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  • 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.
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Please read my story on MakingSpiritsBright.weebly.com
  • Location
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    I had a static display for many years. I bought all of the equipment to computerize and boooooom, I have had nothing, nada for the past two years.....an addition on my house by the contractors has turned things sideways....literally!!! Look out 2010....the Lord willing....I am buying stock in the electric power company!
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    Christmas Displays
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  • About my display
    Boooohoooo....I have not had a light outside for two years....I guess the porch light does not count....HAHAHA
  1. Yes any controller that supports e131 will control the advetek strings. The only thing you would need to do is buy the advetek pigtails....
  2. Ted thank you very much for the suggestion. I really appreciate it.
  3. Z, Thank-you for giving details and clarification. I really appreciate it.
  4. PixLite Pro™ These pixels are of the square type form factor and are compatible with the PixLite range of controllers having individually controllable RGB pixels. Pixel strings are 10m (33′) in length from first pixel to last with an extra 2m (6′) leader cable between the connector and the first pixel 100 RGB pixel LEDs that are 8mm in diameter and spaced 100mm (4″) apart 16 bit gamma correction to drastically improve color accuracy and provide ultra smooth linear fading High speed camera safe (2,000+ Hz refresh rate) Genuine Cree RGB LEDs Opaque black casing Self addressing when used with our Plug and Play pixel controller By using our heavy duty extension cables the start of each string can also easily be extended up to an additional 10m (33′) with no adverse effects Can be used free hanging or in a pre-fabricated display piece or any application where the pixels need to be packed tightly together; they are also easily mounted in a panel by drilling a 12.5mm hole Thank you for asking here are the specs
  5. Thanks for responding. Advatek makes two types of lights one called Pixlie Bright (this is a 50 count and it is first generation) and another Pixlite Pro (that is 2nd generation and only comes in a 100 count string). I am hoping to obtain enough orders that Luke will create a special order of the Pixlite Pro (50 count strings.
  6. Good afternoon Everyone, I want to buy AvateK Pro 50 count light strings for a 16 foot Pixel tree. . Currently they only built at 100 count strings and are 32 feet long. These have to be custom made by Avatek. I consulted Luke at Avatek and he said this is possible and I would have to meet a quota. Some of my friends Mark Z, Pete Peters, and Walter Monkhouse are using them and they are rock solid with great performance that carry a 2 year warranty. I would like to know if anyone is interested in a group buy. Thanks a lot...... Sincerely, Bill Stepp
  7. Bigstott Thank you very much for the information. I really appreciate it.
  8. I am incorporating video into my display this year. I would like to know what others use for their outside screens (shapes for example a wreath, bulb) and how you build them. I sure would appreciate your insight. Thanks again. Sincerely, Bill
  9. Last year I sent a post asking questions regarding incorporating video into my Christmas Display......unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity as I spend most of my time with my ailing dad who passed away. I would like to incorporate it this year. I have a rear projection screen, it is connected and will play through my LOR program and now I need to learn about the video side.....how to create video, how to down load and use it from youtube......etc....any help would sure be appreciated....again thanks a lot.
  10. Bill, That is going to be such a beautiful display. I hope you will have pictures....