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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.

Duct Tape

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About Duct Tape

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
  • Location
    Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
  • Biography
    Grew up in Wisconsin, now reside in South Jersey. Always been into decorating for the holidays.
  • Interests
    Karaoke, Vball, LARPing, Ren Faires
  • Occupation
    Marine Electronics
  • About my display
    48 channels of LOR, about 150 channels of DMX. Adding more every year.

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  1. need help in ohio

    Light-o-Rama (LOR) has DIY kits where you assemble the enclosure and board yourself. that saves a bit off the cost of a pre-built controller. As far as building it from scratch by yourself, sorry can't help you there. Sounds like a fire waiting to happen.
  2. Christmas Light Contest

    voted. I stopped participating in these online contests once I found out that you can actually pay a company to boost your likes. A couple years ago, I went from 1st place with 80 percent of the votes, to 3rd place with 2 percent of the votes within a 4 hour period. (4am-8am) good luck though
  3. LOR and Cat5

    http://www.xmultiple.com/xwebsite-sealant.htm or other similar product lightly coat the connector, and work it in and out of the jack a few times. that should clean it up if the jack isn't completely corroded.
  4. LOR and Cat5

    Are these premade Cat5 cables or are you making them yourself? If you are making them yourself, avoid using EZRJ45 connectors. If you don't have a sharp crimp/cut off tool, the ends of the cat5 can poke through the connector and cause pins in the RJ45 jack to short out. I would check for corrosion in the RJ45 jack. Maybe replacing the cable is cleaning off these connections just enough to make it work until the corrosion creeps back in.
  5. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Took a 360 video. You can drag the screen around to see different areas of the show.
  6. wow, that's pretty awesome
  7. 50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    I like it. I might steal this idea for next year. One thing you will want to purchase to save your hands from cuts, is a set of flush cutting pliers to cut off those sharp ends on the zip ties.
  8. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    stupid onions! why am I cutting onions?
  9. thinking of getting LOR but nervous

    I recommend www.wowlights.com for people trying to get a start with LOR. They have packages set up that include musical sequence files. I started with a 16 channel package with Santa face and built my light show from that.
  10. Move Channels In Light O Rama

    you need to open a sequence, edit the configuration. then export the channel configuration. Then open your other sequence files and import the channel configuration. then save each file.
  11. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    don't hurt your arm there
  12. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    yeah, I'm not sure why Aputernut felt it was necessary to insult other people's tastes.
  13. SPT-W Wire

    I don't think anyone can count on finding deals at garage sales when it comes to planning the power cabling for their light shows.
  14. SPT-W Wire

    I'm not sure that I would use the word "always". There are plenty of times that SPT1/2 is more than enough. At some point you are just throwing away money using 10/12 gauge cords, when 18 gauge is plenty for the load. Also, the time saved using vampire plugs on SPT cable is a real plus.