Step 9: Program Your Light Display

Once all of the setup is finished, it's time to program. The different lighting functions are as follows:

On - Turns on the lights
Off - Turn off the lights
Fade in - Fade the lights in
Fade out - Fade the lights out
Twinkle - Makes lights blink on and off randomly
Shimmer - Makes lights flash on and off simultaneously (strobe effect)
Set intensity - Sets intensity of lights to 0, 50%, or 100%. (does not work well for LED lights)

Select the appropriate tool and click in each event where you want a specific channel to turn on or off. You're pretty much on your own for designing your lights. Here are a few tips I can offer:

- Think about the mood of the song. If it's a quick song, use warmer colors and quick flashes. If it's a slower song, use cool colors and more fades.
- Don't flash all of your lights from the beginning. Follow the feel of the song and build it visually by adding in more lights as the song builds.
- Don't have too much flashing all at the same time. It confuses the audience.
- Save your work as you go.

You can press the play button at the top to see your progress in action. You can also use the animation tool to draw each channel in the window. This will help you visualize how your final display will look.
<p>Hello. I am going crazy trying to figure out how to incorporate, or even find, the strobe lights many of the new light shows use. I got some bulbs labeled as c7 strobes and took some bulbs out of a normal c7 string and replaced them with the strobes. You don't get much of the effect others are showing. What did I do wrong? Did I buy the wrong things? Please help!</p>
<p>what is the cheapest way to do a light show.</p>
Hello Captainharlo,<br> <br> I like your display sequence using the Light-O-Rama 16 channel. I have a ground display characters that use the incandescent lights and the window covering and perimeter lights are LED&rsquo;s. From you info the Light-O-Rama won&rsquo;t work on the dimming but have you used the Light-O-Rama on LED lights ?<br> <br> John
Hey.... Si from New Zealand here... I'm really looking forward to seeing how you get on with the 64 channel setup ... I'm looking at setting up my 13 meter Christmas tree on a similar system but the main restriction I have here is accessing the best lights for the job... do you hae any recommendations?
hey actualy you can do this alot cheaper for mabey 100 dollar's if you have the light's already just get that software lightjam's either buy it or get the trial like i did and then get an adapter to hook up the light's to your computerbut lightjam's is for club use but im still able to use it for christmas sry for my spelling
What type of adapter would you use? I want to try using it for my christmas lights and don't want to pay a fortune. I would really like to use those less expensive rgb led lights. Suggestions?
it works as far as i know cause i run it on a mac
<p>This is really cool! To bad i don't have $400 just laying around. :(</p>
this is awesome! to bad i ... 1. dont know much about this stuff 2. missed this before christmas.
Outstanding! Happy holidays to all with too much time on their hands. Want less time on your hands? Have a baby.
lol!! That is so true!
<em>This is only a 16 channel display. The more elaborate displays have from 64 to 128+ channels. Next year I plan to get some of the DIY kits and expand drastically. Look forward to a more elaborate instructable next year.</em><br/><br/>How are you going on this years display <sup>and Instructable?</sup><br/>
It's progressing well. I'm going to update the istructable with this year's info. I have 64 chanels this year. Unfortunately, the weather is making it quite dificult to get all the lights set up.
Ooh, I can't wait to see the results with 64 channels, Are the controllers homemade? Aah, That's sad, C'mon weather clear up for captainharlow!
You could use this for controlling complex halloween displays, right?
Sure. Any lighting display that uses standard plugs. That's actually a really cool idea. Have some scary music and strobe lights controlled...
Nice job, although this is more so an instructable on how to use a Light-O-Rama kit. Anyone looking for a DIY to build a light controller from scratch (and save a little money) check out <a rel="nofollow" href="http://computerchristmas.com/">http://computerchristmas.com/</a> for schematics and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.vixenlights.com/">http://www.vixenlights.com/</a> for software.<br/>
Fantastic job!
Wow.. you have made your yard look amazing.. very nice job.

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