Where to start when thinking about putting on a great show…

If you really want to do something special, think about computerizing your light display.

Imagine being able to control exactly when lights turn on and off in your yard. It’s actually pretty easy to do if you have a computer. Think what you could do if there were eight separate circuits that computer could command.

If you had eight reindeer across the front of your yard, each one could come on in sequence giving the illusion one is moving across the yard. Then all the reindeer could flash at the same time.

Imagine decorating one big tree with four stripes of vertical lights and four stripes of horizontal lights. If you used the computer to start chasing the strings of lights, you could make that tree look like it was moving up and down or back and forth.

The really exciting thing is when it comes to computerizing your decorations, your imagination is your only limitation!

You need some hardware to interface between the low voltage inside of the computer and the high voltage required for a string of Christmas lights. We’ll show you several different ways to go. Off-the shelf is the easiest. Build your own takes more time but gives you a real sense of accomplishment.

Be sure to factor in your own time when deciding whether to build your own or go with off-the-shelf technology. You will be amazed how much of your own time is invested building your own and you really don’t have too many people to ask questions if you have a problem. The good news is if you build your own, you have everything you need to fix a problem when it pops up.

With the hardware in place, you need some software to make it do what you want. There are also several options available. If you buy off-the-shelf, the vendor will provide the software you need to program their hardware. If you build your own hardware, get ready to write your own software. We’ll attempt to explain them to you.

If all of this sounds impossible to do to you, checkout our Vendors Page for some off-the-shelf as well as kit products.

Come on in. We’re here to help.

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