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BS: Christmas Tree Lights

Rizla the Green 18 Dec 00 - 08:40 AM
A Wandering Minstrel 18 Dec 00 - 08:42 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Dec 00 - 08:43 AM
Mrrzy 18 Dec 00 - 09:12 AM
MMario 18 Dec 00 - 09:26 AM
Jimmy C 18 Dec 00 - 09:41 AM
GUEST,rabbitrunning 18 Dec 00 - 11:11 AM
pattyClink 18 Dec 00 - 11:37 AM
sophocleese 18 Dec 00 - 12:22 PM
Morticia 18 Dec 00 - 12:25 PM
Kim C 18 Dec 00 - 01:05 PM
Bernard 18 Dec 00 - 01:44 PM
mousethief 18 Dec 00 - 01:48 PM
Bernard 18 Dec 00 - 02:02 PM
mousethief 18 Dec 00 - 02:05 PM
Bernard 18 Dec 00 - 02:08 PM
Bill D 18 Dec 00 - 02:08 PM
Bernard 18 Dec 00 - 02:09 PM
mousethief 18 Dec 00 - 02:11 PM
Bernard 18 Dec 00 - 02:18 PM
GUEST,Pseudolus 18 Dec 00 - 03:52 PM
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Subject: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Rizla the Green
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 08:40 AM

Can someone explain the scientific principle behind the fact that when you put a set of working christmas tree lights away one year, and never touch them during the year, they never bloody work the next christmas. I think it is a plot!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 08:42 AM

You forgot to include the £5 note for the tree light maintenance fairy??


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 08:43 AM

...and no matter where you start to test them it's always the last bulb you test that has blown!
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 09:12 AM

Does anyone know if Concord Mass still has the bylaw of Only White Lights? And what is the general feeling here about outdoor displays - like them, hate them, love them, wish they wouldn't blink? I personally really like the icicle lights, and there is one huge house in my neighborhood that looks like a fairytale castle, don't know how they do it...


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: MMario
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 09:26 AM

Most blinking displays drive me nuts....though I have seen some that achieved a "twinkling" effect -which I don't mind - I think because those were massive amounts of lights with only a few that blinked. The eerie green and red spotlights that a few home owners in this area use are also, in my opinion, the epitomy of poor taste.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Jimmy C
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 09:41 AM

I like christmas lights and always have some around the windows and through the bushes etc at the front of the house, as well as an almost life-size illuminated nativity scene on the back porch. There is a richy area north of where I live, and all the mansions really go to town with their decorations,(I don't live in a mansion). It looks like they are in competition with each other and the displays get better every year. Bus loads of people come from all over and tour the neighbourhood just to see them. One man starts putting them up in October just to be finished in time. He must have in excess of 10,000 lights, probably uses a generator to power them. Some of their driveways are so long with lights running up both sides they look like miniture landing strips. I would not like to get their hydro bill.
We take the nephews and nieces and grandchild, along with some cookies and flasks of hot chocolate and do the tour ourselves. It adds to the Christmas feeling, especially since we always have snow.

If you leave lights up all year, then small insects get inside during the summer and lay eggs there. The larvae gets between the connectors and the bulb will not light.

I hate the ones that won't light if one bulb is defective. That drives me nuts.

HO HO HO Everyone


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: GUEST,rabbitrunning
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:11 AM

My experience has been that the more carefully you put away the lights (to ensure the minimum of tangling, and jarring bulbs) the more strings that work the next year. The first thing I always try when a string fails is to push in along the line of bulbs, to try to re-set each them in the socket. It works about half the time. Modern lights are supposed to have a little dohickus that causes a "short circuit" when they die -- which allows the rest of the bulbs to light, but it's a touchy beast and must be properly positioned.

I really hate the cheap lights where the plastic work has been done so badly that you can't get the old lights or the new ones in without breaking them!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: pattyClink
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:37 AM

Listen to wise "rabbitrunning" about re-seating the bulbs by pressing them in. I'll bet an invisible film of oxidation forms in any of them where the bulb is a bit loose from the socket.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: sophocleese
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 12:22 PM

Well one year it was because mice had gotten into the box and chewed through half the wires.

