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Paul D

How Many Segments Do You Use?

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Just curious how many segments everyone uses on their Mega Tree. Last year I divided mine up in 16 segments and just used clear. I'm looking at adding green and red for this year. I noticed that alot of you guys divided your Mega Tree into 8 sections. I'm debating on doing this; as this will cut my controller cost in half.

Looking forward to everyones thoughts.

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I use 16 segments each of red, green, and clear, with 2 strings per segment. A total of 32 strings of each color for a 20' tree. Then I wrap with 32 strings for my spiral.

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I use 16 segments each of red, green, and clear, with 2 strings per segment. A total of 32 strings of each color for a 20' tree. Then I wrap with 32 strings for my spiral.

That sounds like the direction that I'm going to take. Sounds like that more use 16+ than 8 segments. Do you have any videos? I would love to see how yours has turned out.

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I use 12 segments. 12 channels for color, 3 channels for star, and a spare "just in case".

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I use 16 potato wedges, or segments, or anything else you want to call it, & 16 channels for the spirals (8 channels going one way & 8 channels going the other way)..........on a 11ft tree. I thought of cutting back to 12 channels for the tree and keep 16 channels for spirals or go with 3 or 4 colours and 8 slices each colour, but my tree design will be different this year & it will still require 32 channels.

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That sounds like the direction that I'm going to take. Sounds like that more use 16+ than 8 segments. Do you have any videos? I would love to see how yours has turned out.

Paul,

I do the same thing as John and I have my spiral part as 32 strands with 2 strands per channel.

Here is a link to my videos of the 2011 show: http://www.brownchristmaslightshow.com/2011-cmas-light-videos.html

Jeremy B.

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Paul, I do the same thing as John and I have my spiral part as 32 strands with 2 strands per channel. Here is a link to my videos of the 2011 show: http://www.brownchristmaslightshow.com/2011-cmas-light-videos.html Jeremy B.

Thanks Jermey. Your sprial looks really cool! I'm planning on incorperating a sprial in my tree in a couple years. First things first, gott add red and green :)

Paul

P. S. GO BLUE!

P.P.S. Sorry, but i had to :P

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Hello all. Sorry for the reply to the old thread. I am a sophomore newbie but want to build a mega. I am going to do a 20' tree with same segments as Paul and Jeremy above. Could someone tell me how long of strands are needed for these trees and what the spacing between the 2stands is? This is my first post ever! Thanks for the help.

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Pythagorean Theorem - a2 + b2 = c2.

Spacing between strands depends on how big the circumferential of you base is. Last year i used a 9' diameter base, and the distance between strands was about 3"-4". PM me if you want more details.  

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So many ways to setup - I have a 10 foot mega-tree, since I have White, Green, Red and Blue, and want to use a single controller for it, I use 4 segments per color, aka 4 channels - so all 4 colors work off a single controller.

 

My star runs on another controller and it has worked out very well - you can see my tree in action www.crazytechchristmas.com

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