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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.
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  • 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. Hey Vegas members, The History Channel contacted me and wanted to feature my display for a Christmas episode. It actually for an episode of American Restoration which is a spinoff of Pawn Stars. I’m not have an xmas display this year….so they wanted to know if I knew anyone specifically in the Las Vegas area that would like to feature their animated display on the show. I’m guessing Vegas because that’s where the show is located. But anywhere simi close to Vegas may be considered. I don’t know when the episode will air, but guessing sometime closer to xmas. If you are interested, send me a PM right away and I’ll put you in contact. If you have a video from this or last year display, that would be helpful. Kevin
  2. Once you purchase the sequence, you will recieve an email with your invoice which you could always reply to with your mp3 file. Or send to [email protected] Kevin
  3. I did modify the audio file, but not really much. I added the some words at the beginning and cut off the end with an explosion. Nothing in the middle. What I can do, if you purchase the sequence and send me a legal owned audio file that you purchased from like iTune or Amazon or from the CD...whatever. I can send you the file back with the modifications to fit the seq exact. I just cant sell the audio file...even though its modified. But if you need the faces to match the standard song that you bought from Amazon....then that should be an easy cut and paste. Just remove the words at the beginning and paste the rest right where the singing starts. If you having problems....send me an email and I'll help you with it. BTW, I just uploaded today all my 2011 sequences on my online store. These are the 1100+ channels. Kevin
  4. I have uploaded several of my Sequences from my 2009/2010 Halloween shows on my online store. I separated them by either just the 4 singing faces by themselves or with everything....which includes the house, yard, trees, pumpkins and 4 singing faces. The sequences channels range from 28 channels for the faces only to 132 channels for everything. My 2011 sequences with 1100+ channels have not been uploaded yet, but working on next. I have 6 songs and will upload as soon as I can. www.store.creativelightingdisplays.com Kevin
  5. The day before Halloween, my family and I did a live interview on Good Morning America and then later that afternoon, LMFAO filmed a commerical at my house for KIA. It was a really crazy day. Thousands of people showed up even though I put the word out the show was cancelled. I'm just glad (and so are some of my neighbors) that Halloween is over. Here is a video and pics on the event.
  6. Thanks for the nice comments. Some of the youtube comments are so brutal. Was on Foxnew yesterday and GMA today. Here are some links. http://video.foxnews.com/v/1233416047001/rockin-the-house http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/24/halloween-light-show-2011_n_1028448.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false
  7. Couple videos of this years Halloween Show. I changed about 90% of my lights from incandescent to LED RGB Lights. Only the faces and "firesticks" are still incandescent. I'm only running 6 songs this year. I added only one new song....the rest are from last year, which I had to convert to fit the new setup. I was too busy working on the switching to LED and making lights, pumpkins, ect...I just didnt leave much time for sequencing. My changes: Roof line has 6 CCRs. The house outline (sides, front, garage) are RGB Strips. Trees, Bushes and tombstones RGB Strings. 5 Double Rainbow Floods, All Pumpkins have (3) 5050 RGB Modules controlled via DMX. 4 additional DC boards and iDMX. Total Channels: 1144 Big Thnk you to DMoore for this videos and explanation of how the DMX modules, RBG lights, ect works. Alot of trial testing and figuring out what is best for my setup. Lots and Lots of reading. Kevin
  8. Unfortunately, Fun-Kins are not avail near me and too expensive to buy online. I just carved 15 pumpkins from Michaels using the versa tool…best money spent!! Its like using a hot knife thru butter. I need one of those extra large pumpkins….where can I purchase one? Shipping probably cost more than the pumpkin if I can’t get one locally.
  9. OK...this is good. I was measuring the DC side. I guess I'll just let the Kill-A-Watt do the measuring for me on the AC draw? The LOR DC board is rated ar 4A per channel / 20A per side or 40A total. This would this be the DC amps, right? And yes, these are not pixels. Just RGB strings. I want to use these for my bushes and trees and only want to control the 3 colors...not each pixel.
  10. Please someone tell me I’m wrong with my calculation!! I bought a set of 100ct RGB 3-CH strings from Ray Wu to test out. I place my Fluke Meter in series to get the DC amps. I used a LOR DC board and 12V power supply. Per the meter, I’m getting 3.56A when full on. (Red, Green and Blue 100%). A single string of incandescent lights is 0.34A. So the 1 sting of RGB is the same amps of 10 incandescent 100ct strings. I’m guessing or hoping I’m doing something wrong because I cannot run 3.56A per string. That is way too much amp draw. Plus the fact I could only run 5 RGB strings per 20A outlet. RGB String: http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/431022423-DC12V-input-12mm-through-hole-LED-channel-letter-100pcs-a-string-wholesalers.html Added comment: I also wanted to add that I connected a Kill-A-Watt meter. When the RGB strings all OFF it shows a amp draw of 0.09 which I'm guessing is from the 12V DC power and LOR board. When full ON, it shows 0.74 amps / 50.3 watts.
