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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.
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  1. Hello World! I'm brand new to this and am a bit overwhelmed haha. I have seen the 10w x 8 flood packages at LOR and Holiday Coro, that will probably work for lighting the siding, but haven't been able to find any small up lights with a more narrow angle for two trees that have been planted on both sides of the house since this pic was taken. I want to start with the floods that will be out year round for general landscape "up" lighting, but would like to go Griswald over time. Our house including the garage is about 65' wide. Will either of those packages work? Will the controller (CMB24D) be enough to add smart pixels and other fun stuff or should I go bigger? Looking to spend around $600 this year to get started. I know that isn't much in this world, but hoping to start with the right controller and software and add pixels and more controllers as money becomes available. Will 10w floods work for our house or would 30w-50w be better? Want to be able to show maybe 4-5 unique colors at a time in different sections. Let me know if more detail would help.Thank you all for helping a newbie!
  2. Greetings all. I've decided this should be brought to the attention of anyone using LED Rope light Snowflakes. I know some members put them on their roofs. I have discovered that 2 out of my 10 flakes have had some serious burning/heat/fire hazard issues. I won't mention suppliers/manufactures because they are generic, and everyone should take the time to double check yours regardless. Especially on the roof of your homes. Look for where the wires connect to the tubes themselves. I am all for Christmas lights everywhere- but not at the expense of any family's life. Here are some images of what I've discovered on mine. This was after I noticed one of the bulbs was giving a slight flicker doing my normal inspections. On another flake, there was condensation/moisture in the tube that was actually bubbling from the heat. You can see different areas that are black in the snowflake itself where the leds were fried. Be safe out there this season. 15 mins worth of inspections might make all the difference. My family comes from a long line of firefighters, and I know how quickly things can go from nothing to total loss from a simple 40 dollar light. Hopefully mine was just a fluke batch. Thanks for your attention.
  3. Ralph Priest

    M5 lights

    THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

    • For Sale
    • New

    For sale, M5 LED lights, pure white, 100 count. Purchased from CDI and never used.

    $195.00

    Chesapeake, Virginia - US

  4. Can you program the special effects I see in dumb RGB strings with the lastest version of LOR's software?
  5. Don Mcabee

    RED C6 leds

    THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

    • Wanted
    • Used

    Looking for a deal on red C6 led strings that someone is changing out from props etc, prefer 100ct inbox what ya have, possible trade of some sort on new in box BIG BULBS Blow molds from General Foam. Picture for reference

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    gaffney - US

  6. I thought I would see how a video might look online- here it is! I wanna get around to some music played from some Bluetooth rocks or something similar.
  7. 80 channel LOR system. Sequenced by me 10300ish lighs
  8. De Virgin Mary had a baby boy by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 80 channel LOR system. Sequenced by me.10300ish lights
  9. Hi, this is Anna from CA. I put a 10-ft tree in the living room. I would like to decorate it by the colorful lights. Any recommendations? I do not want to use the weary, monotonic bulbs. Thanks!! My tree last year
  10. Hi Group, I'm looking for recommendations on an online vendor of LED lights. A google search turns up many but looking for one that maybe has some ties to this forum. This year, I'm planning to swap out all of my old incandescent lights for LED. So with that in mind, I'll be buying a lot of LED's. I'm looking for bulk buys like lights on spools versus boxes of lights. I need to redo all my C7 lights which consisted of three separate runs of 100' with three separate colors on each run. Also, I'll be redoing all of my 2' and 4' Christmas tree's. I'd really like to be able to buy spools of smaller LED's (500 to 1000') and cut to my own lights and do my own electrical terminations. Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed! Thanks, Lightman
  11. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

