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🌏 Earth Hour, make a switch !
Earth Hour is a global movement aimed at driving awareness and action on climate change. In addition to supporting Earth Hour, LOFTEK urges everyone to be a part of this movement, switch off lights during 8:30~9:30 on March 19, when switch back on, please switch to energy efficient lighting like LED and thereby helping to reduce the ecological footprint of our Earth.
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LOFTEK 12 days of Christmas giveaway

‪#‎12daysofchristmas‬ ‪#‎giveaway‬ ‪#‎Christmasgiveaway‬

We are beyond excited to kick off the LOFTEK 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. During this holiday season we would like to thank all of our loyal customers and Facebook , Twitter, YouTube , Google fans for your support during the past years. Shower you with gifts is the best way we can think of to express our gratitude ! Each day from December 7 to December 18 we will draw a winner randomly. Kindly advice, the earlier you enter the better chance to win.

How to enter: Simple, like our page, comment tag in 3 of your FB friends and share.

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Get to know more about the ‪#‎free‬ gifts :
Day 1 Christmas String Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBWGL8M
Day 2 Christmas Tree http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ZE128Y
Day 3 Closet Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQ1CA6G
Day 4 Pyramid Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ZF9G40
Day 5 Hand-held Flashlight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SF6MXNS
Day 6 LED Floodlight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB1KB8
Day 7 UV Flashlight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SIR08C
Day 8 Work Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLOHJAS
Day 9 Color-changing Cube http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GOJDB8O
Day 10 3 in 1 Flashlight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0171HGZNK
Day 11 Colorful String Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBWGLB4
Day 12 Mood Ball Light http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GOJDB84

 

How to Make Your Christmas Lights Flash to Music

You’ve probably seen videos of Christmas lights that are synchronized to music. The single from the most-watched YouTube video of all time — PSY’s “Gangnam Style” — has even made it into a Christmas lights extravaganza. (See video below.) If you want your own lights to blink to the tune of your favorite song, then you have to make a plan and get the equipment that will help you impress your friends and create a dazzling display. You’ll need a whole lot of time, lights, and tools to pull it off, but the end result will surely be fantastic.

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    Decide how big you want your lights show. You can decide to have your lights draped across your whole home, either inside or outside, or choose specific spots on your house and in your front garden. Keep the following in mind while you’re planning your lights show:

    • A channel is a unit of lights that can be controlled individually. For example, a single bush in your yard may be a channel if you drape one set of lights over it.
    • All the lights in a channel work as a single unit. Unfortunately, you can’t flash an individual light bulb.
    • 32 to 64 channels is a good size to start with if you’re never programmed lights to music before. Any bigger than that, and you’ll probably curse the day you ever decided to take on the project (or the day your spouse made you take it on).
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    Stock up. The best time to buy lights is the day after Christmas. Often, you’ll find lights that were normally priced around $2 a strand fall to $0.50. Check out Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, K-Mart, and other department stores for the best deal. Use the internet to price-hunt.
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    Obtain a control system. You will need hardware that hooks up to your computer. You can buy a system completely built, a kit, or a full do-it-yourself system.

    • A fully built system will work right out of the box. It will cost you about $20 – $25 per channel. A fully built system can be purchased from online vendors. Choose this option if you do not want to do any electrical work (especially soldering), or don’t have the slightest clue about where to start.
    • A kit is a little more hands-on. It will cost from $15 or so per channel, but it’s pretty much the same thing as a fully built product without the enclosure. Because it is very simple to place an electronics board in an enclosure, this may be a great option if you’re looking to save money. Some vendors sell everything you need to build a control system, including the bare circuit board and the parts. If you are willing to solder a little bit, try this
    • A DIY system costs roughly $5 per channel and up. The price depends on how much you actually do yourself. A system consists of a controller, which communicates with your computer, and solid state relays (SSRs), which actually switch the lights. SSRs can be bought or made yourself. With a DIY option, you will spend lots of time making your hardware, but the cost savings should make up for it. You’ll also have the ability to totally customize your hardware, and will be able to fix problems easily.
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    Get help. This can be a very big and complicated project, and often can seem overwhelming if you’re just getting started. Have interested friends or family members help you, or sign up for help at some of the forums listed below.

    • Depending on the degree of difficulty, give yourself anywhere from 2-6 months of prep time before you can expect your lights show to be fully operational. It may sound like a lot of time, but you’ll need it.
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    Get software. For the low-tech layman, you’ll be able to buy software that will help you program your lights. There is also free software available for Do-It-Yourself systems (see the links section). If you’re ambitious and more of a tech-wizard, you may wish to hand-code a program in almost any major programming language. Note, however, that you won’t be able to use this option for pre-built products, as most of their protocols are closed-source.

