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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.



qberg last won the day on December 16 2017

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About qberg

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  • Birthday 06/23/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Spring Lake, NC
  • Biography
    Married with children
  • Interests
    automotive....and of course Christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Well known in our development....even the pizza delivery guy knows us as the Christmas house!

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  1. qberg

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Usually true....but with the GFCIs a lot of small leaks add up to trip em too. Easiest way to find issues is using the LOR hardware utility and turn 1 unit on at a time until you find the one....then go out and start pulling plugs to find the one causing the problems. With my last foray, it wasn't a single unit that tripped them....just every time I turned on my 5th LOR unit, no matter which order I did it in.
  2. qberg

    Where to buy?

    I have purchased pixels/controllers from HolidayCoro.com. He is out of TX. I have also purchased from Holiday-lights-express.com (also known as HLE here on the forum and hotrod1965 ) out of MI.
  3. qberg

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    I am assuming these GFCI are all installed on separate circuits. The new "self testing" GFCIs can be problematic when you daisychain, or place one GFCI outlet downstream connected to the LOAD on another GFCI. When the downstream GFCI performs its internal self-test the upstream GFCI detects this as a fault and will trip. You just need one GFCI installed at the first outlet and all the other outlets downstream of that one connected to the LOAD terminals are protected. Non GFCI outlets are connected to the LOAD terminals for added protection. I suffer a lot of issues in the rain and have come to the conclusion I simply have too many lights to prevent GFCI trips. I just chased an issue for 2 days with the permanent lamp light on our mailbox post thinking it was the Christmas lights. Come to find out the bulb socket had moisture in it....not sure how that is even possible as it is in an enclosed fixture....so it must have been condensation. I found it when I had the fixture open, bulb removed and power applied... there was visible "steam" coming out of the socket (didn't trip the GFCI with no bulb in it). I wiped it out and applied a lot of dielectric grease to the bulb and have had no more issues on that circuit. I have a lot of strands with cheap removeable LEDs laying in the flowerbeds and yard and I am sure those are 99% of my issues and I am not greasing all those bulbs so it is something I just live with until I upgrade them to sealed LED strands. Dielectric grease is a must on all my RGB connections to prevent issues, I use a lot of it on my power strips and heavy duty extension cords outside, and I use it on my CAT5 connections in both RGB controllers and LOR boxes. Another thing I did this year was split the GFCI circuit on my house outside outlets. I had 1x GFCI that protected all my outside outlets that tripped a lot over the last 11 years, so I figured I would replace it this year when it started tripping again. The RGB power supplies like to play havoc on the GFCIs too and I had added another one to this circuit bringing it up to 4x 350W power supplies. In the past, 4x of these power supplies created issues on another GFCI circuit of mine. Replacing the GFCI with another brand solved that one, so I tried that first. But all the new GFCIs in the stores are the newer "self testing" models and after trying 3 different ones they all were worse (or better if you look at it from a protection aspect ) and would trip powering up the LOR units even before I got the RGBs on. My house wiring had this GFCI in the garage with the LOAD splitting to the front outside outlet and the back/side outlets. Because it split out from this outlet box, I removed the single box and put in a double box with 2x GFCIs (one now protects the front outlet and the second protects the back/side outlets). They are not daisychained as I split the LINE wire coming in to go to both GFCIs. Has been an outstanding upgrade and I have had no more issues on those circuits this year.
  4. qberg

    OK, Now What?

    +1 on the wreaths! I added the WOWindow posters this year with a LED spot inside to back light em. +1 on the projection carolers too! rear projection in the 1st floor windows would look great. I have had the virtual Santa running in my dining room for 5+ years and it is always a hit. With the symmetry of the house....a gingerbread theme would be fun one too. But that strays from the classical look you are shooting for.
  5. Do you have a pic from the previous wreath you made? Also, how are you hanging it? Maybe use multiple hangars if you are displaying it on a solid wall...i.e. top center, bottom center and 1x on each side? In the temps of TX PVC will probably droop, but it is very light weight. I use 3x 1/2" pvc for my 7.5' bottom hoop on my mega tree to keep the stringers tight. It easily bends into a hoop that size, but I have to use quite a few tie downs and tent stakes to keep them all tight because of the flex in the PVC. I wouldn't give up on internal support wires either....use heavy fishing line instead of steel wire and it will blend in. I hang all the snowflakes on the front of the house with 20# line, but when my bud and I go shark fishing we have 200# line with 600# leaders. There is a lot of nylon lines strengths you can try.
  6. qberg

    Mr Christmas box help

    I haven't done it, but I am wondering if you are overpowering the input to the fm transmitter. I would try a potentiometer inline which would allow you to fine tune the transmitter input level.
  7. qberg

    Recommendation Needed - QUALITY Icicle Lights?

