2016 Christmas Display Update


  Good news!  I have decided to not tear down yet.  The show must go on!  But this coming weekend the show is done.  Saturday, December 31, 2016 will be the LAST night!!!!

  For the rest of this week I will be testing the show out using a Raspberry Pi.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Raspberry Pi.  The computer is shut down and this little computer will run the show for 6 days.  Every song but 2 or 3 will be playing every night.  So come on over and watch it while you can for this year.  Otherwise you will have to wait until next winter!


  The show has been up and running since the day after Thanksgiving!  Looks like Monday, December 26 will be the day I tear the display down as the weather will be in the low 50's that day.  So if you have not seen the show you might want to be sure you get there but Christmas night as that will be the last night it will run!



  The 4 L.E.D. arches are repaired, in place and plugged in.  I still have a couple of things to get in place but will wait for the weather to pass.  They are calling for high winds so I'll be watching everything closely as a result.  Hopefully no wind damage will result.



  These past two days have been productive.  Majority of the display is now up.  Not all the lights mind you but the actual props if you will.  Lights will be finished this weekend perhaps.  All pending on the weather.  So needless to say the progress is moving forward.  Very little sequencing has been accomplished though.  That I need to work on still.



  Today I was able to accomplish a little more.  Two ChromaPoles (Pixel Poles) were built up.  Also the new Pixel Mega Tree is built up.  The three stars were also put in place on top of each item.  Nothing permanent just yet though.All I need now is to get the pixel to populate all of this with and I'll be done.

  I still have the 8 arches to build up.  I don't even have all of the hardware just yet to do this though.  That is another trip to Home Depot.  No energy today especially it being a Holiday not even sure they are open right now.  Either way, not going today.  Time to rest.  Once I get these arches built up it should be pretty impressive.  PVC and EMT conduit.  Great combination.  Again, no pixels to populate with but I can at least get the framework built so when the pixels come in I can wire, solder and heat shrink everything up and be done.



  I have been working on the display for this year but have to admit I am behind.  Way behind.  Possibly because I am trying to take on too much this year..

  I have started to use xLights 4.  Pretty impressive piece of software let me tell you.  While Vixen has served me well over the years I can do so much more with xLights.  It is a different way of sequencing.  An amazing way of sequencing.  RGB is amazing and overwhelming all in the same breath.

  So I keep plugging away.  I still have props to build and lights to order and then install.  I will update as I can.  Time is passing by quickly though.

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