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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.
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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.
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  • 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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Lee_N_the_NorthWest

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  1. I got my rope light about 6 or 7 years ago fro Bird Dog Distributing. http://www.birddogdistributing.com/ It is repairable but as of yet I have not had to.
  2. You are correct, this power supply should work great for you. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/350W-Dual-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-88-264VAC-input-5V-350W-output-CE-and-ROHS-approved/701799_289599937.html A good rule of power is to only use about 80% of the power supply. This one show it pulls 6.5 amps on the 120 volt input.
  3. Robert, You might find something here. http://www.zazzle.com/christmas+lights+tshirts
  4. Is all that area left of the driveway open. That would be a great spot. I wish I had room like that. Maybe add a couple other items with it.
  5. Robert, I use the 350 watt PS from Ray Wu. I can put 2 in a cg 1500 box. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/350W-Dual-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-88-264VAC-input-5V-350W-output-CE-and-ROHS-approved/701799_289599937.html
  6. On, I cover each of my boxes with a black plastic bag to keep any water off.
  7. Tom, Are you a DIY person or a plug and play person? Here is the DIY version http://www.holidaycoro.com/RGB-Flood_Light_p/163,htm Here is the PnP version http://www1.lightorama.com/cosmic-color-floods/
  8. Correct, pick a pair you want to use I use the Orange and Orange/white for the clock and data then I use all the striped wires as the Neg lead and all the solid as the Pos lead. On the 3 wire setups I just twist the Orange and Orange/white together as one. For the dumb (single pixel) stuff I useeach pair as one lead. Orange - Orange/white = Positive ( + ) then I use the blue - blue /white for the Blue, the green - green/white for green, and the brown - brown/white for the red This is only for the RGB 5 or 12 volt DC lighting.
  9. I use Stranded CAT5e cable. you can buy it for around $120.00 per 1000' pull box. works great and have had no issues running up to 50' from controller to strip.
  10. You can get the wireless light linkers to connect your PC to the controller, then run the cat5 cable from one controller to the other. Here is the link. http://www1.lightorama.com/wireless-data/
  11. Did you test it with the LOR hardware tool.
  12. I have my display up and running nightly Sunday - Thursday 5 - 9 Friday and Saturday 5 - 10 18018 Ambleside Ct. Arlington, WA 98223 Lee
  13. Well a lot of people use this https://wholehousefmtransmitter.com/ I actually use this http://fmuser.org/low-power-fm-transmitter/05W-pll-87108mhz-fm-transmitter-broadcast-stereo-mic-KIT.html I have used it for 4 years now and had 0 issues. I built an antenna for it and mounted it in my attic so it can not be seen outside and it gives a little better broadcast range. There are a lot of different makes and models. What ever you choose I am sure it will work well. just make sure you stay with the low power and choose a clear channel to broadcast on. you can find the open frequencies here. http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/page?p=maps just put you zip code in and it will tell you what is used in your area.
  14. Do you have the Comm listener on. you need to load the control panel.
  15. Here is the patch link. http://ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php I just patched a couple of the .exe files from LOR, I am in the process of testing it.
  16. I will look into the 4gb patch. I get tired of the error about memory. I have a 6 core CPU and 8gb of RAM in the show PC. I will also check on the preload option. Thanks, Lee
  17. You can setup the visualizer in LOR to show you what your lights will look like without having to have lights strung all over.
  18. Sounds like a good direction and a manageable step. I would order your starter kit early so you have time to do your sequencing and get familiar with the software. I bought 4 controllers to start and only used 2 the first year because I started to late in the year. It takes a lot of time to sequence. Do you use Zara radio? If not it is a free download for personal use and it will let you run a Christmas radio station 24/7, you can program it to switch to your show music when the show starts then switch back to regular music after the show ends. Good luck, fill free to PM me with questions if you need to. Lee
  19. As much as I hate to admit it. I did color all my white LED lights on my singing pumpkin. I used a colored felt marker, not a Sharpe type but one that the tip could be frayed a bit to help get into the facets. You also get better color if you pop the faceted cover off and color the LED also, then replace the cover. and wear some disposable latex gloves or your fingers will get colored also. Let the strings dry for a good 24 hours before you handle them. My pumpkin face has been holding up great, 3 years now and I see no wear on the color. Hope this helps. Lee
  20. I feel your pain, I only have 64 LOR channels with 2 P12S's and a couple of DMX universes coming off the P12S's to some 27 channels RGB decoders. maybe all total just under 8k channels. I am running LOR this year but it is very slow. The file size gets big and takes for ever to open and save. A couple times I have had the show stop for a minute between sequences. I would be interested in the solution also. Lee
  21. You may have a bad or weak triac on that circuit. have you talked with LOR for help? That would be my next step.
  22. I use CAT 5 cable to power and provide data to my RGB pixels. It has worked our well so far. I don't try to put to much on one line.
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