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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.
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Everything posted by ɟɐsʇǝppʎ

  1. You only need to post once as it will be seen by everyone, there is no need to create duplicate post on other boards
  2. The way that most pay is through paypal. We send ray a list of what we want, he sends back a pro-forma and we pay into his paypal acount, none of the crap your talking about.
  3. with a $400 bill you are obviously still using energy wasting incandescents. But if you can use waste vegitable oil then at least that helps offset the cost of running these.
  4. There are no rules here, you do what you think makes you and your family happy. Dont get to hung up on what others may think because firstly do the lights for yourself and your family and the enjoyment that it will bring to the wider community is a just a bonus
  5. This is the reason many are now selling off thier mains AC voltage controllers as there is no real easy way to control a low voltage DC strip on an AC controller. Its not impossible but requires a bit of work and expense which in the end it would be better to buy a DC controller board.
  6. As far as the network is concerned each universe starts at channel 1 and finishes at channel 512, each universe will have its seperate iniverse number. The way you configure in LSP is that each channel is individual, so i may have an element that starts at channel 2000 in LSP but then that start channel of 2000 and the channel range is then allocated (mapped) to a universe in the LSP E1.31 Application, each universe is still channel 1 to 512 but channel 2000 in LSP is mapped to the universe This video in this thread will help you understand http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,2404.0.html
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    Some how this thread looks to be spam as the comment is very generic and general and doesnt mention anything about lights. And his signiture is a link to a site that sells scales. Spammers are getting more smarter and using more cryptic ways to get their spam across and this definetly looks like the case here. Also looking at his previous post which all occured around the same time really dont add anything and again is another tactic of spammers. Ive seen this a few time before over at the ACL forums. Some will just post once a month and add nothing but it continues to get their spam link viewed. Another give away is the english which it seems like chinglish (chinese english) and this guy does not sound like he is in Canada. So guys beware of smart spamming tactics.
  8. Changes to the ISP have been made to ensure the website and forum can perform for the future as the previous LSP server was well below par and was suffering from attacks, but unfortunatly with such a big change then this brings in unexpected issues. The current issue is not created by the move itself as most of the issues had almost been worked through. The current issue is with the server itself and was totaly unexpected and this is currently being worked on and resolved
  9. There has been an issue created by the new server that was created on the server side and was beyond the control of the LSP administrators. I believe this issue is being worked on and should hopefully be resolved soon.
  10. If your an LSP user or planning on LSP or just interested in what it has to offer then the academy will be the place to be as Ill be showing how to use LSP and how to get the most from it. I have already spent some time working on a presentation for this event So book in your place now
  11. If you use LSP then thats all you will need, you wont have a need at all for LOR LSP has LOR export but this can be hit and miss on how it turns out LSP will run LOR gear natively with the LOR protocol if you want But be warned LSP is very different to LOR and has a much deeper level of features to be creative with but all these options and abilaties can come at a cost and that is additional complexity compared to LOR Forget everything you have learned with LOR if you want to get the best from LSP would be my advice.
  12. I havent done anything specific to how the 2D mapping works but this video on creating easy chases using LSP shows how easy it is to make chases based on using the 2D mapping, layers and the macros http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,2404.msg20995.html#msg20995 I am currently working on some training material that will be at least another month away from completion
  13. The CCR is supported as ive used them with LSP for 3 years now, you can use them as LOR devices or DMX devices as LSP has the ability to run many different devices and protocols. As far as S3 support then it will import in an S3 sequences but it doesnt do a good job on the RGB elements from LOR as it then seperates the RGB channels into individual channels when imported in. One of the features that most people are not aware of is the ability to map the location on your visualizer of you display and then group these items as individual items, grouped items and whole display to then apply effects without having to manually set the controllers in a logical way to create these effects and chases. Its 2D mapping of your display and its very very powerful and is what really sets LSP apart from the rest.
