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  1. Time Left: 4 days and 6 hours

    • For Sale
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    I have 3 former municipal street pole decorations for sale at $100 each. There are 2 trees with lights and ornaments and 1 star. They are all on heavy duty steel pole attachments and have normal heavy duty plug in cords. You will need to replace some of the regular size lightbulbs on the trees. Each tree is approx 76" tall. The star is approx 76" across. Buy 1 or all 3!


  2. Christmas_House_2017.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    My house display for 2017 Christmas. The outside lights and living room window lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC. The door wreath is controlled by a Siemens S2-200 PLC, with the power to it controlled by the living room SLC5/04. Most of the light strings have been cut into 10 bulb sections to run on 24 volts DC provided by separate power supplies. The flickering candles in the kitchen window are 4 volt bulbs wired to a TTL transistor logic card, and each of the 7 is controlled with it's own subroutine. TO get 4 volts I have a 5 volt power supply run through a potentiometer to reduce the voltage to 3.7 volts - it is easier on the bulbs and makes them a little dimmer than full brightness so they appear more like candles. The kitchen window is controlled by a SLC5/03 PLC, and another SLC5/03 controls the tree that I put out in the side yard this year. The PLC's are synced with messaging by a home control SLC5/05 in my home office, through NET-ENI's. A network COM port on the tree PLC is messaged to through a data-subscriber on the HMI. All features (along with the home controls, monitoring and alarms) are controllable and adjustable by a computer and a Windows tablet both running AdvancedHMI.
  3. Magic Reindeer Food

    I'm not sure this is really linked to Christmas lights as such but thought it was a fun video/product. Have a look see what you think x
  4. I am having some issues with a 60in light up wreath. 7/8 of the thing lights up but half of 1 section is completely out. I have tried replacing bulbs, used the Christmas light tester tool but I am stuck. Today I found what I think is where it is losing power or transfer of power to the next bulb Anybody have any idea what type of bum set up this is? Or how to fix it? I am pretty sure this is where the lights stop from bulb to bulb. I have never seen bulbs like this before and have tried everything except splicing the wires again. How can I fix this so I can use this wreath again?The bulb before this has the same housing and works fine.
  5. Celebrating Christmas in Dubai

