August 2009

Issue 7

In this issue:

Programming services
New products
Contact HT
Mailing list

The number of days until Christmas is starting to get smaller...but who's counting?  We are of course!  Every day counts's time to get moving on that display!   We've been working hard to be able to offer you great new products and that effort is finally paying off. The Holiday Technologies website is the place to dream, plan and see your dreams come true for your display.

Now is the time to start gathering items together for the holiday season.  Whether that's shopping early for unique gift items on your Christmas list (it's never too early to get that list checked off) or getting things together for your holiday display you can always find something of interest at Holiday Technologies.  You can visit our store by clicking here.

We have also introduced programming services for both Animated LightingTM and Light-O-RamaTM systems.  More about this below in our Programming Services section.

We have several things to discuss in this issue so let's get started!

Be sure and spend some time on the display Showcase section of our website.  We've added more great videos you won't want to miss.  This is a great place to get ideas for your own displays.  Also, if you have ideas for a display and you don't see one like it, give us a call.  We'd be glad to work with you to bring your idea to life.

There are a few specific videos we can point out this time around.  Take a look at all the videos from the City of Watertown, NY.  They had a lovely public square and wanted to attract visitors.  This installation certainly served that purpose!

We also animated a 50 foot tall commercial-grade tree located in Florida, USA.  There are other companies that have this video on their website.  However, none of them programmed the tree - HT did.

We also feature several new videos showcasing other commercial installations and displays we've done (see the forest and hillside).  We've done this for the professionals and we can do this for you.  Just give us a call.

We now offer Programming Services to assist you with your display.  We can program songs and/or sequences for you using software from Animated LightingTM or Light-O-RamaTM so you can include them in your show.  Want a full-blown production?  Talk to us and we'll produce something made just for your display.  That's what the City of Watertown, NY did last year (see videos on our Showcase page) and we can do it for you, too!

Our pricing is very reasonable - a typical 3 minute song costs between $250 and $300 for a display with an average number of channels.  The costs get even better when you start using some of our pre-programmed songs!

If you are starting from scratch and need someone to guide you through the process of animating your display, give us a call or send us an e-mail.  We've been doing this for other folks for over 12 years now and never get tired of helping.  We would be happy to help you design the display of your dreams.

Oftentimes people discover that adding animation to their display doubles the amount of effort involved.  First you have to set the display up (what you would usually do) and then you have to go and program the display.  Rather than adding more time and effort to something that should be fun and get you into the holiday sprit, why not have us help with the programming?  Imagine installing your lights, connecting everything together, and then simply turning everything on and having it work?  Compare that with spending late nights at the computer trying to get the lights to do what you want them to do.  Save yourself quite a bit of time and effort and contact us today!

We also offer on-site training for both individuals as well as groups of people.  We can come to your location and teach you step-by-step how to create something even the neighbors will be proud of!  And should you be interested in a more turn-key solution we also offer installation services.  Allow us to do your installation and go to sleep at night knowing the work will be done and the show will go on!  Please contact us for more information.

For all those folks out there that enjoy digging deeper and producing a customized Christmas display themselves we've got good news for you.  We can now convert your Animated LightingTM lighting controllers over to be native Light-O-RamaTM light controllers.  They even show up in the LOR Hardware Utility when you search for them!

They support all the LOR lighting commands you know and love (variable-intensity twinkles and shimmers, for example) and are also future-proofed so if any new features are introduced by LOR, your controllers will be supported.  This is an alternative to purchasing new controllers and then packing your older controllers up for storage.  And it cost less, too!

Please contact us for additional information and pricing.

Another fun item we've added recently is our yard sign kits.  We have many different graphics available and also offer galvanized metal stands to go with the signs.  Nothing is as easy as taking the signs out of box when they arrive, pushing the stand in the ground, and then placing the sign on the stand.  You can install these in less than 60 seconds!  Point a flood light at them and you have an instant addition to your display that looks good during the day as well as at night.

We can create signs printed with your FM transmitter frequency so people know where to tune their radios to listen to your show.  We can also create custom signs to fit whatever need you may have.

Please contact us if you see an item that interests you and don't see it listed on our store.  And remember to check back frequently.  We add new items every day.

Feel free to contact us any time.  Here is a handy contact sheet you can print and place on the front of your refrigerator, right next to the kids' drawings. Be sure to check the website often for new product announcements.

You always have the option to contact us and request to be placed on our mailing list.  We can also remove you from the mailing list if you so desire.  Simply call us at 913.626.6226 or e-mail us at

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We encourage you to forward this newsletter to all the people you know who you think would be interested in adding a bit of technology to their holidays.  It doesn't matter if it's a birthday, St. Patrick's Day, an anniversary, the 4th of July, or even Christmas.  There's always an opportunity to "tech the halls!"  See you next time!


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