Battlefield 3 + Christmas Lights = ?





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Published on Nov 19, 2012

12,000+ computer controlled Christmas lights synced to the Battlefield 3 theme.
Inspired by coasterbp's work, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XG4jY...).

"Apart from the traditional Christmas carols, I went looking for some "fun" and energetic songs to sequence to Christmas lights. BF3's solid beat and awesome sound made it a no brainier. I'm also a avid fan of the Battlefield franchise. I had a lot of fun :D."

Pulled off with:
Vixen 2.1 (used to create the sequences and run then)
Custom mix of GRINCH and RENC controllers (doityourselfchristmas.com) to enable LED dimming.
And uses 100% SSR's (Solid State Relays).
A metric ton cable and work.

This is my 3rd year in computer controlled lights, A few more elements have been added (little Christmas trees, mega-tree star, conversion of reindeer to LED).

All 100% LED based. Over 12,000 lights all over.
Power consumption is a measly 114watts @ full power.
Vixen Lights is used to orchestrate the lights, while a low-power FM transmitter plugged into the speaker output of the show PC enables passers-by to tune into the show.

A centralized control box is used to store the controllers and associated power supplies - it is also fully automated with timers to switch power on to the lights at show time and off at end of show.

Information about the show is displayed via the LEDTRIKS (A programmable LED sign).
The LEDTRIKS has been modded with a TRIKS-C board to enable faster communication and use serial instead parallel

Spiral Tree calculator and photos.
There's a calculator available to work out details about height, base diameter, and spacing between each set of lights.

Some photos 1/2way down this page give you an idea of basic construction.

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