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Strobe Light Challenged

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Hi everyone!

I need some serious help with strobe lights. I'm still depressed at my failed attempt last season. It was very disappointing to say the least. My issue was how they looked when I fired them off. I ran a string of strobes down my mega-tree pole and these actually looked great.

Looking around at other videos on YouTube it looks like strobes are typcially staggered and spaced out somehow. With this in mind, I took a 50 count c9 strand and put an LED strobe every other socket. Giving me 25 per strand. Then on the house I put a horizontal strand towards the top and bottom of the roof. I also put a vertical strand on the left and right sides of the roof. All of the strobes on the house were on 1 channel. Now that I'm thinking about it, this might be my issue. The issue I had was when I fired off the strobes, they essentially blinked in unison for the first 2 seconds, then barely started differentiating themselves. Essentially, it looked like a big rectangle flashing on the roof. It was hideous.

Looking around YouTube, I found a high-octane video using Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart. Search for christmas kickstart my heart. At about the 1:10 mark he fires off strobes and it looks awesome. They are scattered around the roof evenly and all seem to strobe at different times.

Does anyone have some advice on what to do? I had 100 last year. I plan on adding a few more, maybe 50. I would like to somehow not have a large blinking rectangle on my roof. How are you spacing them? Should I try to have more channels dedicated to strobes? More strands with less strobes on them?


Thank you,


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LED strobes have a history of taking longer to randomize than regular strobes. There are several threads on here about that. Do you have room to put them on multiple channels and start them a few 1/10s of a second apart.

I have regular strobes and they flash pretty much all at once too, but randomize by the 3rd flash.

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That was my issue. They didn't seem to randomize. Or if they did it wasn't noticeable enough. I want it to look like the cameras going off on kickoff in the super bowl! My spacing was also an issue.

I didn read that on the other threads about starting them 1/10 of a second apart. I do have some channels to devote to strobes.

How are others placing them on the roof? How are you placing the strobes on the strands? Every socket? Every 2 sockets?

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Many do not use standard C9 strands, but instead spt 1 or spt 2 lamp cord. Then you can buy snap-on C9 sockets that you can put anywhere on the wire. I am attempting strobes on our whole house for the first time this year. This is how I plan on doing it. Last year I did it this way just for the strobes in the yard. Works great. Check out these threads.... they talk about pre-charging LEDs strobes and how the different types function.

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That definitely makes sense. The exact spacing of pre-built C9 strands takes away from the visual effect I'm looking for.

Thanks for the links. Those are exactly what I was looking for. I searched prior to starting this thread, but didn't see those. Thanks again for the insight!

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