This site was initially started as joke, called BubbaLectric.com. It was supposed to represent a series of my cost-cutting (cheap!) and unsophisticated hobby builds, using satirical “BubbaTronic” branding. Since I first set it up- I’ve grown the site with a lot more practical information about my builds and projects than I had originally planned. I’m still a big proponent of “cheap”, but I’ve also had to acknowledge as I gain more experience that cost-cutting isn’t the best plan for some of this stuff. I decided I want to continue to keep this site growing and updated as a real resource for myself and others.
As a hobby- I started working on LED pixel displays for holiday lights. You know- those houses with “Mega Trees” and huge lighting displays timed to music? You may have seen them on YouTube, or perhaps on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”. That’s the kind of stuff we (me and my wife Kim) are working on. (Although we don’t actually aspire to be on “Light Fight”, I don’t like blow-molds and inflatables that much.)
So, here I will provide tips and opinions about pixel holiday lighting, general electronics, and whatever else I’m into at the time. I will outline our electrical, electronic, and prop builds and experiences. I’ll mix in some 3D printer stuff, since that is my only other real hobby, and in some cases- they crossover nicely.
It’s my hope that this information will help others just starting out in this hobby, and in my related diversions. Fair warning though- Pixel Addiction is a thing. It’s scary how quickly a “little display, maybe just roof outlines” can turn into 10s of thousands of pixels all over the property.
Also- to be clear- this is a blog/experience site. Your mileage may vary, so-to-speak, and I don’t claim to be an expert on anything. (I was an electrician a very long time ago, and I’ve been in IT/IT Management for over 30 years, so take that for what it’s worth.) I encourage you to seek out several sources of information about this hobby. I’ve posted several in my Resources Page. Just remember- this is a hobby, and like all hobbies- you will find varying opinions, in some cases very strong ones. In the end- you need to make your own decisions. All I can do is say what has, and hasn’t, worked for ME.
What about Oak Hills Lights?
Oak Hills Lights is our current Holiday (Christmas) Light Show. We will continue to run the show as long as we can, and have big expansion plans for 2021!
I’m not maintaining a separate Web site for it because I don’t want to limit things to just that show and location. We have plans to possibly move in the next few years, with an eye on retiring in a warmer climate, and so Oak Hills Lights likely won’t go on indefinitely. We plan to continue expanding it and running it for as long as we are here though!
I will post updates here on this site, and on social media:
Why no comments?
This came up recently, so I figured I would address it here. The problem with allowing comments on a small site like this is many commenters are either spammers or trolls. Because of this- the bulk of comments are not useful or relevant, and it is necessary to spend a lot of time moderating them. The other (bigger) problem is I would have to deal with a lot of legal crap to comply with privacy laws, particularly in Europe and California right now, if I have people register accounts on my site, which is the only way to reduce spam/troll posts. I definitely wouldn’t want “anonymous” comments!
If you do want to comment, offer suggestions, or provide other feedback- please use our social media links, which are all over the site.
I use Amazon banners and affiliate links to help defer some of my hosting costs for this Web site. I’m not currently doing any other banners or affiliate links, or otherwise “monetizing” this. I’m not deriving any significant amount of revenue from these, and in-fact make substantially less than what my costs are to host this site. If I do eventually make more money than my hosting costs (unlikely, but I can dream, right?) – I will use it towards electronic components, pixels, or props to expand on my hobby and provide additional content here on this site. These links don’t cost you any money, and Amazon doesn’t give me any information about what you search for or order.
I encourage you to check prices at multiple vendors to find the best price and service that works for you. I don’t buy everything from Amazon either. 😊