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Old 12-15-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Christmas isn't Christmas 'til.....

We put up the aluminum tree in the 'Stream, along with the Flamingos and a good brewski. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody!

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That's the Spirit! Very Nice.
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Oh dear, I'm going to be Debbie Downer..... Is that really an aluminum tree? Supposedly you should not use electric lights on an aluminum tree, it poses a shock/fire hazard. That's why they had color wheels with aluminum trees.

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I'm jealous of the adorable little tree! Merry Christmas to you, and to all my Airstreaming friends
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Oh dear, I'm going to be Debbie Downer..... Is that really an aluminum tree? Supposedly you should not use electric lights on an aluminum tree, it poses a shock/fire hazard. That's why they had color wheels with aluminum trees.

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We love living on the edge! Seriously, it's only on when somebody's in the 'Stream (and awake). This time of year, the kids are all home and we have to use the 'Stream as a spare bedroom. Just trying to extend the Yuletide Cheer to the 'Stream.

And besides, those '60's color wheels are hard to find.

Merry Christmas everybody.

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Brad, that Pic is way past cool!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

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Our aluminum tree in 1964 had the color wheel melt all over the bulb. Whew that stunk.

I am looking for a shiny little "tree"....and lights to run off 12VDC
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Oh dear, I'm going to be Debbie Downer..... Is that really an aluminum tree? Supposedly you should not use electric lights on an aluminum tree, it poses a shock/fire hazard. That's why they had color wheels with aluminum trees.

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I doubt that's true today. Why?
1 - GFCIs weren't common when aluminum trees made their debut. Plug the lights into a GFCI outlet, and the risk of electric shock virtually disappears even if a short-circuit were to develop. GFCIs were first required for residential bathrooms in 1975, and in kitchens in 1984, so homes older than that wouldn't have had them.
2 - Polarized electrical plugs weren't terribly common in residential wiring back when aluminum trees caused problems. They were first used in residential applications in the 1980s.
2 - Outdoor LED lights are lightweight, very well insulated, and generate very little heat, and would be much safer that the indoor incandescent Christmas lights that caused most of the problems back when aluminum trees were popular.

If I had an aluminum Christmas tree, I would feel perfectly safe draping electric lights on it, using a GFCI outlet and outdoor LED lights.
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