    • The software that you choose will basically break the song you’re syncing your lights to into very short segments (.10 second), letting you program each channel of lights to turn on, turn off, fade, twinkle or shimmer. There are essentially three commercial options for software.
      • Light-O-Rama is the vendor for most residential lights displays. It is, however, pretty complex, and can take as much as four hours per minute of song to program 32-48 channels.
      • Animated Lighting is more expensive, but easier to program. Some residential light displays and most commercial ones choose Animated Lighting.
      • D-Lights is the second from the least expensive of the bunch, but you need to have some passing familiarity with and knowledge of control systems and electrical engineering.
      • Hinkle’s Lighting Sequencer is actually a free software that is simple yet powerful on incandescent light bulbs, LEDs, and RGB LEDs.
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    Design your display. Design the actual outside portion of your display. Common elements to include are:

    • Mini lights or net lights go on landscaping.
    • Icicle lights or c-series lights usually go on the roof.
    • Mini Trees are two- to three-foot-tall trees, often made of tomato cages wrapped in lights of one or multiple colors. Arranged in a line or a triangle, they are very useful in an animated display.
    • A Mega Tree usually consists of a large pole with lights extending from the top to a large ring around the base. Again, it is very useful in animation.
    • Wireframes are metal frames with lights attached.
    • Blow molds are plastic lighted sculptures of deer, Santas, etc. They are usually placed throughout the yard.
    • C9 Lights are bulbous, colorful lights that usually go on the yard perimeter.
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    Program your show. Here comes the time consuming part! Decide on music that you will synchronize to, then start programming on your time grid. Don’t do everything at once. This will probably take a couple of months, depending on the length of your show and how many channels you have. How program your show varies, depending on the software program you choose.
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    Let them hear you. Use a way that will create a spectacular sound yet keep everybody at peace. Speakers playing the same music over and over again would drive the neighbors crazy, so in most cases you will need to broadcast over an FM frequency. Please see the warnings section at the bottom of this page.

    • Respectfully inform your neighbors of your plan to create an animated display; having the neighbors on your side is important if you want your display to last long enough for other people to see it.
    • Stick to a single showing at the top of the hour, once or twice a night. If the neighbors know that the display will only last three minutes, and will show nightly at 8 and 9 PM, they’ll probably be more understanding than if you blasted it regularly from 6-9.
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    Get powered up. Make sure your home has enough outside power to run your lights. A typical mini light strand, for example, draws about 1/3 amp. Speaking of power, computerizing your display will have a lower electric bill than a static display, since not all the lights are on at once. Please see the warnings section at the end.
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    Publicize. Put a sign in your yard. Make a web site. List on a display listing site. Tell your friends. Doing all this work will not be worth it if no one comes to see your display. Don’t go to extremes, but make sure people know about you.

    • Again, inform your neighbors that you are publicizing your display. They’ll be much more accommodating if they know your plan to attract attention from around the neighborhood.
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    Maintain your display. Go outside every morning and check your display. Repair or replace broken lights or damage caused by weather or vandals. Make sure things are ready to run that night.
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Dress your dogs as Christmas Trees

It would be sweet if  you give your dogs a Christmas costume or simply decorate them with starry string lights with your child or other family members, the later choice will be more fun, both you and dogs will enjoy. Just to make sure the starry light you bought is safe, no electric leakage or hazardous material easy to suck in.
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Rustic Halloween Porch

 

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It’s so awesome when your little one gets older, and then starts understanding what each of the different holidays is for. It’s just too cute seeing the recognition on their face when they finally can put two and two together!

For instance, with Miss Ava, she knows that she gets to dress up really spookyyyy (as she says it) and wear crazy make-up OUTSIDE of our home.  I don’t care if she dresses up like a circus clown as we head out to our local supermarket, but I do put my foot down on letting her venture out into public looking like one of the natives on Avatar.

But you know… that’s just me 😉

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Rustic Halloween Porch

Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.

So, for this year, I decided to let Ava pick out whateverrrrrr she wanted to be for Halloween.

A little bit of a risk, but I figured… how bad could it really be?

Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.

Thankfully that little turkey was pretty mild in her choice, and decided to stick with her favorite character from the movie Hotel Transylvania.

Nooooo… she’s not going as the “Toilet Paper Man” as she calls the mummy character. 😉

She’s going as Dracula’s daughter Mavis, or as he calls her, Mavey Wavey. Such a cute movie. You definitely need to rent it ASAP!

Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.Which brings me to Miss Ava’s favorite word of the holiday season. That’s right, you guessed it. It’s BOO!

How cute this little guy turn out? And you know what I use to light him up? An Outdoor/Indoor Rechargeable LED Ball Light!

Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.
Seriously. It’s the coolest thing ever! This particular one even has a remote that went with it, and it changes colors however which way you want it to.

I’m just a tad bit obsessed. Plus, it’s rechargeable. Can you hear me swooning over here?

Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.
Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.
I mean come on! How could you NOT like this gorgeous little ball of goodness? The only bad thing is that Halloween is almost over. Boo. Literally.
Now I just need think how to use it for the winter season coming up… hmmm… any ideas?
Creating a rustic Halloween porch is a piece of cake! Let me show you how you to transform your porch into an inviting display for the fall season.

 

 

【Giveaway】$575 LOFTEK LED Holiday Decoration String Light, just post to win !

Haven’t got enough fun in ‪#‎Halloween‬ light ? Come to our ‪#‎giveaway‬ ‪#‎contest‬ ! Post on your ‪#‎Facebook‬/ ‪#‎Twitter‬ / ‪#‎Google‬+ ‪#‎Blog‬/Others about how to decorate with any ‪#‎LOFTEK‬ (www.loftek.us) products or other brands lighting products, the 16 highest shared and liked post owner will win :
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2. THREE 7.5m long string light winners
3. TEN 2m long string light winners
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Note:The post must contain “LOFTEK” or www.amazon.com/loftek link, send us your post link or screenshot, we will choose the winners. The result will come out on 11.19, make sure the gifts can be received before the ‪#‎thanksgiving‬ day!

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