    • For Sale
    • New

    Retiring our entire light show. This includes 14 controllers, 5 blow mold reindeer, 1 blow mold Santa, 1 blow mold penguin, 6 blow mold candles (2 new), 4 wire frame deer, 1 wire frame moose, 2 marty fans, 4 leaping arches, 1 mega tree, thousands of new, still in the box lights, thousands of used lights, rope lights, icicles nets. Incandescent and LED lights. Wireless light linkers, FM transmitter and more. Selling as an entire lot. $3500 OBO. Must pick up A complete list is attached QTY Light Count Condition Description Light Type Color 1 Untested 16 Channel LOR CTB16DV5 Controller Metal housing 4 Used 16 Channel LOR CTB16PC Controller Plastic housing 1 power cord 4 Used 16 Channel LOR CTB16PC Controller Plastic housing 2 power cords 5 Used 16 Channel LOR1602 Controller Metal housing 2 power cords 19 216 Used 18 ' Rope Light Incandescent Red 2 300 New 18' Garland Light String Incandescent White 9 216 7 new 18' Rope Light Incandescent Multicolored 2 216 New 18' Rope Light Incandescent Red 1 New 25 count Light Stakes 8 New 6' Unlit Wesley Pine Trees 6 1 per candle 2 are new Blow Mold Candles 1 1 Blow Mold Penguin 5 1 per deer Blow Mold Reindeer 1 1 Blow Mold Santa 2 New Empty Flower Easels 1 Empty Reindeer frame 1 Used FM Transmitter 1 450 New Icicles String Incandescent White 21 70 New Icicles String LED Blue 2 300 New Icicles String Incandescent White 2 200 per deer Large Wire Framed Deer Incandescent White 82 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent White 30 50 New Light String - Box LED White 4 60 New Light String - Box LED White 10 60 New Light String - Box LED Multicolored 2 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Red 35 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Blue 4 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Green 27 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Multicolored 6 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Purple 1 60 New Light String - Box LED Blue 1 100 Used Light String - Box Incandescent Red 12 70 New Light String - Box LED Multicolored 6 60 New Light String - Box LED White 1 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Green 3 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent White 10 150 New Light String - Reel LED White 2 200 New Light String - Reel Incandescent Blue 2 400 New Light String - Reel Incandescent Multicolored 2 400 New Light String - Reel Incandescent White 500 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent Multicolored 600 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent Red 400 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent White 360 Used Light Strings on reel LED Blue 4 960 per arch Lighted Arches LED White and Blue 16 200 per tree Lighted Trees Incandescent White and Multicolored 4 Used LOR Wireless Light Linkers 2 1600 per fan Marty Fan - just over 5' tall Incandescent White and Multicolored 1 2400 Used Mega Tree Lights Incandescent White and Purple 1 300 Used Merry Christmas Sign Incandescent Red 6 70 New Net Light LED White 1 Unknown Untested Plane Incandescent 2 150 per deer Small Wire Framed Deer Incandescent White Tons of misc used lights Red, White, Muticolored, Blue 1 Used USB485N Converter 1 300 Wire Framed Moose Incandescent White Light-O-Rama Light Show Listing.xlsx

    $3,500.00

    Newberry, Michigan - US

  12. Hi Group, I'm still crunching through numbers to determine the overall cost of converting my incandescent display over to LED this year. I've found some great deals on LED C7's and Rope Light. However, I'm struggling to find a ecomnical solution for smaller mini lights like the Wide Angle 5MM LED's. The best price I've seen is $10 for a package of 50 count. I need roughly 75-100 boxes of the 50 count and that comes out to a pricey figure. Does anyone know of a vendor that sells these by the spool (100', 250', 500')? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks! Lightman
  13. Installed WS2811 C9 RGB lights on my house this year. Controlled with a Raspberry Pi and a Pixlite 4 controller. Sequences done with Xlights and Falcon Player
  14. hotrod1965

