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  • 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.
  • 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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About plasmadrive

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  • Location
    Elk Grove, CA
  • Biography
    I am a semi retired electrical contractor and controls engineer.
  • Interests
    Light displays, lasers and Racquetball
  • Occupation
    Engineering
  • About my display
    144 LOR channels, 24k lights

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  1. Christmas light (decorations) swap meet... maybe

    I have now put together a FB page to gauge the viability. it is called "Christmas and Halloween swap meet (maybe)" UPDATE: I have declined some people because I am trying to get a real number as to possible attendance. If you are not into decorating for those holidays or not in reasonable proximity (300 miles except for some with a travel track record), I need to decline you. Otherwise it could throw the whole thing off.. This is not an event for those that are too far away to assume reasonable attendance.. sorry.. If you don't show some decorating interest on your site or FB page, I will assume you are not really that interested and I will decline you. I will open it up to everyone once I know if this is really happening. Right now bear with me until I get it nailed down.
  2. I am thinking about holding a Christmas light swap meet of sorts in the summer time here in Elk Grove, CA. Anybody interested? If there is enough interest, I will do it. I am hoping this is the right place to post..
  3. Really Big Lights RGB easy conversion

    Yes.. pretty much... the ones I used actually have a threaded stem out the back. what square pixel did you use? I have not seen any that mount the way.. Unless you mean you used screws and mounted them on the plate.. That would be mechanically sound as opposed to how many others did it.. So I stand corrected.. it is similar if that is the way you did it.. Got pics?
  4. Really Big Lights RGB easy conversion

    Actually not similar.... it is a "modification" for sure but using the square pixels.. and nothing wrong with doing it that way at all, but a completely different physical mounting scheme. The entire reason I did it the way I did was to avoid having to zip tie loose pixels to the existing post (or pvc pipe) which is how many have done it. Some have even stuffed the rectangle ones in the bottom but there is no real good physical mounting that way that I have seen. I haven't seen the video you said you would post so I am not sure how you did yours but I would be interested to take a look. My way isn't the "only" way, just a "different" way... and for me personally a better way because it is clean and mechanically sound. Show us what you did.. Don't be shy!
  5. Really Big Lights RGB easy conversion

    Well then, it's not the "same thing" is it?
  6. I forgot to post this here, sorry. Hopefully this will make it easier for more people to find. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-QYJc3TrEs Modifications to white Really Big Lights to add RGB single pixel WS2811 compatible. This is a really simple way to perform the modification as opposed to zip tying bullet pixels. It also creates no shadows and gives a nice homogeneous light thru out. The source for pixel is http://www.ipixelleds.com/index.php?i... The entire mod costs less than $2.00 for parts not including cable extensions. Fast and easy way to modify your white RBL for RGB. I quickly put this video together to show how easy this mod can be. Advantages of doing it this way (at least for me), 1. Low cost. Only two parts plus connecting cables. (Cost about $2.00 for mod materials) 2 Single electrical pixel but with 6 LEDs 3. Fast and easy to do. 4. No zip ties, no soldering, no glue. The installation is very physically stable and clean. 5. Already connectorized for in and out. Just add dielectric grease to the connector if you need it. Hope you find this helpful. Craig
  7. Amount Of Lights On A 20' Tree

    Hey, don't forget the Plasma Icicles!
  8. Amount Of Lights On A 20' Tree

    My trees last year were about 35' and they each had about 2200-2500 lights. I can't seem to attach a picture, but that seemed like the right amount to me..
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