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  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
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  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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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ChuckHutchings wrote:

wirekat wrote:

I can hear it now...

"Tank you velly much, Mr. Kevin! We get you thousands ofwhite bulls in shipping container right away! Not to worry about customs!"

We'll be lucky if we all don't serve time for this! ;)

That's OK Chuck I told them you were my agent for lite bulls!

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Hey yall, are you planning on doing another group buy on these M16's anytime soon? Unfortunately, I didn't see the string for the group buy until today. I was looking around on the internet and you can't beat these prices. Heck, you can't afford to do it at some of the prices out there.

Ryan

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Now that the MR16s are due in shortly, I need to get a power supply for them. Can't remember, are these AC or DC? Old age setting in!

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circus4u wrote:

Now that the MR16s are due in shortly, I need to get a power supply for them. Can't remember, are these AC or DC? Old age setting in!

They will work on both AC and DC. Most folks are using an old PC power supply.

You can get those from eBay or allelectronics.com.

If you plan on controlling them with LOR or Dlight thenuse their DC controller

board and a PC power supply.

Figure how big a PS you need my multiplying .167 amps (at 12 volts)times how

many MR16's you have.

http://www.christmasinkent.com/HowTo.htm

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Randaling wrote:

Hey yall, are you planning on doing another group buy on these M16's anytime soon? Unfortunately, I didn't see the string for the group buy until today. I was looking around on the internet and you can't beat these prices. Heck, you can't afford to do it at some of the prices out there.

Ryan

I will probably have more but I will be selling them on my site for about the same

price.

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They're here!

I will start shipping this week. I want to pull samples and testto be sure these will dim as well as the first batch.

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That's great Kevin. How will you notify us about payment due and how to get it to you?

Tim

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timdks wrote:

That's great Kevin. How will you notify us about payment due and how to get it to you?

Tim

Yep.

Once I ship I will know those charges and be able to send you an invoice.

You can pay with PayPal (I will add PP charges) or you can mail me a check.

Kevin

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OK folks.

Don't know if you read the other thread so here goes. The Easy folks in China sent us the same MM16's as GBII. These are ones that have trouble dimming. The solution is to use a resister.

Here's the video of red and green MR16's with and without the resister.

http://www.christmasinkent.com/Videos.htm

You might have to turn up the volume to hear my ramblings but in a nut shell:

Maybe it's just me but the MR16 with the resister looked brighter on my ceiling

than the one without. You decide.

If you plan on dimming these you will need to put a 22 ohm resister in series with

one the leads of the MR16. The dimming will be different than with your other

lights in your show. They dim best from zero to about 50%. After 50% there is

little noticeable difference. I dealt with this in last years show by just changing the

range of dimming for the MR16 vs the other type lights in you show. This should be

easy with LORII as their interface now allows multiple dimming ranges.

I am including one resister for every MR16 so you should be good to go once you

receive your order. Of course you'll need a power supply and controller and some

sort of enclosure and some sort of cover for the MR16's since they are not

weather proof. Easy as they say....

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Kevin,

Mine arrived the other day and the results of the pre testing I have done so far is WOW. Thanks again for making this group buy happen.

Tony

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Just curious Tony, I'm not that far along. Did your testing use an AC or DC power supply? I know Kevin said we could use either. Has anyone compared to see if one gives better results than the other?

Thanks

Leon

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WWNF911 wrote:

Just curious Tony, I'm not that far along. Did your testing use an AC or DC power supply? I know Kevin said we could use either. Has anyone compared to see if one gives better results than the other?

Thanks

Leon

I think someone said that you have to use DC if you want to fade them using LOR.

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circus4u wrote:

WWNF911 wrote:

I think someone said that you have to use DC if you want to fade them using LOR.

That is correct. You would need a DC power suplly to use either LOR's or L-Dight's

DC board.

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Good news, I recd a notice that PO has a box for me

Not sure if that is my order, I'll check tomorrow

Thanks also for the work on this GB

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Mine arrived yesterday and I played with a few out in the garage last night. Let me just say thanks again and WOW!!! Let the fun begin...

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