    This is my first Christmas in Dubai. I don't want to miss the joy and surprises of my family. On the list is buying a PS4 for my husband. He loves gaming and this is what he has been longing for. And, a nice home set for my daughter. She will be delighted, I wish to decorate our apartment for the classic Christmas spirit. Where do I get good stocking and decorations for Christmas in Dubai? I am going to check out Typo or Virgin Megastore in Mirdif. I hope I would get it there. Your suggestion is welcome.
  6. I need a replacement blower wheel (round plastic piece about the size of the palm of your hand) for Christmas inflatable. Description below: 10'-12' inflatable reindeer (4-ish years old) Bought in Illinois (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes, or "At Home") Fan is of Chinese origin (Tried contacting the Chinese company but received no response): st-motor.com model: SBH1084S3A Class B 120vac / 60Hz / 0.54A Thermally protected F Blower wheel dimensions: 4 1/4" Wide x 1 1/8" Tall I REALLY don't want to throw this away. Im at the end of my search though. Does anyone have any ideas on where I can find a replacement blower wheel or motor? Th inflatable does have a light string attached to it also. The light string looks like a simple plastic connector. Is the .54A just for the light string? Should I just buy a replacement motor? If so which one? Thanks tried to upload the pictures with no luck. Thank you all for your help!
  7. I found this on Youtube and thought it was a great idea. How to catch Santa on Camera This Christmas....
  8. HI Everybody! Here's the official itinerary for the 2017 House on Christmas Street tour. I sure hope you can make it to one of the concerts!! Thursday, November 30 at 6pm: Rich and Wendy Motz, “Laurel Ave Lights” 659 Laurel Ave., Lititz PA 17543 www.facebook.com/LaurelAveLights Charity: LITITZ VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Friday, December 1 at 7pm: Jason Reph, “Reph’s Winter Wonderland” 198 Firehouse Lane, Nazareth, PA 18064 http://rephswinterwonderland.webs.com/ Charity: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF PHILADELPHIA Sunday, December 3 at 7pm: Gary and Billi Mayfield, “Holiday Lightshow on Edison Road” 24013 Edison Road, South Bend Indiana 46628 https://www.facebook.com/holidaylightshowonedisonroad Charity: FOOD BANK OF NORTHERN INDIANA Monday, December 4: Bobby Dicken, “A Dicken Christmas” 706 Trimmer Dr., Hudson, IL 61748 https://www.facebook.com/adickenchristmas/ Charity: CHILDREN’S HOME OF CENTRAL IL Wednesday, December 6: Mountain View Elementary School Assembly 2:30pm Casper, Wyoming Brian Wagner, “Christmas in Wyoming” 3148 Whispering Springs, Casper, Wyoming, WY 82604 https://christmasinwyoming.org/ Charity: JOSHUA’S STOREHOUSE Thursday, December 7: Tyson Schmidt, “The Journey of Lights” 9105 W. Overland Road, Boise, Idaho https://www.facebook.com/JourneyLights/ Charity: TBA Friday, December 8: Mark and Tracey Zembruski, “Woodinville Wonderland” 23620 NE 183rd St, Woodinville, WA 98077 www.woodinvillewonderland.com Charity: SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF WASHINGTON AND THE NORTHSHORE WRANGLERS Saturday, December 9: Paul Aziz, “Cascade Christmas Lights” 312 E Sherman Street, Lebanon Oregon www.cascadechristmaslights.com Charity: LEBANON KIDS PACKS Sunday, December 10: David Castaldo, “Castaldo Christmas Circus of Lights” 49 California Ave.,Beaumont CA 92223 (100 yards south of 1st St. on w/s of California Ave. Do not rely on common GPS, it will put you on a dirt road in an empty field) Charity: BEAUMONT CHERRY VALLEY ROTARY CLUB Wednesday, December 13: Marianne and Bob Brescia, “Shiloh Road Lights” The Ellen Noel Art Museum 77 Shiloh Road Odessa, TX 79762 https://www.facebook.com/Shiloh-Road-Lights-834113233374412/?ref=bookmarks Charity: THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ODESSA Thursday, December 14: The Bosslight Book Store 123 E. Main, Nacogdoches, Texas, TX 75961 Friday, December 15: Jim Dennis, “Christmas in the Pines” 7346 Grist Mill Rd Childersburg, Alabama, AL 35044 www.christmasinthepines.com CHARITY: CHILDERSBURG RESCUE SQUAD Saturday, December 16 Calvin Slater, “Lights on Jeater Bend” 1033 Jeater Bend Drive Celebration, FL 34747 https://m.facebook.com/lightsonjeaterbend CHARITY: Society of St. Vincent DePaul Sunday, December 17: Judy will perform at Mickey’s Home Christmas Carnival Mickey and Minnie Baus, “Mickey’s Home” 5306 Nagami Drive, Windermere FL 34786 MickeysHome.com Charity: GIVE KIDS THE WORLD Tuesday, December 19 Jim Dennis, “Christmas in the Pines” 7346 Grist Mill Rd Childersburg, Alabama, AL 35044 www.christmasinthepines.com CHARITY: RIBBONS OF HOPE (assists cancer patients with medical costs) Wednesday, December 20: Terri, Travis, Sheila and Darrell Keeling; Mindy and Jason Ward. “A Clifty Christmas” The intersection of North 181 and Route 890/Rabbit Ridge Road. Elkton, KY Charity: CLIFTY SCHOOL PARK Friday, December 22 Tammy and Don Krasley, “Krasley Christmas” 525 Woodland Dr., Manheim, PA 17545 https://www.facebook.com/krasleychristmas Charity: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL PA
  9. Christmas Celebration from India

    Hi all, This is Sabastin from India. I've created this thread because I wanted to know What are different types of Christmas decorations followed. Am owing a website trinitychristmas which is focused to sell only Christmas decorations but wanted to know what are the other kinda of decorations available so I can promote it for Inidans audience. Kindly share your way of decorating?
  10. 2016 Christmas Display. 30,000 lights
  11. Re-designing my 12' snowman

    A few people have mentioned to me my 12' frosty is a bit out of place compared to my other display items. Thinking about retiring him or re doing it in some way. I want to add a hat, and possibly change it to rope light. I know i want to re do the mouth, and maybe the face in general. Thoughts? The item takes up a lot of space and there are tons of other ideas i could put in to action. But the majority of people just love this item. For 2017 i am relocating it to the center of the yard or the far right instead of the left. It would need to be smaller in that case. I could just make room for more mega trees as well.
  12. 2016 Display - 30k lights

    I'm 19 and have been doing this for about 10 years so far, I've came a long way with my display in just the past few years even. Here are some highlight pics of this year and a link to the website and Facebook page: http://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights/ I'm open to any suggestions-good or bad for next year, thanks for looking!
  13. Christmas & The Three Wise Men

