How to Create Halloween Animated LED Light Faces
Have you ever wanted to know how to make those animated LED light faces for Halloween?
I've always wanted to know how to create those awesome light shows that you see all over YouTube these days! I've been fascinated with them ever since I saw the "Christmas Lights Gone Wild" video with the chasing lights set to the Trans Siberian Orchestra song Wizard in Winter. That was the most amazing thing I had ever seen and I remember watching it over and over again back in 2006, though the video was originally posted in November of 2005.
When I discovered that "average" people had learned how to do it and where incorporating those talents into Halloween displays as well, I was really hooked!
The Video That May Have Started it All!
Here is the video that I think started this crazy LED light thing. Over 10 million hits now because people still come back to it year after year!
Why do I Need a Computer?
In order to run these awesome light shows, and the animated Halloween faces, you are going to need a computer and lighting software. The software is a program that keeps track of which lights to turn on and off in sequence to the music.
These sequences are sent to a device that physically turns each strand of lights on and off according to what you programmed them to do on your computer.
So: Computer with Lighting Software ------> Music Sequences ------> Light Controller -----> Lights go off and on in sequence to Music.
Not too hard huh?
Animated Lighting Software
This Program is $350, but I doubt you'll need another lighting program ever.
Light O Rama
The first lighting software that I had heard of was called Light O Rama and it was originally meant for Christmas lights. But then the Halloweenies took over and it all went uphill from there. Here is a 10-minute tutorial of how to use this software for your light display needs. Unfortunately, you cannot get this software on Amazon. But you can buy it directly from them on the Light O Rama website. Just Google it!
Introduction to Light O Rama Software
Plugging Everything in and Testing It
These are all websites that I have found that tell you how to create a computerized display of lights for your favorite holiday occasion.
- How to Create a Holiday Light Show
Learn about the equipment you will need for a basic light show for your front yard.
- How do I Computerize my Lights for Halloween
A very general step-by-step how to on eHow.com.
- Belardo Halloween Lights Projects
Lots of photos on how the Schimka family made a computerized display for their house, first starting with Christmas and then expanding to Halloween
- "Peggy," A Light Emitting Pegboard Display
You could use a pegboard display to create your Halloween faces.
I have seen these Halloween faces made out of several different kinds of material. Among them are:
--Faces are drawn on the plastic and then holes are cut out of it along the drawn lines so that the light bulbs can be placed through the holes.
Wire or Wood Frames:
--Some people are so crafty that they can create their own Halloween Faces out of wires, or other metal or make them out of bits of wood and place their stings of lights on them from there.
--You just have to decide what size you want your face to be, draw it on there and place the lights through it like in the video below.
Buy the light set in the photo above here: SCARY CYBER PUMPKINS
How to build Light-O-Rama Faces
Supplies you might need
It's very difficult to find the high-tech stuff you need to create one of these spectacular light shows on eBay or Amazon. So I've compiled a list of links where you can get the supplies from private websites.
- Revival Control Systems 40 Channel Light Controller
You connect your strands of lights to this controller and then connect the controller to your computer to create the light show.
- Prism Software
"Revival Control Systems is designed for the professional light designer and is a powerful software application for creating innovative, ever-changing displays."
This device can help your computer communicate with the light controller.
- Vixen Lighting Automation Software
This appears to be free software you can download to help with your automated lighting.
New Lighting Kits from WowLights.com
You buy it, they send it, you put it together at home!
WowLights.com is affiliated with Light-O-Rama. They sell all kinds of kits with everything you need to create an awesome light show for any holiday. All you need is a computer with USB port, extension cords, and outdoor speakers, or an FM transmitter for sound, (so you don't disturb your neighbors with the music). Other than that, they've got everything else included in the package!
However, the prices are not cheap. You may get a major case of sticker shock here, but keep in mind that everything is included for all your set-ups. There's software, all the different kinds of lights you will need, strobe lights, fixtures, cables, communications adapters and best of all, SETUP INSTRUCTIONS!!! WOO-HOO!!!
Check it all out right here: WowLights.com
Buy WOW Lights Halloween Sequences and Instructions Here. (They run about $25 per sequence)
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