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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.
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  • 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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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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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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  1. Gunther, Check your inbox. I sending you a file. You can modify your pattern from this or make it the same if you wish. Lee
  2. I would check here. http://www.minionsweb.com/osStore/lighting-lamp-sockets-stakes-c-4_65.html?osCsid=c86323b75a316cd846d90a9760f4b82c They have a really good supply most of the time. Lee
  3. What projector do you use for the projections? Is it just one projector for all three pumpkins? I have a inexpensive Discovery WonderWall projector, but the lumins are not that great. Lee
  4. Hi Sysco, Is there a reason you want 6803? You can get the new 2811 that are 8bit for the same or even lower price. Lee
  5. Jeremy, Check the FastEddys 2012 Christmas show video here. http://auschristmaslighting.com/videos/ The video is about 8 rows down in the middle. He uses a couple pixels panels. Than I would talk with him. He should be able to help you out. Lee
  6. Thanks guys, Robert, Yes it is the flat type with end caps. I will be getting prices together soon. GMAC, FastEddy, You make a good point. I was planning on testing the 3528 60s on the front of the house. The 5050 60s would work well under the eves as wall washers. Thanks, Lee
  7. Ernie, I am working on putting together a package deal for mega trees. It can use use the pixel strips or the pixel strings. Still working out a couple items, but should have a product in a couple months. I will let you know when I have it complete. Lee
  8. Hello Everyone, I have been kicking around the idea of buying some large volume items direct from the mfr. I have been in contact with several mfrs of Digital and Dumb RGB strips / strings. Along with the accessories. I would like to see what kind of interest is out there if I did this, and what items are most wanted. Here is what I am looking at so far. RGB Dumb strips. some 3528 and 5050 size both 30 & 60 LED per meter. Non waterproof and No 3M tape. Used to build custom lengths for outlining windows or house. Waterproofing Silicone tube in bulk rolls. used for waterproofing the custom length lights above. 27 channel DMX controller for RGB LEDs These would drive the dumb pixel strips/string they support 9 RGB channel outputs. 200 WATT 12vdc power supplies 200 WATT 5vdc power supplies WS2811 Digital strips 30 pixels/LEDs per meter. These are the new ws2811ic and LED is intigrated into one chip each chip is one pixel power is 5vdc Meteor lights the ones I am looking at are 60cms long and have 108 LEDs in each tube. these are more expensive then the ones on ebay. but much better quality. If you have other items of interest let me know. I am not asking for money upfront but I would like to get a consinsus of what most people are looking for this year and I will try and get some good pricing. Please let me know what you might like to purchase. As far as prices go I know I can be competitive with AliExpress pricing when you consider the shipping costs. and I will be able to get it delivered here in the US much faster. Feel free to PM me with questions if needed. Thanks for your time, Lee
  9. Sorry it is a bad picture. On the right side is a computer power supply with the case and cooling fan removed. The PC power supplys work great they have very stable 12 vdc and 5 vdc outputs. Just make sure you do the math right when you calculate the # of WATTS with the voltage used. Lee
  10. Jeremy, You will need a controller for every 512 channels or 170 pixels of RGB. Each RGB pixel uses 3 channels (1 for red 1 for green 1 for blue). If you put 5 - 1 meter lengths of 32 pixels you could manage them all from 3 DMX universes. The controller I use is the J1Sys ECG-P12R http://www.j1sys.com/ecg-p12r/ It can handle 12 universes on one controller. The strips connect directly to this unit. You do have to run an Ethernet network connection to this controller. LOR software does support the use of E1.31 protocol so there is no problem there. Here is a picture of how I set mine up in a CG-1500 break out box. Lee
  11. Ernie, I used CAT5 cable for my 6803 and 2801 strips and strings this year and it worked very well. The WS2801 pixel strings however had a 10% fail rate on individual pixels. Now I do live north of Seattle and we get a lot of rain. The strings where rated IP67 but I don't think they kept the water out. On the CAT5 cable I used the White/Orange as the CLK and the Orange as the DATA. Then I used all the solid color wires as + and the striped wires as - for the DC voltage. I soldered them on each end to make sure they stayed together. I made my runs about 34 feet and did not see any issues with data or power. I only powered 50 pixels on each run. It sounds like you will have more pixels on each universe so you will need to run a seperate power lead to each additional strip/string. I use the the ECG-P12R from J1Sys http://www.j1sys.com/ecg-p12r/ I went with this one because I can have on half powered 5 volt and the other half 12 volt if I want. They work great with the LOR software on E1.31 protocal. Your Software questions is not as easy to answer. It really depends on how you want your tree to interact with the music. My Brother in law uses Light Show Pro but his tree does not sync to the music as well as the LOR and the Super Star software. I do not have any exper. with LSP so someone else my know more. Hope this helps. Happy New Year, Lee
  12. Hey Don, I will be up until New Years. Last show is New Years Eve. Then I start drying it off and packing it away. I had a really good showing of visitors last night too. I expect tonight to be pretty good also. Lee
  13. Don, Your lights look Great. I get a lot of people at work commenting on your show. What type of strobes do you use in the big tree? Good Work, Lee
  14. Mitch, Where are you located? I am in Arlington. My show is also up and running. Lee
  15. Jeremy, I don't see why not. If you use the the digital pixel strips that have 32 pixels per meter. The strips and controllers will not be cheap though. I don't buy from Ray Wu but here is a type of strip you could use. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5m-led-digital-strip-DC5V-input-WS2801IC-256-scale-32pcs-IC-and-32pcs-5050-SMD-RGB/701799_465132154.html to build a curtain it would take a whole lot of these strips. Lee
  16. Just wanted to start up a topic and get the ball rolling for all the NW CLAP people. I was able to get my display up and running on Friday made a few fixes on Sat. I only added 7 RGB Pixels strips/strings and found that to be a lot of work learning the the Superstar and Visualizer. Once I figured it out somewhat it went a little smoother. How is everyone else doing so far? Anyone need some help with anything? Hope to get a list of sites for all of us to tour. Cheers, Lee 18018 Ambleside Ct. in Arlington
  17. Christopher, The RGB strips are hard to use in a 360 degree tree. I know my brother is using the RGB string LEDs and they look OK in a 360 degree tree. Myself I just made a 180 degree tree with the strips similar to the CCRs that LOR sells. here is a picture of the string lights. Lee
  18. I talked my Wife into attending also. Not sure how long she will stay before she wants to go shopping somewhere. Lee
  19. I to am planning to be there. I have lots of questions on DMX E1.31 and RGB pixels.
  20. We are here to help. I live in Arlington and my son lives up in Bellingham. If you have questions lets know. And welcome. Lee
  21. Charles, Don, I will be by tonight some time to check your displays. Lee
  22. Deeny, We are going out tonight, for show watching. I haven't heard from Paul in Burlington this year. Do you know if he put up a display? PM me with your address so I can look it before I leave this year. Lee
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