So been getting nudged into doing smart lighting by a co-worker and have just started to figure out what I want to start with. Although every time I read something here I want to add things. 2016 was first Christmas in my new old home and only had Really Big Lights and virtual Santa. Just bought 12 30/10 strips and rectangular modules yesterday so my journey is beginning.
I have a 1 1/2 story and plan to start simple with an outline of the front of the house and middle ridge lines, garage, windows, and door. These would be with the strips attached to pvc. The rectangular modules are for the Really Big Lights to upgrade them to giant RGB C9s, 4 modules per light. The Really Big Lights, have 30 now, will be on the same roof lines as the strips.
So now I'm looking to get the rest of the hardware. I'm planning on the F16V3 so I can grow my display. The front yard is not suited for a Mega Tree, but I'm perhaps on the side in the future. I like the idea of four or five mini trees in the front and was thinking of differential expansion and receivers for them or perhaps using Wi-Fi.
As for software, I figured I'd try XLights and just downloaded it last night.
Looking forward to learning through my own trial & error and these forums. Open to try any ideas that anyone has.