Christmas Light Sequencing

Kevin Thomas
Christmas in Kent
Software and Hardware available:
Light-O-Rama - LOR & LOR II
D-Light – Controllers, Lights
Animated Lighting – Animation Director
Aurora (Replaced Spectrum)
Light Show Pro
Vixen (DIY)
Light-O-Rama –
Software LOR & LORII
Showtime products
Prewired ready to go
Showtime MP3 Director
Component products
8 and 16 channel controllers
MP3 director and mini director
Smart DMX controller
DC controller
DIY Products
16 channel controllers as kits or
fully assembled
Cat5 cables
Power cords
Controller cord sets for
deluxe or PC controllers
Easy Light Linker
USB to 485 adapters
D-Light Designs –
Silver Products
8 and 16 channel Kits
Gold Products
16 channel AC and DC controllers
Platinum Products
16 channel AC fully assembled
WiLink wireless add-on
16 channel RGB LED string (8”)
Soft Panel
4’ X 4’ panel with 64 (256) RGB LED’s
Panel ($500 for 6” pitch)
(or $1,500 for 3” pitch)
Sub Controller ($200)
Main Controller ($800)
Power Supply ($300)
Various cords ($150)
Animated Lighting –
Software – Animation Director
Monster Brain Animation Processor
Boom MP3 Controller
PowerPrism Controller
Party in a box
Light show in a box
Haunted house in a box
Led light strings – mini trees, LLA…
DMX fixtures
Speakers, FM transmitters,
Wireless, repeaters
Aurora -
Software only
Created as a less resource
intense sequencing alternative
Special functions for Fire Fly’s
Intelligent lights
Light strands – one strand 99 white LED’s $175
Controller/Power supply - $800
Light Show Pro
Converts LOR & Aurora
Basic, Advanced & Pro versions
Software for the Do It Yourselfer -
Documentation at:
DIY Hardware available
DIY Light Animation:
Many Coops for most kits
Lynx Express - wireless
Lynx Freestyle – with Wireless now
MR16 controller
Lynx – 16 channel DMX
Grinch – on/off control
Renard - dimmable
Do It Yourself Christmas:
Ledtriks – LED 16 X 48 matrix display
Olsen 595 –
Christmas Card SSR –
Grinch –
Countdown clock –
Computer Christmas:
Olsen 595
Pre-made light and music
Light-O-Rama –
Wow Lights – LOR dealer $ cost
LOR Sequences -
free to registered members
Many how-to’s and examples
LOR Wiki 2.0 -
Many resources and FAQ’s
Christmas Utah – Marty shares
Just Ask?
A checklist
Christmas Lights Planner –
Holiday Lights Designer Animated Lighting -
PC – Chuck Smith presentation –
Light count and Channel count
R Williams (PC) – (enable Macros)
Chuck’s LOR Utility
Voiceovers – The Demented Elf –
Mark Z ?
Frosty Player – playlist while show is not running
Zara Radio – DTMF
Sequencing Tips
Edit Songs down to 3 minutes or less
Create or Purchase Voice Overs
Display Layout
House, Roof, Yard
Color Themes
Movement and Focus
Lights and Characters
Channel Configuration
Diagram (AutoCAD, photos)
Controller placement (wired/wireless)
Cord routing (power/control)
Channel names, Controller placement, Power draw
Sequencing Channel Setup (LOR – v2.1.6)
Setup Screen
Right Click – Insert Channel(s)
Channel Property Grid
Edit – Import Channel Configuration
Graphic setup (animation)
200 X 200 dot grid overlay on image
Song Sequencing –
Beat Wizard
Timing is everything!
Use 2X/4X/8X to double/quadruple events
Tapper Wizard
Song Sequencing –
Timing is everything!
Skew Track
– Use even with Beat Wizard
You want your lights “on top of” the beat
Used to organize elements
Used for different timings
Master Track (holds all channels)
Sub-Tracks (mini trees, mega, LLA)
Create Master then copy to sub-tracks
Use beat Wizard on sub-tracks
Setup beat tracks – (Marty tracks)
Melody 1
Melody 2
Rhythm A
Rhythm B
Percussion 1
Percussion 2
Timing is everything
Setup 1/20 second standard (.05 sec.)
Run Beat Wizard
Run Tapper Wizard for each:
Manually insert
Test timing with a controller and lights!!!
Fading the perfect timing
Fading in and out smoothes the timing
Fading Chase (Holdman Fade/chase)
Music rarely stops abruptly
Samples from a master
Thank You!

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