Permanent Christmas Light Installation
Changes For New Version 3 Lights
New Version 3 EverLights introduce many improved features which results in a few tweaks to the installation process. Stick with the standard instructions found below with the following adjustments:
• There are now 4 wires, still connect like-to-like wires. The positive wire is marked as “EverLights”, the solid white line indicates the main data wire, solid black is the backup data wire, and ground is marked as GND.
• All version 2 and version 3 EverLights components are compatible with one another. If using components from each version and connecting 3-wire to 4-wire, combine the ground and backup data wire from the 4-wire to connect to the ground on the 3-wire.
• Before any jump wire of 5 feet or more insert a data buffer to keep the data signal clean. More on this below.
• The shell on the V3 lights is a little bigger than previous versions to accommodate for the fourth wire. To fit in the top lip of the gutter you may need to take some pliers to pinch tight the inside lip at each light locations.
The 3 Must Follow Rules For A Proper Install
Failure to follow these rules will result in an increased failure rate because of improper power flow.
Small Flathead Screwdriver
Lighter or Mini Torch
Liquid Electrical Tape
Before You Begin
Layout: Where do you want the lights to go? Where will you need a power booster? Where are the external outlets on your house? Just a few questions you want to consider. Generally speaking you want to move consistently in one direction across your Utah home. Read more about power requirements below read the Tips & Tricks before diving in.
Connect Your Control Box: Before you mount your control box and route the wiring along your Utah home, setup your control box and make sure it is responsive to commands where you intend to place it. The garage is the best place for the control box but your Wi-Fi signal may be more reliable on one side than the other. As much as possible do this testing with cars in the garage that are typically parked there. *Note: you must connect to a 2.4 GHz network for proper function.
With a plan in place it’s time to start punching some holes. Use the EverLights layout tape as a template to install into your gutters, flashing, or custom EverLights housing feature, and you’re ready to rip.
Version 3 Data Buffers
It’s important to have a clean data signal connecting each section of lights. With longer jumps of wire it’s possible the data signal can become too weak to provide consistent lighting across the building. It is recommended to tie-in a data buffer before any jump of wire 5 feet or longer.
Data buffers are increasingly important if there is a Y-split at a jump point. In these situations tie the data buffer in immediately after the Y-split on the leg with the longer run of wire before the next light.
Adhere to the 3 rules of installing EverLights and you can't go wrong
Inside each LED there are three pixels, a red, green, and blue pixel. The 16 million colors are achieved by mixing the brightness of these three pixels. White is achieved by full brightness on all three pixels. As such, white is the biggest power draw to the system.
We recommend boosting the power every 75 feet or so to keep the colors consistent. Many patterns or colors will be fine at longer distances, but if your lights are on all white at full brightness, you will start to notice the colors turning yellowish around the 75 foot mark. You can boost your power at longer or shorter intervals, but 75 feet is a good rule of thumb.