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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • 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.

Dale P

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About Dale P

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Went to florida
  • Location
    Appleton Wisconsin
  • Biography
    Own a home inspection company
  • Interests
    Enjoy working with electronics, machining, woodworking
  • Occupation
    Home Inspector
  • About my display
    Looking to put up my first display in 2017
  1. Anyone work with these flood lights?

    I'm about to buy some for a halloween display but plan to keep them just one color. Guess I would worry about them loosing sync after a while. You could put them on a light control channel and have them turn off then back on once and a while to re set them and get them back in sync if they end up getting off after a while. I'm going to order two of them tonight and should have them by next weekend. I will let you know how they work. Dale P
  2. Nope, they were $15 a box at their lowest price. Now they are all gone so I can ask what ever I want. The lowest price you can find on Ebay right now is $25.00 plus shipping. $20 a box is a good price, if you buy all 10 they will be $17.50 each. Up date.... They are sold. Listed them on Ebay and they sold in two hours! Thanks, Dale P.
  3. Hello, I have 10 boxes of Gemmy App lights that I need to sell. I just bought these lights a few months ago and never used them. They are new in the box!I'm asking $20.00 per set, or $175.00 for all ten sets. These normally retail for $65.00 per box!I have them all boxed up and can get shipping quotes if needed. The box weighs 15 lbs measures 16"x12"x12" and I will be shipping them from Appleton, WI. 54915The best way to get a hold of me is email at [email protected]ail.com Or text 920 420 9435Thanks, Dale P.
  4. A few quick questions.

    Just ordered some Renard SS controllers which means I have more amps to play with for my mega tree! My original plan was to use a home built 16 channel chase controller, but it will only handle 1 amp per channel which meant it was maxed out at 48 strands of lights. Now I'm looking to bump up to 64 strands of 100 lights for a total of 6400 lights plus the star which will have at least 300 more. Dale P.
  5. Applights

    I will let you have them for what I paid plus shipping. I'm looking to sell 10 of my sets @ $15 each (which is what I paid for them at an end of the season sale.). I have to save two sets for my daughters tree in her room so she can play around with them using her tablet, lol. If your interested let me know how many sets and what your zip code is and I will get you a shipping quote. Other wise I will put them on E-bay for $20 a set which will still be cheaper than any of the other auctions for app lights. Dale P. [email protected]
  6. Applights

    I have a dozen sets my self. I was going to use them on the gutters and roof line but now am looking at going with smart pixels and putting together a small computer run show. I'm ether going to sell mine or put them on my indoor tree. Dale P
  7. Hello, quick question. Can I use strands of pixel lights like dumb RGB strands? Just wondering if a pixel string can be plugged into a RGB light controller and have the entire string work as if it was a dumb string. I really only want RGB strings right now, but it seems like pixel strings are easier to get than the dumb strings. Plus it would be nice to have the pixel strings incase I up grade down the road and want to have more control of the lights. Thanks, Dale P
  8. Looking for quality meteor lights.

    I have the mini lights as well. I was only going to have a static display this year and thought it would at least be nice to add some color changing to the roof line. At $10 a box I couldn't pass them up. (Homedepot had them on clearance)
  9. Looking for quality meteor lights.

    Thanks, good to know. What about Gemmy's App lights? They are 24 count color changing LED lights that can be programed with your phone via bluetooth? I picked up 12 sets for $10 each and was planning to run them around the roof line of my house. The spacing is 12" per bulb, but I have enough to space them out at 6" for a fuller look. The lights appear to be built with some quality which is why I was thinking of using their icicle lights. Dale P.
  10. How are you powering your display?

    Stephen, Nice work on the relay box. Sounds like you have a pretty big display, 8 twenty amp circuits! Wow. Thanks for sharing your set up with me. This is the kind of stuff I was hoping to see and get some ideas from. Dale P.
  11. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I plugged in a few sets of icans to my kill a watt meter and they read 39 watts. Three sets together read 120 watts. Then I tried a small LED star that I have and it couldn't read the small load. I would defiantly try several strings on your meter and see what it says. Dale P.
  12. A few quick questions.

    Yeah, mine are only mini lamps, but they are spaced at 2.5 inches so the tree should look pretty full. Christmas is a long way away, I really want to do a test run and set this thing up to see what it will look like! LOL. It should be interesting to see what the neighbors say when I do put it up. Its going to be in the left side of the house in the front yard. Mwalz, That's a big display! Is it animated, or always on like in the photo? I like the arch over the driveway. I might copy that some day. Dale P.
  13. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I also have a Kilo watt meter and it doesn't seem to work very well with really small loads. Try plugging is several strings and then divide the results with the number of strings you plugged in. Is there a tag on the lights? What does it read for current draw? Dale P.
  14. How are you powering your display?

    You guys running timers? I'm looking at at using something like this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/201803340010?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 It can control two circuits up to 40 amps. I figure I will keep it inside by my breaker box and run the two 20 amp circuits from it. Hopefully they will be enough for this year until I can start switching to LED lights.
  15. How are you powering your display?

    I will slowly up grade to LED, but unfortunately I won't be able to do much this year. At $10 plus a string they add up really fast! I do all my own wiring and have most of the parts already so it won't take too much to add two more circuits to the side of the house. As for the power bill, yes it will go up a bit I did the math and it looks like I will cost around $115.00 for the month that they will be on. I'm going to have a timer set so it will only be on for 5 hours during the week and 6 on the weekends. Dave, that's a nice set up you have. I already have a 50 amp panel in my garage for the welder, but unfortunately that is on the wrong side of the house and won't work to power my display. Do you have a timer some where in your panels? Dale P.