About

This all started for us back in December of 2002, when one night there was a special on HGTV called Extreme Christmas lighting.  This is where I was introduced to Hill Robertson’s display on HGTV and went WOW!!!!  I immediately started surfing the web for computer controlled Christmas lights and came across Computer Christmas and then everything changed.  I started using the application and synchronizing the lights to music and the show moved to a completely different level.  It was now starting to draw attention and the number of visitors started to increase and people were talking about the show.  We were still only running 64 channels and still using the Hill 320P controller and it was time to start moving to something else.

In 2003 we had a 64 channel controller 32 relays and 32 outlets and a home grown windows application that was ready to control the 32 channels lights. It was a big hit with the family and was fun to watch.

In 2004 and 2005 we added an additional 32 relays so that we could have 64 channels to control and do more with the lights. Every year we did something different so that we could keep people coming back.

In 2006 I was introduced to Vixen and then everything changed. I started using the application and synchronizing the lights to music and the show moved to a completely different level. It was now starting to draw attention and the number of visitors started to increase and people were talking about the show. We were still only running 64 channels and still using the Hill 320P controller and it was time to start moving to something else.

In 2007 we moved to the Olsen 595 controllers with Ren-C daughter cards and 128 channels.  This required the building of 2 595 controller boards, 32 SSR boards, 1 Ren-T, and 1 Ren-C not to mention I had to re-wire my power supply (that was taken from the stove) and figure out how I was going to make some cool container to water proof the relays.  Any way we were on a tight schedule working to the wee hours of the morning but with the help of my family and friends we were going to be ready and on Thanksgiving night everything was deployed but there were no sequences, since last years were on 64 channels.  The next day I migrated the old sequences to the new layout and by that night we had 4 songs ready to go.  The show was a big success.

 In 2008 things were much smoother.  All of the cable was labeled for where it needed to go, the ssr containers were complete and all controllers were ready.  The entire setup this year took under 4 days to complete and all lights were running on Thanksgiving night.  We are at 20,000+ lights this year and plans are in the works for adding arches, voice over’s and some more large trees for 2009.

In 2009 we were able to add the 3 Arches, 2 light poles and 1 additional large trees. This resulted in adding an additional 64 channels to be able to control the new items. We had several delays this year but have worked through them.

It has been a long time since I updated this. Many things have changed in the display, to many to remember, but we continue to change and grow the display as time permits each year.