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At the after Christmas sales I bought 36 mini trees at Target. I've been thinking of ways to incorporate them into my display. I'll probably only use 32 because that's all the channels I have for them. They have 35 clear mini's now. I'm going to brighten them up a bit with 100 more each. They add a little Chrismas look to my display during the day because they are actually mini fake christmas trees. I've seen some cool chasing effects with mini trees before. Below is a picture of my 07' display with all the lights on so you can see everything.

I would love to get some ideas from all of you!

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Gary I used the same tress in my display two years ago as a chasing effect. They worked great. the only problem was that I have a Three foot fence around my yard and they were lost behind the fence. I also added more lights to the trees it does add to effect and brightness. You have a great open yard they should work well.

I'd send a pic. of mine, but every time I try and send a photo it says it's to big, and I'm not sure how to size it down, so good luck.

Dave :smile:

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I just had a thought. Has anyone ever put a circle of mini trees around a mega tree like a racetrack? You could do some cool effects like having the megatree rotate one direction and the mini's the other.

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I also have been using those style of mini trees in my display for a few years. I bought the 2 footers in 3 packs both from Target and Home Depo. With 75% off, its hard to beat. I also added another 100 count string to each tree. I dont have a megatree (yet), but do setup some in a circle. There are 16 and the diamater is about 20ft. I like the effect. I also use some in a line that change color. Behind the circle, I use 3.5 ft fake trees too. I think for the price after Christmas, you cant make them any cheaper. I use about 40 fake trees in my display.See my link below for my videos. Wizards in Winter has some good effects with the minis...............Mike

http://ca.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=Sparkylights&p=r

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Sounds like everyone picked these up on clearance at Target!

I got 12 of them, and I'm planning to line the front of my yard with them. So far in my sequencing I've used them to chase, light randomly during "crazy" sections, and bounce back and forth. Eventually, I'll add other colors to them, but that's part of the '09 plans.

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Mike nice job on the display! I see the mini trees are a great addition. I like your circle racetrack when it goes fast ! It's a real attention getter. Thanks.

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You know what would be a cool effect is to make concentric circles and have them light up from the center one to the next one out to the next one them back inward.

You could also have the circles chasein different directions, I know that would require more channels,but what a cool effect that would make.

I bet at fast speed it would be sort of hypnotizing

I don't know if I explained that well enough???

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That does sound neat. I wonder if there would be a way to slope it, so the trees in the back are more visible. Or maybe use taller trees in the rear to give the same effect.

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