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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The time a real life pimp showed me how to change burned out C9's
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    Lake Stevens
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    I am not Santa Claus
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    Cars, technology, kids, etc
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    Traffic Signal Tech
  • About my display
    35 ct. red mini lights on the little tree outside.
  1. Get better soon, and be sure to enjoy life to the fullest!
  2. Hi Spin, go on eBay and find NOS (new old stock) Japanese or Taiwanese made blue bulbs. I have found that this generation of asian made bulb has a deep powdercoating and lights a very dark blue, and gets quite hot too.
  3. I just wanted to reaffirm that the teal LED retrofit is an excellent choice for incan blue substitution. However, I ran into a supplier issue for 2019. I won't say who, if you want to know, PM me. The supplier I bought my LED smooth opaque (ceramic) bulbs from for 2018 changed suppliers for 2019. The 2018 bulbs were Minleon and I bought red, green, blue, yellow, orange and warm white at that time. The red, yellow and warm white were perfect in every way. The green and blue were too saturated, but the bulb envelope was perfect. The orange was way too close to red, so I didn't use orange. Also, the tip of these bulbs are blunt, like an older ceramic bulb. For 2019 I decided to buy teal along with purple and pink from the same supplier. I wish they would have stated that they changed supplier (I made a pre-order, seems on their updated product pages they do now allude to a different brand name for the 2019 bulbs, but they didn't mention during the pre-order). While I do love the colors of the 2019 bulbs, the bulb envelopes are semi-transparent and you can see the SMD LEDs inside. And yes these are supposed to be "ceramic" or smooth opaque. Also, the tip is very point just like modern Chinese C7 incans. They are no longer made by Minleon. So, just a "heads up" when ordering for 2019, I wonder if Minleon is still around? I didn't find any mention of them for 2019, and I can't find any new Opticore info either. I hope 2019 isn't a dud year for ceramics.
  4. Well guys, first off I gotta admit I got the cart in front of the horse, so to speak. I am a hardware guy first and foremost, so I built some RGB floods before I sorted out the software. Here's the specs: Serial data controlled WS2801 RGB chip using shift register for "addressing" I have integrated RS-422 TX and RX to beef-up the long haul of comms between floods The intent is to attach as many floods as I want in series, and control them with one data line. The WS2801 applies PWM to constant current LED driver circuits to power high power LEDs from 200ma to 1050ma. Uses a compact 150w flood as a host. Click for video: As far as hardware goes, everything works fine. I have connected a few of these floods in series and successfully controlled them with an Arduino. These lights require serial data, (data and clock) and the Arduino is a clumsy way to get the data to the lights, the programming of the Arduino is difficult for me to grasp, and so far I have been unable to do anything besides color fades or simple color changes. I'd prefer to have a PC run direct, real time control of the lights. Whatever program I use would need to put out serial data that is compatible with the WS2801 chips. I prefer to avoid DMX, that was the goal of my project, to build a robust, data driven lighting system that didn't require relatively expensive equipment. Anyways, anyone have any suggestions?
  5. While you can "aim" the lights to the viewer, they still won't light up the area around them very well. The incans cause everything around them to be well lit in wider spectrum light giving that "warm" feeling. Maybe in 10 years the manufacturers will be able to solve the cost/engineering issues with retrofits. IMO, the only way they will be perfect is if every LED retro is actually a high output, high CRI neutral white LED in a colored, light scattering smooth envelope. When that day comes you'll be hard pressed to tell a difference between incan and LED, and you will probably get a sense that they are real "familiar" because they make colored light the same a way incan does: high CRI light source filtered by a colored (or not) envelope. Anyways, high output, high CRI LEDs are kinda expensive currently.
  6. "LED" TV's are the overpriced "SUV" of the TV world. Many manufacturers go so far as to tout their TV as "FULL LED" which is in fact a misleading statement. Only Sony has a true LED display TV for sale, and it's only 11" LED TV's have no color advantage over CCFL. LED TV's have the ability to dim zones, reduce energy use and provide a flatter display panel. BTW, TV manufacturers LOVE LED TV's because they make WAY more profit on them. CCFL LCD TV's are priced very aggressively, but people will pay big premiums for "LED TV" even though honestly, they may not necessarily "need" an LED backlit TV.
  7. Actually, yes it is. I have worked (not any more) in China and in sourcing for years. Trust me, the retailers put a TON of pressure on manufacturers to lower costs and maximize profits at any cost. Then of course there is the issue of our gov't allowing it to happen and supporting it, etc etc. Besides, the real issue for me is not that we buy imported stuff. I'm OK with that. I am not OK with the pressure that domestic retailers put on manufacturers, and the fact that manufacturers can close American factories and make their products elsewhere while still applying a domestic name to them. I kinda think that misses the point of "free trade" since only a few benefit. Sorry for getting OT guys! I'm done...
  8. Wow, getting heated in here about acquiring these Christmas lights. I went and picked up 2 boxes of multi for $0.33 at Lowe's today. I had a whole grip of coupons printed, but when I got there, it occurred to me that: 1. Dude, I don't NEED a bunch of lights. 2. They are 1/2 wave anyways, the lights are NOT good for outdoor displays as they produce a mean strobe effect for people driving by. (to the people that bought TONs of these, your house is gonna look like poo to passers-by if all you have is half wave on display!) Now after reading the responses of people taking issue with people abusing the system, may I please remind you that Lowes and GE have practiced outsourcing American jobs for years? They want your money but they don't want to employ you. Listen guys I walked the entire Lowes store today, and nearly EVERYTHING in there was NOT made in USA. Even things that were made in USA a few years ago are no longer. So, good on those that took Lowes and GE for hundreds of boxes of LEDs. I personally agree to some extent that the system got cheated, but then again these corporations are willing to cheat us too. Me personally, I don't like half-wave lights very much, and I don't believe in excess consumerism so I limited myself to 2 boxes. The cashier was very friendly and she even stated how much she loves Christmas lights, I bet she would have let me buy dozens.
  9. Next time you look at 'em, plug them in again and shake 'em. It will be real obvious if they are 1/2 wave.
  10. It should be safe. As an extra precaution, you may connect the cable to a electrical ground point. That way if any light string were to develop an electrical fault to the cable, you'd blow a fuse or trip a breaker, and the cable would not become energized.
  11. As long as they have the half wave flicker, the Target LED's are worth exactly $0.00 to me.
  12. I saw these LED's yesterday. They look awesome! Usually I hate LED's, but these look just like the old school midget lights. The ones I saw are Philips at Target, so I am sure they flicker. Any of the LED importers able to get these next year in full wave? I would definitely be interested in these in FW~!
  13. Nice, are they full wave or half?
  14. No offense to the OP, but what's so hard to comprehend about a cheap, Chinese made light set failing? It's WAY more common than LED fanatics like to admit. Last weekend I was at a Christmas light show, 1.2 million lights, about half were LED strings. About half of the LED strings had some kind of failure, dead greens, blues or half the string dead, dim, flickering or just completely dead. It was a real bad showing for LED Christmas lights in general. Of course all of the old, faded incandescent lights were working flawlessly, albeit faded. I guess it's true that LEDs save money on energy since they are usually dead:giggle:
  15. What is an "incandescent" strobe?
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