This homeowner shows off his Christmas decorations. Rob Lewine/Getty Images Christmas lights are a big part of the holiday season. As November and December roll around, you might see strands of lights everywhere -- on Christmas trees, houses, shrubs, bushes and even the occasional car! Have you ever wondered how these lights work? Why is it that if you pull out or break one of the bulbs, the whole strand of lights goes out? And how do they create the lights that sequence in different color patterns? If you were to go back in time 30 or 40 years and look at how people decorated their houses and trees with lights, you would find that most people used small 120-volt incandescent bulbs. Each bulb was a 5- or 10-watt bulb like the bulb you find in a night light. You can still find strands of these bulbs today, but they aren't very common anymore for three reasons: They consume a lot of power. If you have a strand of 50 5-watt bulbs, the strand consumes 250 watts! Consider that … [Read more...] about How Christmas Lights Work
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Fort Davis National Historic Site contains the most impressive remains of any Indian Wars frontier fort. The installation has also earned a significant spot in history as the first military fort in western Texas and one of the first such posts where African-American soldiers served.Fort Davis, built in 1854, was the first military fort in western Texas.On the eve of the Mexican War, Texas joined the Union. In this new state, nearly 600 miles of wilderness stretched between San Antonio and El Paso, where wagon trains, gold seekers, and mail coaches were prey to Indian attacks. In 1854, a pine fort, named for Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, was built in a canyon near Limpia Creek to protect travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso road. By 1856, six stone barracks were added to house enlisted men, who spent much of their time escorting mail and freight trains through West Texas.Texas seceded from the Union early in 1861, and Fort Davis was abandoned. Apaches wrecked the deserted fort, and … [Read more...] about Fort Davis National Historic Site
Repair Your Christmas Lights DCL Part of the Planet Green mantra goes something like "'Tis better to fix and reuse than to throw away." This goes for just about everything in your life, but it can be especially meaningful during the holiday season, which is typically marked by raging excess and unchecked consumption. This is especially true of holiday decorations, like the ubiquitous strings of lights, which you buy, use once, put away for a year, then pull out of the box only to discover that they don't work any more. Thankfully, at a site called Cyphers by Ritter, there are very thorough instructions for fixing busted strings of LED lights and the more traditional (but more energy-intensive) incandescent bulbs. Read them and repeat after us: "Don't despair, repair...don't despair, repair..." [Via ::Make] Difficulty level: Moderate … [Read more...] about Repair Your Christmas Lights
This house has a lot of lights, but Christmas displays can get a lot bigger (and brighter)! iStockphoto/Thinkstock Your outdoor masterpiece has taken days of preparation, but you know it'll make your house the talk of the neighborhood. After placing a final string of lights on the bushes, you plug in the cord and voila! A stunning display of electric holiday cheer. But your neighbor is also finishing up his own massive Christmas lights spectacle. Maybe it's time for a friendly competition between the two of you, you think. Next thing you know, other neighbors want in on the fun, and you've suddenly got the makings of a Christmas contest that will make the holidays brighter -- literally. With a little organization and preparation, hosting a Christmas light contest is easy. First, define the contest area. This can be as small as a few homes or as large as a neighborhood competition. If the Christmas spirit is overflowing, it could even be a town-wide celebration. Next, define the … [Read more...] about How to Host a Christmas Light Contest