Some Fast Technical Facts about our Display
How It's All Controlled
We use hardware and software products by Light-O-Rama to control most of the
music-synchronized portions of the the display.
Pixels: Pixels are pretty incredible light
strings. Imagine a string of Christmas lights that you can not only tell
each bulb individually to turn on or off at any given time, but also what color
it should be, and how bright? That's essentially what a pixel does!
We introduced pixels into our display with our newly redone Mega-Tree
in 2012, and have added additional projects since. We use controllers by SanDevices
to control our pixels.
DMX is an industry-standard lighting control protocol. If you've ever been
to a rock concert, theater production, dance club, or stadium, you've likely
seen DMX in action. We use DMX to control portions of the display such as our North
the multi-colored star on our Mega-Tree, the colored LED wash fixtures
that highlight the front
of the house in different colors, and the candy canes near the driveway.. We also use a variant of DMX called
E1.31, which allows us to stream over 9 universes (4608 channels) of data from
the computer to our pixel displays over a
standard Ethernet connection.
Z-Wave: Starting in 2014, we use Z-Wave home automation technology to control the static portions of our display. This replaces an older automation protocol we used for many years called X-10. For more on these technologies, click the link.
Standalone Control: This was our first foray into electronic control,
and became part of our display in 1999. This controller controlled our large
Merry Christmas sign up through the 2007 season. It was based around an Atmel AVR microcontroller.
For more information on this display, click the link above, and you will be
taken to the Merry Christmas Sign page.
This page was last updated on Monday, December 01, 2014