Category Archives: Behind the Lights

New Light Elements for 2018

Category : 2018 , Behind the Lights

Here are some new light Elements that just came in for 2018

We hope to have these crosses ready for Easter 2018

These will be used for Valentine’s day 2019 since they come in too late for us to use in 2018

We have one of these already but we needed another one

These wreaths are completely new for Christmas 2018

Gravestones for Halloween 2018

Spiders for Halloween 2018

4 small presents before they get put together

This is a Super Snowflake before it’s assembled.

These are the same pieces as above but arranged how they should be to make a Super Flake.

New Spider Web for Halloween 2018

This is material that we use to make matrices. It will be cut to size.

Pixels in the show

Category : Behind the Lights

A pixel in our show is any LED or set of LED bulbs that can be programmed to change colors with the music.  The LED bulbs actually have 3 separate LEDs inside of them. Those LEDs are red, blue, and green in color. With these 3 colors, we can choose between 16,777,216 different colors. Each color can have a value from 0(Off) to 255(fully on). This gives us 256 x256 x 256 = 16,777,216 different color possibilities.


This LED is found in the bullet pixel, the square bullet pixel, and the C9 bulb.

Here are the insides of the C9 Bulb. The chips on the board tell the LED which color it should be.

The Bullet Pixel

This is the most common Pixel in the show. We used this in our snowflakes, stars, squiggly trees, bells, matrices,  and in our ribbon tree.

The C9 Bulb

This is the pixel that made up our original pixel tree design. This is also what is on the 7 white trees.

Pixel Module

This is one pixel which has three RGB LEDs. This is used in the bottom of the large present. We have some upcoming ideas for more light elements including these pixels.

The Square Bullet

These pixels are used in our Valentine hearts and our St. Patrick’s day Shamrocks.

Redesigning the Ribbon tree

For Christmas 2017 we received a batch of C9 bulbs that were defective. They were rated as waterproof, but as soon as it rained a lot of them had water on the inside of them which ruined them. So we had to improvise a solution.

The C9 bulbs come apart into three pieces: the bulb, the collar, and the pixel. 

We replaced the defective C9 Pixel with the bullet pixel and put it all together. Fortunately, the bullet pixel fits perfectly in the C9 bulb and holds itself in with no adhesives.

We had to do this to about 20 ribbons on the ribbon tree. Which means we had to unscrew 2,000 C9 bulbs and then reassemble 2,000 of these combo bullet pixels.

RGB Presents

Category : Behind the Lights

The small present has 42 pixels

The medium Present has 56 Pixels

The large present has 70 Pixels and 12 LED modules

RGB present in the snow

Large Medium and Small presents

10 Medium presents during assembly.

Small present almost assembled

The small present has been upgraded to have a different connection point to make it easier to connect and disconnect.

This is the bottom of the Large Present. The original design only had the bullet pixels in the middle but that wasn’t bright enough. So we added the outside LED modules to brighten up the box.

Lenovo Table

Category : Behind the Lights

The Lenovo table was built to give us a place to display Lenovo Thinkpad laptops and Thinkcentres in our retail section. 

The top has 180 pixels and the outer ring has 88 pixels.


Test sequence of the Lenovo Table


The table before all the pixels were installed. We had just decided where to place the pixels in each section

During the installation process.

All the lights are taped into place with masking tape. We used silicone to anchor them in place so they wouldn’t move


The first test with the top installed


Above is the Lenovo Table fully installed.

RGB Flag

Category : Behind the Lights

456 lights total

400Watts when all white


Video of test sequence for the flag

The flag was upgraded in 2017 to use RGB lights. Previously it had red, white and blue lights in the respective spaces. upgrading to RGB gave us a lot more options when doing show sequences.

Back of the flag with the lights all white on the other side.

The flag during the process of changing out the bulbs

Prepping an Ethernet Cable for use with light elements

Category : Behind the Lights

First: Strip the outer coating of the wire

Separate the wires


Twist the wires together. Matching green/white, orange/white, and orange for power. Brown, brown/white, and green for ground. Blue and blue/white for data


Behind the lights

Category : Behind the Lights

Here’s a look at some of the work it takes to build the light show.

Assembly line of 9 medium presents after the first one had been assembled



This is the original design of the strips for the new ribbon tree.


We unscrewed the bulb and put it through the plastic strip and then we screwed the bulb back on. We did this 2,400 times.









Here are the strips laid out before they were hung on the pole.


Here is the soldering station that was set up for soldering on the connection points for the new tree’s ribbons.


Testing a string of lights before we install them into an element.


New LED trim added at Franktronics

Category : Behind the Lights

The new LED ights on the Frantronics building trims out the roofline nicely as you can see.    The LED lights are low voltage (12 volts) and are RGB (red, green & blue).  Right now it’s programmed to be blue (the Franktronics logo color), but watch out for the holiday’s, these lights can be any color.  Also the lights are devided up into 705 segements or pixels. Each pixes can be set for it’s own color or intensity.

Photo Gallery update

Category : Behind the Lights

Chick on the Photo Gallery, starting to load pictures from last year.