Shows from: 7PM till 10PM (Weekends till 9:30PM or 10:30PM based on visitor count) with the full track-list played every 30mins. - December 1st till 31st (May end as early as Boxing day). Please tune your radio’s to 92.0 FM for maximum fun!.
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For quite some time I’ve watched in amazement at Christmas lights dancing to Christmas carols with the awesome mix of colors and orchestration. I simply wanted to be involved in the same phenomena.
Videos of 2012′s show are finally available. You can view them at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyabEVEJbYxzVuZY8c1lzmohh9rVB3P8
Playlist containing all shows in this years show
This map of Christmas Light Shows in Rockhampton is based on the Ergon Energy Christmas Light competition run by The Morning Bulletin. This year there is no competition.
In this day and age with the busy lifestyle people like me tend to lead, I know I’d rather Google a list if one existed online, rather than ruffle through a newspaper – And for this sole reason I’ve decided to make one available.
I’ve been unable to keep up with the ever growing list of light displays around our region, A HUGE list can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christmas-Lights-Finder-Rockhampton-Region
This years show is composed of around 13 tracks, these are rotated in different order every 30mins from the start of the show, eg 7PM, 7:30, 8 ect. These tracks stop playing at around at 10PM weekdays and 11PM weekends.
Trans Siberian Orchestra – Wizards in Winter – Length: 03:06
Burl Ives – Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer – Length: 02:09
Black Eyed Peas – I got a feeling – Length: 03:18
DJSchwede – Music Box Dancer – Length: 01:58
Jingle Bells Techno – Length: 01:36
David Foster – Carol of the Bells – Length: 02:34
Julesanger – Coca Cola Christmas – Length: 01:00
Darude – Sandstorm – Length: 02:16
Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time – Length: 02:29
Mariah Carey – All I Want – Length: 02:23
Skillrex – First of the year – Length: 01:09
David Foster – Christmas Eve Sarajevo – Length: 03:22
EA – BF3 – Length: 01:54
Does it cost much to run?
Due to the nature of the lights display(lights are more off than on), and through the use of 98% LED light strings (bar the reindeer which are the standard incandescent glass bulbs) which are known for their energy efficiency and high light output. The entire show uses a measly 90 watts during the show and about 150 watts when at full power (only occurs for 30 mins from 6:30->7PM), and so does not cost a lot to run.
Video’s for each song in our 2010 show will be posted here.
Trans Siberian Orchastra – Wizards in Winter
Andy Williams – Sleigh Ride
Jingle Bell Rock (Techo edit)
Everybody Dance Now
Mariah Carey – Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Burl Ives – Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer
Background Sequence (plays between shows)
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While I’m working on getting video’s of each sequence in the show, here are some still photos of the entire layout. The LEDTriks appears
fully lit because these shots were based on 2.5second-long exposures.
First of the initial tests are the light poles/columns under the veranda, there are 6 in total with 4 100LED sets each consisting of 2 red and 2 green. All toll 2400 LEDs.
200M of cable was used to connect the lights, a huge amount and a complete underestimation of required lengths.
Track: Trans Siberian Orchestra – Wizards of winter
Hopefully by next weekend the roof will be tested its already in place just needing connection to the control box, it has 40 strings or 4000 LED’s
For now, enjoy.
Arch test – 8channel (27/11/10)
The first of many updates on controller hardware for my XMAS display is the LEDTriks, in short it’s basically a large programmable LED sign like those you see in shop windows/doors saying “OPEN”.
A background of the LEDTriks description is:
While there are a myriad of computer based controller hardware available that will run under the Vixen software for controlling Christmas lighting, there were no LED display panels that could be controlled thru Vixen. Robert Jordan decided that the Vixen community needed a LED sign and took it upon himself to design and prototype an LED scrolling board. While Robert had seen LED boards everywhere, he wanted one that allowed you to do text and animation. He envisaged a LED display board that could be your show sign and a place for animations during the show.