Tag Archives: Christmas

Using Music in Your RGB Pixel Display (2018)

This is an update to my RGB Pixel Basics series about using music in your display. We cover FM transmitters, finding an open frequency near you and uploading a video of your display to YouTube.

HOW TO GET STARTED with RGB Pixels (2018)

Here’s the basics for getting started using RGB Pixels for your light display.

Falcon Pixel Controllers: www.pixelcontroller.com
SanDevices Pixel Controllers: sandevices.com
Falcon Player Software: falconchristmas.com/wiki/Falcon_FPP
xLights sequencing software: xlights.org
Lighting 101 Manual: bit.ly/2FpyHMq
Christmas Expo: www.christmasexpo.com
Keith’s YouTube channel: bit.ly/2tjYhNM

Amazon Affiliate Links:
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MeanWell 12V Power Supply amzn.to/2kaWnLC
Non-MeanWell 12V Power Supply amzn.to/2oI2p5K

Christmas Lighting Forums:
AusChristmasLighting.com
DIYChristmas
DoItYourselfChristmas
FalconChristmas
xLights
PlanetChristmas

Facebook Groups:
Advanced RGB Pixels and Controllers
Official xLights Support Group
FPP, Falcon Player

WHAT ARE THESE THINGS CALLED – Sticks? (2018)

I finally put these things together, but I have no idea what to call them other than “sticks.” They look kinda cool and I need more verticals in the display.

DMX Moving Head, Falcon & xLights (2018)

DMX moving head lights are gaining popularity in lighting displays. We can automate them in xLights and run them from a Falcon F16V3. They’re also a lot of fun!

2PC 60W RGBW Mini Beam Spot Moving Head Stage Light DMX Bar Party DJ Disco Light

RGB Pixel Wall Washer Rebuild (2018)

The Wall Washer turned out to be an ineffective design. I changed out the pixels in order to throw more light.

RGB Pixel Wreath Rebuild

I had planned on replacing the pixels in the wreath prior to the season last year, but ran out of time. The wreath made that a priority this year. The video includes a power injection demo.

RGB Pixel Distance Test – HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? – UPDATED

How far can you go from controller to the first pixel? We look at some different cabling options including CAT5 to run RGB pixels then run some tests.

WARNING! Running high current through small wires poses a risk of fire. If you use Ethernet cable to power your display, make sure you do not exceed the current handling capabilities of the wire. Make sure the wires do not overheat under normal operation of your show.

This video and the information contained therein are presented for entertainment purposes only.

Raspberry Pi RGB Pixel Controller from Hanson Electronics

How to roll up light strings, the story on my wife and her progress, Hanson Electronics rPi-28D (http://www.hansonelectronics.com.au/product/rpi-28d/) pixel controller hat.

Getting HELP with RGB Pixels

Getting back to it after a rough post-Christmas season this year. Here are some helpful resources you may find useful.

Christmas Lighting Forums:
https://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/
http://diychristmas.org/vb1/index.php
http://doityourselfchristmas.com
http://falconchristmas.com/forum/
http://nutcracker123.com/forum/
http://www.planetchristmas.com

Facebook Groups:
Advanced RGB Pixels and Controllers http://bit.ly/2zEMrgX
Official xLights Support Group http://bit.ly/2zBMwnv
FPP, Falcon Player http://bit.ly/2yvc7v3

RGB Pixel Wreath Build

I cover the steps I went through to build the large pixel wreath. It’s got 4 rings of 72 pixels per ring for a total of 288 pixels.

Illustrator File: wreathtemplate