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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.


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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Waking up to a light dusting of snow Christmas morning and watching my two daughters run outside in PJ's and robes to catch snowflakes on their tongues and trying to make a snowman out of the light snow dusting in Sunny California
  • Location
    Morgan Hill, Ca
  • Biography
    Former Manufacturing Operations executive, now retired, enjoys preserving my 1939 Packard, woodworking and exterior holiday lighting
  • Interests
    woodworking, old cars and muscle cars
  • Occupation
    Retired !
  • About my display
    Eight LOR CTB 16 channel controllers, 1 Pixcon 16 controller, 1 CMD24D RGB controller, 12 CCB controllers will be used to illuminate about 23,000 lights to 11 sequences this year. Mega tree is 26' tall with star

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  1. Bay Area

    Webslingeer, I owned the house at the corner of Isabel and Santa Inez. We moved to Morgan Hill, great huge lot now, more room for lights !
  2. SPT help

    Blown fuse in the light line plug?
  3. Bay Area

    I am in Morgan Hill and the 3rd year at this house after moving out of Willow Glen. Display includes: 8 CTB16's for a total of 128 channels 6 CB100D controlling 12 strings on my Mega Tree 1 CMD24D controlling 12 RGB flood lights 4 Holiday Coro Singing Christmas Trees 4 8 segment 100 light segment 5 Shooting stars from a 20' pole 2 Mega stars, 1 - 3 segment on top of the shooting star pole, the other is a coroplast 5 segment star on top of my Mega tree 4 Holiday Coro white Christmas trees, each with RGW lights 10 30" mini trees with 300 lights each Lights on house and fence Driveway lined with lights Two North Poles with supporting my "Tune to" frequency sign Plan to start the display Thanksgiving evening At the moment, have 13 sequences planned, 7 complete, rest need some tweaking to this years configuration Curious, how do others place there controllers? I have always been concerned about theft, so have most of my controllers in a dedicated shed with 80Amp service0 in my backyard with extension cords going out to the various props.
  4. Who's ready to light up?

    I'll be ready for the Big Turn on Thanksgiving evening ! Still have tons of cords and lights to put up and semi-finalize the LOR show editor, but am STOKED !!
  5. too many lights?

    Think this posting got out of hand. Original question was how many lights can he put on his controller. Looks like he has a handful of LED strings, no problem at all for the LOR CTB 16's
  6. too many lights?

    Don't believe that is an accurate statement. From the CTB16 spec sheet, each channel can handle 1 Amp w/o heat sink, 8A with heat sink
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Got the lights on the house, my 20" pole with 5 shooting stars up and the Mega built so far this weekend. Trying to corral 6 people to help me put the mega up. It has 12 CCB strings running off of 6 controllers topped with a hand made 3' star out of coroplast with 490 LED's. All in all, will have 8 CTB16's for 128 channels, 1 - 8 Channel RGB by LOR and then of course the mega for a total of 20,700 lights / pixels Included in this years display are 4 Holiday Coro singing trees, 10 mini trees each with 300 lights, 4 holiday Coro white trees with 300 lights each, lights on fence and 12 RGB floods Here is what the mega looks like waiting for my volunteers to help me put it up.
  8. too many lights?

    We are saying the same thing qberg. Look on the spec sheet, 30Amp total or 15 amp per side which correlates to what I said earlier, 15A per side / 8 channels = 1.88 Amps per channel. Does not need to be balanced as the CTB16 has two line feeds, one for each set of 8 chgannels
  9. too many lights?

    Well, if .02 A, you can run theoretically 1.8 A / .02 = 90 strings, so you are using LED's. I doubt you will have any problems at all.
  10. too many lights?

    A CTB16 is good for about 30A, so each of the 16 outlet ports can handle about 1.8 A. Look at the strings you are using, the current rating (amperes) should be listed. Good article here https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/pages/how-many-watts-amps-do-christmas-lights-use.htm
  11. We need a dedicatede circuit anyone?

    Depending on length of run, may not be all out of line. Requires 2 circuit breakers and depending on type you have are 30 - 100 each, plus GFI, cable, conduit etc. Check for local handyman?
  12. Between Christmas and Halloween, I have accumulated about 30 coroplast decorations, the ones where you insert the mini lights in. This has now presented a storage issue, stacking seems would be asking for trouble between tangling and possible light breakage or lights being disjarred from their sockets a bit I am contemplating building racks that the coro decorations wold slide into. Has anyone tried this or have a better solution?