Part 4: How to build a Pixel Wreath for an outdoor Christmas light show. If you are interested in buying these and other light show products already built, please visit my new store Living Light Shows: http://www.livinglightshows.com. You can also see some demonstration videos here of the products: https://youtu.be/YZ7m2F4bjH0?list=PLOp9Tx63j4ohTbZJ2050ZdmRUHKHe0gz2
For frequently asked questions and more video's on my light show, visit my website at http://www.johnsonlightshow.com
Have you been watching ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight or browsing videos on YouTube of Christmas Light shows or displays that are synchronized to music and wondered how you can do that to your house? This video is part of a video series that I created based on emails I have received from others who have watched my lightshow and are interested in the elements, the technology, and how a person can get started with their own DIY Christmas display. I have attempted to show a basic overview of building elements for your own light show on a budget and with readily available materials from Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, or other stores.
This video series includes the following:
Part 1: How to build a Leaping Arch for an outdoor Christmas light show
Part 2: How to build a Pixel Tree for an outdoor Christmas light show
Part 3: How to build a Pixel Matrix/Pixel Grid for an outdoor Christmas light show
Part 4: How to build a Pixel Wreath for an outdoor Christmas light show
Part 5: How to build a Pixel Snowflake for an outdoor Christmas light show
You can view all these videos in this HOW-TO series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOp9Tx63j4ojLndg_GsMVdVZSh_ALLiDf
If you plan to use these elements with Pixel LED lights then you will need a controller, sequencing software, and a show player. For my Christmas Light Show (www.johnsonlightshow.com) I used the SanDevices e682 pixel controller with a Raspberry Pi running the Falcon Pi Player (FPP) software that is freely available through Falcon Christmas (www.falconchristmas.com) or Github for the show player.
For sequencing the show (i.e., Programming the different effects the lights will do) there are many available options in software, some are commercial and some are open source or free. My preferred software is called Vixen 3. Other popular options include Light-O-Rama (also known as Lightorama, Light o rama, or LOR), Light Show Pro, Madrix, Hinkle’s Lighting Sequencer (HLS), Nutcracker, and more.
For your soundtrack you can either create something custom (I used a free program called Audacity) or you can simply download an MP3 or WAV file of music you like and import it into your sequencing software.
In order to have a great looking show you do not need to spend a lot of money. The largest cost is the RGB pixels that can be purchased direct from China through vendors like Ray Wu on Aliexpress for as low as $0.19 each. In addition, you can scale your show so you can start out small and grow as your budget grows.
The Pixels I use in my show are all 12vdc WS2811 pixels. If you purchase them from Ray Wu please make sure to mention my name (he may even hook you up if you do)
Other great resources for getting started and learning more Christmas Lights, Displays, and Light Shows, are listed below:
- DIYC forum (www.doityourselfchristmas.com)
- Falcon Christmas (www.falconchristmas.com)
- Planet Christmas (www.planetchristmas.com)
- Australian Christmas Lighting & Computer Animation Forum (www.auschristmaslighting.com)
In this video the pixel wreath has the following number of pixels on each ring:
Ring 1 (Inside) - 34 Pixels
Ring 2 - 47 Pixels
Ring 3 - 59 Pixels
Ring 4 (Outside) - 74 Pixels
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