American flag with Christmas Lights

American Flag made with Christmas Lights

This one is fun! You can build an American flag using some wood and M5 LED Christmas lights. Here's what you need: 1. 2x4's - enough of them to create a frame the size of the flag you want to build 2. 1x4's or 1x6's depending on how big your flag is, to add decking to your frame. 3. Red, pure white and blue M5 LED Christmas lights  Here's what you do: 1. Decide on how big of a flag you want to build. Cut your 2x4's into a square that matches your desired size. Screw them together. NOTE: A typical flag is a 2/3 ratio, meaning that the short side is 2/3 the length of the long side. 2. Take your 1x4 (or 1x6') boards and lay them across your 2x4 frame. Basically, you are adding decking to your frame. Screw these down to the frame. 3. Draw your stars and stripes and paint them on the wood deck you have built. This makes the frame look nice in the day light.  4. Add the lights! String the lights over your decking using hot glue or wire staples to attach to the decking. Keep in mind, you can string up to 42 sets of 70 count lights end to end, so if you plan it well, you will end up with one long continuous strand of lights.  5. Plug it in and enjoy!   
Create a magical display with Pure White 5mm lights and Cascading snowfall tubes.

Create a magical display with Pure White 5mm lights and Cascading snowfall tubes.

 Here's what you will need: 1. Pure white 5mm Christmas lights 2. 12 inch Cascading Snowfall tubes 3. 24 inch Cascading snowfall tubes 4. Spacers for snowfall tubes 5. Power cable for snowfall tubes Step 1: Branch wrap the 5mm pure white lights on the tree. Don't worry about getting all the branches, focus on the major trunks and branches of the tree. For reference, the tree in the above picture has about 30 strands of 70 count lights installed. Note: It's important to install the 5mm strands before the cascading light tubes, it will just be easier!  Step 2: Install the snowfall tube power cord on the first tube. Then use the 10 foot spacer wires to connect all your tubes end to end. (You only need one power cord for all your tubes). I recommend alternating between the 12 inch and 24 inch tubes. For reference, the tree in the above photo has 22 tubes installed. Step 3: String the snowfall tubes in the tree. It helps having a ladder or pole to reach hard to reach places. You can use branches to hang the tubes on or you can use zip ties to attach them to the tree or the installed 5mm stands.  Tips: Focus on having even spacing on all your lights. The 5mm strands should be wrapped evenly on the tree and the snowfall tubes should be evenly spaced. This will give a nice symmetrical display that is very appealing to the eye! You can also add in some 36 inch snowfall tubes to add even more definition, although this is only a good idea for larger trees. For reference. the tree in the picture is lit to a height of about 15 feet. There are about 30 strands of lights and 22 tubes on the tree.  If you have any questions about setting this up, or questions on any of our products, please contact us! We are always happy to help!    
Create a unique roof line with Snowfall tubes and C9 bulbs

Create a unique roof line with Snowfall tubes and C9 bulbs

If you are like me, you like to add a little something special to your light display to really make it your own. The good news is, that you can do this without knowing any programming at all!  Here's what you need: Your favorite colors of C9 retro fit bulbs. C9 socket and wire C9 bulk sockets C9 cascading snowfall tubes Plastic light clips Step 1: Screw the C9 bulbs into the C9 socket and wire Step 2. Install the C9 lights and wire on your roof using the plastic light clips. Step 3. In locations you want to have a cascading tube, clip on a bulb C9 socket to the installed wire. Screw in the C9 cascading tube using some extra plastic clips to help hold up the weight. Step 4. Plug it in and enjoy your fancy new roof line!  
What is the difference between SPT-1 and SPT-2?

What is the difference between SPT-1 and SPT-2?

We answer the age old question about the different between SPT-1 and SPT-2 wire products.
Add some sparkle with cascading light tubes

Add some sparkle with cascading light tubes

If you want an easy way to add some sparkle and glisten to your display, take a look at our cascading light tubes. These tubes come in three different sizes, 1 foot, 2 foot and 3 foot, and are made of high quality plastic. The lights are double sided and create a random dripping effect. These lights do not have a controller and only need to be plugged into a single power cord and can be daisy chained together. These tubes are great for hanging in trees as well as hanging off your roof. Here's what you need: A power cord, which can power up to 200 tubes end to end. Cascading light tubes, which are spaced 12 inches apart when linked together. They are available in 1 foot tubes, 2 foot tubes and 3 foot tubes.  Spacer wires can be used to add more space between the tubes. Spacer wires are available in 2 foot, 5 foot and 10 foot lengths.  Check out the tubes in action:  
Building a RGB Tunnel

Building a RGB Tunnel

RGB tunnels can seem a little daunting to build, however, with Minleon's RGB plus lights, it's not as bad as you think. Their lighting systems are pretty much plug and play for things like light tunnels and light curtains. The video below shows how we put together a 200 foot long tunnel that you can drive a car through. However, the same techniques could be used on a tunnel of any size.  You'll need: A Minleon NEC controller: This is the brains of the light show. The NEC has a bunch of pre-built in effects that tell the lights what they need to be doing.  A Minleon NDB box (or two or three): These boxes let you connect 16 strings of lights to your system. You'll need a power supply for each box, and you can connect multiple boxes together via a network switch and Ethernet cables. In the video below, we used a 4-port network switch to connect three NDB boxes along with the NEC controller. This let us synchronize all 42 strands of lights. Minleon RGB Trik Lights or Minleon RGB pebble lights: Either light type will work just fine, it's really up to your personal preference.  Minleon Extension Cables: You'll need these to run between your NDB box and your light strings. Remember to keep your runs as short as possible. For longer runs you'll need signal boosters.     
Perfect Christmas Light Roof lines

Perfect Christmas Light Roof lines

Install C9 Christmas lights like a pro!
Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

Ever wonder how to make your Christmas tree really pop! Read on to learn some tricks on how to light up your tree so it looks amazing all season long.