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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.

Tim Bateson

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About Tim Bateson

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  • Birthday 10/31/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Any and all.
  • Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Biography
    Too many lights too little time
  • Interests
    Laser engraving, Halloween & Christmas
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Now mostly LED & RGB...If I can get them programmed...

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  1. Outlets

    When I built my house I put a PVC pipe down before they poured the walk. With a couple elbows and screw-on caps at each end. Now I just spin off the caps and run my wires under the walk. FYI use a big pipe. I went with 3" & still not big enough.
  2. Phantom Projection - Conversion Issues

    Yes, I tried both online & downloaded converters. Yes this runs off an SD card or USB drive.
  3. Phantom Projection - Conversion Issues

    They are MP4 files. My Virtual Santa are MPG files. I've tried three different programs, and none of them produce anything either of my projectors will recognize.
  4. I've used a Virtual Santa for years. So this year I bought a bunch of spooky stuff from AtmosFX . Big mistake. Nowhere on their website do they warn you that their products ONLY work with the latest (expensive) projectors. I've had no luck converting them. Even AtmosFX hasn't successfully converted their own products to work with older projectors. Anyone here found a good conversion for these?
  5. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    I rearrange my display every year to make it different. I add elements & remove elements from year to year. Unless I customize each sequence every year, it just looks like flashing lights that are in rhythm with the music. I want my display to dance & sing with the music, not just flash to the beat. That's why I moved up from a Mr Christmas years ago. No offense to those using them. Was a great way to start. I don't have every song perfectly synced the way I would want, but every year I tweak and modify every sequence, getting closer to that perfection every year.
  6. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    In all of the years I've done this, I have yet to find a sequence, either purchased or shared that works out of the box with my display. I have had to either heavily modify or totally re-write every one of them.
  7. Checking Strands

    When I used incandescent lights, my Buzz-Box was invaluable!!!! Gathering dust now. I do use the LED light keeper for my LEDs. FYI - I have found nothing that works well with LED Net lights.
  8. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    Scot, you need to build one of these for Halloween...
  9. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    I have (had) one neighbor that complained year after year. The rest love the show. I had stopped doing interviews, entering contests & advertising because of him. Trying to make peace with him, just didn't help. Last year he called the Sheriff. He was told that light displays were not illegal. Then he called our HOA. Funny thing is he "should" have known the HOA president has the 2nd largest light display in the neighborhood. Fast forward to this year... He has (finally) moved away, and our display - my wife & I dressed up as Mr & Mrs Clause will be featured on the cover of our HOA magazine (it's a BIG community). I think our traffic is going to get really heavy again!
  10. I'm putting up my "Halloween" RGB lights on the house this weekend. Everything else starts on Nov 3rd.
  11. Memories of Planet Christmas long gone!!

    Some of us have hung around here a long, loooong time (I was here back when Chuck 1st started when the forums wheren't so fancy, lost contact & rejoined many years later). I still remember when the Channel count was the BIG thing, or actually counting the number of lights. BTW - Coca-Cola Christmas is STILL in my rotation every year. As is Wizards in Winter and Soldier's Silent Night. I've tried pulling some of the older classics, & believe you me I hear about it. Talking with my barber earlier this year & told him, I need to cut back & eventually stop with the big displays. I thought he was going to butcher me! He said my house was a tradition & not to just his family but many others he knows. I loved hearing & I do know it's true. Many families tell me they come several times during the season, year after year. I know someday I will have to unplug the controllers, but not just yet. Thank you to every one here who has helped and inspired this crazy hobby...way of life. Thank you Chuck. BTW - I do miss the smaller gatherings of Plus... before this was big business to many.
  12. What to use net lights for

    When I was still using incandescent lights, I'd throw net lights on the shrubs. Quick way to get them lit up. When I switched to LED, those net lights were expensive and built crappy. They only lasted a season or two. Real waste of money. I've now switched to throwing LED strings on the shrubs. REALLY liked the LED nets, just were not reliable.
  13. Command Center

    I use the same PC, that I use for my business. Stuck an extra NIK card in it and haven't had any issues in the 3 seasons that I've been running it this way. I had used laptops in the garage for a few years & had nothing but issues with them. One Cat5 cable runs out into the garage to my LOR machines. Another Cat5 runs out to the garage to a dumb switch which has several Pixel controllers connected. The LOR boxes are a combination of hard wired Cat5 and wireless.
  14. RGB Pixels Flashing While Solid Color

    Problem solved..... Cannot run XLights while ANYTHING LOR is active.
  15. RGB Pixels Flashing While Solid Color

    The test seemed OK, but it goes through it's auto sequence at a good pace. None of the colors stayed on long enough to verify if they were flashing too.