DISPLAY INFORMATION > FAQ'S
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- In 2018, the display will feature over 100,000 lights total, over 2,500 channels of computer automation, and mostly home made decorations using LED lights
- Planning, designing, and building the display is a year-round activity on the weekends and in the evenings starting in January right after Christmas
- Once the display design is conceived for the year, songs are chosen and edited, and display elements are built. Programming or sequencing the display music takes about 3-4 months total
- Display setup takes about 2 weeks full time in November before Thanksgiving
- Tearing the display down after the season takes about 4 days, and then some time to organize and put away
- We do this as a Labor of Love for our family and a gift to the community;
we're hoping to make lifetime memories for both our family and yours
- If the lights were all on at the same time, it would take about 8,500 watts to power them. This is a lot less than in previous years since we've converted to mostly LED lights.
- We now only use LED lights for new decorations because of their non-fading brilliant color and energy-saving features
- The music used in the display is synchronized with the lights using electronic controllers and wires going to nearly every decoration
- We use specialized electronic equipment and software from Light-o-Rama in New York to animate the lights and decorations
- The display music is broadcast on a low powered FM transmitter from the garage on FM 106.1. The signal goes a couple of houses in each direction so people can listen in their cars when viewing the display.
- For every minute of music in the display, it takes anywhere from 6-10 hours to program the lights, depending on the complexity of the music
- The display uses over 9 miles of wire to connect the lights and decorations to the controllers
- Much of the display decorations are home-made, such as the Belardo "Spiral Trees", the Christmas Coro Cubes, the Coroplast LED Christmas trees, the "Belardo Fireworks" lights, the redesigned "Minitrees", the "Singing Reindeer", the "Leaping Lights", the "Talking Heads", the "Dancing Stephen", the "RGB MegaBalls", the "Dancing Elves", the animated talking Lights Bulbs, and the animated Snow man, Snow woman, and Snow Girl!
- Santa Claus appears in the window all evening during the season and is a big hit with the kids. He looks very real, doesn't he? Santa generates the most questions from our visitors, and is rear-projected from a DVD to a screen mounted 12 inches behind the window.
- Please write us a comment, note, or suggestion in the guestbook, located in front of the display by the mailbox, and be sure to pick up a handout as well to learn more about the display (below the mailbox)
- Thanks for making Belardo Lights part of your Holiday Tradition, and helping us "Dream Big!"...
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