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    I am among the ARCH-less, admitting I am clearly not a trendsetter.

    So I've been reading the various forum threads and looking at videos as I go. Foolishly, I did not bookmark videos to go back to. Which would be helpful to compare shapes, configurations, sizes, color combinations, and sequencing ideas.

    I've included below a couple I located again, and if you know of other videos of arches perhaps you'd kindly add them. It could become a helpful "library" for future arch enthusiasts to be inspired by.

    Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2008 sponsored by messagesonhold.com.au

    Seymour (Indiana Christmas) Lights 2008 - Bond - Explosive

    Jingo Jango (2008) (Light-O-Rama)


    LOR Vendor Arch


    My First Project

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    Hey Max,

    Thanks. All of my display in 2009 will be LED with the exception of a few props on the house that are incandescent. The Arches and Mega Tree are all C6 LEDs supplied by Creative Displays, before the bad batch.

    I think in 2010 I will replace the lights on my Mini-trees with LEDs. And I'm contemplating putting 2 colours on them.. Have to see how budget's and prices go!

    Thanks again for the comments. Always good to hear what other people think!!!


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    Thanks for posting the additional videos. Every one generates ideas. I'm particularly glad to see the four arch combination as that's probably what I will focus on for this year.

    Rick (Thousand Oaks resident from long ago ... 1959-1973, sheesh that really was long ago)

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    Evan...your arches look really nice. What size are they and how many channels per arch?



    Hey Dave,

    They are 10 feet long, on standard 1 inch Irrigation Pipe. 100 C6 Leds per channel. 7 Channels. Mounted to rebar that's pounded into the ground. I can't remember exactly how long each channel is but there is about 6-8 inches unwrapped on each end. At first I was worried about the look of that but, you don't really notice it.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.



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    I am putting you the spot now Evan. How come you do not post a "How to thread" on your arches on our Canadian forum? Post the thread in the "How to Forum" otherwise I will need to do it. I was planning on 6 arches 8 channels 1 colour. The 2 left side arches and the 2 right side arches are red and the two front arches will be white.

    Now I have been thinking of two colours on 1 arch on the left and the same on the right, but that would mean I would need 11 controllers in stead of the 10 I have now or will have when Lor ships the 4 I bought during the Feb.sale.

    Combine the red and white lights together.

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