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Welcome to the Display Page of
Wright's Lights

Here I will outline the history of this display and provide some of the technical information concerning this display. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

10. Christmas 2016: (Total channels = 31,812. Total lights = 48,871.) The show will run from Thanksgiving thru the new year. This year we added 6 new full-color RGB mini-trees to each yard. There are 8 songs in the playlist this year, along with their introductions. The radio frequency, to hear the music on your car radio remains 90.7 MHz on your FM dial.

Again, I owe a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Margaret Clark for all of her assistance this year. I also owe a big THANK YOU to the Margaret Clark and Mark Clark, who helped set up the mega tree this year. And one more thank you: To Dale Pepper and David Pepper of Arkansas, who helped build the frames for the new mini-trees.

Special Notes for 2016:

    1. For 2016 we have received special notice for this animated Christmas light show. Redfin has included us in its "The Best Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights in 2016". Click on the link and then scroll down to read the section on the Kansas City area (about half-way down). It is an honor for us to be included in this Holiday light review, especially in the same section as the Plaza Lights. Enjoy!

   2. For the first time, we had a major technical issue this year. The show was completely non-operational from December 6 to December 9. The Windows operating system ate it's self up and completely crashed the computer that controls the show. It took day and night work to restore the computer from scratch, restore all of the files (at least I had a backup), and recofigure everything to proper working order. We apologize to everyone for this extreme outage.

Here are the technical details for the 2016 display:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 21,984. Total lights = 31,630.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 7 strings (sets) of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -15 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 6000 lights.
      -2 strings (sets) of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 strings (sets) of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade AetherII LED flood lights (with red, green, blue, white LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights and 48 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -2 sets of homemade, full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 360 nodes and 1080 channels.
      -1 mega tree, approximately 20 feet high. The tree is a full 380 degree tree. The tree consists of 24 strings of 168 RGB nodes each, split into 3 strands of 56 nodes each (total of 72 strands). Therefore, there are a total of 4032 RGB nodes (lights) and 12,096 channels to control the lights. The tree is controlled by 2 each ECG=P12S/P12X pixel controllers for J1 Systems. The tree is powered by 2 each 750 watt 12 VDC power supplies.
      -1 three-dimensional star atop the mega tree. The star has 138 RGB nodes controlled by 414 channels. The star is controlled by 1 EGC-P2 controller from J1 Systems.
      -6 full color RGB mini-trees with stars. Each tree and star combination has 170 RGB nodes controlled by 510 channels. All 6 trees and stars are controlled by 1 EGV-12 controller from J1 Systems.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 9,828. Total lights = 13,241.)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -10 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4,000 lights.
      -12 strings (sets) of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -3 sets of full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 540 nodes and 1620 channels.

** A word about communications and control for this display.
      -Software: Sequencing of all of these lights and software control of the show is a big job. I use Light-O-Rama's (LOR) software for this task. This software is up to the task and allows me to control every aspect of the animated lighting display. Without this software I would not be able to easily sequence the individual pieces of this display.
      - Communications: Without the proper communications systems the show would not function. In its current design, I use three communications networks with their own communications protocols. They are:
        - Light-O-Rama, wireless, 486 communications, for all LOR and CCR controllers.
        - PixelNet (a USB network), wireless, with DMX protocol.
        - Ethernet (wired and wireless) for all of the RGB nodes, using a special protocol for lighting called E 1.31. Actual control of the lights uses the DMX protocol.
      -6 full color RGB mini-trees with stars. Each tree and star combination has 170 RGB nodes controlled by 510 channels. All 6 trees and stars are controlled by 1 EGV-12 controller from J1 Systems.

 

9. Christmas 2015: (Total channels = 29,682. Total lights = 43,804.) The show will run from Thanksgiving thru the new year. There were no major physical additions to the show this year. All of the work revolved around maintenance, enhancements to the physical plant, and sequencing of new music. There are seven songs in the playlist this year, along with their introductions. We did have to change the frequency of the radio broadcast this year. The new frequency is 90.7 MHz on your FM dial.

Again, I owe a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Margaret Clark for all of her assistance this year. I also owe a big THANK YOU to the Margaret Clark, Tim Dorr, and Mark Clark, who helped set up the mega tree this year.

