Sunday, November 19, 2006

95% completed

Well, most of the lights are up. Just a couple of finishing touches left, but that can wait until Friday. Wished my leaves had fallen by now. Now all I have to do is put out the signs, program one last song (yes, I'm the ultimate procrastinator), and figure out how to setup the scheduling feature so the shows run automatically. But here it is! I hope to have a video posted for those who are too lazy to fly to Texas to see it for themselves. After I get though the premier, I plan on creating a real web site. Say tune.

Monday, November 13, 2006


It works! Spent the past two days wiring up the dimmers and getting the software synchronized. Ran some tests this evening and everything worked as it should. Now, I just need to finish hanging lights, getting the FM transmitter to work, order some yard signs, program yet one more song, and then set the computer up. Still a lot of work to do, but seeing it acutely work was a big lift. I'll post some photos by Sunday.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Yeah. 220...221, Whatever It Takes

Well, the past few weeks have been busy. Where to start. First of all, I'm going to need power. A lot of it. 3500 watts at last count. So, I had an electrician come out and wire in 60 APMs of glorious, life giving, power. They may not look like much, but these little outlets will provide enough juice to grow the display larger next year, including a 20ft mega tree.

So, I've gather all of my stuff together and started putting the lights up. Been working about 2 hours a night for the past four days and finally got all the roof-lines finished. That part took a little bit longer than I expected. Next I need to work on the window outlines and the yard lights. I'll do that on Saturday.

But what good are all these lights if you don't have a way to plug them in. So, I also bought 1000ft of electric cable in bulk. This way I can make my own extension cables to the exact length I need them to be, and was much cheaper then buying 30 pre-made extension cords at the local hardware store.