This page compares various items used for the light displays from 2007, to 2017. It allows you to see how the display has changed and evolved over the years in terms of the type of lights, the total number of lights, the channel totals and makeup, and the driving PC.

2017-2013 are directly below, with 2012-2007 further down the page.

Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Lights Total: 50,000 (est) Total: 33,170 Total: 23,534 (All LED) Total: 22,980 (All LED)

Total: 33,631 (All LED)

Wattage 3.3kW (est) 3.2kW 3.0kw 2.9kw 2.8kw
Channel Makeup
(Dimmable unless noted)
Total: 80,000 (est) Total: 21,117, plus an additional 35,328 channels driven by a pair of BeagleBone Black controllers acting as new Tune To signs (56,445 Total)

524 Chan DMX 20,518 Chan RGB Pixels
Total: 21,042

524 Chan DMX
19,479 Chan RGB Pixels
Total: 21,000+
Used: 20,473

469 Chan DMX
19,479 Chan RGB Pixels
Total: 19,948+
Used:19,948

Led Display

Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on northern wall.

Replacement screen: 160*80 (5*5 P10) pixels.

2 96*48 (3*3 P10) panels as a pair of tune to signs.

5 P10 panels inside Hyphey.

Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on western wall, rebuilt in 2016.

2 96*48 (3*3 P10) panels replacing the tune to signs on the house.

5 P10 panels inside Hyphey.

Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on western wall Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on western wall Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on western wall
Floodlights 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W
Driving PC PC: Raspberry Pi V3
RAM: 1GB Ram
OS: Falcon Pi Player 2??
Ports: 2 DMX universes via J1Sys P12S using e1.31, P12S, PIXAD8, 2 P12R, 4 P2 Pixel Drivers from J1Sys, Raspberry Pi V2 & Pixel Pi, Falcon F16 V3 (Planned).
Network: 2 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections).
PC: Raspberry Pi V3
RAM: 1GB Ram
OS: Falcon Pi Player 1.8
Ports: 2 DMX universes via J1Sys P12S using e1.31, P12S, PIXAD8, 2 P12R, 4 P2 Pixel Drivers from J1Sys, Raspberry Pi V2 & Pixel Pi.
Network: 1 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections)
PC: 2013 Apple Macbook Air
RAM: 8GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ports: 2 DMX universes via ECGDR4 using e1.31, ECGP12S, PIXAD8, 2 ECGP12R and 3 P2 Pixel Drivers from J1Sys
Network: 1 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections)
PC: 2013 Apple Macbook Air
RAM: 8GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ports: 2 DMX universes via ECGDR4 using e1.31, 2x J1Sys P12R, J1Sys P12S, J1Sys PIXAD8, 2xJ1Sys P2.
Network: 1 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections)
PC: Home-built i5 Desktop PC
RAM: 16GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ports: 2 DMX universes via ECGDR4 using e1.31, ECGP12R, PIXAD8, 2 ECGP12R and 2 P2 Pixel Drivers from J1Sys
Network: 1 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections)
Software Falcon Pi Player programmed via xLights 4 Falcon Pi Player programmed via xLights 4
Light Show Pro 2.8, 64 Universe Key Light Show Pro 2.8, 64 Universe Key Light Show Pro 2.8, 64 Universe Key
Cars per night None yet 90+ cars a night 100 cars a night 100+ cars per night 120+ cars per night
Donation for Charity None yet $3,300 which will be given to Redkite in early January 2017 $4,500 including $1,000 from Energy Australia! $3,500 which was given to Redkite in early January 2015
Including $100 from D&J Ford, $100 from Cars For Cash
$4,200 which was given to Redkite in early January 2014
There was no donation from my employer this year
Total Spend See 2017 Page $3,496 $4,435 $1,030 $3,008
Sponsors Nil Nil Energy Australia, and a LOT of local businesses! Nil Nil
Thanks Nil yet Mark Kristian for some last-minute Voiceovers for the show.
Coles Lithgow for the donation of $100 in lollies to hand out at the display.
My family, Energy Australia, and many local businesses. Ben from Yagoona Lights, for a loan of 2 IP Security Cameras used as additional monitoring points this year. Ben from Yagoona Lights, for his help and guidance this year. Someone had to keep me on track lol Nil




Item 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Lights

Total: 33,391 (All LED)