I like big interesting displays on houses that I don't live next to. Blinking lights are for indoor personal use, they drive me crazy if I have to see them all the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 12:25 PM

Well I have had the same set of lights for 20 years and they still work perfectly.......never get anything but thrown in a box either.Re. decorating the outside of houses, only a few people go in for here which makes it look a bit odd but I find them cheerful. Not sure how I'd feel living opposite to a house competing with Blackpool Illuminations though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Kim C
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 01:05 PM

Mine always work. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 01:44 PM

...and no matter where you start to test them it's always the last bulb you test that has blown!

Duh! Once you've found it, what's the point of checking any further?


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 01:48 PM

With me, if I'm checking a string of 100 lights, the bulb that has blown will always be in the high 90's. If I start from the other end of the string, I STILL have to check 95 or so bulbs. It's never one of the first five I check.

alex


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:02 PM

There's a scientific (and safe) way to do it.

Unplug from the mains, find the middle, remove that lamp, and test with a continuity tester, multimeter, or battery and bulb.

Test from one conductor to the mains plug, and one 'leg' will show open circuit. You have now eliminated half of the string from the problem.

Halve that 'leg', and remove that lamp. This test brings the process of elimination to 75%... on a set of 80, that's 60 lamps which don't need checking...

If you get continuity on both legs, it's the bulb in your hand with the fault...

Okay, it may be tricky to identify which 'leg' is which, but the 'lay' of the cable is a clue - the anti-clockwise leg is usually the left hand contact, etc...

Works for me, anyway. I rarely need to test more than 10 lamps on a set of 80.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:05 PM

I think it would be harder to understand your process, Bern, than just test 95 bulbs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:08 PM

O ye of little faith!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:08 PM

and on those little teeny Japanese lights (or Taiwanese...whatever)...there seem to be 23 different sizes, models and variations, none of which are interchangable! Even when I HAVE spare bulbs, they don't fit! They INTEND you to buy new strings on a regular basis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:09 PM

Ah, Glasshoppah! You have found the meaning of life!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:11 PM

Actually on the teeny bulbs, you can remove the bulb from the green (sometimes white) plastic base and insert it into the base from your old set. Usually; I recently bought a set where the bulb ITSELF was larger and wouldn't fit into the older base. They're catching onto me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 02:18 PM

Fiendishly cunning, these Orientals...


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: GUEST,Pseudolus
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 03:52 PM

I used to live in a neighborhood that had a lot of decorated houses. One year, one of the neighbors put up "chaser" lights. Know the kind I mean? they blink one light at a time and you can adjust the speed. He liked 'em blinking FAST!!!! It looked like we had a festive neighborhood, next to a used car lot!!!! I drove by recently and he now has icicle lights. Smart move.....

Frank

P.S. Oops, I just realized I'm a guest, musta tossed my Christmas cookies....


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Gypsy
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 10:52 PM

Me hats off to you Bernard! You sound like my better half. Personally, for the 3$ that they cost on sale, if a string don't work, i toss it. And for the public opinion poll: I love lights! So pretty at a dark time of the year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:08 PM

I'm just glad I'm Jewish and get to enjoy the decorations without having to put them up myself! When I was a kid we would go on a drive around our neighborhood and out into the near northern Philadelphia suburbs each December to look at Christmas lights. Even though we didn't celebrate the holiday it was still fun to look at all the lights, including the houses who were trying to be Disneyland East. My sister and I would play a game, each seeing how many lit Christmas trees we could count from our side of the car. The best thing was to find a house where somebody had draped lights on a long row of evergreen bushes, so you could call out all at once: "fortythreefortyfourfortyfivefortysixfortysevenfortyeightfortyninefifty...!"

