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 Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz

Memory

  • DDR2 PC2-6400 4096MB

Operating System

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

Hard Drive

  • 1TB SATA 7200RPM (approximately 2GB used for sequence and music files)

Software

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

Controllers & Other Components

Light Controllers

  • 1x Advatek Lights PixLite 4 E1.31 controller (24v DC, digital dimmable) (advateklights.com)
  • 1x Advatek Lights PixLite 16 E1.31 controller (24v DC, digital dimmable) (advateklights.com)
  • 10x Light-O-Rama CMB16D-QC controllers (24v DC, dimmable) (lightorama.com)
  • 1x Light-O-Rama CMB16D-QC controller (27v DC, dimmable)
  • 1x Light-O-Rama CTB16PC controller (240v AC, dimmable) (lightorama.com)

DC Power Supplies

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

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

FM Transmitter

Musical Playlist (asterisks (*) denotes new songs)

2017 Playlist

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2016 Playlist

2015 Playlist

2014 Playlist

2013 Playlist

2012 Playlist

  • 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
  • * Yule – Amazing Grace
  • ZOEgirl – Angels We Have Heard On High [Voice Over Track]
  • Blackmore’s Night – We Three Kings [Intermission Track 1]
  • * August Burns Red – Jingle Bells [Intermission Track 2]
  • Sinéad O’Connor – Silent Night [Closing Track]

2011 Playlist

  • 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
  • * Cate Sparks – Angels We Have Heard On High
  • * 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]
  • Sinéad O’Connor – Silent Night [Closing Track]

2010 Playlist

2009 Playlist

  • Carrie Lyn Infusion – Suite Christmas Rush
  • * DJ Schwede – Music Box Dancer
  • * Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
  • * 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]

2008 Playlist

  • * 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

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

2006 Playlist

2005 Playlist

  • * 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, 240vac, dimmable. Proprietary LOR & DMX protocol.Best used for 240v rope lights and incandescent lighting.

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 digitial lighting 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 digitial lighting e.g. RGB lighting with integrated circuits (microchips) built-in.

SP-320-24 Meanwell SMPS
SP-320-24 320W Rated 24vdc power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes). Used to power low-voltage DC controllers and LED lighting.
SP-200-24 Meanwell SMPS
SP-200-24 200W Rated 24vdc power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes). Used to power low-voltage DC controllers and LED lighting.
SP-320-27 Meanwell SMPS
SP-320-27 320W Rated 27vdc power supply. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes). Used to power low-voltage DC controllers and LED lighting.

HLG-480H-24A 480W Rated 24vdc power supply. Sealed for outdoor use. Genuine MeanWell brand (watch for fakes). Used to power low-voltage DC controllers and LED lighting.
EDM LCD-STEREO-CS FM Transmitter
EDM LCD-STEREO-CS 1mW-10mW (lp) and 2-100mW (hp) operation.Requires a regulated 12vdc power supply.