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arches and spiral tree sequences

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Well I have the fever and will be going from one controller to three next year. With the added channels I'm building an 8 channel spiral tree and four 5-segment (20-channels) arches. Would anyone share some variations of their arches and/or spiral tree sequences? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I could share some with you but my tree consists of 20 spiral channels...........The least that I've seen are 16 channels used on the spirals 

I'm not saying you cant do it  but again they might not be as smooth I'm not sure that you will get very smooth transitions that you might be expecting to see using only 8 channels

 

also most arches are between 7 to 9 segments Mine are 8

Hope this helps

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Thanks for your suggestions GMAC.

Most spiral trees I've seen are 16 channel, but on some of them, they also have two colors so that 8 and 8. I'm going to give 8 a try. If it doesn't work the way I'd like, I will go a different route.

I also read several threads about how many segments to make arches. Some even got almost nasty. I saw quite a few that said only use odd numbers so you can have a center segment on top. Others use eight because it matches up with 16-channel controllers. Several said they use 5 segments for 10 ft pvc or conduit and that they work fine. I'll try 5 segments... if it is not smooth enough, I'll go another route on my arches as well.

I'm trying to maximize the few channels I have to get the most bang for my bucks.

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18 minutes ago, danoabc said:

Thanks for your suggestions GMAC.

Most spiral trees I've seen are 16 channel, but on some of them, they also have two colors so that 8 and 8. I'm going to give 8 a try. If it doesn't work the way I'd like, I will go a different route.

I also read several threads about how many segments to make arches. Some even got almost nasty. I saw quite a few that said only use odd numbers so you can have a center segment on top. Others use eight because it matches up with 16-channel controllers. Several said they use 5 segments for 10 ft pvc or conduit and that they work fine. I'll try 5 segments... if it is not smooth enough, I'll go another route on my arches as well.

I'm trying to maximize the few channels I have to get the most bang for my bucks.

LOL.... arn't we all...........Make sure to do a few videos, maybe you might be on to something

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When I added the white spirals to my existing mega tree I did 6 channels with 1 1/2 turns, 2 strands each (12 strands total) the first year because that was all the channels I had.  It was ok, but did not move like I wanted it to.  The next year I upped it to 12 channels for each strand and it looked/flowed great. 

How big is the tree you are building?

As far as programming, the only difference than a regular mega tree is that when you chase/fill the channels the tree fills up from the top down or bottom up.  Just chasing the channels 1 at a time makes the tree look like it is shooting up or down.  Opposite channels in a chase makes it wiggle.

Do you have the LOR Object creator?  http://www.shannonclaus.com/LOROC/LOROC.html  With it you can create your custom 8 channel spiral tree and import it into the LOR Visualizer to see if does what you are expecting.

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I'm planning on making a 10ft tree and maybe another that mirrors the first. the base will be 4 to 5 ft. I have a concept to make each tree in two sections that can be taken apart for easier storage. I plan on using two strands per channel.

Thanks for all the tips.

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On Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 4:53 AM, qberg said:

When I added the white spirals to my existing mega tree I did 6 channels with 1 1/2 turns, 2 strands each (12 strands total) the first year because that was all the channels I had.  It was ok, but did not move like I wanted it to.  The next year I upped it to 12 channels for each strand and it looked/flowed great. 

How big is the tree you are building?

As far as programming, the only difference than a regular mega tree is that when you chase/fill the channels the tree fills up from the top down or bottom up.  Just chasing the channels 1 at a time makes the tree look like it is shooting up or down.  Opposite channels in a chase makes it wiggle.

Do you have the LOR Object creator?  http://www.shannonclaus.com/LOROC/LOROC.html  With it you can create your custom 8 channel spiral tree and import it into the LOR Visualizer to see if does what you are expecting.

You have a video of your tree? 

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I know I had one on my phone at one time...but for the life of me I can't find it. 

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I actually built 4 foot spiral trees using 8 channels per color - it was a challenge to get the lights in the correct place, but it worked out great and gives a smooth flow.  I am way behind in posting video, so if you really want to see what it looks like let me know and I can share a video that I have finished but not posted yet.

 

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