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Shining Bright 2020 Christmas Contest Winners

2020 Grand Prize: James Pugliese

James Pugliese of Coppell, Texas, United States. This is another song from the Frozen franchise that I thought would look good.  I liked it because of the numerous tempo changes that made it interesting to work with. The towers and fans are one of a kind home made pieces.  Hope you enjoy the show.

2020 Category 1: Matt Barber

Matt Barber of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States. This year, my 10 year old son has joined me in the fun of creating our largest light display ever. There is a combination of led and incandescent lights in the display. Our house is on the corner of 2 sides streets and 30 yards from a main route making easy for viewing 360 degrees of our property. For next year’s display, we have assembled 2 PVC lighted spiral trees, 10 lighted arches, and 20 candy cane posts (prototypes displayed in video). Just need to find more extension cords!

2020 Category 2: Kurtis TeGantvoort

Kurtis TeGantvoort of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, United States. I have been setting up lights for many years but always wanted to set up a computerized light show from Light-O-Rama.  This was the year I made the plunge and could not be happier.  I made all of the props from scratch starting at the end of August hoping it would all work and come together.  Everything worked like expected and after adding more static lights not shown in the video the light show has been the hit of the neighborhood.  Thanks to Light-O-Rama for the great sequences and the easy software to get up in running in no time.  Merry Christmas!

2020 Category 3: Aidan Linburg

Aidan Linburg of Dover, Pennsylvania, United States. This is my sequence Carol of the Bells. My show is called Joy-O-Rama, and I use a single 16 channel LOR controller. I started using LOR in 2018 when my cousin lent me one of his controllers, and it has worked perfectly for my show since then.

2020 Category 4: Warren Maule

Warren Maule of Cedar Park, Texas, United States. My 2020 Christmas light display is located in Cedar Park Texas and uses 17 Light-O-Rama controllers for a total of 264 channels. All the lights are incandescent mini light totaling just more than 69,000 lights. The display includes a 20 foot mega tree and a 10 foot spiral tree. In addition to these there are 16 mini trees and some additional light fixtures in the display.

2020 Category 5: Joel Bragg

Joel Bragg of Falcon, Colorado, United States. I have a mix of 3 regular controllers, a cosmic ribbon tree and 3 ccc2 new controllers. I sequence everything myself, including the music (combining).

2020 Category 6: Darren Huffty

Darren Huffty of Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Our display has been running for 13 years using LOR the entire time.  We have over 16000 pixels and over 90k total lights.  We also use LOR Servo Dogs to control the robotic snow family.  We also won the Great Christmas Light Fight in 2014.

2020 Category 7: Steve Misquez

Steve Misquez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. Cruces Christmas Lights – Misquez Family. Pixie controllers, all rgb pixels, sequenced in Light-O-Rama S5. 

2020 Category 8: Niklas Adolfsson

Niklas Adolfsson of Hallestad, Sweden. In the middle of Sweden you will find my Christmas display with 32.646 lights on 449 light strings. I am using 96 regular Light-o-rama channels and 3650 smart RGB pixels. Its controlled and synchronized to music with MP3 director, which visitors can listen to it in their cars. Its the 14th year using l Light-o-rama now and the 13th synchronizing to music. The grand attraction is a copy of the Disneyland Paris castle. Its over 5 meter high and it is equipped with 3150 lights and most of them is sitting with 5 centimeters spacing, creating a huge RGB matrix. On this matrix we will be able to create some amazing effects with LOR Sequencer. I have also mini trees, Christmas presents and candles decorated with RGB pixels. The lightshow has 10 different Christmas songs mixed to a music loop of 10 minutes. Its a very popular and unique light display in Sweden, and I am inspiring more people every year. In 2016 I also participated in The Great Christmas Light Fight Sweden and I became the winner in the first episode.


Share the Show 2020 Winner

Brad Kisslinger of Poughkeepsie, New York. 64 channels and finally I am proud of my video.  I used my new drone to film and self-edited.

Past Contests: See who were the lucky winners in previous years!

Try for Free Winners 2020

Announcing the winners for the Try for Free Contest 2020!

