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December 18, 2015 AT 8:00 am

Raspberry Pi Controlled Christmas Tree #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Anderson Silva improved upon his Raspberry Pi music light show with this year’s Christmas tree. via open source.com

I have eight channels running 800 lights. I also modified the LightShowPi’s configuration to customize the lights a bit more. I am running all songs in four channels and mirroring the other four channels. This makes the lights a little more fun with fewer blackouts from unused channels during certain songs.

My configuration is now headless as well (i.e., no monitor), and is running on a Raspberry Pi 2. The headless configuration is nice, as I don’t need room under the tree for a monitor anymore. The Raspberry Pi 2 (instead of the B+) doesn’t make much of a difference, as the performance of LightShowPi is great in either version. With the WiFi dongle, I just SSH into the Pi from my phone and start/stop the lights and music anytime I want.

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