Garden Oak Holiday Lights

How did you get started?
It started back in the summer of 2010 when I started researching Christmas lights.  At that moment I discovered that  LEDs had come a long way from my college days and that LEDs that are able to produce any color (RGB LEDs) are very inexpensive.  I then started to research RGB LEDs and how they work.  It would be almost 30 months before our first display.

What does RGB stand for?
RGB stands for Red, Green & Blue.  Each multi-color LED is actually made up of three LEDs; one Red, one Green and one Blue LED.  With these three colors, and varying there intensity (brightness), we are able to generate 1 of 16 million colors (Actually 16,777,216 colors).  This is the exact same way your TV generates a picture.  

Where did you get your parts and pieces?

LEDs 

These are purchased from a site in Hong Kong - http://www.aliexpress.com/store/701799
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his year we are using three different type of LEDs:

Bullet
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/200257995.html

Right Angle
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/258403589.html

Strips
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/282919676.html

Power Supplies

I currently use these 5v power supplies
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5V-350W-switch-mode-power-supply-LED-power-driver-AC90-260V-input-DC5V-350W-output-constant/701799_1948831534.html

Controllers

I am using the J1Sys family of controllers - http://www.j1sys.com/

I am using the following models:
P12R
P12S
P4