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  • 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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  • 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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  1. Im in Texas. There is LOTS of sun shinning on them and we do get some snow (not as much as you do in CT) and we get freezing temps and LOTS of 100+ degree days also. The insulation is fine no cracking and still plenty flexible. I will try to get up there and take some pictures later
  2. I have approx 40 controllers that have been outside for 6 years now and they have never been inside. They are permenatly mounted on racks and some of them are mounted on the backside of my chimley on the roof. All I do is roll up the SPT and there are hooks next to each controller that the wire hangs on and everything stays outside year round.
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    Actually I have been a member of PC since 2006 but for some reason (and I just noticed it) my post count got reset to zero???
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    TIG is Tungsten Inert Gas welding It is mostly used for very precise welding due to the ability to control your heat very well. It is most commonly used for metals such as Aluminum and Stainless. It is one of the most difficult types of welding due to the amount of controls such as either a foot pedal or a dial on the torch along with different machine settings such as voltage, current, AC or DC and also requires both hands one for feeding of the filler rod and one for working the torch. I have been welding for about 30 years including TIG welding and my father was a metal smith in the NAVY for 28 years and has been welding for about 50+ years and TIG is something that I would NEVER recommend to someone who does not have a good knowledge of welding.
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    Controller Enclosures

    3G Lighting Creations has some that are identical to the ones that LOR sells http://store.3glightingcreations.com/categories/Enclosures/
  6. That is FREAKN cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Any close up photos of how the branches attach to the frame? and any close ups of the wiring harness as it snakes around the frame work? Thats got to be ALOT of wire!!
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    In need of more females. Plugs!

    www.3GLightingCreations.com has SPT1 male and female plugs.
  8. 3G Lighting Creations has C9 strobes in stock and each strobe comes with a C9 socket. They are the same ones that Daryl has at christmas light show here is a link http://store.3glightingcreations.com/categories/Strobes/
  9. I use C9 strands and the sockets are 48" on center then I offset each strand by 12". It requrese 4 chanenls to do this. If I turn all 4 channels on at once then it just looks like my C9 are 12" on center. To make them chace I turn on chanel 1 then channel 2 then channel 3 and keep repeating this is what gives the chase effect Mike

  10. Hi, just saw your LOR videos for the first time...great job! I was wondering how you do the chasing lights around your roof?

  11. To my fellow Christmas Junkies, After designing and building Christmas wire frames for several years now, I have decided to take the big step and me and my Dad have formed a business to continue designing and building wire frames and we are currently branching off into other items to support the decorating addicted. I would like to introduce everyone to
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    Question re C9 Spools

    I do the same effect you are trying to do on my house. I use 12" spacing between bulbs which equals strands with 48" spacing. Here is a site that sells 1000 spools in 36" spacing http://www.sivalinc.com/-c7andc9lightstringsandspools_1.aspx
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    How Many Strobes?

    How big is your building? how much area are you decorating? how far apart are the channels going to be to get the chasing effect? Do you have any pictures of the building?
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    SPT1 OR SPT2 for C9 stringers

    I have been in this situation a few times now that all the strobes are made for C9 sockets thats why in my opinion it is a VERY wise 15.00 investment to buy a bag of 100 for both SPT1 and SPT2. If I remember correctly you can get a bag of 100 sockets from action for about 7.00 to 8.00 bucks per bag
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    SPT1 OR SPT2 for C9 stringers

    I personally dont think you are ever going to get a straight answer on which is better. This is one of those subjects that everyone has there own opinions and everyone has some great points. Its going to be like asking which one is better the red one or the green one? In my display I use both types. First off all of my wire is UV protected so I use SPT2 on the ground since someone is more likely to step on it so I want more insulation to protect the wire from BIG OL feet I then use SPT1 on my roof items because its not as prone to physical damage and I also use all C9 dimmables so they dont draw mush power. Like I said before thes are just my opinions and there are going to be peole who make different opinions with different and good points.