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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.
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Cullen Wassell

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About Cullen Wassell

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  • Birthday 01/30/1985

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to list at the moment. I'll give it some thought and update when I have the time.
  • Location
    Moline, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    I'll think of something all worded nice n stuff to put here.... :p
  • Interests
    Anything Christmas, cars, aviation, anything railroad, travel, highway construction, computers, music,
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Work in progress.
  1. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Looks like in the multi opticore bulbs, they need to dial down the brightness of the green, it's overpowering versus the rest of the opticore bulbs, not to mention the GEs. Sad that these LED retrofits have been around for a decade plus now and while they have legitimately improved leaps and bounds, there are still some critical issues from the early days that it appears no one even cares to address. I've been beating the "warm white LEDs in every color" drum for a while now, but it's always fallen on deaf ears. I guess I'm going to have to go directly to Minleon at this point to request this and commit to a minimum order.
  2. LED's that look like Incandescent

    25-2700K warm white LEDs exist. Why the manufacturers are not putting those inside the colored plastic globes/covers is truly beyond me. I often hear fading as the reason, but properly colored plastic should outlive the lights themselves in that regard. I was actually discussing this possibility with @hotrod1965 on youtube. (lt1caprice57l - and yes, I'm serious about my willingness to pay for samples of such if you could get some.) I bought these at Lowe's - they are GE Energy Smart C-6 lights. They come in faceted warm white, faceted multi, and this style, which is by far my favorite of not just the GE LEDs, but all store-bought LEDs: Lights of any type, but especially LED, are hilariously difficult to photograph accurately - the color is less muted in real life, but the blue and green are not overpowering like they are with most LEDs. And the white is very warm, much warmer than the photo would suggest. Additionally, they are capacitor smoothed, which means they have barely any flicker at all. You have to be moving your eyes quickly to notice it.
  3. My thoughts exactly. If they can cram it into the G4 package, C7/C9 would be easy peasy. Definitely a thing that needs to happen.
  4. Posting this mainly in the hopes that someone who has connections with a manufacturer(s) will read. COB filament bulbs have been around for awhile, and they can be had in color temperatures that are just about dead-on with the illuminated color of tungsten filaments. It's even been scaled down for small bulbs, such as those little halogen bulbs with the wire leads - so why hasn't it come to Christmas lighting? The small bulbs aren't terribly expensive - around a buck each, maybe a little more, is what I'm seeing - not that far out of line with current LED retro prices. Seems like this technology would make the best looking retros, I really can't belive it hasn't caught on in this area yet. Maybe people don't want glass bulbs? Small price to pay, if you ask me.
  5. Mother Load!

    I am extremely envious. (Man it's been forever since I've posted on here.)
  6. **** - and you'd think people would be more interested, as to me the whole point of C9s is the soft glow of the ceramic finish bulbs...oh well. Thanks anyway.

  7. Not enough interest in the item to bring in. Sorry!

  8. What part of Muscle Shoals? I'm up here in Florence on Darby Drive; sadly in an apartment at the moment, but hopefully getting into a house here in a month or so. I have a car down in MS that I'm working on.

  9. *faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart*

  10. No farting? What if I want to fart!?

  11. Writing on my own wall FTW!