Category Archives: ideas

New 3D RGB Mini Stars Deliver Big Impact

Our Stars and Snowflakes have been a very popular member of our Just Add Power family of products.  They are fun to put on houses and commercial buildings (parking garages, entrances to buildings, etc).  They will work with our Christmas In a Box package and dance to the songs that you have in your show.

Our 3D Star has been very popular as it is unique in its design.  Here is an informal picture of this star stored in one of our warehouses (no lights attached).  When we first introduced this product several years ago we attached standard LED light strings to this (one or two colors) and this star would have either Qty. 6 or Qty. 12 lighting channels.

3D Animated Star from Animated Lighting
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Turning a Car Wash Into a Holiday Destination

Delta Sonic Car Wash is one of the largest chains of car washes in the United States with 28 current locations in New York, Illinois and Pennslyvania. Their senior management is very interested in making their car wash locations into a “destination” (so people will want to come to visit) plus also be a charitable member of the communities where they are located.

Animated Lighting was approached about the possibility of making their car washes more fun both at Christmas but also year-round. Delta Sonic decided to start with their Naperville, IL location and see what the response might be.
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Building Lighting That Changes With the Seasons

Downtown Kansas City, MO, is located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Interstate 70. There are several landmark buildings that you see when you are entering the downtown portion of this city. When you are heading north on Interstate 35 and just entering downtown you see very clearly the Argus Building. The owners of the Argus Building wanted lighting that would be dynamic, attract attention and can have lighting effects that are based on the time of year.

Argus Building in Downtown Kansas City, MO
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How to Light Up a Music Festival

One of the largest music festivals in the United States is Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.

2013 represented the 12th year of this festival where more than 100 bands of various genres play during four days and nights. An estimated 150,000 people attended Bonnaroo in 2013.

Animated Lighting was approached by a lighting designer to provide some ideas and suggestions to add some fun and excitement to the Bonnaroo Barn:
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A 5-Step Plan for Lighting Displays

While they are fun to watch, animated lighting displays at Christmas, Halloween, or other times of the year can be a little intimidating when it comes to planning and installing a display at your own home or business.

We completely understand the feeling and are happy to help you design a cool lighting display and determine the parts and pieces you need to pull it off. There are always features that are unique to every display but we can generally help you figure out a plan through a basic 5-step plan:
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Shedding Some Light on Halloween Decorations

In recent years, we have seen decorating with lights expand from the traditional Christmas season to other times of year, especially at Halloween. So while I realize it’s early March at the time of this writing, it never is too early to start planning and budgeting for a lighting display.

So, yes, a tad early, I would like to address a common question we receive: Do you have anything new and unique for a Halloween animated lighting show?

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How to Be Neighborly with Christmas Lights

So you have your Animated Lighting display and your friends and visitors find it totally cool.

Multiple houses can run an Animated Lighting show.All of a sudden one or more of your neighbors stop by and ask how they can get in on the fun. They want to tie their display items in their yard into your animated display.

Can you do this? SURE!!!! How, you ask? Let’s review what you need to do and how we can help….. Continue reading