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16 or 32 Mini Trees? That is the question

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Ok I have 2 16 channel LOR boxes designated for mini trees, would I be better off with doing what I had originally planned on and doing 16 with 2 colors, or should I do them all white with 32 mini trees.

Just give me your opinion ASAP. Trying to get everything as finalized as I can get it in my head before I start to synch.

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Only my opinion, don't shoot!

If you have a very large area, go with 32 minis

If 32 looks crowded and/or you have other 2 color objects in your display I would do 16 2 color.

16 is a good number and I personally feel youcan do more with 2 colors.

Glenn

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I agree with the following comments:

1. Go with the 16/2 color if you have multiple colors in other places in your display (if it is the only 2 color don't do it); and

2. Go with the 16/2 color if 32 would look crowded.

Last year I did some trees (5 foot and 6 foot) that changed colors (red, blue, white, green). I got so many compliments that I am doing the different color objects this year throughout the yard. I have been the white yard for years and years. I now agree with the comments that the different colors will be very dramatic.

Ken

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The more mini-trees you have, each on a unique channel, the better off you are. I eventually ended up with 192 single color and 16 four channel trees. They snake through my display and stay invisible a lot of the time. Then they start chasing... in groups of 8-16... that's impressive. Then they go dark and it's one long chase from the left side of the display to the right. I've had kids try to out chase the chase running up and down the street.

Over the years, I've received the most comments about the mini-trees and strobes.

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I personally think it all depends on if you are a fader type or a chaser type :)

If you are like me (a fader), I would go with less tree's, more colors. I your case (with 32 channels available), I would go with 8 tree's 4 colors. Or possibly 10 trees, 3 colors, and with the last 2 channels wire every other tree with the same color (to do a fast chase). If I really needed 16, 2 colorwould be OK, I'd just be limited where Icould use them in the show.

If you are a chaser, more tree's less color! Like Chuck said, 32 trees running a large distance can be quitea sight! I think if I went this route I'd have to do them in clear. Clear goes with anything, and because it's brighter would have more of an impact.

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Well I have 50,000 white lights, everything in my yard is white. However I am wanting to add some color for some effect this year. So I had planned on 16 white and 16 blue mini trees, and then 16 channelse of white, and 16 channels of blue on my Mega Tree.

However after watching some videos I really liked the trees chasing for a far distance and I also really liked the colors cuz you could make them look like they were chasing. How far apart do you space your mini trees?

Comon throw out some more ideas and comments I need a decision lol. It may come down to flipping a coin.

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After thinking about this some more, I think if I had to pick between the two choices I would vote for 32 so that you can do the fancy chasing (assuming that you have the room in the yard). I have always liked the chasing stuff. It is the one thing that I would really like to add to my yard. I wanted to do it this year, but with all the other stuff I am adding, I decided to put it off until next year.

But you know after reading one of the other comments, I have to say that I am probably more a fader and less of a chaser. But now I am having chase envy. So I vote 32 and chase them until the cows come home.

Ken

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Is there any way you can run 2 trees on the same channel? In my display I have 32 trees also, but I only have 32 channels to use for the trees and my wife won't allow me to buy any more LOR boards....atleast for this year ;) What I am doing is using one 16 channel board to control all the white lights on the 32 trees. So thats 2 trees per channel and I am doing the same for the multi colored lights for the other 16 channels on the other board. Next year I hope to buy 2 more boards so that I can individually control each color for each tree! Sometimes you just have to make it work the best you can when it comes to channels because you can never have enough!!!!

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I would go with, and I "do" go with, 32. I use mine in a straight line along the road frontage. We get a lot of comments about them and it's really cool to watch them chase back and forth with parts of songs. We set them up to chase end to end, ends to middle and back again, 2 by 2, etc. We were using different colors per treee in the past, but this year we are changing over to all clear. The reason is, that for what we use the mini trees for is usually chasing effects. That means the lights on the individual trees are only on for split seconds at a time.If you have green or blue, or actually any color that is not as bright as clear, it takes away from the effect. For me anyway. If you use them for fading effects, you might want to consider the various colors, but that's not the way we use that particular part of our show.

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Ok I have decided that I am going to go with 32 white mini trees, Yay more to make booo. Anyways my new opinion question is.

Should I curve them?

Line them Straight?

Make a U with the top parts of the u going up the hill on my front yard?

Make a reversed U with the top parts closest to the road and the bottom part near my house?

Should the majority of the trees be near the road?

I am thinking yes so that they will be the most visible.

My yard slopes upwards from the road up to my house. Starts out with like a 5 foot increase and then gradually goes up more. Looks like this.

v Yard >House

__________

road __/

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Ya know, funny you should mention this. It hits on a future implementation of my display. I saw, at the Disney World light parade, where all he floats were white. Then, all at once, they were colored. I thought the idea was great. So now I want to run the display so that for part of a song/program, the display is solid white. Then At critical points, it switches to color.

Art

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Art Ritchie wrote:

Ya know, funny you should mention this. It hits on a future implementation of my display. I saw, at the Disney World light parade, where all he floats were white. Then, all at once, they were colored. I thought the idea was great. So now I want to run the display so that for part of a song/program, the display is solid white. Then At critical points, it switches to color.

Art

I agree -- I think color effects are just as exciting as chase effects.

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