My entry for the xLights around the world challenge was used in the final video you can find me at 10:22 top left hand side. You can view it here Greatest Showman around the world
I have entered the xLights around the world challenge. xLights is the software we use to program our Christmas lights. The challenge was to program our lights to a chosen music track. This year's track was The Greatest Showman. These videos are then being edited into a composite video featuring the 350 entries! Will publish a link when complete. Meanwhile I have published a link to my entry. Paul's Christmas Lights Greatest Showman
This years switch on was on 2nd December and the lights are
on 15:00 - 22:00 every day until 6th September 2019.
The story of my displays
Again we will be collecting for Help the Heroes and hope to raise even more than last year.
The 2018/19 show will be slightly bigger than last years. The plan is to increase the number of pixels on the big tree and build another snowflake. I also hope to re-build my arches if I can find the right pipe. The plan has been fulfilled extra pixels added to my tree, another snowflake made and six brand new arches have just been completed.
Two new tasks this year was the making of the two snowflakes and the lifting systems for the pixel strings on the big tree. Brought about by the fact that two of us only just managed to erect the big tree with all the pixels attached to the top last year. Much easier this year using an electric drill on the winch,
The 2017/2018 show is over
The lights were switched off on 6th Jan 2018 were be taken down on the Monday. The display has fared well in high winds, snow and rain but it appeared we did have a small fire at the top of the Big tree. The sum of money donated to Help For Heroes was £500.00 + we thank all our supporters.
Videos of 2017/2018 display
As I type this the videos I have shot are being up loaded to the video page (click the button to view).
Pictures of the 2017/2018 "out" (to use a theatrical term for taking down my lights).
Pictures we grabbed during a hard days work for Margaret and I are below. I cant thank Margaret enough for her help. Everything is back in my workshop with a list of running repairs that needs to be done before next December. And then to be stored away. And then start building new elements I am in the process of designing.
Pictures of the various elements from my display
For the technically minded below are a selection of images showing construction of the various elements. Click on each image for a description.
Come and see Paul's Christmas lights in 2018/19
Technical details 2017 display:
- Controller Falcon F16V3 pixel controller
- Raspberry Pi
- Total pixels = 4,000
- Total channels = 12,000
At times I will post links to drawings that show details of my display.
If you have any questions or comments or indeed need some help please do contact me using the form.