William Z. Broken Arrow OK United States $1,125.37
Tony D. Churchville NY United States $1,069.49
Jim G. Dayton WY United States $297.77
Jason C. Butler PA United States $263.49
Plata S. Kennesaw GA United States $103.79
Ford W. Spanish Fort AL United States $166.50
Matt G. Cedar Hill TX United States $402.97
George A. Madison TN United States $234.89
James J. Loveland OH United States $515.51
Scott B. Battle Creek MI United States $507.17
Jerry L. Midland GA United States $758.12
Ken R. Milford CT United States $667.64
Scott N. Plymouth MA United States $146.76
Stephen U. Santa Maria CA United States $115.44
Kelly D. Cavalier ND United States $401.48
Kevin W. Elgin IL United States $209.86
William L. Simi Valley CA United States $756.21
Irene A. Inwood IA United States $495.02
Donald G. Tolland CT United States $602.01
Kay P. Roswell GA United States $444.52
Ryan T. Caledonia ON Canada $705.63
Brian S. Yulee FL United States $216.95

Shining Bright 2019 Christmas Contest Winner

The winner is: Brandon Congleton from Shepherdsville, Kentucky!
Congratulations on winning $5000 in-store credit!  Check out their entry below:
Brandon’s entry description: “This is my 3rd year using LOR.  I love it am addicted.  We have actually got another neighbor involved and actively trying to encourage more.  We run 4 controllers with roughly 100,000 led lights.  Every year the goal is to make it bigger and bigger.  The local news has came out for interviews the past 2 years.  Every prop is hand built by me with the exception of a few deer.”

Try for Free Winners 2019

Robin Dolezal Tucson AZ
John Johnson Jr. Hebron CT
Dwayne Coffelt Jasper TN
Brad Davis
Matthew Dolton Saint Petersburg FL
Thomas Joiner
Raymond Burleigh San Jose CA
joseph spurlin
Kyle Semple Athens GA
gary Strathmann
Tom Lewelling Lompoc CA
Stephanie Reid Henderson NV
Raymond Marte Farmingdale NY
Mariah Brazil
Warwick Erwin Stanwell Tops NSW
James Elliott Saranac MI
kyle weber APO AE
David Sabia Danbury CT
Scott Goodwin Saint Cloud FL
Hector Noyola
David McCrum Metro Portland OR
Brian Garrison Leesburg FL
thomas ford Temperance MI
charles a smith harpers ferry WV
Leland Tieszen Daphne AL
Evan Belnap
Mark Erwich Lynnfield MA
Tim Legh-Page Sachse TX
Barry T Southworth Coquitlam Bc
Brian Mielewski Ann Arbor MI
Dan Scannicchio Geismar LA
amanda crowder
Stephen Warren North Canton OH
Robert Cox Centerton AR
Steven Ables
Galen Ensminger Christiana TN

Who won our 2018 Shining Bright Christmas contest?

2018 Grand Prize:  Daniel Hatfield

Daniel Hatfield of Mackay, Queensland, Australia. Located in Queensland, Australia, my display comprises over 32,500 individual LED’s. All tracks are sequenced manually by me using Light-O-Rama (LOR) software and displayed using various Light-O-Rama controllers (9x PixCon16’s running E1.31, 4 x CMB24D controllers and 1 x 240V 16ch controller). The garage door remains fully functional. All LED’s, no projectors or lasers. 11 Tracks in this year’s display. Power required to run a 3hr show each night is 1.3kWh (AU 40 cents). The display took 4 weeks to put up and I’ve been working on the 2018 show since April (most of that time spent fabricating new props). This is my third year running a sequenced display.. See more at

2018 Category 1: Sam Finney

Sam Finney of Crossett, Arkansas, United States. Now competing my 33rd year of put up a drive thru Christmas light display. My display is over one fourth of a mile long with decorations on both sides of the road. The majority of the display were hand built by me. It is powered by four separate electric meters. It takes me about eight weeks to put up the display with one helper. We draw people from three states. Variety best describes my display. Just hard to see everything going thru once. On youtube also under 2018 loop Finney’s Christmas Wonderland. See more at