Here are the technical details for the 2015 display:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 20,874. Total lights = 30,610.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 7 strings (sets) of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -15 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 6000 lights.
      -2 strings (sets) of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 strings (sets) of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade AetherII LED flood lights (with red, green, blue, white LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights and 48 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -2 sets of homemade, full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 360 nodes and 1080 channels.
      -1 mega tree, approximately 20 feet high. The tree is a full 380 degree tree. The tree consists of 24 strings of 168 RGB nodes each, split into 3 strands of 56 nodes each (total of 72 strands). Therefore, there are a total of 4032 RGB nodes (lights) and 12,096 channels to control the lights. The tree is controlled by 2 each ECG=P12S/P12X pixel controllers for J1 Systems. The tree is powered by 2 each 750 watt 12 VDC power supplies.
      -1 three-dimensional star atop the mega tree. The star has 138 RGB nodes controlled by 414 channels. The star is controlled by 1 EGC-P2 controller from J1 Systems.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 8808. Total lights = 12,194.)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -10 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4,000 lights.
      -12 strings (sets) of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -3 sets of full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 540 nodes and 1620 channels.

** A word about communications and control for this display.
      -Software: Sequencing of all of these lights and software control of the show is a big job. I use Light-O-Rama's (LOR) software for this task. This software is up to the task and allows me to control every aspect of the animated lighting display. Without this software I would not be able to easily sequence the individual pieces of this display.
      - Communications: Without the proper communications systems the show would not function. In its current design, I use three communications networks with their own communications protocols. They are:
        - Light-O-Rama, wireless, 486 communications, for all LOR and CCR controllers.
        - PixelNet (a USB network), wireless, with DMX protocol.
        - Ethernet (wired and wireless) for all of the RGB nodes, using a special protocol for lighting called E 1.31. Actual control of the lights uses the DMX protocol.

 

8. Christmas 2014: (Total channels = 29,682. Total lights = 43,804.) The show started on Thanksgiving evening and will run thru New Year's. We added four more sets of dripping icicles this year. But the big news is the addition of a 20 foot RGB "mega tree". This tree has 76 strands of RGB LED lights with 56 nodes (lights) per strand. Also added was a 3-dimensional star at the top of the tree. All of this in addition to the lights from prior years' displays.

I owe a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Margaret Clark for all of her assistance this year. Due to her dedication, the construction of the mega tree was completed this year. She worked for hours on-end to place and secure all of the light strands on the strapping that provides the stability and strain relief to the lights on the tree, as well as many other tasks. I am sure that I would not have gotten this tree up and running without her help.

I also owe a great big THANK YOU to the six people who helped erect the tree this year. They are: Margaret Clark, Tim Dorr, Tyson Hofsommer, Mark Clark, Anna Clark, and, of course, Rick Hogan. These wonderful folks spent an entire Saturday in early November helping to erect the mega tree. Tim and Tyson have animated lighting Christmas displays of there own, so their help is especially appreciated. There are some pictures of this elsewhere on this website.

Here are the technical details for the 2014 display:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 20,874. Total lights = 30,610.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 7 strings (sets) of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -15 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 6000 lights.
      -2 strings (sets) of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 strings (sets) of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade AetherII LED flood lights (with red, green, blue, white LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights and 48 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -2 sets of homemade, full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 360 nodes and 1080 channels.
      -1 mega tree, approximately 20 feet high. The tree is a full 380 degree tree. The tree consists of 24 strings of 168 RGB nodes each, split into 3 strands of 56 nodes each (total of 72 strands). Therefore, there are a total of 4032 RGB nodes (lights) and 12,096 channels to control the lights. The tree is controlled by 2 each ECG=P12S/P12X pixel controllers for J1 Systems. The tree is powered by 2 each 750 watt 12 VDC power supplies.
      -1 three-dimensional star atop the mega tree. The star has 138 RGB nodes controlled by 414 channels. The star is controlled by 1 EGC-P2 controller from J1 Systems.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 8808. Total lights = 12,194.)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -10 strings (sets) of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4,000 lights.
      -12 strings (sets) of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR Color Cosmic Ribbons (CCRs) (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -3 sets of full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels, for a total of 540 nodes and 1620 channels.

** A word about communications and control for this display.
      -Software: Sequencing of all of these lights and software control of the show is a big job. I use Light-O-Rama's (LOR) software for this task. This software is up to the task and allows me to control every aspect of the animated lighting display. I also use Nutcracker 123 (now a part of Xlights) to sequence some of the RGB aspects of the show. It is flexible and easy to use. Without this software I would not be able to easily sequence the RGB signs or the mega tree.
      - Communications: Without the proper communications systems the show would not function. In its current design, I use three communications networks with their own communications protocols. They are:
        - Light-O-Rama, wireless, 486 communications, for all LOR and CCR controllers.
        - PixelNet (a USB network), wireless, with DMX protocol.
        - Ethernet (wired and wireless) for all of the RGB nodes, using a special protocol for lighting called E 1.31. Actual control of the lights uses the DMX protocol.


