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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • 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.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • 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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. 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.


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About Lukeslights

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  • Birthday 08/12/1998

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke 2:1-20
  • Location
    New Hampshire
  • Biography
    I've been doing this since 2010, and have loved it!
  • Interests
    Lighting, of course!
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  • About my display
    I started in 2010, and have added a little bit each year. After adding LOR elements my first few years, I've been (slowly) making my way into the world of pixels!

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  1. This is one of our new songs for 2014. This year's new features were our RGB Flood Lights, and the RGB Icicle Tubes. The rest of the videos you can catch on our website: www.LukesLightsNH.com.
  2. Hey all! So I'm looking at some RGB Floods for this year. I've seen so many different types of flood lights, from DIY to kits to fully assembled. I've also seen them placed in so many different areas to adequately light a house. For the floods, I've definitely decided I wanted to go the DIY way. DIY always seems to be the most fun too . But that's as much as I know. I've attached some pictures so you guys can get a feel of my house [don't worry, we're powerwashing the house soon aha ]. The main part is a 2-story house, with 1-story pieces on both the left and right. What I'm looking for is an even wash. I'd like the break the lighting into sections, to be able to scroll across the house in different colors. I had a couple different random thoughts about how to light it. My bet is that I'm going to need to use some sort of combination to get the even wash I'm looking for. Light from the ground. With the bushes in the way, I was thinking: a.) light from in front of the bushes, with the lights angled above them. b.) light behind the bushes, angled steeply [will this have an affect with shadows/color quality as the light gets higher] c.) light from on top of the bushes, angled, but not as steeply. Light from the porch roof. This could help illuminate the taller half of the house. Light from the top down. Using the ledge, we could use strip lighting and aim down at a sharp angle. My main concern is color quality with these different methods. I'd love to keep an even wash across the house. As for what the lights are made out of, I have two options, depending on the location. Use RGB Dumb Strip Lighting. Using the rectangular modules [ie: http://www.holidaycoro.com/RGB-Rectangle-Module-p/56.htm], putting them in groups of 10-20 to create your standard flood light. So what do you guys think? Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks!
  3. Earlier this year I gave building my own strobe cords with SPT-2 wire a try. Unfortunately, my patience level wore thin as some of the sockets wouldn't work, yet the strobe lights would. So, I decided to purchase a string of 25 C9 Incandescent lights and screw in the strobe lights. Now, I purchased 10 strobes for this year. I've been putting one strobe in every third socket (yes, I understand there are extras). The other sockets get the bulb taken out just enough so it doesn't light, then it's electrical taped. After I finished this, I plugged in the lights only to see that 2 out of the 10 strobes worked. Here's the weird part: when I plugged the non-lighting strobes into one of the few sockets in my home-made cord that worked, the strobes worked. Yet when I plugged them into a socket in the purchased string where a working strobe was, it still wouldn't light. I tested the string before I pulled out the lights and they all worked. My question is, when I'm disconnecting a regular light, is the flow of energy being cut off for the next few bulbs? Or is something else causing the strobes not to work? Any and all answers are welcome. Thanks in advance!
  4. To be honest, I'm not quite sure. I just wanted to through to idea out to see what would happen. There would probably have to be some dialogue, with the witch, and Mickey destroying evil and everything. I got the soundtrack too. When I listen to it though, it would take some editing to get the plot line without seeing the show in person before. So I was thinking stick to the CD, but cutting out some sections and replacing them with others. Different moods of music would also have to be added so everyone knows things are heating up. So in all, it would be a combination of dialogue and moods of music. This idea would either rock or bomb. That's why I'm on the fence about doing it. Any suggestions, thoughts, or ideas are welcome. Thanks in advance!
  5. So this is an idea, please feel free to comment on it. So I've had the wheels in my head cranking for a while about a possible 4th of July show. I was thinking creatively, and asked myself, what if a light show was created with a plot line? I was thinking something like Fantasmic. For those who don't know, it's a Disney Production where Mickey's dreams start out good, but turn to evil. He has to overcome them in the end. Now, I know several just-dialogue parts would have to be cut out, and other mini-songs would have to be put in. I also know there'd have to be an explanation of the plot at the beginning. But what do you guys think of the idea?
  6. I happened to be by Kmart today, and they still had some lights in stock. I ended up getting $185 worth of Christmas stuff for under $20 -- almost everything Christmas related was 90% off!! I'm shocked that they still had stuff in stock.
  7. Thanks for that advice. I've watched them, but I was just wondering if anyone had a cheaper way of doing it besides coughing up $11+ for a power supply.
  8. Thanks for the answer. One other question, I want to power some RGB stuff with these power supplies: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-100V-240V-Converter-Adapter-DC-5V-2A-Power-Supply-US-/360290888878?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e302acae#ht_825wt_1396. My question is, has anybody found a way on how to waterproofed these? Thank again.
  9. So I'm doing my revisions for my 2012 display. I know I want to add RGB floods for sure, because I like the look of those a lot better than the incandescent ones. This may be a dumb question, but can you use Seasonal Entertainment floods (Rainbow Floods: http://www.seasonalentertainmentllc.com/rainbowfloodlight.htm) with this: http://www.holidaycoro.com/product-p/26.htm? And is this RGB Flex Strip: http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209843764-288949036/5m-flexible-LED-Strip-5050-SMD-30LEDs-m-waterproof-by-epoxy-coating-RGB-color-DC12V-input.html a three channel (non pixel) strip? I do know that DC Controllers are an alternative, but I'm pretty sure that the cost / channel would be more on a DC controller compared to a DMX network. I'm really lost as to how a lot of this RGB stuff works, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Paul, Do the strobe lights include a C9 socket?
  11. The PVC enclosures look like they could be smart string controllers, from http://www.diylightanimation.com/. I'm not 100% sure though.
  12. I have 6 sequences posted on vimeo, but will share my two favorites here. New this year is the spinner. Thanks for watching!
  13. I have 6 sequences posted on vimeo, but will share my two favorites here. New this year is the spinner. Thanks for watching!
  14. So I go open my sequences today, for a final once-over, before the show begins. I open them, and it gives me an error message: --------------------------- Error Loading Sequence --------------------------- Error loading sequence. Detail: Unexpected extra save info version --------------------------- This happens in all, except one of my sequences. Not only does this not let me see them, they don't load in a show. Please help! Thanks.
  15. So I go open my sequences today, for a final once-over, before the show begins. I open them, and it gives me an error message: --------------------------- Error Loading Sequence --------------------------- Error loading sequence. Detail: Unexpected extra save info version --------------------------- This happens in all, except one of my sequences. Not only does this not let me see them, they don't load in a show. Please help! Thanks.
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