Setup underway, why the lack of website updates?

There has been uncertainty over whether there would be a Christmas display this year, which is why there have been no updates to the website news until now. An incident occurred earlier this year, which led to questions of whether it was worth continuing doing a Christmas lights display. There will be a display, but read on for details on the incident.

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One week until Switch On

Well, the days are counting away as December 1 approaches. This time next week, there will be light! At least that is the plan.

Most of the display has been installed, with the testing soon to follow. Not all is finished with the set up stage, however, as some of the new light additions this year ended up being too short. Longer ones are on the way, but the big question is will they arrive in time for December 1st? Time will tell!

Once weather forecasts for December 1st become available, if they suggest a wet start to December then a further blog post will be made. Rain will inevitably delay the initial light up of the display for safety reasons – water and power don’t mix.

The roll out begins for 2012

It is now more than half way through October and the display is now in the process of being installed. Controllers were reassembled at the start of the month but the focus is now on the placement of actual decorations.

You can follow the progress by keeping an eye on this blog as well as the recently activated 2012 photo gallery, containing a growing number of setup photos. Can you work out what the new lights may be for or what they do different to past lights?

Full Steam Ahead

It is now full steam ahead with the display set up. All roof lights have been installed as of today, and there is a change here! What is the change? You’ll have to keep an eye on the 2011 photo gallery page for addition of new photos in coming days.

As in other years, the scheduled light up time will be at 8:30 pm on December 1. This will not occur if there are strong winds or wet weather present. Unlike previous years, there will be no official launch song.

And so it begins…

As of today the 2011 Christmas display is being gradually set up. The mains-power 240V AC controllers have been installed while the new 24V DC controllers are almost completed. They should be installed by the weekend along with the DC controllers which were introduced last year.

A 2011 gallery page is now available, this year using a different page design. Let me know your comments on the new style of gallery. Former years continue to use an older design.

DC-related problems to persist on Opening Night

It is now just a few days away from switch on, and some power problems remain.

The show will still light up on December 1st subject to weather, but with some elements non-functioning. I am hoping that these last few problems can be ironed out before the weekend.

Please note that if thunderstorms and rain are present on December 1 then light up will not go ahead for safety reasons – sorry.

DC Problems Still Ongoing

It is getting closer to the planned December 1 launch, but I am still having issues with certain DC channels.

The roof appears to be working fine now but the mega tree is another story. I think it is pretty much a given that the street gum tree will be dropped from this years show in order to free up some back up channels for hopefully getting the mega tree working properly.

DC Issues Continue.. Now Setting Up AC Lights

Unfortunately problems continue with some lights connected into the new DC controllers. For the time being, I’ve ceased setting up more lights that will connect into the DC controllers.

AC lights set up is about 3/4 complete.

Worst case scenario would be that all DC channels will be non-operational, which means no roof triangles, no mega tree, and no street tree lights. I hope this does not actually happen however.

Not the most positive update, but an update nonetheless.