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I am planning to add a 12 smart string RGB  mega tree in 2015. I am planning to use these pixels:

 

http://www.holidaycoro.com/Smart-Pixel-LED-RGB-8mm-12mm-Nodes-12v-DC-p/711.htm

 

They say the  spacing between nodes is 3" center distance. My question is this to far apart & do I need to move them closer & zip tie each node?

 The tree will be about 20" from the road.

 

           Thanks Mike

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I think 3" spacing will be fine.  I am planning the same thing for next year and will use the 3" spacing.  If you do want them closer together check out this post on DIYChristmas.  He made these strips and sold them last year....and says after the new year he will begin production again.  He made them with 1" spacing so you can adjust to want ever spacing you want.  I will have an order in as soon as he starts taking them!

 

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?33355-New-Pixel-Mega-Tree-Mounting-Strips!

 

Aslo, with those pixels you need some way to mount them that the bulb faces straight out.  Those strips solve that.  I am going with HolidayCoro's 12mm pixels instead.  They should mount a bit more neatly to the strips than the bullets you are looking at.

 

http://www.holidaycoro.com/2811-8mm-Lay-Flat-Square-Pixels-p/673.htm

 

Rich

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I think 3" spacing will be fine.  I am planning the same thing for next year and will use the 3" spacing.  If you do want them closer together check out this post on DIYChristmas.  He made these strips and sold them last year....and says after the new year he will begin production again.  He made them with 1" spacing so you can adjust to want ever spacing you want.  I will have an order in as soon as he starts taking them!   http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?33355-New-Pixel-Mega-Tree-Mounting-Strips!   Aslo, with those pixels you need some way to mount them that the bulb faces straight out.  Those strips solve that.  I am going with HolidayCoro's 12mm pixels instead.  They should mount a bit more neatly to the strips than the bullets you are looking at.   http://www.holidaycoro.com/2811-8mm-Lay-Flat-Square-Pixels-p/673.htm   Rich
I'm planning on buying the strips from James as well, seems like great product and fair price

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They are really nice strips. I used them for my pixel tree this year and they came out great. # inch spacing was fine and i was able to scroll text and gifs as well.

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