  11. David, Thanks for the response. The whole 12V power supply to 5V LED didn't seem right to me and since I thought it was suggested, I wanted to ask. Thanks for the clarification. The second led string set link I asked about didn't go in correctly. Do you know if these are basic RGB strings? States its 12V, but not RGB in the description. But the part number has RGB so I guessing here. Just wanted to know if you or others have purchase these. I would perfer to stick with 12V so I can use one type of power supply and DMX modules. Also, if I have to go with 5V strings, can you recommend a similar waterproof power supply as the 12V I linked? I couldn't find one from Ray Wu. I could only find the larger power supplies that requires an enclosure. Again...Thanks, Kevin
  12. Couple more questions... Can I use this 12V Power Supply with these 5V input RGB strings? If I understood David explanation correctly, you can use a 12V power source, but the pixel themselves will work at 5V per his Video #2 "How do I power my pixels". Is this correct? I also found these strings, but not sure if they are RGB? However they shows being 12V. Both strings I believe to be only 3ch and not individual pixel driven. Second question, if I use this small 3Ch DMX module, I’m guessing I use a 3 color DC controlled LED and not digital LED with a chip (ex 6803, 2801, ect)? Because the DMX module has a 256-grayscale, will this LED fade at that level? Thanks, Kevin
  13. Before I place on ebay...anybody looking for Siemese cable (RG59 + 18awg wire for power) for your Security Camera system? I have 4 brand new Q-See 60ft cables that came with my system, but discovered they were too short. I did open the packages, but never used. $45 for all 4 free shipping. Product Model Number: QSVRG60 Product Features: RG59 Coaxial video wire 18 Gauge copper wires for power supply 18 AWG Solid bare copper center conductor 95% braiding Foam polyethylene dielectric CM/CL2 rated PVC jacket Sequential foot markings UL Listed CATV, CATVX
  14. I want to use RGB strip to outline my house, but I don’t want to controller every pixel...just be able to change the whole strip to any color. I found some good info reading through several post, but I want to confirm a few items before buying... Which 5m 150 led’s RGB waterproof strip from Ray Wu or ebay will accommodate my needs? Is there a word in the description that tells its only 3 channel strip? Not sure if this is the one...or maybe here? Could I trash the controller and use the power supply? I also found these on ebay. Can these strips be cut (at the cut points) like rope light and I don’t need to do anything special to the ends? If they can be cut...say in half, can I reuse the 2nd half and just solder wires or use an adapter to the connecting points and add additional power supply? What are the typical amps or watts these strips (5m 150 led’s) and which power supply should I use? I would like to use the small 3-ch dmx controller here but may not be possible due to amps. If not, which simple 3-ch dmx controller could I use? I also want to use RGB strings for my bushes and trees but don’t want to controller every node. Same as the strip...be able to change to any color. Are these the best for my needs? Do they only come in 5V or is 12V avail? Can the strings be cut to any length or number of leds? Like if I wanted 300 leds on one string for a tree. 0.3w per led = 90w. I would just need a 90W 5V power supply? Thanks, Kevin
  15. In your video at the 10:00 min mark, you show 2 different types of LED pixel strips....5050 30pcs per meter (150 total) and also 60pcs per meter (300 total) both on a white circuit board and both having the most durable protection (silicon & boot). Can you post the link for those...assuming at aliexpress? They show too many I can’t tell which one it is. Thx Am I correct that the 5m strip (30pcs per meter) or 150 LED total would equel to 50 pixels (3 LED's per pixel)or 150 chs? Same for the 5m (60 pcs per meter)...100 pixels or 300 chs?
