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JeffCarter

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About JeffCarter

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  • Birthday June 29

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  • My favorite Christmas story Rudolph
  • Location Atlanta, GA
  • Biography I've been lighting up for Christmas since I was 4. I started a YouTube Channel with DIY videos for Outdoor Christmas Decorations. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwTziyLSWWiCFTCIb-acUQ
  • Interests Vintage GE Christmas Lighting and Christmas Lighting History.
  • Occupation Broadcast Engineer
  • About my display I create lighted displays for my home, my office and for the homes of friends and family.

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  1. Since you live in Asheville and like Christmas, consider attending this year's Convention of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past. It's in Asheville this year. https://goldenglow.org/christmas-convention/
  2. Look great!
  3. White added with colors when outlining a roof does wash them out a bit; however, I had a GE Lighting Engineer tell me that using white lamps sparingly actually helps to color balance your lights and reduces the orange glow when lighting trees and shrubs with multicolored ceramics. This year I tried that and he's right. It makes the blues and greens pop a bit when mixed with red and yellows. I used a white ceramic about every tenth socket. This is what I use. It's gone down a bit since I bought it several years ago. It's now $6 at retail. Looks like they are having a clearance right now of this year's stock. http://www.michaels.com/canadian-pine-garland-9ft/10423314.html#q=pine+garland&start=8
  4. I get pine garland from Michael's. Usually around September or October it goes on sale at 40%-50% off for about a week. Normally it runs about $8 for 9 feet. I use it on a friends house and it works nicely...
  5. Those sockets are some of the best! One of the best prices I've found... https://www.grandbrass.com/item/so974/lamp_sockets-e_26_medium_base-sign_and_carnival_sockets/
  6. Yes we would. I've got some fiberglass ones that were used in the Chicago area in the 50's and 60's. God added the ice...
  7. Are those bell fiberglass or plastic?
  8. I found a stash of replacements several years ago and still use them on a tree in the yard. There is nothing that comes close to matching those colors.
  9. LED's are not there yet. Vendors claim they look just like incandescent but they don't. I have hope because I found a C7 LED in Home Depot that is marketed as a night light that perfectly matches the traditional C7 ceramic white lamp. These LED lamps also have a glass envelope and not a plastic one. Now if they would just ceramic color the glass envelope - not paint but fuse the color with the glass like GE used to do in the late fifties thru the late seventies - they would have a winner. I even did an experiment and sent it to the LED manufacturer. They don't seem interested but someone who actually wants to revolutionize LED Christmas lighting will. Go several more season with incandescents and then a true incandescent looking LED will be on the market. Here's my experiment....
  10. I've been a GE Lighting collector for years and I've just discover something new. A friend of mine was refurbishing some old municipal decorations and found GE D28 C9's in some of the sockets. I have never seen a D28 before. The consumer version was a D15 Merry Bright. I checked with another friend of mine who worked at GE's NELA Park during the 60's and said these were some GE made for commercial decorators who liked the transparent colors but the sometimes rough service of a municipal decoration would cause the color to crack and peel. The D28's had a coating of Lexan to protect the color. They were also made with a brass base whereas the consumer line was aluminum/nickle. If you come across any of these while refurbishing a municipal decoration and don't want them, let me know. I would even be interested in burned out ones if the have the GE logo and "D28" stamp.
  11. Here's a way to make mini trees...
  12. It's the kind that grows wild here in Georgia. Yes they are real.
  13. http://sherwoodonline.com/item.asp?cid=2&sid=33&id=515&page=1
  14. I recycle my Christmas tree...
  15. Stone Mountain here in Georgia uses medium base LED's for their mega tree strung on a broadcast tower at the top. They were using incandescent S14 and switched out the lamps. It is actually visible further with the LED's than it was with the incandescents.