Christmas lights are commonly used for decorating trees, shopping malls and houses during the holiday season. Some homeowners even spend time setting up the Christmas lights to attach to their computers in order to control the speed, timing and display of the lights. The obvious benefit is that he can completely control the movement and patterns of the light display and even include music to accompany the flashes. To set up computerised Christmas lights at home, you will need some products that can make the process much easier.
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Things you need
- FM transmitter
- USB converter
- USB cable
- Cat5 cable
- Lighting controller
- Music selections
- Computer software, such as Light-O-Rama
- Extension cords
- Christmas lights
Position the lights where you want the display to be throughout the exterior of the home. Test the light bulbs to confirm that they are all functioning.
Attach an extension cord linking the lights to the controller box. From there, connect the controller box to an AC power outlet and a USB adaptor with a cat5 cable. Connect the other end of the USB adaptor to your computer with a USB cable.
Use the Light-O-Rama software installation to view various lighting presentations on your computer, or to create your own. This software enables you to coordinate the lights and music and to set up different display options.
Test the display beforehand to see that everything is running smoothly. Do a test run when it is dark so you can see the display more clearly.
Attach the FM transmitter to your computer and play your selected music in conjunction with the light display. This step is optional depending on whether you want to include music.
Tips and warnings
- Setting up computerised Christmas lights is expensive as you will need to buy additional equipment. Price estimates are roughly £325. Determine if your budget will cover the cost of the equipment and the electric utility bill.
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