    RGB Fun

    Installed WS2811 C9 RGB lights on my house this year. Controlled with a Raspberry Pi and a Pixlite 4 controller. Sequences done with Xlights and Falcon Player.
  15. Hey folks! The holiday parties got someone a little too cheerful and tomorrow that cheer is spreading to you ! Now through January 15th, 2012 we are slashing our already ridiculously low prices by 15%! Be sure to check out store.lightsmusicmagic.com to see the eggnog filled deals available to you! Oh, and we're offering free shipping on all orders over $100! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  16. I swapped my Bethlehem star this year for a wire frame version. I also replaced the incandescent lights with LED lights. The cost was nearly identical (purchased from Lowes if it matters). Aside from my RGB LEDs, these are the ONLY LEDs in my display. I noticed when I came home last night, I had a VERY noticeable flicker when the LEDs were dimming on my star. It also seemed to be slightly worse on some sets than others (7 sets used for the star). The differences between sets was minimal however, and a casual observer would probably say the strands flickered at the same time, rate, etc. for each channel they were on. (I have 3 channels for my star, it's basically a modified holdman star). These LEDs worked perfectly since Thanksgiving night. It was only last night they started acting up. We've had periods of pretty heavy rain, but none last night. I connected a three-way pigtail at the base of the LOR controller and connected a set of minis to see if that would have any impact. I *think* it may have smoothed out the flicker a touch, but I'm not really certain. I also noticed that one of my snowflakes running off this same controller stopped working last night too. I will plug in the snowflake to a regular outlet tonight and determine if I've got a sick channel or if the snowflake bit it. I really cannot get to the roof at this time due to all fo the stuff in the yard. I'll just destroy my many cables with the heavy lift. Should I have put the mini lights in series with the LEDs? Any idea why I'd be getting flicker on dimming, but NOT at full brightness?
  17. Hi all, I know this subject is talked about a lot, but I'm trying to convince myself to take the plunge into the world of LEDs. I work at a large lighting company where we have been using LEDs to light products for 10 years. My current needs are 150ft of icicle lights and 5 artificial trees each containing 6 - 100 bulb light strings. To convert my small display to LEDs would cost me about a grand (figuring full-wave, sealed strings from online vendors). When I analyze it, the payback on LEDs just doesn't seem worth it. The lights would have to last more than 5 years to make it cost-effective and based on all the quality issues that I've read about over the years in these forums, it almost seems like incandescent is the path to stick with. Can anybody offer any suggestions? Thanks!
  18. multi color Icicle lights that twinkle or chase or with a program box that is affordable and good quality. I have a 40 foot span to cover maybe a little over 40 will work too. I have been scouring the web all night and cannot find anything I am interested in. Maybe you all can help. The cheaper the price the better!
  19. I am looking for a reasonable LED strand with removable bulbs (Full Wave) to replace my existing minis on my frames. I have 60+ frames that I will do over time. Any suggestions on vendors for this. They all seem pretty expensive or i can not find them with removable bulbs
  20. Hello all, just wondering what the best way to restring leds on a sprial tree is. The previous lights have the clips mounted on them already, and I can get the leds to go on the spiral itself, but what coulod I use to hold them since the sockets ont he incan string had the clips mounted and the other normal replacement clips wont work. Is there any thin gauge wire or ornamant hook wire I could use? Thanks for any ideas.
  21. .First Energy Corp. is providing ways for people to save energy around their homes, with this they are providing energy saving flyers at stores in PA. I walked into Lowe's today and the guy was there handing out these flyers and I talked to him for a bit. He said that he knows PA First Energy Companies are doing it, not sure about other states like Ohio. The companies covering this is Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power. You can receive 10.00 off Energy saving surge protectors, and Torchiere floor lamps and 3.33 off LED holiday light sets. (limit 6 holiday light sets per person). I have attached the entire flyers for you to review. They are printed on semi gloss card stock so that might be a good thing to buy to reproduce these very well ( I do not know if they will accept them on paper). Visit https://www.firstene.../s...vania.html for more details. This is good for ANY Energy Star LED light set. To see if they are doing something similar in your area please visit: https://www.firstene...com/fehome.html This rebate is valid Oct 28 2009 - May 31st 2013 (products to be purchased and rebate MUST be postmarked by June 7th 2013. Some limitations apply: must be listed by the EPA as ENERGY STAR qualified, LED holiday light sets are limited to 6 per customer, a photocopy or portion of the packaging illustrating the brand and proof of led is required to qualify for the rebate. ALSO: they have a CFL Rebate http://energysavepa-home.com/cfl The CFL Program from Met-Ed, Penelec and Penn Power (FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities) provides for discounts on the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs at participating stores in Pennsylvania** or at our online store. You’ll save $1.00 on each ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb you purchase — and you’ll be taking an important step toward reducing your energy usage. It’s Easy! There’s no paperwork to fill out and no rebate form to mail. Simply visit one of the retail locations participating in the program, purchase selected CFLs displaying the ENERGY STAR logo and receive your discount on the spot!
  22. So I got assigned to decorate the community Christmas Tree at work (we project plan at least 90 days out so that's why this is coming up now). We annually do a lighting ceremony, etc etc. We're transitioning back to LEDs after switching back to incandescent after our first use of LEDs three years ago failed due to problems like half wave lights that always seemed flickering and plastic covers that kept blowing off. After the complaints, we switched back for two years. Now we are ready to go to LEDs again in order to green and cut energy consumption. We've picked the LEDs we're going with (about 600 multi color and 400 polar white Diogen commercial style C9s) but one of the complaints we've fielded in no pop or pizazz on the tree. I've been researching and thinking about going with LED Strobes. The ones from Christmas Light Show look good but I'm not sure if to go with the 1flash per sec or 3-4 flash per sec ones. The Tree is about 20' tall with a 12' base. Thoughts? and thanks! ~Chris
  23. Does anyone know of a reliable vendor who carries dimmable green C9 led's? Thanks
  24. This weekend Target stores (So. Calif) stocked the seasonal shelves with holiday lighting. Seems to be a bit more LED's than incandescent. Had some 15" snowflakes(white plastic) with 35 WW LED's for $7.99. Same idea in a snowman shape. Lowe's just started loading the shelves, nothing at Home Depot or Michaels yet. Local Big Lot's has had holiday lights for about 2 weeks. (1/2 wave LED, C6- 60 for $8.50 in WW, Cool W, red, blue) (did somebody loose the formula for green?)
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