The 2011 lights are on at Van Unen Crt, Doncaster East
The Lights are on!
Even though we have had some wet weekends, and a few storms, the lights are on!
There are a number of new items in the display.
Craig has added some new Inflatables.
There is some new hardware too. I used a J1sys DR4 E1.131 4 port router. This year, I have added another two to the network.
We also revamped the Mini-trees with all new LEDs.
Ray Wu's Pixels were used to make some interesting effects on the leaping arches and gutters. More needed for next year.
This year, we again collected funds for a charity.
The Lort Smith Animal Hospital provides high quality veterinary care at a reduced cost for the pets of people in need as well as injured, stray and abandoned pets that have no-one to care for them.
THANKS to those who donated to the Collectors.
I have been decorating with Christmas lights for over 19 years.
Living in the United States, I was always amazed at the quality of their displays and I wanted to decorate my house. in 1991, I purchased a number of strings and started decorating the outside of our home in Georgia.
I brought my lights home and started decorating our house in Melbourne. The lights were 110 VAC, and I used a step-down transformer to power them.
The lights lasted a few years, and finally faded and failed.
In 2001, we moved into our current house, and I started decorating using the strings available locally. While pleasant, it was not as good as I had hoped for.
in 2006, by chance, I came across an article describing computer control of Christmas lights. I ordered a printed circuit board from Brian at DIYC.
By Xmas 2007, I had a range of controllers, all under computer control, using the Vixen software.
On this site you will find details of the projects undertaken to bring Christmas to Melbourne.