7. Christmas 2013: (Total channels = 16,632. Total lights = 31,000.) The show started on Thanksgiving evening and ran thru New Year's. We finally made it. We were able to implement RGB technologies this year. This means that each node (light bulb) of the new display elements can, theoretically, display 16,777,216 different colors. WOW! My eyes can't see all of those colors, but this is cool anyway. In addition to last year's display, we have added the following elements to the houses: 4 RGB, 128-node wreaths; 2 - RGB, full color "tune to" signs (56 x 33 matrix), with 1848 nodes each; and several sets of "dripping icicles", with 5 elements of 32 RGB nodes in each. All of the RGB lights are running on their own separate WiFi network using the E1.31 lighting protocol. All of the RGB nodes are controlled by DMX protocol. By the way, we are already working on next year, when we plan to add more "dripping icicles" and a mega tree! There might even be some other surprises in there somewhere. Here are some technical details:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 8,904. Total lights = 19,166.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 7 sets of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -15 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 6000 lights.
      -2 sets of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 sets of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade AetherII LED flood lights (with red, green, blue, white LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights and 48 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -1 set of full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 7,728. Total lights = 11,834.)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -10 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4,000 lights.
      -12 sets of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to" RGB full color sign (56 x 33 matrix) with 1848 nodes and 5544 channels.
      -2 homemade, full color RGB wreaths with 128 nodes and 384 channels each.
      -1 set of full color, RGB "dripping icicles" with 180 nodes in each set and 540 channels.

In 2013 I started using Power Director as my video editing software. I really like it. It has provided some much needed capabilities and has really speeded up the video editing process.

 

6. Christmas 2012: (Total channels = 1896. Total lights = 25,630). The show ran from Thanksgiving thru the New Year. This fourth year of this display was about the same as 2011 as far as the technical setup was concerned. The show included 10 songs and the introductions to them. During this year, we spent a lot of time planning for the advent of the new RGB technology. We planned, built, and worked hard on expanding the display this year using the new RGB color technologies. We planned on implementing RGB this year! However, we ran into two major problems that kept us from expanding this year. We had software problems dealing with sequencing the lights and running the show. The second problem, the one that stopped us, was a networking issue. Because this display includes two different houses, one across the street from the other, we needed a wireless networking solution for the new RGB channels and controllers. Our first, second, and third attempts to resolve the networking issues failed and we ran out of time. Therefore, we had to wait another year, before adding the newest home lighting technologies. We were able to upgrade the flood lights. We discarded the Mighty Mini flood lights, which had some design problems. We replaced them with RJ's AetherII RGBW flood lights. These operate on their own Lynx hardware based DMX wireless network. Here are some technical details of the entire display:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 1020. Total lights = 16,880.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 3 LOR 16 channel DC controllers for a total of 48 channels.
     - 7 sets of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -13 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 5200 lights.
      -2 sets of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 sets of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade AetherII LED flood lights (with red, green, blue, white LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights and 48 channels.
      -1 homemade "tune to: sign with 768 LEDs.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 876. Total lights = 8750)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -8 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 3,200 lights.
      -12 sets of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.

 

5. HAM: During 2009, 2010, and 2011 several of us in the Kansas City area decided to host what we called the HAM (that is the Heart of America Mini-PLUS) get together for animated lighting enthusiasts. All three years were a great success. We had attendees from all over the Mid-West and from as far away as Louisiana. We haven't held a HAM gathering for several years, but each year we discuss it and hope to hold another one in the near future. These were great one day events. Tim Dorr, Tyson Hofsommer, Jim Wright, and Zach Stoltenberg (starting in 2010) hosted these events.

 

4. Christmas 2011: (Total channels = 1848. Total lights = 25,630). The show ran from Thanksgiving thru the New Year. This third year of this display was about the same as 2010 as far as the technical setup was concerned. The show included 9 songs and the introductions to them. During this year, we spent a lot of time planning for the advent of the new RGB technology. We were not ready to implement the newer RGB technology this year, but had high hopes for next year. Here are some technical details:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 972. Total lights = 16,880.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 3 LOR 16 channel DC controllers for a total of 48 channels.
     - 7 sets of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -13 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 5200 lights.
      -2 sets of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 sets of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade Mighty Mini LED flood lights (with red, white, blue, green LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights.
      -1 homemade "tune to: sign with 768 LEDs.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 876. Total lights = 8750)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -8 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 3,200 lights.
      -12 sets of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.

