We have developed this page into a FAQ type of layout to answer some of the burning questions you may have. If there is something specific you want to know, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.
What are we about?
Tim’s Lights are 100% focused on the community and providing a phenomenal experience for young and old alike while keeping the REAL meaning in the display, which is of course the birth of Jesus Christ. This explains our tagline which you see on the top of our website – ‘The REAL meaning through lights’ and the hashtag #TheREALmeaning. Inclusive in the community atmosphere is Charity. We are devoted to raising money for local causes through the annual display and visitors can be a massive part in this by leaving a small donation in the charity box at the front of the display or on our online donation platform. The thing to remember is that every donation counts, every penny makes a difference and every contribution is greatly appreciated by us and equally so, the charities themselves. In 2013 we raised almost £300 for Charlene’s Project and since 2014 we have collected for Marie Curie UK of which all monies are spent in the wider Craigavon area.
Where can we find you?
83 Armagh Road, Tandragee, BT62 2HS – visit the Locate Us page for more directions.
In 2016, our family decided to move house to a new location in Tandragee, about 20mins from our old location. The new location offers many benefits including allowing us to go even bigger and brighter with our display. This by no means is the end of our relationship with our supporters and sponsors – each and every person is still as welcome to our display.
Where did it all start?
Tim’s Lights began around 1999/2000 when the family purchased both a ‘Santa in Chimney Moulded Figure’ and a ‘Snowman Moulded Figure’, during the Christmas sales in a local Christmas shop. Little did they know that this would soon turn into a passion and hobby for their son with regular seasonal visits to the store as early as September.
What makes our display different?
Our display is different as it is mainly made up of our favourite types of lights, blow moulds, which are becoming less common. Each house usually has one or two blow moulds as a traditional item but on our scale, displays such as ours are becoming more and more rare. We are only aware of less than 10 displays across the UK with over 70% of their display being blow mould figures.
Our display also has a number of items we built ourselves; the large pixel ‘mega’ tree, the star on the ‘mega’ tree, the 6 smaller ‘mini’ trees.
How many lights do we currently own?
We currently own around 300 blow moulded figures. Each year you won’t see 300 figures on display as we like to vary the layout every year but you could hope to see a minimum of 150 figures across the display.
We also have some inflatables which appear on the display during the display depending on the weather as the harsh winter weather can damage them.
We also have quite an array of the traditional rope light silhouettes which we vary each year. Some of these are the traditional filament bulbs while the more recent purchases use LED technology.
Then there are our DIY items which makes a visit to the display even more worthwhile. Our pixel mega tree uses special computer controller programmable pixels driven by a specialist controller making every individual LED controllable independently of the other pixels.
How many bulbs are on the display?
The simple answer – thousands if not hundreds of thousands. Believe it or not, each rope light silhouette can have hundreds if not thousands of bulbs each and every blow mould has at least one lamp which in itself has up to 36 LED SMD’s (Surface Mountable Devices) which are incased in the lamp. Rope Light figures, filament and LED can have up to 1000 bulbs each alone and our mega tree has 1,120 pixels plus the star and mini trees…but each pixel actually has 3 really tiny lamps inside…see how it adds up so quickly
How did you get to this stage?
We have got to this stage by visiting a local Christmas shop you read about earlier although after it closed down we have purchased significant amounts of lights in the Christmas Sales and online. In 2013, Tim started a community forum on Facebook for display owners and with over 1500 UK based members, who spend all year buying and selling to eachother, sharing deals they have found elsewhere and sharing advice it’s very easy to buy a lot of new lights every year. In 2014 we started importing lights made by an LED firm in China who we continue to have a good relationship with…but there’s so much more we could tell you…
Is the display expensive to run?
The display does not cost as much as people would expect and we view the electricity bill as our contribution to the charity and community and so never publish how much it costs. We are fortunate to have some very kind businesses in the area who have come on board and sponsored our display which helps with the direct running costs of the display – this also further enhances the community aspect of our display which we are so proud of.
When did you first fundraise for charity?
We first fundraised in Christmas 2013 for a local charity called Charlene’s Project (you can read more about them in our ‘Charities’ page)
How much have you raised for charity?
For up to date totals of each year of our display we recommend you visit the appropriate year’s individual page on our website.
Why did you decide to add charity fundraising to the display?
We began to fundraise as we saw the lights as not only our hobby but also a way in which we could give back to the community and encourage others to do so too. The family have always been keen when it comes to fundraising and making the lights into a fundraiser was always our aim.
What is the dream for the future?
We want to continue to grow the display all while adding our own special touch but we don’t try to compete with other displays and never will. The only competitor is our own previous years display. We want to continue to spread the real meaning of the Christmas season which always has been and still is our core aim. We also want our display to grow into an even bigger community event which everyone enjoys and finally, we want to go on to raise as much as we can for great local causes.