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Mikeymatic last won the day on January 10 2019

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The reason for the season: The Birth of Christ.
  • Location
    Happy Valley-Goose Bay Labrador Newfoundland Canada
  • Biography
    Fascinated by both Christmas lights and electricity as a kid. Worked as a transmitter tech for Canadian Broadcasting Corp, A network services tech for Newfoundland Telephone, A terminals electrician for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and an electrical instructor for College of the North Atlantic. Now retired but still plays with electricity!
  • Interests
    Electronics and Electricity, Fabrication and Welding, Antique Automobiles
  • Occupation
    Retired Industrial Electrician / Technician
  • About my display
    176 channels of LOR controlling approximately 14,000 lights. Everything built from scratch including Megatree, 30' Arch, Minitrees, Candle Rack, Animated Guitar Player and Drummers, Strobe lights, Wireframes, and many Illuminated Plywood Cutouts. Ramsay FM transmitter at 104.5

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  1. Eureka! I just remembered... https://www.actionlighting.com/c9-replacement-christmas-socket-pack-100pc-bag-100slac9skt/ Hope this helps!
  2. There used to be a "vendors list" here before planet Christmas was "renovated", I can't seem to find it anymore. I used it quite often and I remember one or two vendors that sold replacement c-9 sockets in both green and white. You will probably need the ones for the heavier SPT2 wire if the wire on the decoration is about the same physical size as household extension cord wire. Some new sockets and super bright retrofit C9 bulbs are probably the easiest way to go so you don't have to spend a lot of time tearing apart your decorations which look in nice condition.
  3. In a normal Windows installation the LOR sequence editor normally uses the directory C:/program files/light-o-rama/sequences to store your existing sequences. Using windows explorer you can go to this directory and either delete the unwanted sequences (warning they are gone forever when you empty your trash!!!) or make a new subdirectory called old sequences and move them there out of the way. The sequence files have .las or.lms file extensions and the sequence backup files (ones that you have worked on which show up under recent sequences) use .lms.bak file extensions.
  4. I am fascinated with what some people are creating with cutting edge 3-D printers. There are already web sites that offer both free and purchased 3-D printer files for making your own Christmas and Halloween decorations, it is worth your while if you have time to spare to browse the web and see what's actually out there! I was also wondering how easy it might be to bring some of the smaller old blowmolds back to life like the skull candle or devil head, etc, by scanning the originals and making the files available for people with 3d printers to reproduce copies. This is cutting edge tech just as synchronizing Christmas lights to music was 20 years ago, I would love to learn more about it, this may be a fascinating workshop idea for some future Christmas Expo. In the meantime has anyone here dabbled with 3D printers? Below are a few pictures of some of the neat stuff that people have made with them. I realize the size of these decorations is small but I'm sure it could be scaled up for larger size printers...
  5. So far I have repaired a couple dozen of these units of the type that you see in my photos and have almost always had to replace both the xenon flash tube and the trigger coil. Many electronics suppliers sell them as sets. Also in many commercial strobe units, like those used in emergency vehicles, both the xenon flashtube and trigger coil come factory assembled and sealed as a replaceable module with a three pin connector. Living in northern Canada, I get mine from ABRA electronics in Montreal to save on postage, customs and brokerage fees. ABRA also have a branch in the U.S. that accepts online orders: www.abra-electronics.com The xenon flash tube is part # 361-4425 and the trigger coil is # 422-1304 (They also sell cool stuff like Miniature LED printed circuit Christmas tree kits and Ramsay FM transmitters and kits.) Both the tube and coil are slightly larger and beefier than the originals that came with the curtain strobe and should give you a much longer lifespan. It also seemed that they flash a little bit brighter. Very rarely have I seen any other components fail in these units. If the tube is darkened and the unit still flashes erratically or once in a while the trigger coil may still be good. If you connect the power to the unit while it is disassembled (be careful!) you can see the small glass neon bulb under the circuit board flashing. This means that the coil energizing circuit is working, and if you do not hear a "ticking" sound corresponding to the flashing neon light it normally tells you that the coil is bad.
  6. How to dis-assemble and modify Xenon curtain strobes using teflon tubing to help prevent the High Voltage trigger coil secondary from arcing out when the unit is damp. Also shows how to replace the Xenon flash tube. From past experience, I now replace both the tube and the HV trigger coil to revive dead units.
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