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Here are some daytime pics.

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Tree looks nice. Grass looks like it needs help. :) All we need now is a video.

Thanks for the idea.

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Here are some setup pictures of my spiral tree. I used the mega tree parts for ChristmasLightShow.com. Built it in three sections

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First stated with three ring and built in three sections.

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Started attaching to the top of the shuttle.

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Keeping all the lights and cords together at the beginning is very important!

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This is it 2/3 complete.

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I used 8 of these to secure each of 16 guidelines that form the superstructure.

Here is the test pattern.

http://vimeo.com/17140397

Here is a full video with the tree.

http://www.silverdalelights.com/video-12.htm

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Very interesting, what kind of lights are you using?

The Spiral tree are Cosmic Color Ribbons from LOR (the LED strips), the house are c9 LED from Holiday Technologies, mini trees are incandescent mini's.

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Here are a few pics of the spiral tree.

It is just layered over a regular Mega tree. The spiral strands are hooked at the top and zip tied at the bottom. The light strands hold the spiral strands in place even in high winds.

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