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My Mega Tree Is Too Thin

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I have a 2 color alternating 16 channel tree that is 12' tall. I want more color to fill it in. Right now the string of lights go up to the topper and then back to the ground for securing. Do I take the string coming down and move it to the gap or add another new string up then down in the gap.

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How many lights do you have so far? What you might do is run some more sets from the 6 foot mark down to the ground to fill up the gap, instead of all the way to the top.

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Another thing you could do is like was mentioned two levels, but make M's instead pf upside down V's. You will have to experiment with the height, as I don't think I was @ the 6ft mark. I believe I had 1 string for the top, and 2 strings on the bottom. Sorry but the notes for previous years setup are not with me today.

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I have a 12 channel two color tree also and similarly, each 100 string goes up and back down. I put the red and white strings on top of each other. I'm trying to avoid the candy cane look when they are all on but mostly I like to make it look like the bulbs are changing color when I alternate between them. And yes, they are an inverted V to make the tree look fuller.

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