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90 Degree Mega Tree

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My dad and I were talking today about possible last-minute expansions to our display for 2011. In the conversation, we liked the idea of a mega-tree. The problem is, we only have 16 channels to do it with. Now, I know a 16 channel mega tree can be done, but in my opinion, it wouldn't look full. So I can up with the idea to do a 180 degree mega tree, which I know has been done before. My dad brought idea this even further and asked if a 90 degree mega tree has ever been done. I know there would be some "blind spots" when viewing the tree, but I question I pose to you is, have you ever seen a 90 degree mega tree, and/or do you think this would be a good idea, compared to a 180 mega tree. Thanks in advance!

-Luke

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Personally, I think a 16 channel tree looks great. I am not that keen on the 180s, so you can imagine my thoughts on a 90.

One thing to keep in mind is the height. A taller tree will have a bigger spacing at the bottom (assuming a 2:1 ratio height:diameter). If you are only using 16 segments, a 10' tree with a 5' base would have about a 1' spacing between strings. A 20' tree with a 10' base would have about a 2' spacing. The shorter tree will look fuller.

But that is just my opinion.

My advice is free, and worth every penny.

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I'd still do the 360 tree the lights on the other side make the tree look full ......just hook up more strands to a channel if your short on channels......Many 16 channel trees look really good IMO

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I agree with the above posters. In my personal opinion, I don't like the look of a 180 tree or less. Last year, I did 14 channels for my 20' mega-tree, and I thought it could have used some more strands, but I also thought it looked very good. As a side note, each channel was comprised of 4 strands.

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I hate to tell you that I plan on only using 7 channels for my mega tree. Probably only 12' high. I don't have much room to go big. I planned on a few strings per channel. It's actually on the back burner (again) for this year.

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I only use a 12 channel mega tree with single strands and then I create the "illusion" of color changing. I think it looks fine. With my star on top I'm close to 25 feet tall with my new I.T.S.U.P. Mega Pole. I use 6 strands of white LED's (last minute decision change and I like them) and 6 strands of red incans. 100 ct strings. I alternate color every other string and then I can shimmer all the white while rotating red and vice versa. Here is a really short video:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rieger-Christmas/101923163197638

Last year I doubled the light string per channel on the tree and I didn't really like how it looked in the chase patterns I sequenced. I guess it's all in attempt to conserve channels to use them fro something else. I'm moving channel counts up every year like most people.

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Thanks everyone for your input. This really helped make my decision easier. I want to do a 360 tree, but because this is a really last minute decision, I think I'm going to end up doing a 180 tree this year, in 2 colors (white and multi?). But next year, hopefully I'll be able to expand upon this project and transform the tree into a 360 tree. Thanks again for everyone's input.

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I use 16 channels per color on my 32 strand down 360 tree - they are wired in "pies" so 2 strands next to each other are one channel. You could easily go to 2 colors in 16 channels by doing pies on either side - having channel 1 control 2 lines (pie) on one side and 2 lines on the exact opposite side (pie). That way, on a 32 strand tree, you can have 16 channels and 2 colors.

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Here's my $0.02 I have twin 360 mega trees 12' tall and 4' at the base. I use 8 channels and wire the trees so they mirror one another. The taller, thinner trees make the 8 strings of lights (folded in half) look full. Using the 8 channels for the trees leaves me 24 other channels to do other things with. According to my wife... Really stupid things.

(I know... Shut up rookie!)

Edited by Kontra06

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my 20' mega tree has 144 sets of lights with 16 channels. last year , the biggest compliments came on my tree. i use 4 colors and with that many strands, it appears to be many more colors.

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My 20' mega tree has 16 "pie" sections as well. I was thinking of using the same number of lights but dividing it into 8 sections next year. I find with 16 sections I can not spin the tree fast enough if that makes sense.

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i run a 180 tree because of location (outside bend of an L shaped street. Side viewing is almost not possible) and channel availability (shoe-string budget). It is 2 color, with 7 channels (each channel is 6 strands of lights, spaced 3" at bottom) on each color. Add 1 for the star and my tree (15' tall) uses only 15 channels. We love it.

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My 20' mega tree has 16 "pie" sections as well. I was thinking of using the same number of lights but dividing it into 8 sections next year. I find with 16 sections I can not spin the tree fast enough if that makes sense.

If I want to make a faster spin, I turn on two sections at a time. I still have the 16-pie capability (makes for cleaner swipes, if you ask me), but I can speed it up if I want to by just "faking" 8 sections by turning on two at a time.

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