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10Ft Mega Tree - Advice On Number Of Lights

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Hi All -I am relatively new to animated displays and I'm looking for some advice on how many lights I will need for my 10ft mega tree.

I purchased my mega tree second hand, but it was originally a kit from ChristmasLightShow.com. The original owner used 16 LOR channels and 32 white LED light strings. I really want my tree to look full, but not use any more then 16 channels (or 17 if I borrow a input from another controller for strobes inside the tree).

I'm toying with the idea of alternating green and white strands. Do you think 8 channels (16 strings) of white and 8 channels (16 strings) of green would fill it well? So the arrangement would be two white, two green, two white, two green, etc.

Any help or advice that could be provided would be GREATLY appreciated. Also, any photos or videos of what you did on your mega trees would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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I have the same size tree, and I used 8 - green and 8 - amber. It looked ok but this year I wanted it fuller. I added 8 more green and 8 more amber. Now I have 32 strings but still just 16 channels. My tree topper has 16 hooks, so all I did was connect the new strings with the old strings at the top and staked to the ground in a 32 string pattern, make sure you piggy back the same colors together in-line to get the full effect.

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I turned it on full static just to see if it worked. I can't even see through it now from the street. Anxious to see what the controller does for it.

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I'm thinking of a Mega Tree for next year, and I'm having the same thoughts on number of lights. Eagle5 - how did you actually lay out your lights? Did you do 2 strings of one color followed by 2 strings of the next color? Meaning you have 2 strings of the same color next to each other? Or were you able to alternate the strings, but with two strings being on one channel, you get ever other string lit up? Just trying to get a visual.... could you take a picture and post it when you have it up? Also, could you take a picture of the top on where the strings come together?

I'm really clueless of where to start... I'm digging into the mega tree forums now.

Thanks!

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I've had a Mega Tree for a while, this being my 3rd year (4th if you include my mini mega a made a few years back). What I had last year was a 10' tree with 4800 lights on it. I had 24 channels, 8 red, 8 green, 8 white; it was based off of the Holdman Mega Tree. What I liked about the 10' was it made it perfect for my lights to go up and down making it look like I had twice the number of lights. I had 16 strings for each color, but it looked like I had 32. This year I'm going to make my tree a bit taller and I'm going to make it 15' and I am going to have to figure out how to get my light strings to work with that type of layout. You can see photos of my Mega Tree from 2011 here: http://www.lightsofthenight.com/christmas-2011.html

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I've had a Mega Tree for a while, this being my 3rd year (4th if you include my mini mega a made a few years back). What I had last year was a 10' tree with 4800 lights on it. I had 24 channels, 8 red, 8 green, 8 white; it was based off of the Holdman Mega Tree. What I liked about the 10' was it made it perfect for my lights to go up and down making it look like I had twice the number of lights. I had 16 strings for each color, but it looked like I had 32. This year I'm going to make my tree a bit taller and I'm going to make it 15' and I am going to have to figure out how to get my light strings to work with that type of layout. You can see photos of my Mega Tree from 2011 here: http://www.lightsoft...tmas-2011.html

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