Computer Control Information

Ryan’s Christmas Lights is a computer-controlled Christmas display where the lights are choreographed to music. Below is the essential equipment that makes this display work.

Computer Specs

Processor

  • Intel i5-3570K 3.4GHz

Memory

  • DDR3-1866 16GB

Operating System

  • Windows 7 Home Premium: Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

Storage

  • 512GB SATA Solid State Drive (sequences and music files total roughly 16GB)

Software

  • Light-O-Rama Showtime Suite S4 – controller software, light pattern creation/playback (lightorama.com)
  • xLights 4 – open source, object-orientated lighting pattern generator (xlights.org)
  • daFTP – on demand upload of files (current playing song) (da-share.com)

Controllers & Other Components

Light Controllers

  • 2x Advatek Lighting PixLite 4 E1.31 pixel controllers (1x 12VDC, 1x 24 VDC) (advateklights.com)
  • 1x Advatek Lighting PixLite 16 E1.31 pixel controller (24 VDC) (advateklights.com)
  • 10x Light-O-Rama CMB16D-QC DC controllers (8x 24 VDC, 2x 27 VDC) (lightorama.com)
  • 1x Light-O-Rama CTB16PC controller (240 VAC) (lightorama.com)

DC Power Supplies

  • 3x MeanWell SP-320-24 320W 24 VDC Single Output
  • 3x MeanWell SP-200-24 200W 24 VDC Single Output
  • 1x MeanWell SP-320-27 320W 27 VDC Single Output
  • 1x MeanWell RSP-320-12 320W 12 VDC Single Output
  • 1x MeanWell HLG-480H-24A 480W 24 VDC Single Output (fanless)

    DC power supplies are used to power low-voltage DC controllers, LED lighting, pixel controllers and pixel lights

FM Transmitter

Musical Playlist (asterisks (*) denotes new songs)

2021 Playlist

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2018-2020 Playlist

2017 Playlist

2016 Playlist

2015 Playlist

2014 Playlist

2013 Playlist

2012 Playlist

  • NEW: Yule – Amazing Grace
  • Carrie Lyn Infusion – Suite Christmas Rush
  • DJ Schwede – Music Box Dancer
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
  • 00.52 – Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
  • Cate Sparks – Angels We Have Heard On High
  • David Foster – Carol Of The Bells
  • Hans Zimmer & Klaus Badelt – He’s A Pirate
  • ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • Blackmore’s Night – We Three Kings [Intermission Track 1]
  • NEW: August Burns Red – Jingle Bells [Intermission Track 2]
  • Sinéad O’Connor – Silent Night [Closing Track]

2011 Playlist

  • NEW: Cate Sparks – Angels We Have Heard On High
  • NEW: Hans Zimmer & Klaus Badelt – He’s A Pirate
  • Carrie Lyn Infusion – Suite Christmas Rush
  • DJ Schwede – Music Box Dancer
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
  • 00.52 – Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
  • David Foster – Carol Of The Bells
  • ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • Blackmore’s Night – We Three Kings [Intermission Track]
  • Sinéad O’Connor – Silent Night [Closing Track]

2010 Playlist

2009 Playlist

  • NEW: DJ Schwede – Music Box Dancer
  • NEW: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
  • NEW: David Foster – Carol Of The Bells
  • Carrie Lyn Infusion – Suite Christmas Rush
  • ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • Blackmore’s Night – We Three Kings [Intermission Track]
  • * Sinéad O’Connor – Silent Night [Closing Track]

2008 Playlist

  • NEW: Carrie Lyn Infusion – Suite Christmas Rush
  • 00.52 – Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
  • ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • * Blackmore’s Night – We Three Kings [Intermission Track]
  • * Céline Dion – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) [Closing Track]

2007 Playlist

  • NEW: 00.52 – Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
  • NEW: Brian Setzer Orchestra – Angels We Have Heard On High
  • NEW: David Foster – Carol Of The Bells
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
  • NEW: ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • NEW: Blackmore’s Night – Ding Dong Merrily On High [Closing Track]

2006 Playlist

2005 Playlist

  • NEW: Studio 99 – Dance With Santa Claus
Light-O-Rama Software Suite 3 (S3)
CMB16D-QC
CMB16D-QC 16 channels, DC, dimmable. Proprietary LOR & DMX protocol. Best used for low-voltage LED light strings.
CTB16PC
CTB16PC 16 channels, 240 VAC, dimmable. Proprietary LOR & DMX protocol. Best used for 240V AC outdoor lights (incandescent rope and string lights.

PixLite 4 up to 2040 channels (4 DMX universes) per output, 4 outputs, DC, digital dimmable. E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet) protocol. Total 8160 channel limit.

Best used for pixel lights e.g. RGB lighting with integrated circuits (microchips) built-in.

PixLite 16 up to 1020 channels (2 DMX universes) per output, 16 outputs, DC, digital dimmable. E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet) protocol. Total 16,320 channel limit.

Best used for pixel lights e.g. RGB lighting with integrated circuits (microchips) built-in.

SP-320-24 Meanwell SMPS
SP-320-24 320W Rated 24 VDC power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes).
SP-200-24 Meanwell SMPS
SP-200-24 200W Rated 24 VDC power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes).
SP-320-27 Meanwell SMPS
SP-320-27 320W Rated 27 VDC power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes).

HLG-480H-24A 480W Rated 24vdc power supply. Sealed for outdoor use. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes).

SP-320-27 320W Rated 12 VDC power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes).
EDM LCD-STEREO-CS FM Transmitter
EDM LCD-STEREO-CS 1mW-10mW (lp) and 2-100mW (hp) operation.Requires a regulated 12vdc power supply.