014 Pixel Madness When it comes to pixels, it can be something that seems to be a challenge. New lights, new controllers, new programming... It was never said to be easy. But it is the way decorating is changing, and with an ever growing want and need to be at the forefront of lighting technol-ogy, this is appealing to many. For me, it came down to efficiency. Setting up the display takes hours and I wanted to make it so that it wasn’t a long arduous proj-ect. I switched over elements and the house to RGB and with the reduction in wiring, lights, and overall headaches, setup time was drasti-cally reduced. 2014 will be a year we see many people mak-ing the really big switch to some form of pixel or RGB lighting technology. With everything that can be done, has been done and has yet to be seen, I know that I will be excited to see what people come up with. Be creative, use pix-els wisely and may you decorate now and for the future!
PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014
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