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Christmas 2004-2007 at the Hormanns
2004 was our forth year for an animated Christmas display. A number of
changes were made in 2004 (described below) and the display remains
mostly the same 2004-2007.
In 2004, the real focus was on hardware
and software instead of adding more lights. The vast majority
of the display is still controlled by
the 320 Circuit Controller.
We used 70 of the available 320 circuits for The
Clock, Merry Christmas Sign, and The Snowmen. We converted the
bushes to use LOR Hobbyist
boxes (4 boxes for a total of 32 circuits). These boxes support fading
in addition to on/off circuits. Greg spend quite a bit of time developing a
FreeBSD driver so that we could control the LOR components from
the same software as the 320 Controller. (Why not just uses the purchased
software from Lights-O-Rama? Greg wanted a challenge!)
The two must viewer noticeable changes over last year are (1) the bushes now
fade between colors resulting in a softer display and (2) the addition
of the "Merry Christmas" sign above the garage door.
Note: Requires Real Player 9
Clock (Real) (1MB)
House (Real) (5.8MB)
Snowmen (Real) (4MB)
Merry Christmas Sign (Real) (4MB)
- ~13000 lights
- 102 Circuits
- ~2000 ft electrical and control Wire
- P-75 Mhz PC
(Click image to enlarge)
Behind the Scenes
Currently, we just have
output on the computer screen.
This screen is mainly used for debugging the program and shows
everything that is happening outside.