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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.
  • ‘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. It is pretty common for color leds to be clear. They have to be on to see what color light they emit. Perhaps the ones you think are white are actually not?
  2. I got 400 each c7 red, green, and warm white and had 2 or 3 doa red.
  3. Busiest nights, without considering local media coverage some years, are weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Typically each weekend gets busier towards Christmas. Christmas Eve is also very busy. This last Saturday was the busiest this year so far. Volume was nearly double the previous high. I do have a headlight sensor that counts. It is not really an accurate count but it does do a good job of showing relative volume. It is set to allow a "re-trigger" every 3 seconds. It logs to a sql database and i have a graph set up in sql report server. This was a new project this year. Previously this was all handled by a Commodore Vic-20 computer that spit out a count every night on a printer. Been doing this a while!
  4. I have no idea about m5's but talked to Paul yesterday and was very disappointed to learn if I want to exchange my c9's they will be from the same factory as '08. My c9's are not computer controlled and I have had no electrical failures but my experience is that the globes are extremely thin and shatter too easily. I also have quite a collection of globes that have fallen out completely. I would put them back but it is easier said than done finding the missing ones in amongst 12" garland. They would probably fall out soon enough again anyway. I sure did not get a warm fuzzy that if I spend the days it will take to replace the bulbs on my snowman that the replacement product will be significantly different. I came away with the feeling that there was a possibility that the loose globes issue may be addressed to some extent but that the globes would be the same too-thing easily shattered material. I have c6 sets from Paul from '06 and have managed to snap one or two off at the base (with extreme abuse) but I'm not sure you could shatter the globe with a hammer. I actually had several broken globes this year just in shipping from Paul.
  5. Cool! I thought I was the only one to have a xmas coaster. Mine has a penguin running around. http://www.hardyferns.com/coaster/xmasc.asp. I used 1" emt conduit for the track. Very impressive looking cars from what you can tell from the video.
  6. Distance has no effect on the current draw or amperage of a given number of lights. Distance does cause a voltage drop which has a significant effect on the brightness of incandescent bulbs. The longer a cable, the more the voltage drop. There are charts to determine proper wire size for amperages by distance. GFI's don't have anything to do with overload conditions. They trip when the current returning is not the same as going out.
  7. Given that this is a paper shredder I would be worried that this motor is not intended for "continuous" duty. If you can get the manufacturer and model you might be able to find the specs.
  8. dkuntz


    Sounds like your controllers are producing DC output instead of AC output and you have a half-wave led set. This would not be a problem with standard incandescent or full-wave sets. A full wave set would be wired to allow DC current to be applied without regard to the positive and negative. Unfortuntately, your led set is also wired in two sections. Each sections needs the + and - to be opposite to function.
  9. I think everyone assumed traditional, incandescent C7 and C9 sets. For clarification this will not work with LED C7 or C9 sets.
  10. I have had similar failures with last years 50ct c6 green led's from Creative Displays. The 50 is divided into 2 circuits of 25. I have had several half strings with like 9 dead leds. Have had a few blue and white bulb failures but nothing like the green. Mine were new last year.
  11. Now I went and did it.Should have just kept my mouth shut! I'll be getting a bill in the mail any day now.
  12. Just wanted to say I absolutely agree aboutCDI's excellent customer service. Paul has always returned emails promptly and I have talked to him on the phone a couple times too. I sure can't say that about some some other vendors I have tried to contact for info! I have had some problems this year with green led's I purchasedLAST year from Paul (see my separate post). Anyway I placed an order this week for some retroift blue led's. When the order arrived 2 days later, Paul had included a couple sets of green led's free of charge as replacements!Pretty amazing, a year later!
  13. Thanks everyone for your feedback. I went ahead and spent several hours Saturday repairing bad green led strings.I swapped out 3 half strings that had at least 6 bad bulbs. Next I chopped out and replaced a chunk of 6bulbs fromtwo half-strings that had 4 or 5 bad led's in a section of 6 but were more or less ok otherwise. For 2 half-strings that had 4 bad bulbs I replaced 2.Finally I replaced 11 individualled's in 2 or 3 half sections. These onesare individually pull tied to 1/2" emt conduit and are obvious when even one goes out.I didnothing with half-strings that have 1 or 2 bad bulbs. Only time will tell but I am keeping my fingers crossed that the bulbs that are destined to fail have done so at thispoint!
  14. I bought 36 strings each of blue, white, and green 50ct c6 led strings last season. I am using about 30 of each of these outside in Ohio. Currently I am seeing like 8 strands of green with multiple bulb failures. I have not done an exact count but I know some of these have at least half a dozen unlit leds. I don't know how many led's can fail before the rest will be overstressed and the whole string will go but looks like I will find out!Only time will tell but I suspect these green failures will continue as opposed to stabilizing at some point. I suppose I could start chopping out the bad leds and replacing them with ones from unused strings but that is a lot of work. Of course it will also be a lot of work to replace the whole strings when they fail. Some of the strings have2 pull ties per led! I have also had 3 half-string failures of white led's to this point. I have been able to diagnose the failure for 2 of the 3 at this point. One was a single failed led that failed to open instead of short. The other was a failure of the diode / resistor pack at the end of the string. I will probably never know if the failure was due to water penetration or some other problem. I used straight pins with alligator clips hooked to a battery to do my troubleshooting. I may go back with caulk or a glue gun to fill the pin pricks in the cable if I decide to reuse these half strings. I have not spotted any individual white leds that are unlit. All 30 or so blue strings have been perfect so far. Yes I have emailed Paul just so he is aware. He replied simply with "Noted". I was kind of hoping he would share if others have reported similar issues but he did not.
  15. dkuntz

    C9 & C7 Retrofit?

    FYI I was told by Paul at Creative Displays that not only can you not dim/fade/shimmer retrofits but that frequent on/off will actually damage them. I posted a separate thread last week to try to find out possible technical reasons for this but have not gotten any real answers.I am really puzzled on what could be unique to retrofits that could cause this.
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