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Outdoor Tree Strobes

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So I got assigned to decorate the community Christmas Tree at work (we project plan at least 90 days out so that's why this is coming up now). We annually do a lighting ceremony, etc etc. We're transitioning back to LEDs after switching back to incandescent after our first use of LEDs three years ago failed due to problems like half wave lights that always seemed flickering and plastic covers that kept blowing off. After the complaints, we switched back for two years. Now we are ready to go to LEDs again in order to green and cut energy consumption. We've picked the LEDs we're going with (about 600 multi color and 400 polar white Diogen commercial style C9s) but one of the complaints we've fielded in no pop or pizazz on the tree. I've been researching and thinking about going with LED Strobes. The ones from Christmas Light Show look good but I'm not sure if to go with the 1flash per sec or 3-4 flash per sec ones.

The Tree is about 20' tall with a 12' base.

Thoughts? and thanks!

~Chris

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Is the plan to run them non-stop? That might get old real fast, or send the kids into convulsions :) They are good for the animation "punch", but I wouldn't run forever on an otherwise static tree. I would find some blinky or "twinkling" LED strings and mix them in with the C9's instead. That's just my opinion, however.

Between the two, you might as well go with the 3-4 flashes per second since you'll need 1/4 of the lights to get the same effect.

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One thing to remember, LED strobes are not as instantaneous as the xenon types. Meaning the xenon start flashing randomly immediately.

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Thanks for the information everyone. We're not going to over do the tree with strobes, probably only about 25. It's set back from the road and is mainly a drive by. One last question, I understand that strobes aren't instantaneous, but do you know on average how long it takes them to flash randomly? Or is just one of those when it decides to change, it changes?

Thanks again!

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The strobes that flash at 1 second intervals take about 6-10 to randomize. I might also suggest different colored strobes to give that extra fun twinkle?

You might consider a cheap digital timer to run the strobes every 30 minutes or so. Depending on how fancy you want to get there are a lot of options. We have these special "strings of strobes" that sort of chase and flash so depending on how you string them you can get cool effects.

We sell a variety of strobes if you are interested.

Visit store.lightsmusicmagic.com and see if they will work for you :)

*The strobe string is not on our website. Call about that product.

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OK. I'm afraid I'm screwed. I've got the LED strobes... plugged them in to wow myself in preparation for the climax of my first ever computerized blinky show..... and I got 6-10 seconds of synchronization until finally randomizing. What a disappointment. Is there anything I can do for instant randomization?

Edited by kawallac

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I recall seeing a post that recommended that you run 20% (?) power for a few seconds, then go full power and that will help randomize them faster.

And here it is;

Edited by cacoulter

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Are you using them for a show or just ON?

We separated ours into separate channels and then just turned them on 1/10 - 2/10 of a second off from each other.

Yes, you can pre-charge them.

Alternatively, replace half the lights with faster strobes to hide the fact that some are flashing together.

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