Xmas Lights

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Christmas Lights

or as they are more commonly known, blinky blinkies.

Christmas Lights 2014




2011 was my first 'animated show', previously I had around 4k of led lights that were just plugged in.

The plan was 
Software to control the show - Vixen Lights (free) www.vixenlights.com/

DMX controller - ultraDMX - USB to DMX converter from www.dmxking.com (New Zealand supplier!)

A raft of DMX decoders - PWM controllers from 'Ray Wu' via aliexpress www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799

  • 2 x 24 Channel Controllers
  • 2 x 27 Channel Controllers
  • 1 x 4 Channel Controller
  • 4 x 24v 350watt switch mode power supplies
  • 1 x 12v 250watt switch mode power supply

800Meters or so :) of custom made led christmas lights from top-atom www.top-atom.com/en/

  • 10 x Green - 78mA (100 string)
  • 10 x Red - 142mA (100 string)
  • 10 x Blue - 87mA (100 string)
  • 50 x White - 90mA (100 string)
  • 1 x Red, Green, Blue, White string = 0.26A
  • 20m White Rope Light - 0.38A - can be cut every 220-230mm




  • 9000+ LED Lights,
  • 2 Full colour 36W LED flood lights,
  • More than 1.2km of cables,
  • 5x 350W 24v switch mode power supplies
  • 400 DMX controlled channels,

sequenced using Vixen lights + Ultra DMX dongle. (DMX over cat5 cable + DMX signal amplifier/splitter)



Other links

One stop place to find whos got displays - listing starts 1st Dec www.lightupchristmas.co.nz/index.php

A kiwi who has lots of christmas lights www.pacificlights.co.nz/

A site im taking some inpiration from www.kentucky-christmas.com

Relay logic - controlled via low level control switches brainlubeonline.com/relaylogic/

Arduino Pixel control via ethernet www.deskontrol.net/blog/arduino-based-artnet-node-for-led-pixels/

FM Broadcast - regs www.rsm.govt.nz/cms/licensees/types-of-licence/general-user-licences/low-power-fm-broadcasting

Track Pacakages that are coming via China Mail

Plans for 2013 Xmas Season

WS2811 Pixel strips controlled by E1.31 (Artnet)

artnet + arduino slave www.deskontrol.net/blog/arduino-based-artnet-node-for-led-pixels/

E682 Controller (6 universes) $188 USD + shipping - can run dmx from one if needed to, better support? sandevices.com/aboutus.html

ECG-P2-1 (2 universe) $68 + 40 USD www.j1sys.com/ecg-p2/

Arnet debug tool www.lightjams.com/artnetominator/

LED Display simulator 8h x 5w per char. (40 pixels) www.dinceraydin.com/djlcdsim/djlcdsim.html

LED Display fonts www.codeproject.com/Articles/29461/Led-Font-Creator-with-Scrolling-Display

Font editor arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,140230.0.html