We are located in Golden, Colorado and are active in the local lighting community helping new and existing users build and improve their displays. Meetings are held monthly in the Denver area on the 4th Saturday of the month except for in November and December when it’s the lighting season. Check out the Facebook group, Colorado Light Enthusiasts for more info.
As a kid growing up I always remember the excitement of the Christmas season that began when I would help my dad setup the Christmas lights on the house. It was nothing over the top, just a simple outline on the eaves and doing the railing along an upstairs balcony. It showed me though that just a little decorating can fill the season with magic and excitement. As an adult when I began decorating my own house it started off in a similar manner with roof outlines, fences and trees. Each year I would add a little bit more and within 3 years I had a pretty nice looking static display. I happened to come across a display that was done very well to music and I was hooked. I knew right away that I wanted to go that direction with my Christmas lights.
My first year with pixels was 2015 and I started small by only replacing my entire roof outline and running a seven minute loop of interesting patterns and color chases using Vixen 3 to go along with the existing static display. The following year I switched to xLights and began work on doing a synchronized light show. Each year since then the display has gotten bigger and bigger with new key features added every year. When I’m sequencing I listen to the music over and over and let my mind visualize the music. Then I try and create in xLights what I’ve visualized in my head. Each song usually originates from just a couple of ideas, but as the sequencing comes together new ideas emerge and get developed into the sequence. There are so many layers to each sequence that it’s impossible to see everything with one viewing. Subtle nuances are present everywhere and each time one watches the sequence something new is discovered. It’s a slow process but the results are worth it. An average 3 1/2 minute song takes over 200 – 250 hours to sequence with several taking over 300 hours.
As my Christmas lighting addition grew, so did the need to come up with new ways to mount props or create custom parts. That is where 3D printing began to work it’s way into the hobby. There are so many places where 3D printing can be useful with a growing Christmas light hobby, but with that comes a learning curve of creating your own designs or modifying existing designs to fit your needs. That’s not even taking the biggest factor into account which is the printer itself. What printer should you buy? Do you get one as a kit to save money or buy it prebuilt? What slicer settings do you use? How many layers, wall thickness and infill percentage? What material should you print with? How do you get the prints to stick? Why did my prints fail? These are just a few of the problems that new users to 3D printing encounter and many people don’t have the time or the patience to deal with all of this while still building their display. That is why we offer a large variety of mounts and clips that are ready for you to use without the hassle of needing to buy a printer and figure everything out for yourself. Do you have an idea for a specific use that we don’t have a solution for? No problem, we can work with you to design a custom solution to fit your needs.