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  • 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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Christmas on Crystal Springs

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  1. Love the way you have presents under the tree and have the motion through them. Quite clever. I used this song in my display and it was very popular. Great display!
  2. Christmas on Crystal Springs in Jacksonville. We use Lightorama to run our display and have a pixel tree that produces effects created in Madrix. We have components from several Planet Christmas Vendors. They are LightoRama, Seasonal Entertainment, Holidaycoro, Creative Displays, 3G creations, and others. We have about 80,000 lights. Pixelated items in the display are Cosmic Color RIbbons, and Bulbs. Stellascapes for the Pixel tree, Holiday coro 6 point North Star, Cone Trees, Candy Cane toppers. Seasonal Entertainment provided the Icicle lights which are their pixelated lights.
  3. Morelights: I saw yours and I appreciate that. Would you take this one and just attach it to a std plug cable. It looks like just the connections and not the cable. I was hoping to find a cable that had the male plug for the wall and the 3 pin connection for the light so I could just plug it in and screw it on.
  4. they are designed to be plugged one unit into the next. Problem is they are way too far apart in my yard to do that. So I'd either just change them to a regular 110v plug male/female because the flood has an IN/OUT for power and then std XLR cables for data in/out. All I truly need to use them is power to each one, so that's what i'm trying to accomplish at this point.
  5. Thanks all, but I think what you are showing are XLR cables. This is larger than a typical XLR cable. But it actually might be the size of a microphone cable. I was also wondering if I could just cut the wire and put a standard plug on it.
  6. Has anyone seen this type of connection for power to a LED flood light. I bought these in china and unfortunately they didn't send me enough cables for each light so they are giving me the cold shoulder. it's a type of 3 pin connection that screws together. In this picture you can see one screwed together and the other with the flood light receiving section of 3 pins. Has anyone seen where you can buy these in USA or what they are called so I can at least search for them. Ideas?
  7. Thanks all for letting this Southerner come and present my pixel tree w/Madrix. Best regional meeting I've been to!
  8. I get to help this time and I can "buy" food if needed.... sure can't prepare any..... Wouldn't survive the plane trip LOL
  9. I'm planning on doing some neat things with bells this year and I'd like some music that has bells in it. Not just talking about them but actual bells. I'd want it to be peppy etc. Example - I'm going to use the song "Caroling, Caroling" because it says Christmas bells are ringing.... but it doesn't have bells really ringing during much of the song.. It does at the end. I'd appreciate any suggestions anyone has. Thanks.
  10. As always a terrific job on your display.
  11. Our 2012 display and featuring a dancing Santa Claus with the help of Holidaycoro.com who created it for us. Featuring Lightorama CCRs and CCBs as well as a megatree from StellaScapes (by Gordon Lights)
  12. My 2012 display with about 70,000 lights, using Lightorama and stellascapes (thanks to Gordon Lights) Includes Cosmic color ribbons and cosmic color bulbs.
  13. I'm looking for 25 count M6 LEDs in Red and Blue colors. I could use 50 counts that I have but since a complete string isn't needed (putting them in coroplast) I'd prefer to use a smaller string. I can't seem to find a vendor who has these.
  14. Jeremy: I'm the one the pieced this together originally I believe as Manheim Steamroller just has a song called Stille Nacht. Go to my web-site and look at the video on it and if that is the song, then you can PM me and I'll send you the mp3. Just let me know.
  15. Important things to note about CCR: - if you use the Controller that has the MP3 show director in it, CCR is a little "beefy" for that module to run so if you try to do things that are fast and complicated it will get out of sync with the rest of your show. - LOR recommends that you run CCR as a separate network off your PC. I ran it on the same network at 400 channels and it did impact my show this last year so I had to tame down some of the special effects i tried to do with it so it would not impact my show as I wasn't set up to run my show from a PC last year. Could have, just didn't want to changd lsat minute - When you program CCR using LOR - you can choose from 2 modes, where in one you see each RGB item or you can pick each pixel in RGB mode so you can see the color of it and do special runs across it etc. I used these as arches and it made the programming on chasing from left to right in specific color fades work really well. Check out my 2011 videos if you want to see examples. - CCR is MUCH brighter than you would think. Downside for arches is you can't see it from behind the arches but from the street it looks great. My wife fussed about it until she saw it and then she said, that is cool. I like that. Hope this helps.
  16. Michael count me in, I'm definitely close this time. Lee - Let me help you... Call me.
  17. Truly a Christmas setting. Kids playing and laughing and Christmas lights flashing. LOVED it.
  18. Darlene - I didn't even see you there..... I'm sad I missed you.
  19. Are you doing 8 channels across 2 10' pieces of PVC meaning 4 channels for each 10 foot section making 8 channels for 20 feet. If so, I used 3 strings of 100 count bulbs for each section. You can look at my videos on my web sight to get an idea of how that looks as I have 4 arches 20 feet long (2-10 foot pieces of 1" pvc). Hope that helps.
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