This update is just to let everybody know that four new DC-powered light controllers have been ordered from America.
Light-O-Rama, the business which manufactures and sells these boards, is bringing out a newer, cheaper, DC board called the CMB16D-QC. There is little difference to the more expensive CMB16D controller other than the different cable connection method.
Anybody whom is looking at starting out with computer control and LED lights (or anyone wishing to expand the size of their computerised display) ought to look at the CTB16PC for controlling AC lights (incandescent lights, regular rope lights) or the CMB16D-QC (requires a large power supply) for controlling DC lights (LEDs).
There hasn’t been an update since New Years Day, so I figured it is time for an some news.
Regarding the 2010 display, there will be changes but most of it will be behind the scenes. The biggest change is the introduction of DC controllers which is safer and more reliable for syncronising LED lights to music than the 240v AC alternative. The controllers operate under the same proprietary Light-O-Rama protocol as the CTB16PC controllers used during 2008 and 2009, so I’m hoping there won’t be too many bugs to squash when I receive them.
A few new additions will be added though! Three new rope light shapes were bought during the after-Christmas sales, and soon I shall be ordering new LED lights for the verge tree, putting an end to the unreliable incandescent fairy lights in that section of the yard.
The final night of Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2009 has concluded.
Now the job of tearing down the display commences over the next few weeks (or months depending on weather).
Thank you to all who participated in the display both on and offline
I’d like to wish everybody who came to see the display in person or visited this website online a wonderful and joyous Christmas Day. I hope the break over the new year is also safe and funfilled!
Unfortunately with thunderstorms and rain rolling in just before 9 pm this evening (Wednesday December 16), the display has been switched off earlier than usual. Sorry!
With any luck the weather will have cleared by Thursday December 17th.
The last of this year’s display videos has been uploaded to YouTube!
This year’s songs are Suite Christmas Rush by Carrie Lyn Infusion, Music Box Dancer by DJ Schwede, Wizards In Winter by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Carol Of The Bells by David Foster.
You can view most of them by going to this YouTube playlist (scroll to 2009).
Rain has been forecast from late evening until tomorrow morning, and clouds are developing.
For the moment the show will continue as planned but if it begins raining the lights will be turned off early.
Three more videos of this year have been posted. One more remains which will hopefully be completed by the end of week.
Yesterday was the launch of this year’s Christmas display. It went off mostly as intended, although the ‘sticking’ issue returned on one section of the mega tree once again. I’m hoping it will be corrected for tonight.
A video from the launch is now available on the video page. Pictures and videos of individual songs are not available just yet, but they will be soon.
Well tonight the lights were set to turn on at 8:30 pm for a few minutes to find out whether the digital timers were set up properly. Whilst some of them were a little too slow, this was nothing compared to the problems the mega tree suffered.
The ‘sticking’ problem has returned. This is where certain strands of LEDs on the mega tree turn on and ‘stick’ in the on state until the power is physically cut off by switching off power to the controllers.
So the fast fix… another trip to the shops, another $50-$60 to be spent. I guess this is to be expected, but on the eve of opening night and less than 24 hours to go, I’m feeling a bit frustrated. I’m sure the smiles of little (and big!) kids tomorrow night will make this all worth it though.