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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.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • 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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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  1. Just want to mention that the 1.4.1 DMX firmware is included with S2 software version 2.7.4 or higher.
  2. I don't know about Aurora but I do know a little about the LOR stuff. It really should not matter what versions of firmware you have, you can mix and match the firmware. You should be able to download firmware with the Demo Version of the S2 software. If the LED goes on solid with the CTB08D then you should be able to control the lights. Make sure that the Unit ID in the software points to the same Unit ID that you have set on the Dials of the CTB08D.
  3. The Show Player (enable shows) and the Sequence Editor both use the same configurations so if one is working the other should as well. Make sure that you only have one LOR programming running at a time. If you run the Sequence Editor make sure that the Hardware Utility is not running and that shows are Disabled.
  4. Inside the little cylinders there are ( three resistors, one diode and an electrolitic capacitor) The cylinders at each end worked in conjunction to provide DC voltage for the LEDs. There isn't a transformer. We received 100s for testing. We did not test any M5 50's.
  5. There was a flicker with LEDs fading on LOR sometime back. Firmware changes were made sometime last year (or the year before) that takes care of that problem (at least with the LEDs available at the time).... Stringer LEDs have been working well with LOR controllers for years but the manufactures of LED stringers do make changes to their products and those changes can affect their compatability. We expect delivery of some LEDs from CDI in the next few days. As soon as we get them we will immediatly start an investigation. At this time I do not have an answer to this particular issue. I recommend that you not fade RED M5 LEDs purchased from CDI until we undersand what is going on.
  6. That picture is a total phony! The unit I designed comes with Coors Light.
  7. Not totally straight forward but here is a shot at the answer. The controllers themselves are not a bottleneck. They can respond to commands as quickly as they receive them. Due the the nature of the AC voltage, they only update the intensity of the lights once every 1/120th of a second. Therefore, if a controller receives an ON command followed by an OFF command within 1/120th of a second then the channel may not be turned on and it would appear as if the command was missed. Now the real issue is how quickly can he PC get the commands out to the controllers? Most PCs have no problem getting commands out at 1/20th second (.05 sec). The Windows Operating System is not a realtime OS. Therefore we do not always get resources exactly at the time we need them. Because PCs are so fast, it generally is not noticable with a 1/20th second resolution. The Mini Directors can get commands out pretty much exactly on the 1/100th second (Internally it runs with close to a 1/1000th of a second resolution) But there is more to it (told you it was not simple). If you want a bunch of things to happen at exactly the same time, then it is not going to happen. It takes some time for the commands to be sent so there will be some "delay"... With the network running at top speed, it takes about 5/10,000th of a second for a command to be sent to a controller so it takes 1/100th of a second to get 20 commands out to the controllers. Luckily, the LOR protocol was designed to allow multiple commands to be combined into a single message so depending on your sequence you can get between 20 and 320 changes sent out in 1/100th of a second. The average is probably close to 100 in 1/100th of a second. In Standalone Mode ( that is when a sequence is downloaded to a controller ) the rules are different. In Standalone mode a controller runs at a minimum 1/10 second resolution regardless of the resolution of the Sequence. So it is best to have Standalone sequences setup with a 1/10 second grid so you know what to expect when it is downloaded. The Display on the PC screen is not always as fast as the controllers. The reason is somewhat legacy and is timed so that the software was not such a CPU intensive application. The software has been enhanced over the years and CPUs have been beefed up to the point where we should provide an option to increase the screen update speed.
  8. Sorry, we do not have any software to go backwards from the SD card to the original sequence file. The data is in very different formats.
  9. Hello LOR saying hello to ya!! bull

  10. We have a number of LOR customers that use common neutrals to reduce wire usage. There are 4 common problems that we see: 1. Neutral is not large enough to handle the full load... The neutral should be large enough to handle the total load of all the hots it uses. EDIT: What this means is that if you have a controller that has more than one power feed (power cord) then you cannot have a common neutral that combines those two banks of the controller. If both banks of the controller are feed from the same source (single power cord) then you can put both banks onto a common neutral. 2. Connecting supply neutrals together. This is wrong: each input circuit should be kept isolated and the result is that GFICs will trip (and it is just dangerous) 3. Polarity at the male ends are reversed... When people put plugs on the end of the wiring harness that are plugged into the controller, polarity has to be correct. The result is a short circuit that will blow a fuse and potentially damage the controller. The interesting thing here is that when people plug each circuit into a wall plug to see if it works, each circuit works correctly so they think that they are OK however once everything is plugged in BAM ... 4. Hardwiring the common neutral to the controller....On many controllers an individual neutral connection does not have the capacity to supply current greater than the max per channel rating. Therefore you should tie neutrals together off the controller if you are hard wiring the common neutral. When EVERYTHING is done correctly common neutral saves some wire and is an reasonable approach BUT it is not as simple as it seems, it can easilybe done incorrectly and be dangerous so if you are not exactly sure of what you are doing and if you are not going to double check everything that you do I would recommend you stay away from it.
  11. I used the C9 bulb plastic stakes. They are cheap and easy to use. By just keeping the connections off the ground things were fine. I did not have GFICs so it may not work as well as it think!
  12. I also got a number of those rotators on sale (not for $3!). I used them outside for years. I would put a plywood circle on top of them and then put some blowmolds on that to get them rotating. They worked good outdoors even though they are rated for indoor use only.
  13. I was about to bid then remembered that I had another source of controllers:D
  14. David Balch wrote: Home Depot has an $11 clamp on amp meter! My guess is that is a typo but I hope itis true!!! I would have thought $50/$60 would be the low end at HDfor something like that.
  15. zman wrote: I would like to hear more about this Blink Off. As far as I know the vendors are not at all involved (at least no one has mentioned anything to Light O Rama)
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