How to Animate LED Christmas Lights

What You'll Need
LED Christmas Lights

LED Christmas Lights might look great by themselves, but there are many different things that you can do to make them even better. If Christmas lighting is very competitive in your neighborhood, then you will want to learn how to animate Christmas lights. Animating Christmas lights will make it possible to make the lights flash along to music.

Step 1 - Planning

First you will need to plan and prepare for your animated LED Christmas light display. Decide how you want the light display to look and what exactly you are trying to accomplish.

Step 2 - Getting Supplies

Once you have your plan in mind, you will need to go out and purchase the supplies required. In addition to lights, you will also need to buy accessories and computer software. The software will be used to control the music and cause the lights to flash.

Step 3 - Testing

You will need to make sure you can use the software before constructing complex circuits of lights. This will make sure that you don't waste any time working with something that won't work properly.

Step 4 - Power

If you are animating large amounts of lights, then you must ensure that you have enough power to light them up. Lights may use small amounts of power, however large amounts of lights can require a lot of power. If you are in doubt then you will need to try the system out and find out whether or not it will work properly.

Step 5 - Connections

When you've got all of the necessary components you then need to connect everything together. There should be some form of controller box included with the software; this can be used to connect the Christmas lights to your computer. Read the instructions so that you are sure you're connecting the lights in the correct way.

Step 6 - Checking

Once everything is connected, all you need to do is switch them on and check that they are working correctly. If there are any problems, you will need to do some troubleshooting to find out the source.