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AC Adapter

The AC adapter, AC/DC adapter or AC/DC converter is a type of external power supply, often enclosed in what looks like an over-sized AC plug. Other names include plug pack, plug-in adapter, adapter block, domestic mains adapter, line power adapter, or power adapter. Informal terms include wall wart, wall cube and power brick. AC adapters are used with electrical devices that require power but do not contain internal components to derive the required voltage and power from mains power. The internal circuitry of an external power supply is very similar to the design that would be used for a built-in or internal supply. External power supplies are used both with equipment with no other source of power, and with battery-powered equipment, where the supply both charges the battery and powers the equipment when plugged in.


The basic unit of electrical current. Applying one volt across a one ohm resistor will cause a current of one ampere to flow. The letter 'I' is used to denote current. Also known as "Amp."


Animatronics are mainly used in movie making, but also in theme parks and other forms of entertainment. Its main advantages to CGI and stop motion is that it is not a simulation of reality, but rather physical objects moving in real time in front of the camera. The technology behind animatronics has become more advanced and sophisticated over the years, making the puppets even more realistic and lifelike.


A positive electrode of an electrochemical device (such as a primary or secondary electric cell) toward which the negative ions are drawn. The semiconductor-diode terminal that is positive with respect to the other terminal when the diode is biased in the forward direction.


An Arch(es) is a piece of metal or plastic pipe wrapped with lights and hooked to a ground rod on each end to resemble and arch of lights.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to, Record live audio, Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD's, Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together, and Change the speed or pitch of a recording.


American Wire Gauge. The standards adopted in the United States for the measurement of wire sizes.


A measurement of data transmission speed based on the number of code elements or units per second.


Three dimension plastic figures.

Buzz Box

A Buzz Box or Incandescent Christmas light tester isolates twisted bulbs, empty sockets and bad fuses by forcing electrical current through a non-working set. With a Buzz Box you can find your defective lights easily and quickly saving you a great deal of time getting all of your incandescent lights working correctly. The Buzz Box creates a buzzing sound coming from the bulb that is defective, so just remove and replace the bulb. Check the instructions that come with your specific Buzz Box for safe operating usage.

Note: A Buzz Box does not work with LED lights and will damage them.

Cable Tie

A cable tie, also known as a zip tie or tie-wrap, is a type of fastener, especially for binding several electronic cables or wires together and to organize cables and wires.

Category 5 Cable

Category 5 cable (Cat 5) is a twisted pair cable for carrying signals. This type of cable is used in structured cabling for computer networks such as Ethernet. It is also used to carry other signals such as telephony and video. The cable is commonly connected using punch down blocks and modular connectors. Most Category 5 cables are unshielded, relying on the twisted pair design and differential signaling for noise rejection. Category 5 has been superseded by the Category 5e specification.


Cosmic Color Bulb. These are C9 looking pixels Light-O-Rama sells can turn to any 16.7 million colors.


Cosmic Color Flood. This device connects to the Light-O-Rama network and produces any 16.7 million colors. It has multiple high power LED's to flood an area with light.


Cosmic Color Ribbon. A ribbon or very thin flat looking device that has 50 pixels and can turn to any 16.7 million colors. The ribbon is a little over 16 feet long. This is a Light-O-Rama product.

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