Incandescent:2,180
LED: 27,808
Total: 29,988

Incandescent:34,936
LED: 20,000
Total: 54,936

Incandescent:45,000
LED: 5,000
Total: 50,000

Incandescent:33,816
LED: 0
Total: 33,816

Wattage 2.6kw 3.6kw 6.1kw 7kw 9kw 4.5kw
Channel Makeup
(Dimmable unless noted)
504 Chan DMX
18,366 Chan RGB Pixels
Total: 20,480
Used: 18,870
128 Chan Renard 64
32 Chan Renard 16
271 Chan DMX
8145 Chan RGB Pixels
Total: 8,576+
Used: 7,064
128 Chan Grinch + Ren-C
384 Chan Renard 64
32 Chan Renard 16
180 Chan DMX
Total: 1,056
Used: 509
128 Chan Olsen 595 + Ren-C
128 Chan Grinch + Ren-C
192 Chan Renard 64
Total: 448
Used: 380
128 Chan Olsen 595 + Ren-C
128 Chan Grinch + Ren-C
64 Chan Renard 64
Total: 320
Used: 260
128 Chan Olsen 595
(All On/Off Only)
Total: 128
Used: 122
Led Display Home made Megatrix - 2080 Pixels, 65 wide, 32 high, driven by 2 J1Sys P2 controllers. 1740mm wide, 870mm high, mounted on western wall Home made 4 panel Ledtriks + Triks-C, 3072 LED's, 2450mm * 1100mm, mounted on western wall Home made 4 panel Ledtriks + Triks-C, 3072 LED's, 2450mm * 1100mm, mounted on western wall Home made 4 panel Ledtriks + Triks-C, 3072 LED's, 2450mm * 1100mm, mounted on western wall Home made 2 panel Ledtriks + Triks-C, 1536 LED's, 2450mm * 550mm, mounted on western wall Store-bought 256 led sign, 600mm * 100mm, in window
Floodlights 29 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,698 LED's, drawing 390W 25 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,050 LED's, drawing 330W 26 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 4,212 LED's, drawing 340W 12 24V DC RGB lights, totalling 1,944 LED's, drawing 150W 24 240V floodlights, drawing 3000W Nil
Driving PC PC: Home-built i5 Desktop PC
RAM: 16GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ports: 2 DMX universes via ECGDR4 using e1.31, E16 from Stellascapes, PIXAD8, 2 ECGP12R and 2 P2 Pixel Drivers from J1Sys
Network: 1 network port, 16 port TP-Link switch (for E1.31 connections)
PC: Toshiba A500 (Core 2 Duo P7350 CPU)
RAM: 4GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ports: 1 Serial port, 3 DMX universes via ECGDR4 using e1.31, E16 from Stellascapes, PIXAD8 and ECGP12R Pixel Drivers from J1Sys
USB: 1 USB ports (Serial for Ledtriks)
Network: 1 network port, 8 port switch (for E1.31 connections)
PC: Toshiba A200 Core 2 Duo Laptop
RAM: 4GB RAM
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
Ports: 8 Serial ports, 1 DMX universe
USB: 3 USB ports
PC: Toshiba A200 Core 2 Duo Laptop
RAM: 4GB RAM
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
Ports: 8 Serial ports
USB: 2 USB ports
PC: Toshiba A200 Core 2 Duo Laptop
RAM: 4GB RAM
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
Ports: 4 Serial ports
USB: 1 USB port
PC: Toshiba A70 P4 3Ghz Laptop
RAM: 1GB RAM
OS: Windows XP Pro 32 Bit
Ports: 1 parallel port
USB: Nil
Software Light Show Pro 2.5, 64 Universe Key Light Show Pro 2, 64 Universe Key Vixen 2.1 Vixen 2.1 Vixen 2.0, then Vixen 2.1 Vixen 1.1.11 then Vixen 2 Beta 4
Cars per night We probably averaged 120 to 150 cars a night Aproximately 100 cars per night Aproximately 110 cars per night Aproximately 100 cars per night Aproximately 100 cars per night Aproximately 80 cars per night
Donation for Charity $5,015, including $500 from Delta Electricity which was given to Redkite in early January 2013 $3,620, including $500 from Delta Electricity was given to Redkite, helping children with cancer $3,000, including $500 from Delta Electricity was given to Redkite, helping children with cancer $3,000, including $500 from Delta Electricity was given to Redkite, helping children with cancer $2,850 for the Red Cross Blood Bus, including $500 from Delta Electricity $35 for Careflight - See 2007 page for information as we did not ask for donations!
Total Spend $7,957 $4,703 (Not including Stellascapes Pixels) $5,283 $5,482 $5,197 $1,000
Sponsors Nil Stellascapes - for their help, donation of an E16, and other advice Fluidtek - Discount price on the new cases used to house this years controllers, Power supplies & SSR's Fluidtek - Discounts on PC gear used to program the show
Lithgow Valley Plaza Management - Lollies & new Santa suit
Fluidtek - Discounts on Power Supplies Nil
Thanks Stellascapes - for their help and other advice
Minleon for their help and advice with Light Show Pro and Minleon products
Mr Whippy from Bathurst - Excellent slushies and Icecreams
Lithgow Cable Services - donation of 4 high vis jackets and shirts for safety around cars
N&K Signs - tune to sign vinyl and cutting
Mr Whippy from Bathurst - Excellent slushies and Icecreams
Sams Warehouse, Lithgow - Books for Santa giveaways
Target, Lithgow - Books for Santa giveaways
KFC Lithgow: The sign for the Fast Food Song
McDonalds Lithgow - Giveaways for kids
Craig - Help organising Santa
Mr Whippy from Bathurst,
Craig - Help organising Santa
Mr Whippy from Bathurst,
Craig - Help organising Santa
Nil

Financial Support. No sponsor, or those thanked, helped financially to put on the show. 100% of the cost to put on the show was born by David & Suellen Rawsthorne.

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