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LED Mega Tree - What kind of LED lights and how do you wrap them?

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Hi, two questions...

1)For those who use 100% LED MEGA Tree's, do you use C6 LED's or other? (what if other?)

2)How do you wrap them, or do you. For example one message here said they have individual string every 2" apart with R G B R G B R G B going all around. (Now they wern't using LEDS so I'd like to here what LED Mega tree owners do)

And part 2B question... anyone taking 2 or 3 strings and twisting them together (all same color) just to add more lights? (Again LED builders only....)

thank-you in advance again!!!

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I used minis. They overall weigh less. For me this was important, as I created a Darryl tree this year (Christmas Light Show). So I had 16hooks as he recommends for the top. Of which I had R-G-B-W, I think it looked spectacular as do my neighbors and visitors. I did use Creative Displays 50 light strings, and did this for each hook, joining the string of the same color with a zip tie, then spacing them apart. R-G-B-W-R-G-B-W. This gave me 400 lights per hook, 6400 lights total, 16 channels LOR. My tree drew 2.56 amps total! Using CD lights, I had to extend the top of Darryl's plans to 12ft instead of 10. They are about 17ft overall.It all worked great, with the exception of Mother Natures fury, I had to rebuild it once after a heavy wind storm.

I think Tim Fisher suggests the twisted light strings on his video, and a few members have written that they followed his lead. Otherwise, you will find many, many combinations of lights on several threads.

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I used blue C6 LEDs this year. 32 strands for 16 channels. I spaced them out about 1 foot or so on the bottom. Next year I'm adding 32 strands of white LEDs but do not plan to twist them. I loved the C6 bulbs and the blue color they emit.

Tom

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I did an LED tree this year using RGB c-6's. 20 foot tree with 72 strings total. 12 slices with the three colors twisted together and zip tied about every foot and a half. It worked great. The only thing I would caution anyone about is if your using a telescoping flagpole be aware that the LED's are considerably more heavy than mini's.

Bill

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Bill, when you say 12 slices what exactly does that mean and how many channels did you need?

If I was to guess it means the following:

You used 36 channels total for your Mega tree broken down into-

12 channels each for Red, Blue and Green?

Each channel you controlled 2 strings of a color? (did you have them side by side or front/back?)

Thank-you in advance

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This was my 1st year with a Mega Tree. I sued 96 strands of Home Depot C3 50 ct LED strings. 32 reb, 32 blue and 32 green. This was all on the "PVC Tree" from www.christmaslightshow .com . I had 16 channels of each color running around the tree. Since 96 strings is alot to get up I took a red, green and blue string and tied them together to make a Mega String. This worked out great. I only had 32 strings to put up and no tangles. The 32 Mega Strings are spaced at about 7 inches apart at the bottom of the treewhere the lights turn inward to make the trunk.

You can see some pics of the tree on my site, the link is in my sig.

Brian

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I had thought about combining my 2 colors together for next year to make setup go faster. After thinking about it I have decided against this. The body of the tree looks fuller with 32 individual strings. If I was hanging 4 colors, I would probably combine some of the lights to pair the string count down from 64 to 32. (ie: G+R, W+B).

Dan

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