It’s been a terribly gloomy day here in South Florida with more rain predicted, but that hasn’t held us back. We’ve been busy adding decorations, locating and mounting controllers and making decent time considering the inclement weather.
Yesterday we completed the rough install of the roof and roofline then managed to run test patterns, which means we’re doing pretty well. Hopefully if it dries out a bit later we’ll be able to run a wider-scale test. Our software layout is quite different due to replacing the strips with different pixels. That’s going to take a few hours to resolve.
So that’s the update. Lots of good progress with more to come. BTW we’ve started to post pictures in the Pictures & Video section. If you haven’t already, check them out
If you look at the house it doesn’t look like a great deal of progress is being made, but we’re slowly making headway in our effort to share the holiday joy. Good news is we finally got the lights we were waiting for so we can put on this year’s show. The bad news is they are missing some plastic collars that hold diffusers in place Despite the setback we’re moving ahead on various fronts and hope to start showing serious progress over the next week.
The diffuser setback means we won’t be able to put up the mega tree until a couple of days before Thanksgiving. In the meantime we’ve working on the lights for the new roof outline and just finished the initial build for the new star for our mega tree. It’s still very rough (LED alignment, missing diffusers, cable ties galore) but we couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peak. Super pumped to get that puppy fired up.
That’s all for now check back soon for more picture, video and blog posts.
The season is upon us! Due to the amount of work involved to setup, run, take down and store the display each year we went back and forth about our ability to successful do a light show again this year. Ultimately decided we couldn’t let Hollywood Florida down, nor would it be the holidays without a wonderful Christmas light display.
Everything is out of storage so this weekend we’ll start unpacking, testing, fixing and organizing all the lights and various elements so that we’re ready to start setup next week.
The end of last year we gave away some older LEDs that were either difficult to maintain or setup. We ordered replacements in hopes to address those concerns and speed installation. For the most part, the display will look similar to last year, with the exception of the roof outline and mega tree star. Both used RGB LED Strips, which weren’t durable and couldn’t hold up to the hot Florida sun. Once replacements arrive we should be able to post more about them.
Unfortunately we’re starting start-up a bit later than usual, but have a few friends who have graciously offered to help. With a bit of luck we’ll have everything ready to power-up Thanksgiving day.
More updates will be posted as we make progress towards our 2014 South Florida Christmas Light and Holiday display.
To ring in the New Year we’ve added a special New Years Eve program to our display. Each hour we’ll announce hours remaining in the New Year. Once we hit 11pm we’ll announce 45, 30, 15, 10 and 5 minutes then start displaying a clock at 11:59pm.
Happy New Years!
In celebration of Christmas we’ll run the display an hour longer December 24th and 25th. We run our holiday light show each day from 5:30PM EST until 11PM, however tonight and tomorrow we’ll run until midnight. New Years Eve night we’ll run until 1AM. Maybe we’ll try to adding a NYE countdown just before midnight
Starting December 26th we’re switching out all of our Christmas themed sequences for programs with modern-day music. On one hand, it’s said to see the season coming to an end. On the other, after hearing the same songs over and over each night for the last 28 nights (and counting) we can’t wait to hear anything else
If you’ve been to see the display we hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t there’s still a few days. New Years day will be the time you’ll get to see until next year.
We woke up yesterday to a Windows repair issue on the machine used for the show. First and foremost, the issue has been addressed and we ran an early morning test so we should be ready to go for tonight! Unfortunately we were knocked offline last night (11/18/2013). If you came to see the lights we apologize.
It looks like the awesome Samsung SSD (Solid State Drive) we put in the show computer wasn’t so awesome. We bought it in August and it died yesterday (in about 5 months). Windows 8 and 8.1 usability issues also contributed to us chasing our tail all day and most of the night. We swapped out the bad drive for our slow old 5400RPM nightmare then had to do software upgrades, file restores and configuration changes. In the end a painful process, but we made it through and the show will go on. Thankfully we do VERY regular backups of all data for our holiday display
There will be Christmas lights in Hollywood, Florida tonight!
We apologize for neglecting the site, however this is our busiest time of the year. Be sure to check our Facebook fan page since it’s typically easier for us to post quick updates there.
The display is up and running. We continue to make programming and other changes but always power-up and start at 5:30pm daily. Obviously best viewing times are after sunset. Synchronized music is transmitted on 102.1FM in close proximity to the house and we do have speakers outside.
Pictures and videos should be posted shortly, but there’s nothing like seeing the display firsthand
Hollywood, we have liftoff. On November 25th, 2013 we flipped the switch on our Christmas Light and Holiday display, it is officially live for the season. Over the next few days we’ll continue to refine various elements and add new synchronized songs.
For those interested in watching the lights we, we start each night at 5:30pm and are easily accessible from Broward County, Miami and all of surrounding South Florida.