Light-O-Rama 2-Day Workshop

Light-O-Rama 2-Day Immersion Workshop

Light-O-Rama (LOR) is a popular light show animation equipment and software that allows you to create a display where the lights dance to music. The Light-O-Rama products are incredibly versatile but users will tell you that it takes time and effort to master it. While you can just dig in an learn on your own, this educational workshop, taught by an authorized LOR partner, is two solid days of uninterrupted instruction.

Class Outline


  • History of the industry
  • Advantages of LOR products
  • Technology overview
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Hardware versus software control
  • LED, DMX, pixels, E1.31, etc.

Light-O-Rama Hardware

  • ShowTime Directors
  • Light controllers (different families)
  • Other hardware (DC, DMX, SPI, etc.)
  • Product usage
  • Matching controller to what’s needed
  • Physical layout and connectivity
  • Failure points
  • Service kit
  • Electrical considerations
  • Audio
  • DMX
  • Troubleshooting
  • Discussion – a sample setup


  • Downloading and installation
  • Licensing
  • Help system
  • Applications in the suite
  • Control panel
  • Sequence Editor
  • Show Editor
  • Pixel Editor
  • Schedule Editor
  • Visualizer
  • Verifier
  • Hardware Utility
  • ServoDog Utility

Sequence Editor

  • Preferences
  • Creating sequences
  • The grid
  • Channels
  • Lighting effects
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo, and re-do
  • Animation window

Musical sequences

  • Tracks and timing grids
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • LAB – Create an animation sequence
  • LAB – Create a musical sequence
  • Saving and loading sequences
  • The programming/sequencing cycle
  • How SuperStar fits into the grid
  • How Pixel Editor fits into the grid
  • Sequencing time savers

Building shows

  • What will run the show?
  • Setting a show up to run on a computer
  • Show Editor
  • Parts of a show
  • Show options
  • Schedule Editor
  • Simple Show Builder (SSB)
  • SSB vs. Show Editor/Schedule Editor
  • Putting a show on a ShowDirector
  • Verifier

Hardware Utility

  • Finding controllers
  • Testing controllers
  • Addressing controllers
  • Changing firmware


Who should attend?

teaching-170On first glance, Light-O-Rama products can seem confusing. However, we’ll help you understand how the pieces fit together and help even non-techie decorators to achieve a quality, professional level display. You should attend if:

  • You are a home decorating enthusiast wanting to create an over-the-top display
  • You already own LOR products but are not sure where to begin
  • You have created your animated display using LOR but want to take it to the next level
  • You’re a techie wanting to learn how to build the infrastructure of a great display
  • You own or are starting a business creating home or commercial displays
  • You are looking to expand your business into animated displays
  • You create the displays for your employer (city, town, park, speedway, etc.)
  • Your company produces its own animated shows
  • You sell Light-O-Rama products
  • You find it easier to learn in a small classroom environment with immediate access to answers


What to bring with you

A training manual will be provided but please bring paper and pencil to make notes. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it so you can participate in the hands-on exercises. Light-O-Rama demonstration software will be provided if you don’t already own the product. Light-O-Rama controllers will also be available so you can test your work.

Drew Hickman, Holiday Technologies

Drew Hickman, Holiday Technologies
Drew Hickman was an early pioneer in animation, creating the very first commercially available hardware (ChristmasCave*) and software (Dasher*) products for music-synchronized displays. Since those early days in his garage, Drew has gone on to help drive advances in the lighting and animation field and has helped an untold number of lighting enthusiasts create displays. He has also designed impressive home and commercial displays through his business, Holiday Technologies. Holiday Technologies is an official dealer of Light-O-Rama products and the official LOR training partner.

Drew has worked on all types of displays, large and small, commercial and residential. He’s  been working with everything from C9 incandescents to the latest/ pixel trees and is sure to share some of his more interesting experiences of being in this business.



The cost for the two-day immersion workshop  includes:

  • 2 Full days of dedicated LOR training
  • Lunch each day
  • Training manual

This is an LOR 2-Day Immersion education workshop on using Light-O-Rama products. This workshop is taught by an authorized LOR partner company.