    Hi everyone! I'm supporting a Kickstarter campaign about a historical fiction about the Three Wise Men titled 'And when They Were Come unto the House'. Do you wonder about 'Where did they come from?', 'Did they even exist?', 'Why the 25th of December?', and anything more about the Real Story of Christmas? You can check it out and read more here - CLICK! Looking forward for you support on this campaign too!
  14. I finally finished my cutouts for the season. I just used roofing plywood from the new home builds by my house. My daughter loved going 'dumpster diving' with me It was kind of a pain to get some lines straight because the wood had lots of ridges and sanding wasn't an option.
  15. Hello everyone. I hope people still check in. I noticed there has not been a post here since 2010! I've been decorating for 25 years now and am finally going to put my lights to music......Hopefully. I hope I can get some help from my fellow New Hampshirites.
  16. Anyone have any extra tops and bottoms for the square GP lanterns that they would be willing to sell. I am looking for one set in white as seen below.
  17. Seasonal Sequences has a sale on right now for ccr tree Christmas & Halloween sequences. Please check them out. www.seasonalsequences.net
  18. Anyone have any replacement reflectors for the old style GP Designs/General Plastics blow-mold ornaments or know where I could get a few? I asked Rick at GP Designs and they don’t have any left. I only need a few.
  19. 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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  20. Shooting Star Ver2.0.mp4

    From the album Aabeck's album

    Update of the shooting star in my LR window for Christmas. I added a few more modes. This is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 and controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. Sorry about the focus, but the camera couldn't keep it's focus range on the flashing lights.

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  21. We are new to this, and we just added a 4th controller today. Does anyone have any 64 channel sequences (no CCR or RGB) that would be willing to sell to us? Any help would be awesome!
  22. Home Depot's annual Christmas Light trade in runs from Nov 5 2015 to Nov 15 2015...you can save between $3 to $5 on a new LED set when you trade in your old incandescent set...details below: http://blog.homedepot.com/save-on-led-christmas-lights-when-you-recycle-your-incandescent-lights-2/ I have my eye on a few new LightShow items that I'll purchase with the discount...
  23. Hi, my name is Shuping. Recently I completed a web application (Project name Lightgala) to allow lighting hobbyists to decorate the houses online and share with the public. I went to ChristmasExpo in Fort Worth back this summer to show lightgala.com and had a great number of positive feedback.To the general public, this is no fee to use lightgala.com. I am hoping people could share their lighting designs over the internet and let people in every corner of the world to enjoy your design.In a nutshell, for designers, lightgala.com allows you to upload your picture, and then you can start to click and place lights where you want. You can choose colors of lights and create some basic animation effects. You can play the design and save it in the cloud.I hope this is a useful addition to the lighting community. Please visit http://lightgala.com to see some existing decorations and give it a try yourself.
  24. My whole display is static lights and airblowns, but this is the first year that I'll be really going all out as I've basically doubled my lights over the last year. Now, what I'm wondering is, is it safe (wattage-wise, for my lights themselves, and for my breakers) to connect LEDs to mini light strands? Or should I keep them entirely separate? I've connected a few strands of icicle mini-lights to my LED c9s last year without even thinking about it but now I'm wondering whether that can have any ill effects, especially if I have lots of things connected to one outlet, or LEDs on both sides of a string of mini lights? Is this going to mess with the wattage? What I would LIKE to do is run an extension cord down from my roof outlet, and connect mini-lights to it to brighten my front parking area. And at the END of that strand, I would like to start attaching (at least 10) strings of LEDs to wrap around the lilac trees about 20 feet from the front of my house. I THINK this is the best course of action, as the LEDs will still take only the power they need as they are on the end, right? If this is a bad idea, I will likely just scrap the idea of minis and use an extra-long extension cord and only do the LEDs on the trees. Is this bad? Should I not do that? I'm looking to keep my energy costs low (thus using almost all LEDs), am I going to be wasting energy this way, because the minis are sucking extra power through the strings of LEDs? Will I bust my LEDs by taking extra power through them to light the minis? Thanks for any advice!
  25. As the 2015 Christmas season approaches, we want to get our village displays finished in plenty of time to enjoy them during the Christmas holidays. If you have yet to do this, and are in need of helpful information and tips on building a spectacular Christmas village display, then this is the book for you ! You will find some very helpful tricks and tips in this tutorial. It is now available in Kindle format on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T8530PA?*Version*=1&*entries*=0