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My arches are all 8 channels each. I have seen seven channels, and they look good, but 6 and 5 channel arches look choppy when they are sequenced, so I would recommend going with 7-9. If you are going to go big, and do 20' arches, I'd go with at least 9 channels (like Richard Holdman's arches). Sequencing is defiantly easier if you have more channels too because it opens more doors to different effects.

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My arches are 5 channel. My firesticks are also 5 channels. In fact most of my "display elements" have or will have 5 channels. Next year I'm planning on 1/2 pinwheels (kind of like a domino effect) with 5 channels each. There are also 9 reindeer on my roof. For 2011 I had two 9-tree tree-lines with another 5-tree tree line behind the mini trees. I find it way easier to sequence with an odd number. I used 7 channels on an 8' tree I threw together at the last minute 2 weeks into December 2011. That was supposed to be my 12' mega tree. Now, that smaller 8' tree will end up being a 4 chanell tree next year, and I'll make the 12' mega tree with those 7 and mirror the channels to make it look like 14 channels.

I personally prefer to sequence to an odd number of channels. Some might tell you that if a song has 4 beats, it's better to have an even number or have blocks of 4. The thing about sequencing is this... more channels are great, when you can you afford to spend the money on the controllers. I couldn't, and I think the better you get a sequencing, the less it really matters. Bottom line, YOU should test for yourself once you've gotten your hardware. The decision is more about personal preference and hardware/supply costs.(IMHO)

I started my display in 2008 using even-channel elements and odd-channel. Today, I'm still changing and adjusting my display to suit my wishes. Just go have fun with it!

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I did a fair amount of research and decided on 7 channels per arch, because I liked the odd channel at the top for effects. The person who used to coach me, B_Regal78, said that 8 channels were best; because most music was 4/4 timing and this made it easier to sequence. I don't sequence to music so I went with 7 channels. I think it is a personal preference.

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It's all personal choice; arches are channel hogs. I use 8 14-1/2" segments on my four 10 foot arches. I use 1" black pvc water pipe segments slid over a 1/2" piece of gray conduit, held up by rebar. Works for me.

You need to balance "smoothness" of the arch segments against channel count and types of songs. The more segments you have, and the smaller those segments are, the smoother a "jump" would look. The bigger the arch, the more segments it takes to keep it from looking "clunky" during a jump.

With the chase effects in LOR and other software, ease of sequencing isn't as much an issue as it was when you had to turn on each individual segment yourself.

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it all depends on how smooth you want the chase to look.The more channels you have the smoother it's going to look.My first year I did 6 channels on 20' arch.The 2nd year I had 6 channels on 10' arches.Looked much smoother.

You could improve the smoothness by using the fade up and fade down on the channels imo.

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My arch's i have three that are 5 two that are 7 and one mega Driveway Arch that will be 84 (4 Colors 21 Each color) and i have my First one which has 6 thats my X-mas Arch's

My 4th of July Arch will have 33 (11 for each color 3 colors)

My Halloween mega driveway arch 42 Channel's ( 42 Seperate c9 Light Bulbs (Funkins Arch)) (Thanks DisneyFanreborn) and working on a ring of fire arch with 10 channel's (only in the thought and drawing and Pre-planning stages may not make it to this years halloween)

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I have 6 mini arches, each 8 channels each, i used 2 sets of lights on each channel, 70 count minis each, so they are really bright, and the reason i did 8 channels is because i like that the lights meet in the middle or should i say center on the top. like when you have a clap along songs i make my arches clap along. people love it. just my 2 cents.

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