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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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  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
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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. Ty for the advice grandad ...will give it a go .Will pn you if I have any problems.
  2. Ebay , enjoy.palace - you can get 4 sets for £30 ish (including postage)depending on the colour - theyare ok but the quality isnt that wonderful.They will talk to you if you send them a question and raise a paypal payment direct but my first one I bought through ebay . I have only ordered 4 at a time which I think keeps it below the import duty rate ...but I might be wrong . A bridge rectifier insimple terms is ? How much ?
  3. Sorry been away on holiday - I am interested in LEDS ..have bought some 6 setsfrom Hong kong (mains voltage ones)..but they arnt that wonderful (very thin wire as they come with flasher units on which I cut off)They are alsopulse on the ac current(sorry the term for this has gone out of my head)...I am looking around at the moment to try and source some better ones...what did you have in mind ?
  4. Thank you all for your posts... - I do take your point Annalisa about the world wide site but on the minus side very few people (that I know of)in the UK have LOR cardsdue to the rules and regs surrounding the install and useage of such mains powered cards .I thoughteven though different voltages (US and UK)the same principles would apply.I was unawareof the greater availability of main powered leds in the US. Perhaps due to the good comments I will look to import some more from Hong Kong. Sorry - what are current generation LEDs ? I like the term wall wart...neverheard them called that before. My name is Mark (Imposter bond is my Gaming ID)
  5. I am new toLED christmas lighting having only got a LOR last year. I am looking at getting some sets of LEDsso lookingfor tips and guidance on them .I have read some of your articles about howyou cantdim them and how some people have got round thisby adding a normal bulb in. Any other work arounds ? WhatI am lookingintially is the difference between transfomer and mains voltage LEDS which are better (I order some from Hong Kong and they came in as MAINS 220v..they seem to work ok)..do they use any more power being mains ? Any tips to get round having 100 transformers plugged in due to the low voltage requirements of the LEDs .What are the good/bad things to look out for with LEDs . I noticed like one of your other articles that the 3 sets last yearI to noticeddamage to the legs - will seal them with a hot glue gun the new ones. Some of you who have like 1.3million LEDs mustneed a shed to storeall the transformers in . TY
  6. Thanks Darren , I wasbeing provocative :cool:in my statement about the voltage ...I work partime in a Hardware shop and have seen the contractor transformers in our book (its actually the hardware shop that the two Ronnies based thier four Candels stetch on) . Nice display ,visited yoursite - mine isstill growing ...little by little each year , but the problem is once you have a lor controller ...you just want more and more lights and controllers ... I see a few sites on ebay to import them from Hong Kong - I have contacted one who are willing to supply any colour LEDs for the same price - 2 sets for £15 - not bad.
  7. No - not mine - just posted it as of interest to anyone. I am still adding to my light display -only got a LOR controller last year (imported it from USA - import duty $80).LED lights in the UK are 10x the price in the US but hopefully will start to drop .Shame you dont use a sensable voltage
  8. If you have the odd £7500 ($approx$15000 )you might be interested -http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Christmas-Lights-Display-Decorations_W0QQitemZ110118802194QQihZ001QQcategoryZ7269QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  9. I have an email 2 days till shipment :waycool:,I have been rethinking about where I am going to site my LOR card - for ease it would be better to mount it on the walloutside - it will save an awfull lot of wire etc than putting it in the garage.I have been toying with the ideer of mounting the card in an IP65 box then running 16 cables to 16 seperate boxes mounted on a board - I have been playing around with some plastic food boxes from tescos mounting 2 sets of 6 choc blocs in for feeding the power to - then to distribute to my lights as quite a few of my channels are going to havemore than 1 light connected.this will also be mounted outside with secoundary protection from the weather of plastic sheeting I have to go up the loft to start writing down the power demands from my lights ...- any tips from you experienced boys ?
  10. I too would love some LED rope lights ...but the price !!! :shock:.I bought some white LED star lights (in the garden lights boxes)from Homebase a couple weeks ago 40 for £8 look quite pretty. My ref to 48 x 5v =240v was in reference to when 1 light goes in the rope lights I have (cheapos from safeways 15m for £10) 48 bulbs go out (plus the label said they were 5v bulbs so that confirms they run on mains voltage , not stepped down in any way . I was condsidering using 2 channels for my ropelights so can keep the chasing effect What is the formula for calculatingwattsto amps ? I can curious to how you are contacted that the kit has arrived in the country and how you pay the duty on the LOR card ? Mark
  11. Thank you for you replies and the picture above (you run with only 1 power connection ?)-I will phone round some suppliers quoting IP65 .. - how many sets of lights do you run ? .I have about 50 sets (a mere drop in the ocean compared to our American friends ... but then their electricity doesntcost as much nor do the lights ...am thinking of a flexiable way of adding them to different channels as and when required ... something like a box with mountedchoc blocs My intial enquiry about type of wire was in respect of the difference in length of the wire on the lights to where I want to put the box ie in my garage - I see 5amp lighting cable as a bit of over kill ...I suppose again another question to the supplier . I am just making some christmas tree shapes and covering in tin foil to reflect the lights , using an old rope light up that has section thathave stopped working on it (mains voltage 48 lightsx 5v= 240v) Any more advise greatfully received Mark:cool:
  12. I have just purchased a LOR 16 Channel card (awaiting the del and the additional import charges:?).Where is the best place to buy ...a box to mount it in , wire to connect to the lights to then run to the card ? Do you suffer with any noticeable any lag with running low voltage lights in a sequence ?
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