If you can’t make it out to a traditional Christmas light show in your area, how about creating one yourself? This is a great family project that everyone can get involved in.
1. Decide how many lights you’re going to use: You’ll have to think about whether you want to go big or start out with a smaller display, and grow each year. Be as creative as you like here. You can string lights from one end of your house to the other; or, you can choose to put them up in specific spots, like your garage or front garden. Using 30 – 60 channels of lights should be enough to start with, especially if you’ve never programmed lights to music before. If you build a decoration collection gradually it can help you reminisce each year.
2. Stock up: The best time to buy lights is the day after Christmas, when everything is on sale. If you plan on growing your display each year, stocking up on lights is always a good idea. You’ll save a ton of money than if you wait till the holiday season to buy them.
3. Purchase a control system: This is hardware that hooks up to your computer. There are different systems to choose from, depending on how much of the work you can actually do yourself. A fully built kit is more expensive than a DIY system, but if you’ve never done this before, it’s probably the best option.