2018 Category 2: Garhett Clark

Garhett Clark of Fulshear, Texas, United States. 19,600 lights on 99 channels spread between 8 LOR 16 channel controllers due to yard layout. Spiral trees each have 3400 lights each, Marty Fan has 1600 lights, each arch is 600 lights. Using mostly LED M6 bulbs with some incandescent still lingering around in the form of net lights and characters.. See more at

2018 Category 3: Greg Liebig

Greg Liebig of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States. This is the first time we’ve had a flyover video. I’m working on a drive through version and hope to have it done very soon. However, this is the best way to show how large our show is. It covers 1.1 miles and we smashed all records this year. We’re in the top 10 light shows to see in Wisconsin according to the Visitors Bureau. I hope to have some stats compiled for the thousands of feet of buried network cable. We’re running the show on one regular network and 7 auxiliary networks. We may not have the number of lights, but we’re most definitely the most technical show in the state. Your equipment has proved to be quite reliable but there is an error in the video at the light curtain where one of the controllers lost it’s ID and reverted to channel 1 which runs the entrance arch. I didn’t catch the error before the video was recorded. The only thing we were missing this year was snow.. See more at

2018 Category 4: Ron Lister

Ron Lister of Kissimmee, Florida, United States. This is the 28th season for Christmas Wonders, which is located in Kissimmee, Florida. It consists of 50,000 lights and 430 Smart Pixels. The majority of the items in the display are homemade.. See more at

2018 Category 5:David Preston

David Preston of Kingman, Arizona, United States. 66 Light-O-Rama light controlling units control over 300,000 LED lights in my front yard. It took my full time helper and myself 45 days, 8 to 10 hours a day to get everything up and working right! First time ever, I put up a 23 ft flat pixel tree and star with 3100 square pixels. Also included in my display are the following DIY items: 6 leaping arches, 4 spiral trees, 6 pinwheels, 2 targets, one 2 sided fan (1 side LED rope light and 1 side C-7’s), 25 foot (365 degree) LED C-9 mega tree made up of 3300 lights, 24 driveway tunnel arches, 16 walkway arches that lead people to my back yard static display of over 35,000 lights which is not included in my video.
I allow people to walk my driveway and stone walkway to view the lights. Viewers are mesmerized by light movement in my driveway arches and tell me that this is the highlight of my entire display! And I have to agree. Each arch is 8.5 feet high and 14 feet wide. I use 1 inch dia. schedule 40 PVC pipe wrapped in 2400 wide angle 5mm led lights (6 100 count strings of each color: r,g,w, and bl) Each color is tied to its own circuit. I also display a variety of wire framed fixtures including 2 16 foot tall nutcrackers we strung with LED vertical rope light, 3 elves, 3 animated motorcycles ridden by Santa, Mrs. Clause and an Elf, animated Santa in sleigh and reindeer on poles 19 feet high. The poles are painted black so you can’t see them from the street; thus sleigh and reindeer appear to be in mid air! More wire frames: 2 – 8 ft. tall rope light crisscross candy canes, an 8 ft high by 12 ft wide LED rope light poinsettia an 8’by8′ LED rope light wreath and a waving Santa under a happy holiday sign greeting motorists as they approach my house. Speaking of which, I have an 18″ by 48″ LED sign at the beginning of my property with scrolling messages running across it’s face. One of which tells the motorists to tune their car radio to 90.1FM to hear the music that selected lights dance to in my synchronized light show. For this I programmed 6 sequences (Christmas songs) that play back to back from 5:30 to 10:30PM every night from Thanksgiving night to New Years night. They are as follows: 3 instrumentals (Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Joy To The World, Wizards In Winter); and 3 vocals (Frosty The Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock, and Winter Wonderland by Travis Tritt, an upbeat country western version to which people started to dance the” Tush Push” Wow, I thought it was great! You see, I play a boom box next to my driveway so people walking in the drive can hear the music to appreciate the synchronization, but I never thought they would start dancing to it! I have a 7 ft. fiberglass Santa on a rope lowering himself from the roof peak. Speaking of the roof, I have over 600 feet of roof perimeter outlined by chasing LED C-9’s (4 colors r,g,w,bl) with each color tied to it’s own circuit. Over 500 feet of my driveway curbing is set up the same way. In addition, I have 5 roof areas each with it’s own design and light scheme. My favorite is the garage roof with 92 strings of rope light ( 23 of each color: r,g,w,bl) and each string tied to it’s own circuit with 4 foot cool white rope light letters across the top, spelling out “NOEL”. In the video you can see the other roof areas with different wording. Finally, if i can find out how to get a cell phone video on youtube, I’ll send you link giving you a ground level view of both front and backyard displays. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!. See more at

