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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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  2. GFP Closing

    Thanks for the pics. That is so interesting. Never knew GFP made all those til I saw them myself in the factory. Then still has questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Roof Frame

    Mcas4380: thnx for the tip. I did a search of reindeer on a roof on this forum and came up with a ton of info. Great tip!
  4. Roof Frame

    Were the reindeer attached to the cable? Or on your roof?
  5. Roof Frame

    I use steel cable from tree to house.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Roof Frame

    You both are in the right place. Lots of threads on both topic's just do a search her and you will find lot of examples.
  8. Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Careful my friend. First it's a $10 string of lights from Target. Then it's buying 1,000s of lights from the GoodWill buy the pound. And before you know it you you'll be trying to hang more lights than your neighbors and before long you'll have more lights than the what's on the Las Vegas strip. If you want to make a mod to your post it's something you can do. Just click on the edit icon.
  9. Anyone MOD'd these before?

    I haven't used LOR. What you can do with it looks fantastic but it also looks awfully complicated and expensive. The controllers I bought are simple, cheap, and plug-and-play. Nothing much over $10 and most less than $5. Anybody should be able to use them right out of the box. I have some pretty hefty commercial 12V LED drivers (60W) but generally use converters scavenged from electronics gear. A 5M 3528 RGB LED strip will work fine on a dirt cheap 12V 1A converter. I have to admit that until a couple of years ago my Christmas decorations were limited to odd but simple stuff like hanging Christmas balls every 6" apart from the eves on the first floor and lighting a few windows from the inside. All the while I had a neighbor two doors down (plumber by trade) who kept winning our HOA Christmas light contest and getting more and more elaborate. I countered by buying a few simple LED lights from China beginning three years ago. Hence the reference to 6803 IC and RGBW strips. He had nothing to match that. In 2016 it was adding waterfall lights which were very uncommon here. Then they opened a Goodwill outlet store nearby and I kept finding strings of LED lights for $1.89 a pound. I found a nice LED lit metal tree and added two strings of waterfall lights. Maybe odd but certainly different. Then I saw the store also was getting in a lot of small blow molds. I converted them over to 12V LED lights and put them out. I rather like using LED stuff because the DIY LEDs are 12V DC, not directly hooked to the house line voltage. Thanks to this site I just bought two larger blow molds that I would never have considered had I not read about them here. By this year I had hundreds of feet of lights but I am too darn old to climb to the second floor of the house so they were laid on the ground, wound around trees and shrubs, and hung from the first floor level. It's nothing like what I see in some of the pictures posted here but a good start. Since it doesn't rain much here (not at all this season) I can get away with using some indoor stuff outdoors. I do have a few battery operated EL wire lights but see you can get them in 5V and 12V DC as well. I haven't tried anything that involves cutting them to a particular length. I just bought them to play with. It looks as though you could light wire frames with them but the light intensity is far lower than using regular LEDs. If you want a real PIA try starting out with a bag of naked LEDs and a bunch of resistors. It is doable but pretty labor intensive. OOPS. My edit to my first post did not work quite as I expected. The diameter of the smaller tube is 10.7 mm not 1075. If a moderator could fix that, please do so. Thanks
  10. Roof Frame

    Now that you've opened up a can of worms about roof displays, I was wondering if anyone on the forum has found a simple method of attaching 9 reindeer and a sleigh using some sort of frame where you don't have to risk damaging roof shingles? Salamber: Pinterest has examples of attaching C9's to PVC. I believe you need to drill holes.
  11. Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Welcome to the site, and thanks for sharing information. Are you a LOR user? If so, which LOR controller do you use to control the LEDs? Have you experimented or tried using EL Wrie?
  12. Anyone MOD'd these before?

    New to this site but an enthusiastic user of LED strip lights for a few years. Non-waterproof LED strip lights are much easier to work with than IP65 waterproof ones but I didn't think they would survive outside if they got wet in our very infrequent rains. Nice to know that they will not simply die. Something to think about is that winding the lights around a tube may break the printed circuit if the diameter wound around is too small. They worked perfectly spirally wound around a 18.5 mm (~3/4") hula hoop when used to form an arch for a semi-circular window but failed miserably when wound around a 1075 mm (~3/8") plastic tube. I think it was breaking the circuit at the tiny resistor that is part of each 3 LED group on a strip. I mounted SMD 3528 RGB led strips on furring strips and used them to outline windows in the house. Makes it a lot easier to put them up each year. Simple controllers that will change colors, flash, or fade the lights are a from a dollar each to a couple of bucks depending upon how many options you want. I buy all of the parts like strips, connectors, and controllers on eBay from Chinese vendors. I've also used 6830 IC strips, 2811 strips, and RGBW strips (waterproof) for lighting the eves. If you haven't progressed to using LOR these work fine with sub-$10 controllers with up to 133 pre-loaded programs. The SMD 3528 LED strips that I use have individual colors for each LED with three LEDs (red, blue, and green) making up a non-dividable unit of 3 LEDs. They are certainly bright enough for window lights. The SMD 5050 LEDs have all three colors in each LED and the same 3 LED cuttable unit. According to this site the white 3528 LEDs use 0.06W per LED while the 5050 use three times as much. https://www.12vmonster.com/blogs/product-questions/7698543-so-what-the-the-difference-between-a-3528-led-5050-led-and-5630-5730-led. The 5050 LEDs are three times as bright as 3528. I like the 3528 RGB LEDs for bicycle Christmas lights. You can light up a bike with 5 meters of RGB LEDs and still power it with an easily carried 12V CCTV power pack. You can also get them using 5V DC and power them with a lithium polymer phone charger battery. A 2 meter non-waterproof RGB strip with USB connector is $3.13 postpaid on eBay. The controllers will work on either voltage.
  13. Roof Frame

