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    LED Lights for Mega Tree Question


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    If I were to go with LED lights for a 20ish' tall mega tree should I go with 5mm ones? Or should I look at one of the other style LED bulbs? Also, what are people doing for spacing between slices? Whats the min and max the spacing for each slice to have it look decent?

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    I use C6 LEDs on a 20' tree (24 with the star) with about 13 inch spacing. 48 strands in all.

    I'm also using C6 LEDs on the roof (red), the mini trees (white) and the bushes (blue). An all around good size bulb for many applications IMO.

    Those look good. Just about right on the spacing, etc.

    What is the diameter of your tree's base?

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    For something like a mega tree I think you'll be disappointed with 5mm's. I would at least use a 5m or 6m bulb . Personally, like mentioned above, I use a C6 which work great. The large size make the tree look a little fuller with the same amount of strings.

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    since i make my megatree with my portable basketball goal, The base had to be 10 feet to clear the Goal's base.

    so my tree ends up being

    16 feet to the top of the star...

    10 foot base ring made with tent stakes.

    32 megastrings of 50ct m5 LEDs(2 per channel), 4 colors per string (red, blue green cool white), 16 channels of LOR per color.

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    Thanks guys for the info. I talked with Paul @ CDI today and he is saying his favorite for Mega Trees is C6 also. I am looking at a tree in the 20-25' range. I have already ordered 5mm's from Paul but he said I can change it up until the preorder closes (+ any costs obviously) So is everyone in agreement that C6 is the best bet? Also I was planning on going 3 colors (Red, Green and Warm White) Should I add blue as a 4th color? Also should I stick with Warm White or go with Cool White? Cool White just does not seem like a Christmas color to me. Thanks!!

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    I use C6 LEDs on a 20' tree (24 with the star) with about 13 inch spacing. 48 strands in all.

    I'm also using C6 LEDs on the roof (red), the mini trees (white) and the bushes (blue). An all around good size bulb for many applications IMO.

    Man I wish I could afford LED's but starting to think they may be good for things like roof outlines and bushes. Building a mega with LEDs would cost me over $700 just in lights.:eek:

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    Man I wish I could afford LED's but starting to think they may be good for things like roof outlines and bushes. Building a mega with LEDs would cost me over $700 just in lights.:eek:

    Doing the roof and bushes may be cheaper and not using as many strands. I used about 16 strands (70count) of red C6 LEDs for the roof (doubled the strands for a richer, fuller look. Then 600 blue C6 LEDs for each bush. And 210 pure white C6 LEDs for each mini tree.

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    I ask the same question before I built my mega tree and I ask what people thought about C9s for a 15' tree. I had very little response here on PC. I decided to go ahead and use the C9s, let me caution everyone, you MUST have a pole or tower that will handle the weight of the C9s, they are HEAVY. My tree has 3200 C9s, 16 strings of 75 blue leds, 16 strings of 75 red leds, and 16 strings of 50 multi color leds. ( 128 sets of lights ) Here are some pictures.

    Earle

    P.S. That is a ROHN tower. Viedo can be seen on VIMEO - Talley Lights

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    Thanks guys for the advise. I ordered 3 cases of pure white, red, green and blue c6 100 bulb strands from Paul for my mega tree. Not cheap but I am in this for the long run and want to do it right. I am thinking of using 32 strands of each color with either 1 or 2 stands per channel. I am going to be building a bunch of Renard 24 controllers so I'll have access to as many channels as I need. I'll post some pictures when we get it setup.

    Thanks

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    I ordered 3 cases of pure white, red, green and blue c6 100 bulb strands from Paul for my mega tree.

    Please express your colors correctly when ordering.

    "Red, White & Blue" then green.

    Good ole USA. I love it. :santasmileyitty:

    I couldn't resist. I've been in the military 26 years.

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    I used 64 strings of C3 LEDs this year and I had many comments on how bright the tree was, including several who thought it was too bright. But I liked the brightness just fine, which is one of the reasons I went with LEDs. Interesting is that at the beginning of November I was not planning to use LEDs, but my old minis. Then HD had the $3 off trade in sale. I took in 5 strings of old lights and got 5 coupons. I bought 5 boxes of LEDs to use for something else . They were $8 and I got them for $5. Found out that one coupon could be used for 5 new boxes, but on the back of the coupon it said clearly to return the coupon to the customer. So I went back the next day to get some more and jokingly told the manager that I would be back everyday until they ran out. I was told just get as many as you want and we will take $3 off each box. That's when I decided to switch my megatree over to LEDs. I even went to other stores to get additional colors that my closest store did not have and told the cashier to keep scanning the coupon until all the lights had been discounted. They could not believe that it worked, but I ended up with 16 boxes of R,W,B, and G. Then about 10 days after the coupon expired I noticed that my lights had been reduced to $6 per box, so I took my receipts for 64 boxes back and asked for $2 per box credit. I got the credit and promptly bought more lights so I ended up putting 3200 LED lights on by megatree for $3 per box and it looked great.post-7620-129571195455_thumb.jpg

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    I used 64 strings of C3 LEDs this year and I had many comments on how bright the tree was, including several who thought it was too bright. But I liked the brightness just fine, which is one of the reasons I went with LEDs. Interesting is that at the beginning of November I was not planning to use LEDs, but my old minis. Then HD had the $3 off trade in sale. I took in 5 strings of old lights and got 5 coupons. I bought 5 boxes of LEDs to use for something else . They were $8 and I got them for $5. Found out that one coupon could be used for 5 new boxes, but on the back of the coupon it said clearly to return the coupon to the customer. So I went back the next day to get some more and jokingly told the manager that I would be back everyday until they ran out. I was told just get as many as you want and we will take $3 off each box. That's when I decided to switch my megatree over to LEDs. I even went to other stores to get additional colors that my closest store did not have and told the cashier to keep scanning the coupon until all the lights had been discounted. They could not believe that it worked, but I ended up with 16 boxes of R,W,B, and G. Then about 10 days after the coupon expired I noticed that my lights had been reduced to $6 per box, so I took my receipts for 64 boxes back and asked for $2 per box credit. I got the credit and promptly bought more lights so I ended up putting 3200 LED lights on by megatree for $3 per box and it looked great.[ATTACH]29314[/ATTACH]

    I love it.....Way ta GO !! I'm printing ths post and showing it to my wife. I told her we don't have to spend a Zillion Dollars to do our Christmas Display, and your post proves it.

    Gene

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    THeres always the possiblity to build a megatree like this using leds.

    Belive me MPH I would love to but the cost between those LEDs and some C6s is still to much for me. I am closely following your development thought as I have a few smaller projects that I might try doing this year if everything works out. Then maybe in a few years when your RGB leds drop in price I'll pull the trigger. Otherwise if your are looking for some one to help on R&D with a mega tree let me know :)

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