    I ran the Walmart icicles for over 10 years....18x 300 count strands. It got to the point that I was replacing over 1,000 bulbs each year and it never failed. As soon as you got em all up a section would go out due to a bad bulb/shunt. The lightkeeper pro was the only way I was able to run em that long. 2 years ago, after the wife broke all her nails helping replace bulbs, I mentioned that HLE had a sale coming up. She just handed me the checkbook and said buy em! This is my 2nd year with the HLE LED warm white icicles and I couldn't be happier. The only thing I wish is that the LED icicles had the # of bulbs that the icans do.
  8. qberg

    Replacement Bulbs Voltage

    Oh I once shared your pain! The only conclusion I could come up with is the addition of all these "energy efficient" light strands they are using a different watt bulb. Like using a 40 watt or 60 watt bulb in your house....they both run on 120V. My guess is the new replacement bulbs are a lower wattage 2.5V bulb to save energy. The only solution I had was to sacrifice strands and use them as replacement bulbs until the wife complained about all her broken nails and gave me the checkbook to replace them with LED strands. Bill is right, some of the strands have odd wiring. However, I had a whole slew of pathway markers that needed 3.5V bulbs and I never found any of the replacement bulbs that worked.
  9. Already bought a new 8' tall one for my garage. Very happy with the quality and quick shipping.....Now, what to do with the old 16'x7' verson? I like the new clips and springs for the top and bottom as well!
  10. qberg

    cut out questions

    Nope...but it would make attaching the pvc tubes a bit simpler. The beauty of no wood is I don't have to worry about moisture or warping due to moisture. On my large coro snowglobe screen, I ran 2" strips of 10mm coro down the center of the back with the grain horizontal so I could use large zip ties to secure it to the pole. As far as wind, my coro snoglobe is 6' x 6' and it has held up fine with a couple large zipties around the 20' steel pole supporting my flying sleigh.
  11. qberg

    cut out questions

    10mm (3/8") Coro has considerable strength and very light weight. I have migrated over to it for my few cutouts. You can purchase it in black as well and then you won't get the light that comes through white and you don't have to paint the negative areas black. Contact a local sign or printing shop and they can order the coro in 4'x8' sheets. As for staking down...I use pvc pipe. 1/2" works great and slips right over the rebar stakes. I use a 2" on the tall characters and that will slip over the cheap landscape stakes sold at the home improvement stores. To attach it to the coro I use zip ties through the back layer and around the pvc. For cutting, use a fine tooth blade in a jig saw. To ensure paint adhesion, I go over it with a fine sandpaper and then shoot it with the plastic adhesion promoter spray paint.
  12. qberg

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    still here....just taking a break before the next push. Only 308 days til Christmas (about 270 til display goes back up!).
  13. qberg


    I used this method to make my falling santa many years back. The key to pulling images offline is find ones with higher resolution. Otherwise when you blow them up they are severely pixelated. Now I just use a projector to shoot the image on the Coro and trace it out with a pencil. Saves a lot of time vs taping all those printed pages together
  14. qberg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    Sorry I don't. I took and zip tied every mini bulb parallel to the original white strands. My old spirals had mini bulbs with clips that held them parallel. It was time consuming but they looked great with every bulb in laying perfectly inline. However, I like the RGBs strips on them much better. Infinite control of colors. The 6' ones I have don't seem that big, but they took 3x 5m strips to wrap em!
  15. qberg

    Anyone MOD'd these before?

    I did red/green/white minis for many years and yes, the bulbs get caught in the fishing line but not terrible to untangle when setting up. I stripped mine 2 years ago and put on RGB strips....came out perfect. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk