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3 color arches

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Reading throught the posts here and getting ideas about wrapping arches with more than one color.

Was mentioning this to my daughter who made a suggestion which I am taking and running with.

Now imagine in your minds eye a set of 5, 10 foot arches placed end to end.

They illuminate in red starting at one end and bounce their way through the arches to the end.

Then bounce their way back across my lawn in Blue.

Finally, starting at each end simultaneously, let us say blue from the Right and red from the Left, the arches bounce their way towards each other and once they meet in the middle, the arches change their color to PURPLE and continue on to their respective ends. (ie. mixing red and blue make purple)

Have vision to do this with red + blue = purple, yellow+ red = orange, and green and yellow to make blue. A total of 3 sets of 5 arches with 3 colors on each arch with 7 sections of lights on each arch. That means I need 315 channels to make this all work.

So, reconsidering, I can break that down to 105 channels if I link via extension cords all 3 sets of arches together. (arch #1 in the red+blue group would be linked to arches #1 on the yellow+red group and the Green+yellow group and so on.

NOT gonna happen this year but if I can make the lights fit OK on a test arch, will be looking the the annual sale at Light O Rama next Spring!

Doug

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Sounds to me like you need to get Fireflys. In the long run it will look MUCH cleaner, probably be cheaper, and would allow you to execute exactly what you are talking about.

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You should look into "the Lor Cosmic Ribbon" it may save you time and bucks (time for sure).

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just a guick question senior, are you planning on buying a whole new LOR setup for this 1 feature in your display. or use your existing channels for this and have it the only thing syced with LOR in you display? sorry that might've sounded confusing :giggle:

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This would be in addition to my current 160 channels.

I would be purchasing additional controllers for these.

Would probably start off with 3 arches in each group cutting the needed channels down to 63 channels and add more arches as more controllers are purchased.

Arches may be superceeded in the future by other decorations this group seems to always come up with but it NEVER hurts to have more channels. I always liked the 60 channel panel tree. 60 channels in one color..... the more multiples of 60 I have.... the more colors available to show.

Doug

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I did 4-color arches a year ago (Red, Blue, Green, White), and I had to come up with proprietary wiring to make it work. My arches are super-light and have a 3/4" PVC core. They are 18' in length and each 2' section weighs about 3 pounds.

If you want to understand why I had to do custom wiring, try wrapping a single section of PVC with 3 colors. By the time you get to the 3rd string, you will find there is no place to wrap them without wire covering previous colors. This is because each string carries three wires throughout its length, and each string adds a huge amount to the overall diameter of the pipe (not to mention a ton of weight).

So your choice is to either wrap the colors so far apart that the arch looks more like a candy cane, or to do what I did. I had to tear apart each and every string and throw away about 50% of the wire (which accounts for the majority of the weight).

You can see the finished product by searching Vimeo for "brian fox christmas". The arches are a big star in the Toy Store Madness song. Unfortunately, the blue color does not show up well on many LCD monitors.

By the way, you CAN "mix" colors to produce variants (i.e. red and blue make purple). You will definitely still see individual red and blue elements, but from a distance it looks purple-ish. If the overall arch were covered with white PVC ducting to diffuse the light, it would really look better. The only problem with that is you lose your channel segmentation somewhat.

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Sounds to me like you need to get Fireflys. In the long run it will look MUCH cleaner, probably be cheaper, and would allow you to execute exactly what you are talking about.

What is a Firefly?

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