  16. One more thing I want to add... I didn’t think about going this route, but you can buy a Full D1 30fps video capture card for a PC. 8CH cost less than a $100 and I can buy a new PC with monitor with plenty of speed & memory for around $300. I actually have an old one that would do the trick, but I was going to give it to my nephew. And being windows base, I should have no problems with the software. Only downfall I see is the OS support is XP or Vista 32-bit. Win7 64-bit is not supported. I believe I will go that route and end up having my “best” system with Full D1 recording capable. Glad I looked deeper. Here is 8Ch video capture card on ebay for $77 http://cgi.ebay.com/8-CH-240fps-Full-D1-8CH-DVR-BNC-PCI-Video-Capture-Card-/270672590716?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0557f77c
  17. I’ve been doing some research for video security systems. I’m no expert and just sharing what I’ve learned. Again, all info is from what I gathered from the net. If I provide bad info, please someone correct me. IMO, the point of having a video security system is to identify the person or persons via video that caused the incident. If your video is unable to identify the person due to bad quality, then the video security system defeats the purpose and is basically useless. The first system I believe is not a good choice. I don’t think you or anyone would be happy with the quality of the system. It doesn’t have to be HD quality (would be nice), but at least VCR quality. There are 2 things to consider then choosing a system….how good quality you want the video and how much are you willing to spend. Here is why this system would not be a good choice and what you should be looking for in a system. I’m only pointing out the important items. Again, this info is what I gathered from reading online. I don’t have first hand knowledge. DVR: Record Frame Rate: 240 @ CIF (30fps per camera x 8) Recoding Resolution: 352x240 (CIF) You want to be able to record 30fps per camera. This gives you “real time” motion recording. Most reasonable priced DVR will record at CIF at 30fps, but make sure the total fps equals 30. I’ve seen many DVR at 15fps or 7.5fps. Your recording will be choppy. So anything less than [email protected] CIF avoid. Just be aware the CIF resolution is small. It will probably be okay with a “good” quality system. D1 recording would be ideal and for a “best” quality system. The resolution is 704x480. Much bigger picture, better resolution. Most all DVR also offer the option to record in D1 (like this one did), but it fails to show the Recoding Frame Rate. You just have to assume or more likely its 60fps or 7.5fps per camera in D1. Way to choppy. When recoding in D1, you lose fps unless the DVR specs show it. And if it could record at “real time” in D1, it would show it…those are high end models and cost a lot more. Most all DVR has options for record modes (motion, continuous, ect) so not concern with that….most are the same. Also make sure it has Pentaplex which is the ability to Record, Playback and Remote Access simultaneously. As for the HDD, just big enough to your liking and its upgradable to larger if you wish to do so. And backup is USB….forget the CD/DVD writer. Cost extra, limited to space. Network capable is a nice feature. You can login and see remotely anywhere in the world from a PC or your phone. Kinda nice to check up on you house when away or if you want to see if you neighbor is coming over while you’re at work J DVR Conclusion: DVR needs to be 30fps @ CIF for a “good” system. 30fps @ D1 for a “best” system. Pentaplex is a nice option if you want to view and record at the same time. Network is also a nice option. Camera: Image Sensor:
  18. Bored today....so I sync a short song this afternoon. Took me a couple of hrs. No singing pumpkin faces.
  19. Here are a few of my Halloween videos for 2010. This is my 3rd year using LOR ... 140 channels. I'll will post more as I upload them. Hope you enjoy! This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson Pump It - Black Eyed Peas Thriller - MJ
  20. I bought my Orange icicle lights from Acehardware.com for $7 each. They come in 10ft sections. Its on online item only and they will deliever to your local ACE store of your choice for free shipping. Right now its not listed...It wont show online until around Aug-Sept. Check back then. If you want a better deal, wait until its closer to Halloween they go for about $5ea and $3 after.
  21. Topbright88 is the same as shop4leds on ebay, whom I purchased my leds from. It will be interesting to see how yours will turn out. Are you planning on RBG+UV or just all UV? Like you stated, 12 UV may not "truly effective".
  22. This is exactly what I want to do. I either want to use UV instead of White or split the White with UV as white wash is not that important to me. Trying to figure out the calculations is another story as I somewhat understand how this all works. What is "lift the leg"? Maybe I should pay you to make me one and I'll mirror the rest C-leds shows the UV "Coming Soon", but shop4leds on ebay has them.
  23. I want to use Orange for my Halloween setup, would this be covered witht he RBG or should I use Orange LED's? I believe the PDF file shows Orange can be acheived with 100% Red & 50% green? Has anyone tested this? Does it really look Orange?
  24. I've been checking daily to see when the store will be back up so I can some left over boards. Store now back online last night before I turned in. Shows 400 boards available. I bought 12, paid via Paypal and this morning I recieved a "shipped" notice with tracking number. That was FAST!!
  25. I used 3 colors...orange, red and blue. No green. Each color was 3 channels each. I split the right and left side of the eves so it was 9 channels each side or 18 channels total. I beleive the spacing was 9 inches within the same color set and 3 inches between each color. My upper and lower eves were 90ft so it was 360 c9 bulbs of the same color or 1080 bulbs total for all 3 colors. Here are a couple more videos... Kidnap the Sandy Claws No One Lives Forever Kevin
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