“With LED lights I don't have to worry about the bulbs breaking or the strands going out and trying to find the one bulb that doesn't work,” said Tim. "I'm just trying to get my Christmas Car out to as many people as possible!"
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2011
Tim Smith of Savannah, Georgia, started decorating his car nine years ago in homage to the dancing Christmas lights shows that were becoming popular. He saw how much people loved the musical light shows and found a way to bring cheer to people rather than the other way around.
It started out small, with just a few strings of Christmas lights around his car. Kids seemed to love it, but as he added on, the crowds grew. This year, he decorated his car with about 3,000 LED lights from Environmental Lights.
“Some people ask why I do it, and it’s simply just to get people to smile and at least for a moment not have to think about how busy they are or how rough their day has been,” explained Smith.
This was the first year he chose to use only LEDs, and he chose Environmental Lights because they only company who offered multi-function lights in a variety of colors at their online store. He used their new line of Versaline 3-Channel Lights to connect and control several strings of lights together with a 10-function controller. The lights' functions switch between flashing, chasing, twinkling and more, and he can control the speed and timing of the lights, allowing him to create that dancing illusion.
Tim did worry about the voltage, as his car could only handle 12V and the lights put out 24V, so he worked with an expert sales engineer from Environmental Lights. Before Tim came along, the lights had only been tested on a 250 watt inverter by the people at Environmental Lights, so they were a little skeptical when they tested the lights on an 800 watt inverter that he had in his home. Maybe it was Christmas miracle, but low and behold, Tim was able to hook up the lights to the inverter and they worked!
“With LED lights I don't have to worry about the bulbs breaking or the strands going out and trying to find the one bulb that doesn't work,” said Tim. “I'm just trying to get my Christmas Car out to as many people as possible! The more people that can see it and for at least a moment not worry about what is not going well in their life then it is worth the 7 to 8 hours it takes to put the lights together.”
Watch the YouTube Video of the Christmas Car creation at [http://youtu.be/kJtwTH8EkH8.