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  1. As a child growing up in the South Side of Chicago. One of the best experiences was frequent visits to what was the Civic Center when the very large, very bright Christmas tree was placed after it's move from Congress Av. There was a magic to that tree that is not repeatable by today's standards [sorry, LED lights to me are very cold] It was Magnificent. Even as a young man [i'm now in my late 50's] I had opportunities to go there and snap a day, or night time image of this tree in all it's glory. But as a young man, your priorities tend to go sideways. My question is this to the community; Who has Images of this plaza; Day or night, when the tree was lit up? They have to be out there! perhaps members can direct me as I have been searching for years now, and all I find are the B/W ones offered up on Ebay. MB
  2. Look what I came across recently. A huge score of HUGE old light pole decorations. They said they were big, but I didn't think they'd be this big. The candles are 8' tall. Tree's and stockings are a little over 7' tall. Lots of burnt out bulbs, but easily replaced. I fixed a few up and they are awesome. Definitely different than the neighbors decorations. I don't need all that I bought. Message me if you are interested. Would have to be pick up as they are too big to ship. Trade is also an option if you have a Santa in this style.
  3. Christmas Tree Ver2.avi

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Here's a .AVI version I had created because neither of the MP4 uploads would play. This runs on an Allen Bradley SLC503 that I upgraded from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added a 120V output card to control the 12V power supply, tree top and the white lights on the pre-lit tree. It's controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI through a Ethernet serial port through a WiFi access point. Unfortunately the camera had a difficult time focusing on the flashing lights, but even though some is out of focus the patterns still show.

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  4. Christmas Tree Ver2.0.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Updated Christmas tree using 96 sections of lights, run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/03. I updated from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added outputs to control the 12 volt power supply, tree-top and the white lights that came on the tree. The colored lights are cut into 12 volt sections & powered by a 12 volt 30 amp power supply (with all lights on it pulls just under 16 amps with the voltage reduced to 11 volts to be gentler on the light bulbs). The PLC is controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI, through a WiFi access point and a Ethernet COM port. I'm hoping this video shows, as the previous version I uploaded twice wouldn't play. If not I'll attach a link to the YouTube video.

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  5. Christmas_Tree_-_96_Sections2.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    A re-upload of my Christmas tree, the other video shows an error. Run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/03 PLC with 2 PC's controlling it with AdvancedHMI. The tree has almost 500 lights cut into 12 volt sections and just over 1,000 feet of wire. The PLC has 6 16 output cards for a total of 96 outputs, each card running one section of all strings. It is powered by a 12 volt 30 amp fan cooled power supply, I originally had it run on a 3 amp power supply but as soon as I connected over 1/4 of the lights they began to dim, and then shut off completely when I added over 1/3 of the lights. With the voltage adjusted down to 11 volts (to be gentler on the bulbs) it pulls just under 16 amps with all lights on - just under 200 watts total.

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  6. Christmas_Tree_-_96_Sections.mp4

    Christmas tree wired with 96 sections of lights cut into 12 volt sections. Originally designed for an outdoor flagpole tree of lights. Consists of 16 strings of 6 sections each, using 96 PLC outputs. For the effect of the lights the video was taken before any ornaments were placed on the tree. Each section is controlled by one of 6 - 16 output DC cards on a SLC 5/03 rack. Originally I had it powered by a 12 volt 3 amp power supply. but as I added more sections I found the supply got overloaded with only a quarter of the lights on, so I upgraded to a 30 amp, fan cooled power supply (with all lights on it pulls just under 16 amps with the voltage reduced to 11 volts). The PLC is connected to a Ethernet COM port through a WiFi access point and controlled by one of 2 PC's I have running AdvancedHMI.

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