Frequently Asked Questions
Are you raising money for charity?
Of course, this years charity is East Anglian Air Ambulance. Please remember to Make a Donation, you can also donate by placing money in the collection box behind the caravan or scanning the QR code on the posters.
Last year was our best year so for and we are hoping to raise even more this year
Where are you?
We're on Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Opposite Stowmarket Town Football Club. You won't miss us!
Do you have a Youtube account?
We do, with recordings of all the songs.
How long do the lights run for?
4 pm - 9 pm from Sunday to Thursday
4 pm - 10 pm on Friday and Saturday
December the 1st through to January the 1st.
How many LEDs are there?
Over 22,077 Red, Green and Blue Leds
Wow! that's a lot of lights, they must use a lot of electricity?
The Lights can use as much power as boiling 2 Kettles or starting a 4x4 Car, or to be precise 5 Kilowatts at 12 Volt 400 Amps, that is over 1000 times more power than LED Fairy Lights!
However it doesn't cost us much to run only £40-£50 a year.
How long does it take to do?
We start planning and programming the lights in February, We started construction and testing in late September. It takes 6 Full Days to put them up on the house and complete the wiring and final testing.
How long does it take to program?
It takes 2 hours of programming for every 30 seconds of a song.
How many cables are there?
Lots at least 150 cables we lost count a long time ago, there is over;
- 150 Meters of heavy-duty power cabling
- 60 Meters of data cabling
What is this technology called?
Pixel LEDs, Every led has a dedicated control chip this controls the brightness and colour of the Pixel LED.
Where can we buy all this?
Everything on the house has been made by us.
The Pixel LEDs are available online, however, they do also need power supplies and specialist controllers.
What do Pixel LEDs look like?
The ones we use look like this
Although Pixel LEDs are also available in many different shapes and sizes
How many Computers are involved?
18 Different Computers are involved in running the show, they all have their own dedicated task some of which include;
- Controling the LEDs
- Communication and Networking
- Power Management
- Safety Monitoring