History

Expenses, Light & Channel Count by Year (approximated)

Year Upgrade Expenditure Light Bulb Count Computer Channels
2017 $1085 26,000 3882
2016 $945 26,000 1992
2015 $1885 25,000 192
2014 $755 25,500 176
2013 $750 25,500 176
2012 $1200 25,500 176
2011 $865 24,500 144
2010 $650 24,000 128
2009 $2000 25,000 120
2008 $3265 22,000 64
2007 $2100 20,000 56
2006 $900 6700 14
2005 $1070 3200 7
2004 $250 1500
2003 $100 320
2002 $25 260
2001 $9 50
2000 24
1999 $14 24

Notable Events by Year

2017

  • More digital lighting technology… this time hanging from the gutter

2016

  • A new kind of roof border using digital lighting technology over ethernet (computer network)
  • An illuminated ‘tune-to’ sign so that more people will know to tune to 88.9 to hear the music – a late month addition

2015

  • New extra-low voltage LED stars and angel motifs on the roof and an extra-low voltage LED nativity motif in the garden – a further reduction of 240v incandescent ropelight
  • A flashy new addition to the mega tree

2014

  • Amount of 240v incandescent ropelight reduced even further, replaced by extra-low voltage LED ropelight
  • A new Mega Tree star topper

2013

  • Amount of 240v ropelight continues to be phased out by extra-low voltage LED ropelight
  • All remaining low voltage DC controller enclosures modified to house a DC power supply (less wiring)
  • Reduction of 240v AC from 32 channels to 16 channels

2012

  • RGB colour changing lights introduced to porch poles and windows
  • 3 of 5 low voltage DC controller enclosures modified to house a DC power supply (less wiring)

2011

  • Dimming capabilities added to garden bushes (increase in DC channels)
  • Reduction of 240v AC from 64 channels to 32 channels
  • Higher quality FM transmission (88.9 FM)

2010

  • Return to 100% Light-O-Rama control (Olsen 595 SSR’s retired)
  • Introduction of Light-O-Rama low voltage DC (direct current) controllers
  • Dimming capabilities added to roof and mega tree

show/hide key changes to older years’ displays

2009

  • Quad-colour 4000 LED mega tree (1000 lamps of each colour)
  • Green LEDs added to the garden
  • Hybrid Light-O-Rama AC and Olsen595 SSR computer control
  • A greater ratio of computerised lights compared to static lights

2008

  • Tri-colour 3000 LED mega tree (1000 lamps of each colour)
  • Left and right garden areas now 100% LED
  • Light-O-Rama 240v AC controllers replace Olsen 595 system
  • Dedicated electrical circuit to meet power requirements

2007

  • Display exceeds 20,000 lights
  • Permanent 24/7 video surveillance introduced with night vision
  • Light Up Emerald ran for the first time
  • Tri-colour 1500 LED mega tree (500 lamps of each colour)
  • Broadcasting on 88.9 FM

2006

  • Rated best metro Adelaide light display
  • Introduction of computerised LED lights
  • Attracted one television station
  • New neighbours added to the lights extravaganza
  • First year that vandals attack

2005

  • Trial year of computerised lights
  • First year that attracted some form of media – community newspaper
  • Santa began to appear at the display on Friday/Saturday nights

Channel Breakdown

  • 7 channels, Olsen 595 (SSR), on/off only.

Channel Breakdown

  • 14 channels, Olsen 595 (SSR), on/off only.

Channel Breakdown

  • 56 channels, Olsen 595 (SSR), on/off only.

Channel Breakdown

  • 64 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 64 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 56 channels, Olsen 595 (SSR), on/off only.

Channel Breakdown

  • 64 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 64 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 32 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 112 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 32 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 144 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 16 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 160 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 16 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 176 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 16 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 176 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.
  • 1800 channels, Advatek Lights (E1.31), digital dimmable.

Channel Breakdown

  • 16 channels, Light-O-Rama (AC), dimmable.
  • 176 channels, Light-O-Rama (DC), dimmable.
  • 3690 channels, Advatek Lights (E1.31), digital dimmable.