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Let me say that I don't have that big of a creative bone in my body. I have two sets of leaping arches, a mega tree, a deer, two sets of twigs, and my house lit up. I am currently use 80 channels. I have another box that I am not using but I am leaning towards mini trees next year for that. Or I might look into decorating the high game fence that holds the deer in my back yard. I am looking for something to do with my left over box. What is the next leaping arches idea out there? What should I do with the leftover box? I have a year to plan but I would like to buy the lights!

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I was thinking of adding a train, but then lots of people have them. What Christmas cartoon has the guy riding around in a half tracked mail truck with ski's on the front? That is what I want driving around my yard next season.

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I was thinking of adding a train, but then lots of people have them. What Christmas cartoon has the guy riding around in a half tracked mail truck with ski's on the front? That is what I want driving around my yard next season.

Is this what you're referring to? It's from Santa Claus is Coming to Town...

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One of my elements is two pair of arches, 9 channels each. Next year I'm adding fans under each, also 9 channels each and alternating red-green. I'm also gonig to add Rich Holdmans snowflake chain down the center of my house front and probably turn my mega tree center shaft into a fire stick. So I'll end up with 3 more elements to light in the same amount of space.

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L Or I might look into decorating the high game fence that holds the deer in my back yard.

Do you run a deer game farm or whats that all about?

Make 2 8 channel fire sticks, or shooting poles, or anything thing else you want to call them. Starting to become more and more popular. Actually you could wrap the center pole of your mega tree with a 16 channel fire stick. Looks cool when you use red, kinda like fire shooting up the pole.

Folks are starting to get into the fireworks display these days as well.

I have ideas for 2010 but they won't be posted here until they come reality.

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Those are all great ideas! Thanks!

Zilla,

The high game fence was an attempt to raise trophy whitetails. Still trying to figure out how to reduce the deer stress so trophies will be raised here one day.

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Gary:

No winch. It's not a mega, mega tree like some are. 16' from top to bottom, so I can hook the lights from a 10' step ladder on the top hub easily. It's a perfect height for our house which is a ranch with the peaks at about 14'.

Lenny

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Gary:

No winch. It's not a mega, mega tree like some are. 16' from top to bottom, so I can hook the lights from a 10' step ladder on the top hub easily. It's a perfect height for our house which is a ranch with the peaks at about 14'.

Lenny

Those are good ideas Lenny. I will be adding at least a 20' megatree next year, maybe up to 40'. I will be also adding some mini trees. I have an idea for a new years show too, but I don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet. Nothing new that has never been done though.

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I am thinking of adding a Mickey Mouse song for next year and if I do I am going to put at least one Mickey Mouse head dancing around on the house. I think it would add a nice touch.

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That is a really cool looking display. That is close to what I want to do but only on my roof. Maybe even add some of his friends too.

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around here 2010 will bring the newest super ultra mega tree. It will be using 136 channels... if I say any more I'd have to shoot you :D

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around here 2010 will bring the newest super ultra mega tree. It will be using 136 channels... if I say any more I'd have to shoot you :D

WOW!!!!!!!! Philip that is going to be some kind of Mega Tree.. I was given a commercial mega tree ploe for free that is 40' tall. I will not have the funds to put the amount of channels on it as you are going to use but what would you say I should use on it for 1 color? How should I cut it into slices?

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the real kicker is that the tree will only be 18' tall ;)

(if I can't wrangle enough controllers out of the wife, I'll have to keep the tree at 120 channels instead)

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I have what I call my "SuperStar". It is sort of an expansion on the mega tree. I made one out of rope lights 2 years ago, it is on youtube if you search for "Superstar christmas light show"

I am now making a similar SuperStar using 12 Cosmic Color Ribbons. It is pricy but it will be way cool.

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looks like all the parts are finally coming together, I just need more controllers

anyways, another friend told me that sharing ideas makes you more likely to hold yourself to them, so I'm doing just that

this will be an 18' standard 3 color spinning mega tree with topper and strobes

I'm adding a firefly to the center pole for some added directionality

plus there will be an additional 42 channels of ropelight attached to form a GIANT spiral tree around the entire 18' mega tree structure.

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