Tonight’s display in doubt due to heavy rain & storms

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are approaching over the next hour. There is a chance that there will not be a display tonight as a result of this wet weather.

A final decision will be made closer to 8:30 tonight.

UPDATE 1 8:30pm: The display is running, but may switch off before 10:30 pm if the thunderstorms return.

UPDATE 2 9:40pm: Heavy rains have returned so the display has been switched off for the night early. The lights return tomorrow at 8:30 pm.

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.

New controlling hardware and website move

New DC controllers from Light-O-Rama arrived this week. 2011 will use more DC control than ever before due to the safety benefits over 240v AC control. This means there are less 240v extension cord runs needed to get a working light show.

I am now waiting on some replacement lights and low voltage cords to land in Australia sometime this month or in October and then I will have everying needed to make this year’s display.

The new FM transmitter has been powered and tested, and the range is more than sufficient for passing cars.

And on a different note, you may have noticed a migration message or small amount of downtime on this website. This is due to moving to an Australian-based web server for better speeds.

Another Off Season Update

The website has received a few design updates in preparation of this year’s Christmas display. Including:
– New popout video page
– Enhanced menu bar
– Improved rollover descriptions on the Computer Control page

A new FM transmitter has been sourced from EDM Designs which should provide a clearer reception from the the street and maybe even a little further (although I am yet to power up and test how far it will go). The broadcast will remain on the same frequency of 88.9 FM this year. Transmitter model and photo are up on the Computer Control page.

That’s all for now.

Off Season Update: Award Mail

Off Season update…

In the last few days I received an certificate in the mail from XYZ Networks (operator of several subscription TV channels on Foxtel). I thought what could this be, but low and behold it is a certificate of appreciation. How about that, eh? Something positive to offset the weather event and vandalism of 2010

Lifestyle Channel Award

Oh, and yes, there are still a few decorations to take down!! (It can’t be March already??)

This Is It – Farewell 2010

The lights have now been switched off for the final time in 2010. I’d like to wish everybody a happy and enjoyable 2011. Thanks again to the people who extended their hand after part of the display was brought down by vandals.

Now comes the big task of tearing down the display and putting everything neatly into storage (perhaps I lie about the neatness… we will see).