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OK so this year Im doing my first arches, 2 of them (for now). So far they will be a 10' PVC bent to 6' wide. I am doing the sleeves set up with 3/4" sleeves. They are about 14.5" wide and each will be a channel. So 8 channels on each arch.

I'v got 5 sleeves done and each has 100 minis on it, but it looks a little short on lights. How many ights are you guys useing on each section of your arches?

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Usually you would wrap your lights really tight butting the wires up against each other and let strand length determine your segment size. Doing this would mean not everyone's segments will be the same. That said, there's more than one way to make it work for you.

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Thanks for the info guys, it seems I may have wrapped them too tight and am not get a random pattern. 2 ideas Iv seen is to losen the wraps and/or start the middle at one end and use that to help with the randomness. Im getting a spiral effect or straight line effect right now, and that really makes it look low on ights. (to me at least) Coo ooking thugh if you get the spiral to match some al the way through. Thanks again for the help so far.

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I also did arches for the first time this year and went with 50 count LED lights from Menards. It took me 10 strings (500 lights total) for a 10 foot section, however i only used 8ft of that 10 ft stick, and left a foot off each end for snow.

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I made my first arches this year also - sleeve version. 10 ft. conduit for stability backbone covered with 14.5 in. sleeves (x8) I used 100ct. faceted LEDs from Lowes. Had the single line problem as well. I just went to the end of the pipe in a wide wrap then went back and forth with a random wrap as the space demanded to fill in the gappy areas. It took a little longer per sleeve but I believe it looks pretty good. Doing 4 arches this year. My issue is not enough controllers for sequencing, so I will have each arch on a solid config. They will be tied into the 4 channels on my spiral layout for this year. That has convinced the wife to go ahead and order at least two more controllers (maybe even 3) for next season. WOOO HOOOO!!! I will try to post vids once everything is up and running for the testing phase.

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I use 16" cuts of black 1" PVC and wrap it with 1 string of 100 count lights. I use 5 chanells per arch. They look good enough I think!

Here is my video of how I made them (and my radio sign).

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Just doing some research on how to do these segmented arches and it wasn't really clear up until your video, thank your for posting that :)

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