Who won our 2016 Shining Bright Christmas contest?



Grand Prize:  Jaxson Boatman

Jaxson Boatman of New Braunfels, Texas, United States. I am 11 years old and programmed Wizards in Winter by TSO by myself. Our show has 100,000 lights and 208 Light O Rama channels. (We are sure that Jaxson is at least 12 by now!  His mother approved of this prize and she will be receiving the store credit awarded to the Grand Prize Winner.




Category 1:  Sam Finney

Sam Finney of Crossett, Arkansas, United States. My display is made up of over one million lights and the majority of it was hand made over the years. It is a 1/4 mile long drive thru. The display draws people from three states as we are located in the southeast corner of Arkansas. I Kept the display more on the traditional style in looks.




Category 2:  Robert Williams

Robert Williams of Burleson, Texas, United States. We have been putting on a Christmas Light show at our house for the last 4 years. Each year the show has gotten bigger and this year was no exception. We increased our light count by 6,000 lights over last year. I put the entire show up by myself, this year I started the weekend before Holloween. The show normally starts the weekend before Thanksgiving and runs 7 days a week until January 1st.  This is our 2016 Christmas Light Show from Burleson, TX. We have four songs this year, the first is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”” then Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Comin To Town” followed by Dean Martin’s “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and then last is “Faeries of the Nutcracker” by Mannheim Stearmroller.  We have about 14,350+ lights this year and we are using two 16 channel CTB16PC Light O Rama Controllers. The sequences are also ones that were downloaded from LOR sequence store. This is our 4th year doing a Christmas Light Show.  Hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas from Burleson, TX.




Category 3:  Todd Rooker

Todd Rooker of Cave Creek, Arizona, United States. We have just over 100,000 LED lights, about half of which are part of a 64 channel LOR set up with 20 songs that loop nightly. Every year we collect non-perishable food donations for the Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek. This year we collected over 500 pounds of food donations.. See how it’s done at Light-O-Rama. http://www.lightorama.com




Category 4:  Ronnie Floyd

Ronnie Floyd of Conway, Arkansas, United States. Started 6 years ago with 2 controllers and no knowledge. This year integrated normal LOR 16 Channel controllers with RGB controllers.




Category 5:  Jim Cheslin

Jim Cheslin of Longwood, Florida, United States. The song is Reflections of Earth which is from EPCOT at Disney World. There are 349 LOR Channels, 4 RGB Flood Lights and 4 CCRs. This year we used 472 extension cords to set everything up just right. We added 49 stars on the roof to remember those who lost their lives at the Pulse tragedy in Orlando.




Category 6:  Bryan Shively

Bryan Shively of Menifee, California, United States. A Star Wars Christmas tribute with two LOR controllers, multiple CCR’s and pixels, video display and moving lights.




Category 7:  Dennis Laff

Dennis Laff of Burbank, Illinois, United States. My Light-O-Rama display is sequenced utilizing Pixel Editor, SuperStar Sequencer, and Sequence Editor within the Light-O-Rama S4 software. The display features 19 Light-O-Rama CCRs, 6 CTB16PC controllers, and 3 CMB-24D controllers. The display also includes a 12-strip CCR tree with a 6-channel star, 4 CCR circles, 6 CCR arches, a 30-string pixel tree, 4 singing Christmas trees, a singing Santa, 13 RGB flood lights, and 13 RGB dumb strips. The brilliant display, consisting of over 6,500 pixels, is synchronized to classic holiday songs and humorous parodies.



Category 8:  Minh Tuan Nguyen

Minh Tuan Nguyen of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Running Light O Rama SE & PE controlling over 20,000 channels of lights.




Category 9:  Sam Massa

Sam Massa of Lillington, North Carolina, United States. HiViz LED Lighting is a manufacturer of LED Scene lights for emergency vehicles. Scene lights are the bright white work/utility lights that fire departments set up on wreck scenes, fire scenes, and during rescues. I work part time as a Firefighter/EMT/HAZMAT Technician, and the rest of the time run this lighting business. We have a fleet of demo vehicles used at trade shows to help showcase our products. The vehicles each have whats called an EsKey Multiplex system that handles around 400 different inputs and outputs from the trucks. Each of the trucks has a at least one CMB-24-D and an input pup tied to it. Some of the trucks have multiple LOR cards. The outputs from the CMB-24D’s are tied to input modules on the demo trucks multiplex electrical system which are managed by a separate system controller. Sometimes the LOR command may just be a bump to start a program in the truck’s factory wiring, or other times its just a pass through (out from LOR, in on EsKey, then EsKey Triggers an output passed through from LOR)

Normally the trucks are used independently at trade shows, with the primary focus being to turn lights on when a demo video on the TV in the truck says something about that specific product. There are hardly ever musical songs tied to the trucks.

We have the Hummer and the older Dodge tied together with an ethernet cable and the newer Ford and the Dodge are linked wirelessly using a Light Linker. (If we win the contest we’re going to buy another set of ELL’s so we can link the other truck in and run the show from inside the warm office!) The main control comes from the newer model Ford and is wirelessly transmitted to the other two trucks through the ELL’s. I use the ford every day for work so being wireless is great- just hop in and drive away when I need, and when I return it links itself right back up with the other two.

This year we thought we’d send a merry Christmas video to our customers around the world in the form of a fun youtube video with the trucks. We normally do not use LOR like it is intended but it has become an integral part of our business through integration in the trucks used as trade show displays or at lighting training events with firefighter’s nationwide.