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I REALLY like RandallR's (screen name on here) andrewschristmas.com. At the end of his Christmas Eve/Sarajevo Video. Only on a smaller scale. But, that is the effect I would like to achieve.

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I have a 20' tree and I'm using 15. I was debating on putting about 5 more on it, but seeing other have 20 in a 10' tree I wonder if I should add more.

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yea 20 should be fine or put more then that around the tree with mini trees maybe thats a idea????

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How do most of you wire your strobes? One per channel or on stringers/channel?

Stringers. I use 1 channel per area, with multiple strobes in each.

For instance, 1 channel for 15 strobes for the mega tree, 1 channel for 6 strobes on the wreath, 1 channel for the 20 or so on the roof, etc...

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How do most of you wire your strobes? One per channel or on stringers/channel?

In my 16 foot "Z" tree I have 20 strobes on 2 circuits - run one circuit for a little "Wow" effect and all 20 for a BIG Wow effect. Very "Effective" :D..

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I just caught this thread....

How many strobes do you need for a 12 ft megatree?

A Bazillion of course;)

I wire mine with standard c9 string. I have 35 on my eaves all on one channel.

I have 4 on my M/T star on another channel and 10 on the ground where my shooting star lands on another channel..

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In my 16 foot "Z" tree I have 20 strobes on 2 circuits - run one circuit for a little "Wow" effect and all 20 for a BIG Wow effect. Very "Effective" :D..

I never thought about using 2 channels for the little wow/big wow effect. I know I like mine now that I have gone from 1 channel (ALL the strobes) to 5 (see above). Maybe I need 1 more for the megatree. :D

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I like that idea..... But I do have a question.... I've noticed when people use strobes they seem to flash randomly.....since all are on one circuit I can only assume, that when you apply power, the individual strobes, even though on the same circuit, flash a different rates? I mean...if they all flashed in unison that wouldn't give that random flash....is there another way to control the random effect or are they just random enough, on their own, to give good effect?

Thanks

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The strobes are going to fire randomly. The faster the fire rate the more random the effect. I use 50 in my 20 ft. mega on one channel. but use 5 channels total for all the strobes in my display.

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20 this year. 25 next because that's how many sockets come on a standard c9 string. 40 this year on my 20' tree. 50 next year. And if they were cheaper, well then there would be more. :D

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Right on the money Gary!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just caught this thread....

How many strobes do you need for a 12 ft megatree?

A Bazillion of course;)

I wire mine with standard c9 string. I have 35 on my eaves all on one channel.

I have 4 on my M/T star on another channel and 10 on the ground where my shooting star lands on another channel..

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I forgot how many are on our megatree. Probably 60+ I added some last season, as it was one of the audience favorites.

Because I had such a large tree, with 50' light strings, I had to try to spread them out randomly. Last year, I took old C9 strings and cut it up, and spliced them to some zipcord. 3 or 4 per string in random places, and made several of them. Then I ziptied it in when I made the strings, wrapping the two strings, i.e. Red and Green, the strobe circuit, and the 14ga TTHN wire which we use to connect to the tree and pull tight with turnbuckles.

This year I got some vampire plugs and SPT2 wire and did the same thing. Added a bunch more... Will probably add more next year, and probably add them to our 12' mini-trees also.

All of my strobe strings connect to the same channel.

Strobes are a MUST!

When we took the stuff down, I laid the strobe strings aside, and tested them all the other day... Replaced 4 strobes..

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