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Chuck

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    Mr. PlanetChristmas!
  • Birthday October 15

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
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    Franklin, TN
  • Biography
    Engineer
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    Christmas???
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    Engineer
  • About my display
    I help others put up great displays!

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  1. The Classifieds are back for 2021! A new, new update has been uploaded and applied. Tweaking continues. Ads on PlanetChristmas are free. There are no commissions charged by PlanetChristmas. The buyer and seller must figure out on their own how to exchange any payments. Keep all fingers and toes crossed that this version of Classifieds will work as advertised. Look for the 'Classifieds' option on the top menu bar.
  2. Now those were the good old days. K-Mart and Sears were my go-to sources for outdoor Christmas decorating. As I remember, my Mr. Christmas was purchased from K-Mart... on December 26 when it was 50% off. I also bought my lighted wireframes from there... cheesy wire sculptures lined in white minilights with some sort of vinyl tubing covering everything. As I think back, we had very low expectations for Christmas decorations .) Wait... what happened to K-Mart and Sears??? I'm going to bet the contests were just marketing hype to pull your attention to the store shelf. Back in those d
  3. Mr. Christmas... I keep one in my closet and still use it on occasion. Great product for its time, as long as you keep your expectations realistic. It's not really designed for light strings with built-in controllers (like chasers) or props with motors. But... it's perfect for basic incandescent light strings... if you don't have too many. Each channel can safely handle 200 watts and that works out to about six 100 light mini strings or about 40 C7 bulbs. Light strings with built-in controllers are troublesome because the Mr. Christmas controller fights with the light-string controller.
  4. After much consideration, I've come to the conclusion the PlanetChristmas forums will be around as long as I am. I ventured over into the world of Facebook. Good gosh... what a black hole of time. It's so easy get get distracted. I found the never-ending ads especially irritating. Sometimes the latest is not the greatest. Maybe the new Planet Christmas tag line should be: "Say hello to the gold old days!"
  5. Some PlanetChristmas features were updated March 5, 2021 so you might experience some oddities over the next few days. The Classified module as well as the page themes have been refreshed.
  6. I'm thinking anything pre-pandemic is like... ancient history. 😂 The early editions of PlanetChristmas Magazine were based on Adobe Flash to get the page flipping animation. Most browsers now disable or don't allow Flash features to work because of security issues. Let me add this request to the to-do list and see if the old magazines can be regenerated with newer technology.
  7. Our Classifieds module has been... welllllllll... trying my patience. I've just upgraded it again (as of March 5, 2021). There might be some oddities as I try and figure out the new/improved/now working features. Please stay tuned.
  8. Twinkly lights are pretty cool, especially when controlling them from your smartphone. Twinkly's are addressable yet still look like typical LED Christmas lights. The only downside might be they use a proprietary communications protocol meaning you can't mix and match them with typical RGB smart pixels.
  9. A really good point on inflatables. They're big, easy to deploy and relatively inexpensive. If we could just apply that concept to lights...
  10. We did our annual Christmas Eve light tour and I couldn't help but notice more people had outdoor Christmas decorations... typically some minilights in the bushes. A step in the right direction but still a long way from the magic of a Hallmark Christmas movie. I'm going to blame the over-the-top decorators. They've intimidated the typical decorator into not even trying. 😲 Christmas 2020 is so.... last year but I'm already looking at 2021 and how to get more people decorating. I'm thinking some sort of smart props. Dancing wreaths, snowflakes, candy canes but plug and play.
  11. Christmas indoors and out. Way cool!
  12. I constantly get the question about switching to smart pixels. They're great eye candy BUT expensive, complicated and can be power hogs. I got to watching a lot of the customer-submitted videos on the Light-O-Rama website. What struck me with the RGB pixel displays was how cars would speed past... totally ignoring what was built to stop them in their tracks. Hmmmmmmmm. Now when I talk to others about switching to smart pixels I ask them where they live. If there's not a place for people to park and watch I recommend sticking with traditional lighting where you're lucky to ge
  13. When I was a teenager our neighborhood sponsored a Christmas lighting contest. As I remember I spelled NOEL in giant block letters on the roof and animated them a bit... but there was plenty of competition. I walked away with a $10 check and was soooooo proud. Now that I think about it, that was 50 years ago... Maybe a way to stimulate more outdoor decorating is to get with your neighborhood homeowners association and convince them a lighting contest is needed for 2020. Heck, in my area I'd even donate $50 in prize money just to get participants 'motivated.' I'm thinking "Great Chri
  14. When I was a teenager our neighborhood sponsored a Christmas lighting contest. As I remember I spelled NOEL in giant block letters on the roof and animated them a bit... but there was plenty of competition. I walked away with a $10 check and was soooooo proud. Now that I think about it, that was 50 years ago... Maybe a way to stimulate more outdoor decorating is to get with your neighborhood homeowners association and convince them a lighting contest is needed for 2020. I think I'll start a new topic on this idea. Thanks!
  15. GFCI and outdoor Christmas lights were never designed to be a good match. Lights are outdoor and in dampness... exactly what GFCIs are designed to prevent. One hack the professionals use is to elevate all electrical connections off the ground with a wooden stake. Now electricity can't sneak to ground and pop the GFCI. Don't try to waterproof the connections... it just ends up retaining the water causing even more grief. If you're in a cold climate then repeated freeze/thaw cycles will end up pushing the connection apart. You might also consider repurposing that GFCI circuit t
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