  14. The LSP web site is now back up and running on the new server, there are still some minor issues which are being worked through
  15. There seems to be a lot of 'high quality' posts in that forum.
  16. A good place to start learning about RGB lighting is by reading the ACL 101 Lighting manual which goes into RGB lighting and shows diagrams and examples, the forum specializes in RGB displays http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,1889.0.html
  17. They monitor the difference in current between the active (hot) and neutral, The only thing ground has to do with it is that the current that is leaked will goto ground be it through your body or an earth wire or metal framing, it wont trip if the current doesnt flow to ground. This is why they are measure in milliamp trip ratings because its looking for that difference in current to trip as current flow should be equal between the active and the neautral. In Australia the name was changed several years ago to be more in tune with what is actually being done. Its called an RCD - Residual Current Device because it detects any residual lost current (ie, the difference between active and neutral) and trips on that. You can actually bypass the function of a GCFI or RCD by holding the active and neutral at the same time and then turning on the power, what will happen is that you will become the load and the current will travel through your body to the least resistive path, normally between your hands and in this situation an GFCI or RCD will not trip because it wont detect a difference in current.
  18. A good place to start is with the ACL 101 Lighting manual, this will give you a good idea of the types of syetms and how they connect up http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,1889.0.html You can take a look at the P12R manual (which is a pixel controllerand) or video on using with LOR that may do what your asking http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,2232.0.html You will find the ACL forums have a strong focus on RGB lighting and a very freindly chat room with many LOR users doing exactly what your wanting to do with RGB lighting. But as already mention you need to know the pixel type that the galaxia system use as this will determine your options
  19. Here is a possible stupid idea, how would using somthing like a few heated blankets draped over it for an hour or so before removing, it may give enough heat to at least not make it crack. Just a suggestion.
  20. Im trying to work out why these draw 3.7 amps per string of 50 @ 12vdc because the numbers dont see line up. Ill explain why The 12mm LED may in fact be a 8mm LED as they have been called 12mm LEDs because the covers make them 12mm in diameter when molded in their traditional form. So reality is anything that is called 12mm LED is in fact a 8mm LED, correct me if im wrong because i couldnt find any actual 12mm LEDs, the largest size I found was 10mm LEDs. So based on the fact that i believe these to be an 8mm RGB LED and the normal design specification for the 8mm LED is 20mA per colour (60mA per LED) so if these were driven at 20mA per colour at 12vdc then the total current for a string should be 3 amps total (0.06amps x 50 = 3 amps) You will also find that these running at 20mA per colour that there is over 3 x as much energy that is dissapated through the resistor than what is actually being used by the LED so a very inneficient design and why normally a 12v 8mm LED is configured to run around 10mA due to the excess heat and energy losses cause by using 12vdc with 8mm LEDs and this thread explains in further detail the differences between 12VDC and 5VDC strings. So im a bit confused as to those numbers as they dont seem to line up with any specifications im aware of, one scenario is that the current limiting resistor is of a value that allows the LEDs to be over driven to compensate for voltage loss, or that the LEDs have different specifications to the normal 8mm LED, but either way the higher the current used the more inneficient this would become due to heat losses when running at 12VDC. Hopefully more info may be provided by the vendor to help understand how he came to the number of 3.7 amps for a string of 50 at 12vdc.
  21. The dumb RGB strings draw a bit more than 3.7 watts a string, each LED is 0.3 watts @ 12 Volts so that is a total of 2.5 amps total for a string of 100 which is aprox 0.84 amps per color (wire) and 2.5 amps for the common return (wire) using the 100 count 12vdc RGB dumb nodes Using Dumb RGB lights there are 2 main ways to inject. 1: If the load is below the rated channel output specs of the controller then its just a case of doubleing up the wires coming from the outputs of the controller and just connecting invetween the strings. With 12vdc you only really need to inject every 100 LEDs as long as the distance between the controller and the injection point is not too long and has too much voltage drop. 2: If the load is above the rated channel output specs then use a 3 channel amplifier like this one as this will enable you to inject power from either the same or a different power supply but maintain the same control over all the connected strings
  22. Thats correct you dont really need to wrap these around, they are bright and fill in well so 1/2 of what you used with traditional lights will usually be more than enough, which means you can spend that money on more lights for other props
  23. The spiral tree in the middle of my display next to the arch is two spirals of 100 pixels, so 200 pixels and its 6 foot tall Video here
  24. Just remember that the 8mm RGB strings are far brighter than the traditional strings so in most cases you could easily get away with 1/2 as much as you used before with traditional lights.
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