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: ddw
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:25 PM

I don't have much truck with Christmas, but I have to admit a house tastefully decorated can be beautiful — especially in as much snow as we have right now. The problem in Windsor is that about five years ago the whole city seemed to started a competition of decorating for each season — Halloween gets pretty strange and Easter is positively STUPID, with plastic colored eggs hanging off trees alll over the place — and the rule for Christmas seems to "more is better." Some neighborhoods are getting as ugly as the strip in Vegas, the Ginza in Tokyo or Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ont.

I put a wreath on the house between the living room and dining room windows, lights on a tree inside and lights in the cedar roping on the mantle and bannisters. Wouldn't bother with that if the Yorkshire Tornado didn't insist on it for the grandkids.

Happy Humbug, folks.

David


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Troll
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:33 PM

A simple menorah in the window. That takes care of The Memsahib and the Heir. I light a candle in my cave.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 04:04 AM

* ON LINE CHRISTMAS LIGHT SCHEMES *

A little SLOW loading but worth the wait!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 09:59 AM


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 10:05 AM

Sorry evrybody, I didnt mean to refresh this, I have just bought a mouse and I an still getting used to it (I am using internet tv).If I put the pointing thing at the bottom of the screen,it scrolls down really fast and I pressed the wrong button.sorry.john


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: Kim C
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 10:28 AM

Hey, it's almost September, which means that if the stores don't have their Christmas stuff out yet, they will REAL soon!

Anyway, my lights always work. Of course, my tree is only 2 ft tall, because I had to have something that the animals couldn't destroy. I leave the lights and the tinsel on the tree and just pack it up that way. When I get it out in December, all I have to do is fluff up the little branches and put the ornaments on it.

I have used the same string of lights for the last ten years. HOWEVER we did have to throw some others out because they didn't work...


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: SharonA
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 11:51 AM

In a nearby neighborhood, there is one of THOSE houses that sports Christmas decorations of every sort: tree lights; house lights; lights strung between house and trees; lighted wire reindeer; painted wooden cut-out-and-stand-up figures covering the lawn, animated dolls (elves, Santa and the missus) in little booths to protect them from the weather; a giant lawn-menorah; outdoor speakers blaring Christmas music; and a HUGE scary-looking two-and-a-half-story snowman beside the house.

Some of the decorations stay up all year, like the lights, the booths and THAT SNOWMAN. They bring in a truck with a cherry-picker in autumn to decorate (and change bulbs, presumably), then pound stakes into the ground for the wooden figures before the ground freezes. Slowly, weekend by weekend, they add more items till December; then they turn on the lights and stop traffic for the month. There's a wooden box on a pole near the sidewalk to take DONATIONS from anyone who cares to contribute to the garishness!!! And, of course, most of the decor stays up through the winter until it's warm enough outside to put some of the things away.

It's certainly a neigborhood "attraction", but I'd hate to be one of their neighbors!

As an apartment dweller, I use lights inside sometimes (I don't always get the big tree up!) but not to decorate the windows. What I like to do for the windows is to take decorative flags with holiday designs, and hang them from tension bars (placed between the window-sash and the mini-blinds). Not only does the outdoor observer see something Christmas-y (especially in the evening with the house-lights on), but indoors I get to look at something cheerier than the leafless trees through the window!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: GUEST,Nick
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 12:59 PM

On my way home from work I pass a pair of houses that go to war during the holidays. You can tell they are trying to out do each other. The baby Jesus with the iluminated rocket launcher aimed at the neighbor's house is a clue! They warfare spills over to Haloween and Easter as well!


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: gnu
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 02:20 PM

Jesus Christ. That's why the globe is warming ! Well, I'm not going to be part of it. Not since the ex took all of the decorations, lights and the fake tree. Her apartment must look like Sears !


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Subject: RE: BS: Christmas Tree Lights
From: SharonA
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 03:06 PM

GUEST,Nick: Are you sure that was a rocket launcher? Remember, the baby Jesus would've been in the manger before the date of his circumcision! (Might be that you saw a different kind of "head" from a warhead...)


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