Who won our 2018 Halloween Contest?

Category 1: Shawn Gusz of Puslinch, Canada

Shawn Gusz of Puslinch, Ontario, Canada. Boys and girls of every age wouldn’t you like to see something strange? The nightmare comes to life again during the Second Annual Nightmare Before Christmas Experience in Guelph! A sprawling FREE light and video show featuring reproduction characters from the film. We have 3 new characters this year, 9 new carved pumpkins (bringing us to a total of 30), a bunch of new lighting as well as CO2 cannons! Plus an all new mixed 8 minute video and light show capturing some of the best parts of the iconic film. Notes: The reproduction Jack, Mayor, Lock, Shock and Barrel used in the display were created by the team at Haunted House Creations. Sally and Zero are from Spirit, and Oogie Boogie is a home made piece. The tombstones were designed and custom cut using CNC machines by Tombstone Factory. The lighting and show controller is a Light-o-rama 16 channel controller, with some custom AC/12VDC relays thrown in for additional control of 12V items.. See more at

Category 2: Brent Ross of San Jose, CA

Brent Ross of San Jose, California, United States. The 2018 DC Cemetery is a blend of high end animatronic props set into a faux cemetery scene that features simple thru complex air and motor powered animations, projected video effects, startles, and of course LOR powered light shows. Our lighting controller setup includes the following: 3 x LOR1602W for 110V lighting & control over fog. 2 x CMB-24D for 12V RGB lighting 2 x CMB16D-QC for 12V control of all our tombstone lighting. We also integrated 1 UV-Flood-50W to uplight our ghost; adding the ability to fade in and out on that effect. Please enjoy the show.  See more at

Who won our 2017 Shining Bright Christmas contest?

2017 Grand Prize:    Zachary Sussin

Zachary Sussin of Saugerties, New York, United States. This year we decided to keep our display mostly static with a few animated elements such as the leaping arches and shooting stars. We also added a pixel tree this year with 2400 LOR pixels and 3 pixie16 controllers. Our display was featured on Season 5 of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight.

2017 Category 1: Sam Finney

Sam Finney of Crossett, Arkansas, United States.My display Is designed to bring out the true meaning and story of christmas. It is on the traditional style of of use of lights and homemade items that are one of the kind. It take about 5-6 weeks to put it all up with one part time helper. Can be viewed on youtube under “Finneys christmas wonderland 2017 Loop”. The display draws people from three states.

2017 Category 2: Omar Alvarado

Omar Alvarado of Cuenca, Azuay, Equador. This is my second Christmas show. I used: 1 CTB16PC, 1 CMB16D, 4 CMB24D, 1 PixCon16. All the lights are LED. All my show was made by me with recycled material (demijohns, mega tree left. pet bottles, mega tree right. central tree with old transparent square tubes and old pallets.

2017 Category 3: James Pugliese

James Pugliese of Coppell, Texas. This a show to ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen. I had wanted to do this foe a few years now, but never had the display design that I wanted to show it off with. If you look on the left side of the screen, there is also a video running. I hope you enjoy it.

2017 Category 4:  Schlania Bercaw

Schlania Bercaw of Wesley Chapel, Florida. This is my first year using Light-O-Rama and although it is not perfect and the video does not show my whole house I think it turned out very well. I love LOR.

