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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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  1. I tried to make a purchase from Ray Wu using my VISA and it aliexpress wants me to send them a copy of my passport, bank account statement or the front and of my credit card.  Has everyone else who purchased lights from Ray Wu had to do through these hoops?

     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.


  2. I'm looking into entering the RGB world and I'm not quite sure where to start.  Here are a few of my first questions that maybe the more experienced members can help with.  I'm an 8-year LOR user and currently running an 128 channel display that connects 4 houses in a row.  So I'm not a total newbie, but I'm not nearly as smart or as good with bare wires and circuits like most of the DIY folks on these boards (I'm jealous of your talents :))

     

    1. Strips v. nodes?  Which do you prefer?  I saw some nodes in person on a Halloween show and they were pretty cool.  Is one easier than the other to install?  Does one look better than the other? I prefer to use strip because I have found it to be more reliable because it doesnt have the same potential water ingress issues that strings can have. But saying that the strings have become a lot better. I find strip is better for outlines because you really only want to direct the light to the audience. But when using strip as an outline you then dont get the colour wash back onto the house. So you add in flood lights and then this gives you the ability to control your wall colour wash, so you could have an outline one colour and your wall wash another colour.
    2. Best vendor to purchase RGB strips/nodes from? Ray Wu Aliexpress store and look for the 2811 and 2812 IC type pixels which is most commonly used now days
    3. Has RGB strips/nodes been out long enough to know who offers the best quality product for the price? Rays quality has definetly improved over time but for $32 for a 5 metre digital strip, then thats hard to beat for price and value.  Many of the community have been using Ray for  years now, ive used him for the last 4 years and he understands our hobby and community
    4. Do you have to know how to solder to work with RGB strips/nodes? Not really, you can ask Ray for custom lengths and with cable and plug attached on the end (will cost more and take longer to ship)
    5. Does anyone offer non soldering required product? There are a few vendors that do offer this
    6. I have LOR Advanced S3 software license, do I have to purchase the SuperStar add on to program? No but it may help you with sequencing RGB lighting depending on the elements you may have
    7. How difficult is it to program the RGB elements?  I'm pretty good with the basic sequencing features and can program fairly quickly now, but the RGB world looks intimidating to program. This varies with software, I use LightShow Pro because I think its the best when dealing with RGB lighting
    8. Dumb v. Smart - What is everyone using?  It seems like you have a lot more flexibility with the intelligent product, but then again, is having all of those individual nodes to sequence pretty difficult to program?  Most will use smart nowdays because the price is not trhat much more for the added control you get. RGB will definetly add additional complexity to your system and sequencing, but there are tools and software that can assist with this.

    Thanks in advance!

    Brian


  3. As all the focus has been on RGB and pixels so i thought I would show the power of LSP when sequencing with LOR controllers and traditional Red Green and Blue strings as many are starting to add RGB pixels to their displays but dont know how easy they can also use their traditional colored strings and sequence in chases and effects without even having to use the grid as LSP just doesnt know the location of an element but it also can know what the color of a string is. This allows you to sequence RGB pixel elements and traditional strings easily together.

    Here is a 15 minute video on setting up LOR controllers and using them as RGB controllers, or even selecting a color for an individual or range of channels on an LOR controller.

    http://vimeo.com/70677441


  4. 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.


  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. I have to say in the 5 years I have been using LSP, this is the worst the website problems have ever been. I can remember it getting hacked before but the problems have never been this bad. I wonder who would do something like this? Hmmmm........

     

    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


  8. 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.


  9. Eddy, Thanks for pointing this out, I'm not sure if others know how to use this extremely useful feature. I could swear I saw a how-to video you made on this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere so that I could post the link here, am I just not looking in the right place for it? George

     

     

    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


  10. Seems some of the sight does not work - and they don't show support for CCR or S3 yet - still might try the demo version, they seem to have a much better approach to RGB sequencing, like the ability to select an area of the music and setup timing.

     

    Still trying to figure out the star sequencer, seems very limited.

     

     

    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.


  11. I look forward to flying over to Texas and giving lessons on getting the best from LSP. I will be doing 2 classes a day which will be a basic and advanced class so for anyone looking at getting into RGB lighting then this should be a great help in understanding how LSP is a one software solution that will get the most from your RGB lights. LSP also has many tools to make traditional lighting much easier as well. 

     

    I am now preparing the training package, so if you want to give any suggestions on what you may want to learn then please contact me. So i hope to see as many as possible there and look forward to meeting many people. I will aslo be in attendance at the LSP booth for 1 on 1 chats.

     

    For those who may not know me then here is a video of my display which was 100% created and run in LSP

     

    http://vimeo.com/55705124


  12. 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.


  13. 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


  14. 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.

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