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dclark6623

New Rope Light / Aluminum Arches

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After building my arches on pvc pipe with incandescent lights 3 years ago I always seemed to break bulbs in storage and fight getting them working the next year. Last year I did the pvc sleeves but converted them to starburst poles this year. I decided to take some better ideas that I saw on here and build some new ones. I think they came out nice. I bent 1" aluminum conduit to form the arch and used rope lights in 7.5' lengths folded into (4) 22.5" segments for each channel. Total of (8) channels. Thought I would share the outcome.

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Very cool idea.  I too seem to break bulbs on the minis, even with the sleeve method, or get loose bulbs that cause a section/part to go dead.  May give this a go!  Thanks.

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Nice arch - I avoided the whole light issue on my arches - went with CCR, they attach easy and remove easy as well so no damage.

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I cheated a little bit. I used a hydraulic bender. We had to do some concentric bends for conduit on an oil tank at work. That's how I got the idea to bend the conduit into an arch. I used (2) 10' pieces and bent them separately and attached them with a coupling. The aluminum is very light. I also think it could be done with emt conduit and a hand bender.

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Very nice. I have some starburst poles with rope light wrapped around the poles. I never thought about doing them like this. I may have to try this in the future.

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Nice arch - I avoided the whole light issue on my arches - went with CCR, they attach easy and remove easy as well so no damage.

 

I wanted CCR but needed 4 for my arches. I just built 5 new LOR controllers for this year so I decided to wait. Maybe next year. Were they difficult to program into your songs?

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I wanted CCR but needed 4 for my arches. I just built 5 new LOR controllers for this year so I decided to wait. Maybe next year. Were they difficult to program into your songs?

 

 

Not too bad, I used some of the built in SuperStar instant sequence to get some done quick, it is ok, then I progressed to watching the how to video and doing some of my own.

 

But one of the best ways I found to get some quick, great sequences is to use the nice little LOR tool on http://itsmebob.com/SD.html it has an RGB Convertor, it will take LOR arch and make it into RGB for CCR - and you can go the other way as well, watch the video on using it, and it works great!  Make sure you follow instructions to set to 16% intensity to get it to convert correctly.

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@dclark6623 do you have any pictures of it lit up, seems like it might look even better than normal bulbs. Also how much did it cost you?

I purchased the floor flanges from Home Depot for $9.50 each. I purchased rope light for $85 / 150' spool. I used 2 pieces of 1" aluminum conduit for the arches (approx $40). I would say that each arch cost me about $120. I made the power supplies with spt1 wire and connectors (much cheaper than buying the ones made for the rope light.

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http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=26923

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See the video in my first post if that one didn't work. I am out of town and attached this one from my ipad so i am not sure if it worked. I think they look much smoother than my incandescent mini's did.

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