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WhatSnow?

First Mega Tree

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So I built my first mega tree this year.

I used 20' of 3/4 steel pipe of which 2 feet drops into the sleeve I drove into the ground.

I used 24 clear strings of 100 lights.

The base is 30 feet of 3/4 pvc turned into a ring, 15" spacing at the bottom.

My first thoughts, this thing is heavy and how am I going to animate it next year?

FWI this is my first post on this board. So don't beat me too badly.

My display is 7,000 lights now all static.

Once I find the missing plate for my tripod I will post a picture.

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Welcome aboard, and never worry about how big or small your display is, or what type of question you have; you cam eto the right place to learn a lot. Sounds like your tree is great, and with 24 strings it will be easy to animate. I do most of my sequencing in 2, 4 or 8 channel segments. Look forward to the pics!

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Whatsnow? - You will Learn from others here fast as i have and now my brain won't stop and my craving for knowledge on holiday lights and animation is now an addiction - Like this year i first started with static lights dec 1st, by dec 6th it grew by dec 8th it really grew and i got it animated with a Mr. Christmas and now dec 10th it' grew even more my house has gone thru 6 versions in less than a week and i fear it will grow once again if not more. and now i got a mega tree driveway arch,a shooting cross/fan/arch/ and everything in my head is LOR channel's how many and whats getting what, as a piece of what i have learned so far yes there is DMX, Mr. Christmas, LOR vixen, and a few more - After looking over everything i would seggerst LOR to me it is one of the simpliest to sequence and to program. but don't get me wrong programming your lights all i got to play with so far is the demo versions of all kinds of programs but the customer support for OR i think is the greatest. and channel's do go fast well they are to me i think it is becouse i learning too much to fast and do not have the actuall unit to slow me down so for me the sky is the limit untill i get the controller in my hands but all in all ASK anything as stupid or funny as you think someone here will answer. and try to help you

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