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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.
  • 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.

Cullen Wassell


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About Cullen Wassell

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 01/30/1985

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to list at the moment. I'll give it some thought and update when I have the time.
  • Location
    Moline, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    I'll think of something all worded nice n stuff to put here.... :p
  • Interests
    Anything Christmas, cars, aviation, anything railroad, travel, highway construction, computers, music,
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Work in progress.

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  1. Any chance you could get the smooth transparent SMD C7 and C9 bulbs in?

  2. Cullen Wassell

    GE Energy Smart LED C9s... made better.

    This was the pic that sold me on the teal idea. (And the 7 colors.) It definitely looks like a nice mellow alternative and actually similar to the way the more recent incan blues light up. By contrast, regular blue LEDs actually seem to give off a bit of a black light effect, and to that end, my neon yellow high-vis vest does in fact glow under a blue LED.
  3. Cullen Wassell

    GE Energy Smart LED C9s... made better.

    @hotrod1965 I was doing some poking around in a FB group I'm in and I came over something that might be just the ticket... so I just sent an order your way. Gonna try this... I've been told replacing blue with teal does the trick in getting rid of that typical LED harshness. Ordered a total of 25... 4x R/G/Y/T 3x WW/O/Pi. Having a total of 4 warm colors (red. yellow, orange, pink) should help too...
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    GE Energy Smart LED C9s... made better.

    Okay, so I realize this is subjective. That being said, I just can't dig the stereotypical hyper-saturated LED colors. No matter how hard I try. I wanted to like that look. I still want to, because it's the future...or is it? Well... I did a little experiment to that end last night. First pic - as they came from the store right after I bought them last year. Second pic - after swapping the globes onto an identical (Energy Smart) warm white strand I bought last night. They look like real lights now. And actually, the warm white strand uses 2.8 fewer watts than the original multi strand they were on. @hotrod1965, proof-of-concept for what I was bugging you about last year. These look so much more like Christmas now.
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    LED's that look like Incandescent

    Bumpity bump. I've had these GE LED C9s for a year. Last night, I located a warm white GREEN label (Energy Smart ConstantON) spool at Lowe's. The base design is the same, so the clear faceted globes are interchangeable with the multi-color 'opaque' globes. I swapped them over and this is the result. Much more pleasant, IMHO. Sorry for the crappy tablet camera pic. The charger for my DSLR battery is MIA and she's deader'n a doornail.
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    New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Looks like in the multi opticore bulbs, they need to dial down the brightness of the green, it's overpowering versus the rest of the opticore bulbs, not to mention the GEs. Sad that these LED retrofits have been around for a decade plus now and while they have legitimately improved leaps and bounds, there are still some critical issues from the early days that it appears no one even cares to address. I've been beating the "warm white LEDs in every color" drum for a while now, but it's always fallen on deaf ears. I guess I'm going to have to go directly to Minleon at this point to request this and commit to a minimum order.
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    LED's that look like Incandescent

    25-2700K warm white LEDs exist. Why the manufacturers are not putting those inside the colored plastic globes/covers is truly beyond me. I often hear fading as the reason, but properly colored plastic should outlive the lights themselves in that regard. I was actually discussing this possibility with @hotrod1965 on youtube. (lt1caprice57l - and yes, I'm serious about my willingness to pay for samples of such if you could get some.) I bought these at Lowe's - they are GE Energy Smart C-6 lights. They come in faceted warm white, faceted multi, and this style, which is by far my favorite of not just the GE LEDs, but all store-bought LEDs: Lights of any type, but especially LED, are hilariously difficult to photograph accurately - the color is less muted in real life, but the blue and green are not overpowering like they are with most LEDs. And the white is very warm, much warmer than the photo would suggest. Additionally, they are capacitor smoothed, which means they have barely any flicker at all. You have to be moving your eyes quickly to notice it.
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    Alabama people...

    I'll have to drop by, maybe tonight.
  9. Save money throughout the year for your Nov/Dec. power bills and use them anyway. That's my personal vote.
  10. Toss me in with the "I like C7/9s and I wish minis were never invented" group.
  11. Cullen Wassell

    Walmart's Christmas Section?

    Walmart nonwithstanding, I hate what Lowe's did last year - going 50 percent off after thanksgiving, having the whole section cleared and being restocked with normal items by the end of the first week of December. Geeeeeeeeeeez. I heard from an employee at my local one that they're going to do the same thing this year too.
  12. Cullen Wassell

    Tennessee Meet....

    Would y'all allow an Alabama fellow to attend? I'm just a hop 'n a skip away from the TN border, after all.
  13. Cullen Wassell

    If you don't like the weather in Alabama......

    Anything south of the 256/205 border is south Alabama to me.
  14. Cullen Wassell

    If you don't like the weather in Alabama......

    Mid 70s? You must be in south Alabama.
  15. Cullen Wassell

    Alabama people...

    Late to the game. Would've loved to check out your display if I could've found it...