2017 Category 5: Allen Hallberg

Allen Hallberg of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. My wife has always wanted outside Christmas lights. So, after 31 years of marriage, we went BIG in our first year of doing an outside display. After purchasing 12 LOR controllers (192 channels), 4 ELLs, and the TSO Showtime Starter Kit, we built a number of display elements to decorate the 3 sides of our corner-lot house; all 3 sides are visible from the street. The elements we displayed include a 23 foot Mega Tree with 2 colors and using (32) LOR channels, (3) 30-foot pine trees decorated with (700) C7 bulbs and using (4) LOR channels , a 7-foot and a 9-foot swirl tree, 21 other various sized mini-trees, 4 leaping arches (2-colors and 16 LOR channels each), a front hedge decorated with 9,900 lights and using 11 channels, 2 other large trees with branches that were wrapped in lights, (2) Holdman stars with 3 LOR channels on each of them, as well as many other light features on the entire house and deck. The 60,182 bulb display was comprised of approximately 70% incandescent, and 30% LED bulbs.

2017 Category 6: Quintin Stephens

Quinten Stephens of Katy, Texas.

This is my fourth year of doing an animated display. I think I use LOR products in an unusual way, in that, I create fully automated instruments and musicians. I (currently) have 8 16-channel LOR controllers and grow each year. Folks think I am crazy because I spend an awful lot of time in the street watching my own show, because I love it so much.

2017 Category 7: Steve Gregg

Steve Gregg of Carlsbad, California. This is my second year for this display. Feel it still, Uptown Funk, and Can’t stop the Feeling are new this year. Here are some specs: 2 – PixCon16 controllers, 3 – CTB16PC controllers, 1 – LOR160x Controller, 3 – CMB24D controllers, 2 – CCR Controllers, 1 – CCB Controller, About 16K lights total, 1,568 Smart Pixels, 15 Dumb Pixels, 64 AC channels. I broadcast via FM transmitter and speakers hidden under the small trees.

2017 Category 8: Daniel Hatfield

Daniel Hatfield of Mackay, Queensland, Australia. Hardware; 1 x LOR CTB16PC 240V output controller; 4 x LOR CMB-24D dumb RGB controllers; 5 x LOR PixCon16 pixel controllers; Over 22,500 individual LEDs (half being smart pixels); Over 580 metres of LED ribbon light; 8 x LOR 10W floodlights. Voltages of ribbons are 5V(WS2812B pixels) 12V (WS2811 pixels and dumb RGB) and 24V (dumb RGB). Software: LOR S4 Suite V4.3.22. This is my first year using pixels, and my second year of running a sequenced display. There 10 sequenced tracks in this year’s show, which features a 5m high mega tree and a 4.8×2.2m pixel matrix (64px H x 144px W) on the garage door (the door remains fully operational at all times), as well as numerous dumb RGB strips to outline the various features of the house and garden. The CTB16PC 240V controller mostly runs relays to control 24v dumb RGB strips on the mini helicopter and mini tree on the front of the house, with a few channels used for garden outlines and palm tree trunk LED wraps. I use E1.31 protocol for the PixCon16’s and LOR 500k network for the remainder. All lights are LED’s; no projectors or lasers. The show is fully automated and I use an Apple laptop running Boot Camp Windows 10. Like most, I use an FM transmitter to broadcast the music. Electricity cost per day to run the show is approx. AU$0.34. This is an awesome hobby which combines my love of engineering (mechanical engineer), electronics and music into one. I spend most of my spare time on it – usually after our two boys under 6yrs of age have gone to bed :). It’s a hobby that I love and so many others can enjoy the results – for free! All tracks are chosen and custom sequenced by me (no “off the shelf”/purchased sequences) I spend all year sequencing and getting new hardware pre-fabricated to reduce setup time when Christmas arrives. I love the LOR software suite and hardware; it truly is a COMPLETE package.

2017 Category 9: James Shelby

James Shelby of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This much-loved lights display in Broken Arrow Oklahoma began in 1982 and has been attracting thousands of visitors ever since. Over 200,000 annual visitors witness over two million lights and over 250,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a Horse-drawn carriage. Don’t miss the Rhema Park bridge, complete with over 90,000 lights draped across the bridge alone. Synchronized to both classic and modern Christmas music, these lights have delighted visitors of all ages.

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