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Mega Tree Mega Strings

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Need some advice. Have a 20 footer, 15 segment three of each color. That's 45 strings of each color. I was planning on tying the three colors together for a mega string. The question is to reduce the bulk at the top I was thinking on cutting out the feeder line that goes to the female end socket. I won't be adding any strings on at the top so its really not needed. What am I missing if I do this? I tend to think stuff out too far!

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That's not a half bad idea with that many strings. It's gonna take some time to do all of that work though. I know my 96 is about the max I could fit, so I can't imagine what 135 empty plugs looks like...ridiculous probably. lol. Guess a problem might be if you ever decide to do away with the tree, or change out the lights, you'll have a bunch of strands that aren't useful for anything else.

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Hey Dave, what do you mean by "15 segment three of each color"? I also have a 20' and use 32 strings of each color, with 8 channels per color. Just trying to understand what your config is.

Regards,

Dennis

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Takoda - yea it can get confusing. I guess I screwed up. It would be 45 segments, but 15 sets of three of each color. That's a total of 135 strings. I had a hard enough time trying to explain it to the wifey.

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that is a lot of strings, I'm doing my first Mega tree this year, it is also a 20 footer. I'm going 24 channel, 32 strings of each color 96 strings total. could you make it work with 96 strings? would make things a little bit easier.

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Why so many strings? I use 36 strings (12R, 12G, and 12W) on 36 channnels and the 20' tree looks plenty full. I don't do mega strands, I spread them out.

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Need some advice. Have a 20 footer, 15 segment three of each color. That's 45 strings of each color. I was planning on tying the three colors together for a mega string. The question is to reduce the bulk at the top I was thinking on cutting out the feeder line that goes to the female end socket. I won't be adding any strings on at the top so its really not needed. What am I missing if I do this? I tend to think stuff out too far!

I use 64 strings of White (4 strings on each 16 Channels), 32 strings of Red (4 strings on each of 8 channels) and 32 strings of Green (4 strings on each of 8 channels). With 128 strings at the top of a 20' tree, it got quite crowded at the top. I made some hook adapters out of coat hangers that allowed me to move some strings downward so it wouldn't be so busy up there. You can make whatever number of loops in each adapter you need. If you have 96 strings and 16 hooks, you would make 6 loops in each adapter. With 24 hooks, you would make 4 loops. The top loop goes onto the hook with one string, and the remaining five or three go into the the lower loops.

To make the adapters, I first drilled and placed a couple of 5/16" bolts in a board with the threaded end up. Then I just wrapped the coat hanger around the first and second bolt; when the first two loops are made, shift it over one bolt, wrap the third, shift, wrap. That way the loops are equal distance from each other. My loops are about 1-1/2" on center. Hopefully the picture will make this clearer.

Richard

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Up until last year I had 48 strands of clear, red, & green for a total of 144 strands.I used 8 channels per slice, which is 12 strings per slice. This gave me all the control I thought I would ever need until. I got some wild bug up my a#$ and went with pixels strings this year to replace them all.

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A little off topic- but I see a lot of you all have the same rough number of strings- high in count.  My Mega is a 20' with 16 channels and four colors... A lot of weight- the problem is my 1 1/4 galvanized pipe bows at the top from the weight.  What are you all doing for your pipe?

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Hilliard Lights, maybe it's time to go to a stronger mega tree pole like this one in post #6

at one time I had 4500 c9s on this pole, now there are only 4500 c6s.

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mine is 3 inch by 3 inch square tubing quarter inch thick steel. it has been galvanized. I have a sleeve that is permanently cemented into the ground and this pipe slides down into the sleeve. my tree is 20 feet tall and I put 96 strands on it. this winter had some real heavy snow and high winds and it never budged

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192 total strands on my mega tree, 64 each of white red and green. I have 21 segments per color, with one segment getting 4 strands vs. 3 on all the others. A segment has the same color, and with 3 colors, that's 63 total segments taking 63 channels (incan minis plugged into LOR.) 4 controllers run my mega tree.

 

I'm thinking of transitioning to rgb pixels, though. Right now, all the cost for the mega tree is in the controllers. If I go the pixel route, all the cost will be in the lights.

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