    Next year I am planning to make pvc frames in sections for my roof to make it easier for set-up and take down and also because I don't like the roof clips. But I plan to fill my roof with as amny lights as possible on PVC frames in sections about 6 ft wide. Has anyone else every done this? if so, do you have pictures? if not, do you have another set-up? Thank you.
  14. GFP Closing

    Below are some pictures, I bought a bunch of big wheels and bowling pin sets. For the kids in the family birthdays and for toys for tots. The Big Wheel in the picture was made at the plant except for the metal pins and the lady at the plant said those parts were made at their factory in China. The sleds were made at the plant. They had large sleds and small one. I should have gotten some of the large sleds. The bowling pin set was also made at the plant. The last picture shows the large sleds (blue and red) they are right behind the kids pools. The small sled were behind the large ones
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  16. D-Light Firmware Updater and USB485

    You need the D-Light version. Or update to a dmx controller firmware. We created a dmx package for all of the various controllers that were available Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Anyone work with these flood lights?

    Ok, I'm happy to report that as of the shut down of this season, my floods worked wonderfully! Got them to the correct internal program and they faded together from start to finish. Having over a 150' long house (with the attached garage) they lite up the house wonderfully and stayed in sync! Having a stone face see the pict above. The house looked wonderful. I am going to get lower wattage versions of these for next season to do up lighting on the trees. I have 3 batches of 4 together in a section and plan to use this to uplight. I had single stationary color and with the snow in the trees it was beautiful. Going to do the 3 color, red, green, blue and they will all be in sync and it should look amazing.
  18. Ive got 2 I need to get rid of, Im moving and just dont want to take these with me. Asking $325 (includes shipping in CONUS) for both. Ill thrown in a USB485 new connector and a Whole House 2.0 Transmitter. Please email at wudworkr@gmail.com rather than posting here. I need to get these gone.
  19. GFP Closing

    As Mel confirmed, yes it was true. Not sure about insurance. The fires were contained to a ventilation system so it didn’t spread throughout the factory. As for SeasonsLA. Honestly don’t know. I didn’t even think they were in business still. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Mel, Thanks for that read. Very interesting actually. So did Empire completely go out of business after selling the factory or was it a few years later? The other question I want to poke it is, did GFP produce the Big Wheels? When I was at the factory and many pics I’ve seen after showed pallets of Big Wheels and even Sleds for sale at GFPs sale. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. GFP Closing

    The ones they repainted had somewhat poor paint jobs, weepy eyes, etc. We really like the repaints, my wife wants to set the seven up as the seven dwarf miners, with the new colors they look like they could be miners at the end of the working day. I am trying to find some different miniature tools for them like a pic axe different shovels, a wheel barrow etc. We did light one and it looked pretty good. We also have an extra case of the original painted ones to see what we might come up with for them. Mel
  21. GFP Closing

    Thanks Mel, I think I just forgot about that. Btw~ I forgot to ask you why did Sidestreet Gallery repaint the Gnomes? The difference in the Gnomes face with the repaint is astonishing considering the original cherry cheeked face. Have you tried to light it?
  22. GFP Closing

    Yes, General Foam bought Empire and the Tarboro factory in 2000 after Empire went bankrupt. Mel Empire Fanatic (Empire Info Posted on PC 9-11-08.doc
  23. GFP Closing

    Fires and flood....I hope insurance covered that clean-up! I read that this factory in Tarboro was the Empire factory originally. Is that true? Just a thought.......Do you think this closing will be the end of SeasonsLA? Weren't they a huge part of GFP's sales?
  24. After Christmas sales

    Well I did run across a deal yesterday. Went into my favorite store Home Depot to find they still had a pallet of white incans 100 ct. I bought 200 boxes at .57 a box. Going to be making some mini trees for the yard. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. GFP Closing

    And both building did need work. The Tarboro factory had a couple fires last year and even a flood the summer before. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. NOOB Looking for some help

    Show is what you got and want you want to do. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
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