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I have 3 trees along the road, out in front of my house and they are Popal(?). They are about 3 to 4 stories tall, and I would love to light them up for Christmas next year. They are way too big to wrap in lights, they would need ten-thousands of lights each. Does anybody have good ideas of how I can light these up?

Thanks.

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Others would be much better to answer this than me but... I have 5 huge Oak trees in my yard that I am wanting to do something with also. I think because of the size of the trees I am going to put some large snowflakes scattered through the trees, maybe 10 per and some strobes. At least thats the thoughts for now. With the snowflakes blinking on/off and the strobes coming on every once in a while it ought to be real nice.

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I have 4 pretty large trees in my front yard. The are taller than my two story house. Your trees may be larger, but I wrapped the main branches of mine almost all the way up. I had to rent a man lift in order to reach the tops of the trees. These trees take between 10,000 to 20,000 per tree. If I can help, let me know.

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I have one large tree which I do the same thing to - nothing beats wrapping them up as far as you can.

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fkostyun wrote:

I have one large tree which I do the same thing to - nothing beats wrapping them up as far as you can.

Have you just wrapped them as far as you can?

If so, do you have a picture?

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cuonebay wrote:

I have 4 pretty large trees in my front yard. The are taller than my two story house. Your trees may be larger, but I wrapped the main branches of mine almost all the way up. I had to rent a man lift in order to reach the tops of the trees. These trees take between 10,000 to 20,000 per tree. If I can help, let me know.

Can you advise us how you wire the 10,000 to 20,000 lights per tree? Are you using extension cords or straight wiring into multiple sets of lights?

Thanks for any insight.

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I, too, have a large tree in my front yard. I was thinking about stringing lights in such a way as to make the lights look like a tall wineglass. The strings start about four feet off the ground at the trunk, swing out freelywith the other end of the string attached at the top. With 48 or 64 strings of lights hung this way and put on individual controllers, it wouldhave the effect of an inverted mega tree (at least that's what I'm hoping)...:)

J.D.

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I, too, have a large tree in my front yard. I was thinking about stringing lights in such a way as to make the lights look like a tall wineglass. The strings start about four feet off the ground at the trunk, swing out freelywith the other end of the string attached at the top. With 48 or 64 strings of lights hung this way and put on individual controllers, it wouldhave the effect of an inverted mega tree (at least that's what I'm hoping)...:)

J.D.

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Ya i have a huge tree to so this year at the50% off sales i bougt eight boxes of multi c-9s and i'm just gonna go to the top and make them go straight down.

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I would love to do this to some of the trees in my yard. This was my first year using animation with lights and had an overwhelming response from all neighboring communities as we live somewhat in the sticks and there isn't much around here. I am pretty new to all of this and have learned alot by reading all the posts, and I hope this doesn't sound too dumb, but how do you get all those lights on the tree, when most sets state that only 3 sets can be connected together?????? We have decorated our acre front lot and used miles of extension cords. I would really like to know how this tree wrapping is done.Thanks in advance for any help!!!!!!

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We have five large pecan trees in our front yard. Each year we rent a towable, 50' boom lift and even with that lift we cannot reach everywhere we want. (see pic)

We use (55) 2'x10' commerical 150ct. net lights for the trunks and the main branches and each tree gets about 20 regular 100ct. minis in the smaller branches. The total bulb count for the five trees is around 18,000.

We circuit each tree in low, mid and high and the branches get the 4th circuit.

If you can find a way to decorate your big trees, I would highly recommend it. People LOVE to see lights up high because it isn't something you see every day.

I don't have a pic of the tree with lights but you can check out a video on our website.

Charles

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