 

3. Christmas 2010: (Total channels = 1848. Total lights = 25,630). The show ran from Thanksgiving thru the New Year. This second year of this display included a number of additions and changes. Both houses saw the addition of 5 each of LOR's CCRs (Color Cosmic Ribbons) for the leaping arches. Also, on the 9708 side, icicle lights were extended to the remainder of the house, RGB flood lights were added, and a mono-color "tune to" electronic sign was added, and 6 mini-trees were added. The show included 6 songs and the introductions to them. Here are some technical details:

 * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 972. Total lights = 16,880.)
     - 9 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 144 channels.
     - 3 LOR 16 channel DC controllers for a total of 48 channels.
     - 7 sets of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -13 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 5200 lights.
      -2 sets of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.
      -12 sets of light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights for the mini-trees. In addition, there are 5 lights that top each mini-tree for another 30 lights.
      -12 sets of homemade Mighty Mini LED flood lights (with red, white, blue, green LEDs) for a total of 12 RGBW lights.
      -1 homemade "tune to: sign with 768 LEDs.

    * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 876. Total lights = 8750)
      -6 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 96 channels.
      -8 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 3,200 lights.
      -12 sets of 100 light strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.
      -5 LOR CCRs (RGB lights) for a total of 750 RGB lights and 780 channels.

 

2. Christmas 2009: (Total channels = 144. Total lights = 13,320). The first year of this display went live at 6 PM on Thursday, November 26, 2009. Yes, that was Thanksgiving evening. The display remained on through the evening of Friday, January 1, 2010. We made a decision early-on that everything would be done in four colors (red, white, blue, and green). That means that everything we do gets multiplied by 4. All of the lights were in standard light strands. Also, the decision was made that all lights would be LED type instead of incandescent. This would save electricity and, hopefully, provide a longer life for the light strings. Both houses use Light-O-Rama (LOR) controllers and associated software on a Windows PC for controlling the display. The interface between the PC and the two sets of controllers (one set for each house) is via LOR's Easy Light Linker wireless network. An FM stereo transmitter finished the setup. This allowed people in their cars to tune to FM stereo 100.5 to hear the music in the comfort of their cars. The display also included stereo speakers near the sidewalk so that the music could be heard by people standing outside to watch the display. The show included 8 songs, along with introductions to each. Here are some technical details:

   * 9708 Lee: (Total channels = 64. Total lights = 7320)
      -4 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 64 channels.
      -7 sets of net lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 28 net light strands and 4200 lights.
      -5 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 2000 lights.
      -2 Sets of light strands (front door surround)(each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 1120 lights.

   * 9717 Lee: (Total channels = 80. Total lights = 6000)
      -5 LOR 16 channel controllers for a total of 80 channels.
      -6 sets of icicle lights (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 2400 lights.
      -12 sets of light 100 strands (each set consists of 4 strands of lights; red, white, blue, green) for a total of 4800 lights.

 

1. This display had its roots in December of 2008. I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I really thought that animated Christmas light displays were great and that I might like to get involved. She responded that a friend of hers had a display and that I should go see it. Well, I did -- and was hooked. That display was designed and set up by Tim Dorr in Prairie Village, Kansas. In early 2009, I contacted Tim and asked him if he would have the time to talk with me. He came over to my house one day and we talked for a while. He also brought a Light-O-Rama (LOR) controller with him. The more we talked, the more I was hooked. You will hear me say often that this is not a hobby, it is an obsession. I spent the rest of 2009 learning all I could and planning the first display. Along the way I was talking with my neighbor across the street, Rick Hogan. I told him, enthusiastically, what I was planning. I asked him if he would be interested in getting involved and to my surprise, he said yes. That is how this two house animated lighting display came about.

 

Notes:
1. For the stereo FM transmitter, we used an FM30B stereo transmitter from Ramsey Electronics that was built from a kit. Also, we used the STC1C Stereo Transmitter Companion which was also built from a kit. The companion provides compression and tonal adjustments to enhance the quality of the sound. Both of these items were purchased from Ramsey Electronics. This arrangement was used for 2009 and 2010. Starting in 2011 we changed to the EDM-TX-LCD stereo FM transmitter. Starting in 2015 we changed again to the Rangestar FSRZH-05B transmitter.

2. When I count the number of lights used the following applies: In a regular light strand, each light counts as 1 light. In the RGB environment, each node (light) counts as 1 light (not 3, although there are 3 different color LEDs in each node).