To set Christmas lights to music, purchase lights, controllers, software and an FM transmitter. Put up the lights, select the music and use the software to write programming that allows you to control the lights. The estimated setup time is a couple hours a day for several weeks.Continue Reading
Determine how many lights you need, and purchase them. A Christmas light show for a medium-sized home can require as many as 40,000 lights. Purchase a control unit for the lights and add-on units for additional lights. To broadcast music over an FM radio frequency, purchase an FM controller.
Before putting up the lights, plug in each string to make sure the lights work. Use a sturdy ladder when climbing, and have someone hold the ladder if possible. Secure the lights with dedicated, insulated holders rather than nails or tacks. Do not secure lights to trees that touch power lines. Only plug lights in to grounded outlets that shut off if there is too much current. Make sure all extension cords are suitable for outdoor use.
Consider non-traditional music to differentiate your home from those of neighbors. Using specialized software, write programming for turning the lights on and off to the beat of the music. Plan to spend about three to four hours programming for each minute of music.
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To replace a bulb in Christmas lights, use a replacement bulb from a similar string of lights, or purchase a pack of individual bulbs. Lightly pull the defective bulb from its plastic socket, and gently push the new bulb into place. Some lights require a slight turning motion.Full Answer >
A standard string of incandescent Christmas lights uses 40 watts of electricity. LED lights are more efficient, so a standard string uses only 4.8 watts.Full Answer >
It's easy to turn a string of non-blinking Christmas lights into a string of festive twinkling lights. To reduce the risk of shock, Lowes emphasizes always unplugging any string of lights before replacing the bulbs.Full Answer >