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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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About JeffL

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  • Birthday January 1

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    Brandon, South Dakota, USA
  • Biography
    Database administrator by day. Light addict in my free time.
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    Lights and computers.
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  • About my display
    Almost 500 channels of LOR and over 100K lights.
  1. Troubleshooting LEDs

    After many attempts to correct it I added a resistor between the input and output wire of the first LED in the string. This LED would light from one side but not the other (different from the others) The only thing I can think of is that there is a resistor in the LED that was toast. They are sealed so I have no idea.
  2. Troubleshooting LEDs

    Driving me nuts. I can't get any reading on any of the blobs. About ready to start hacking it apart. All the LEDs will light but not all from the same direction. So far it makes no sense to me.
  3. Troubleshooting LEDs

    I have a star that half the string works (second half not fed directly by power). Depending on which side of the bulb I try the LED keeper on I am able to get all the bulbs to light. The only thing I know is that it appears the power goes all the way to the end and then back feeds the first half. Any help troubleshooting would be much appreciated.
  4. Led rope light recommendations

    I have used LED rope light form Val and had great luck over the years. I have also used cheap crap off ebay and had terrible luck. In the end I use incan from Action Lighting as it last the longest and the price is good. Good quality rope light is expensive. Whatever you do don't go cheap or you will regret it. http://www.christmas-leds.com/category_v3.aspx?categoryID=169 http://www.actionlighting.com/150-roll-2-wire-3-8-crown-rope-light-206m/
  5. People chasing after pixels.
  6. Cat5 Strain Relief

    I hot glue the top of the connector to the board and zip tie the cat5 cable to one of the power cords. The zip ties are a pain but I haven't pulled one out since I did used this method.
  7. A Dirty Secret. Pixels Are Power Hogs.

    I think the information is very helpful. Not to pick at the detail, but at the high level idea that pixel "gear" consumes far more power than what I thought. Using a kilowatt I did a test. Power Supply with no fan + 5-7 watts 7 + Fan to power supply + 6 watts 13 + Falcon 16 pixelnet Hub + 6 watts 19 + 50 ws2811 12v nodes (off) + 2 watts 21 with Falcon uSC string Controller 21 watts at idle. It showed me that: DC power supplies use power even when they are idle Controllers use power when idle Pixels use power when off So maybe those 32 20 amp GFCI outlets I have will still get used even when I'm almost converted to all LED's. Thanks for turning the light on with pixels.
  8. A Dirty Secret. Pixels Are Power Hogs.

    Don't sell those AC controllers. You can power the DC pixel power supplies from the AC controllers!
  9. Thoughts Before I Pull The Trigger

    Holiday Coro, Seasonal Entertainment , LOR and Holiday Light Express have an email list. DIYLEDExpress and Christmas-LEDs.com have facebook pages and may do some emails as well. Once you find them and connect you will be ok. I'm not sure if Ray does any specials. The other forums have coops and or group buys which you can also get in on deals for. Most you just have to set the notify on the forums so that you catch things. If there are others that we should know about please list them.
  10. Thoughts Before I Pull The Trigger

    This thread has some good information on the voltage uses and some pros and cons. http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?37675-12v-power-supply-wire-reccomendation Here is one on a question I asked about power supplies. http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php?topic=2240.new;topicseen#new I ordered some regular power supplies form DIYLEDExpress and I'm also going to order some from rainproof supplies form HC. Both have some different options. Good luck.
  11. Problem With New Led Strands.

    Check out this thread. They built full wave rectifier and did a group by last year. You might find what you are looking for starting with this thread. http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?32430-Full-Wave-Converter-and-Super-String-Shortener-2014-GB-No-2&highlight=Full+Wave+Converter+Board
  12. Past 2500 Cars Tonight..

    Curious how that car counter works. I have plenty of cameras but that only shows the crazy things they do.
  13. Hle 2015 Pre Sale

    I don't use C6 but my personal opinion is the 5MM gives of the same light appearance from a distance as a incandescent mini because the light source (LED or filament) is close in size. I wouldn't use the 5mm on a mega tree. The 4" spacing makes them too sparse. I use M6 on my mega trees and 5mm for everything else. C6 on a mega tree would also be nice. If you're not sure you may want to pick up a couple strings from a big box store and compare. I did a similar test last year which solidified what I liked on what elements.
  14. Creative Displays Pre Order Sale For '15

    Did the lead change from last years strings?
  15. The spectators will get over it much easier than we will . There will come a time for all of us when we will need to turn the controls over. Nothing wrong with that.