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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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    About keitha

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    1. From a distance the c6 and m5 will look almost the same. I have also used 5mm but with them when the bulb is facing away from the viewer they don't show up as well.
    2. You could have bad triacs. First I would use the hardware utility to test the outputs to make sure it isn't a problem with the sequence.
    3. Build a frame that extends down on either side of the ridge and either anchor it to the ground or use sandbags along the bottom of the frame.
    4. I have used laptops for years to run my show from my garage. The sound output to both my speakers and radio transmitter was just as good as from a desktop. It takes a less powerful machine to run the show but a pretty powerful one to sequence the show depending on your channel count and complexity of the sequence. And you want to keep up with the requirements of your sequencing software.
    5. Sounds like you need a replacement. Usually the problem is either the first defective led segment or the one prior to that(with a bad output).
    6. Just take a socket from a c9 string with a male plug in attached to it and screw in a working c9 bulb. You can use liquid electrical tape to seal off where you cut between sockets. I always hid my bulb in black plastic garbage bags. You can get male plugs at various places or use cheap extension cords and cut off the male end to attach to the socket.
    7. 4a is about the max cat5 can carry without problems. My diy rgb equipment runs on 12v dc and current is limited to 4a.
    8. The 2 wires going straight from plug to plug is so you can plug another set into the end thus making the 2 strands parallel. Each strand drops approximately 120v so going parallel is the only way to plug more than one stand end to end. In longer strings you will see a 3rd wire going to the 51st bulb to power the 2nd half of a 100 count string. That is why if you have a loose bulb only 1/2 of a 100ct string will go out.
    9. You have water in a node. Were your nodes rated ip68? If not this can happen every time it rains (especially if they were rated ip66). If the node that flashes green or red is before the stuck on ones I would start by replacing that node as it can cause problems further down the string. If it is not, I would try the first one stuck on or the one just before the stuck on ones as its output could be bad.
    10. Could the bulbs be backward? Could be a bad socket also. There could be corrosion in the socket.
    11. I would use it to bypass each bulb because if they are removable bulbs chances are 1 of the 2 bulb pins has broken off. I see it a lot.
    12. A snubber or nightlight at the end of the string might help. Some leds just don't handle dimming well.
    13. If a bad bulb, I think it comes with a resistor blob you can use instead. Probably cutting out 1 bad bulb won't hurt much. But too many will overdrive the other leds too much and cause them to fail.
    14. LED Keeper available on Amazon. Either a loose or bad bulb or a bad rectifier.
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