Based on where you live, you have possibly viewed a house with crazy glowing Christmas lights that change color and dance to music. Almost every neighborhood or city has "that one home" that goes all out for the holidays annually. In my area, that house is mine. If you have ever wondered how those screens work and what you will need to create your own, this will be an overview of all the elements and how everything works together.
Three key things make up a Christmas lighting show: the sequencing, the control circuitry, and the lights.
The lights are organized to form props like leaping arches, snowflakes, stars, legatees, and much more. You couple those lights with power supplies and controllers to make them function as expected.
Are you searching for the best locations in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas to see the best Holiday light displays?
If so, our yearly Pittsburgh Holiday Lights events guide will give you all the updates and keep your holiday spirits bright all season long. Pittsburgh is a beautiful destination if you love to be in the Christmas lights. The downtown area offers many fantastic spots to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.
Starting on Light up Night on the Friday before Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Day, there are many excellent opportunities to enjoy beautiful displays of Christmas Lights in Pittsburgh.
Below are a few of the people’s favorite places in and around downtown Pittsburgh to enjoy terrific lights and decorations during the holiday season.
It is a known fact that Pittsburghers love Christmas and Holiday light displays nearly as much as the Steelers. So with the holiday quickly approaching, it is time for a vacation lights road trip. Here's a list of some of the region's larger, more popular destinations.
The mere mention of the word Christmas brings fond memories of various events that usually take place on this particular day. Apart from the gifts and other goodies we often receive on Christmas, this day symbolizes love, and many people use it to reunite with family members and friends alike.
Nothing is exciting as celebrating Christmas early given that it comes only once every calendar year in different places across the globe where it is recognized. However, in Pittsburgh area residents can celebrate the holiday twice, this is possible because Pittsburgh celebrates "Christmas in July".
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership - Market Place hosted a children's event organized by KidsPlay for all local children that wanted to see Santa Claus and was filled with fun, and other exhilarating activities reminiscent of the actual Christmas day. In other parts of town additional Christmas in July, events were being held, like the East Shore "Christmas in July" Flea Market sponsored by Swissvale Farmers Market. Another event was organized by the Cultural District.
Computerized Christmas lights can add some fun to a large garden display. While static lights and multi-colored dioramas appeal to passers-by, the computerized ones make people stop and stare.
Competition is often fierce between homeowners in many neighborhoods regarding Christmas decorations.
The rise of these computerized displays ups the ante and provides a whole new project for the committed. With the following approach, anyone can master this display without going overboard or upsetting the neighbors too much.
The popularity, and accessibility, of LED Christmas lights, in all their forms, means that it is easy to create a display at home.
Neighborhoods are at war across the US as homeowners battle it out to create the most impressive, elaborate displays possible. This is why big front-yard scenes and homes emblazoned with lights aren’t enough anymore.
The actual winners of the best Christmas lights displays lie elsewhere. Sure there is some impressive large-scale attempt at government building and theme parks. It is the weird and wonderful attractions that are the ones worth visiting.