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    Christmas Cannon Rock - TSO

    By Johnny A, 01/28/2012

    Our Christmas display consist of 272 Channels of Light-O-Rama controllers, LOR software and 43,953 LED Lights.

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    Nice job overall! Especially the spiral tree - can't figure out how you got multiple colors on each string. How did you do the animated icicles on the eaves?

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    Thanks for the comment!

    The spiral tree was made with 70 count multi colored led strings. All the different color bulbs are basically in the same order which shows up as bands of red, green, blue, orange and yellow.

    I have three sets of lights on the eves; multi C6, twinkling pure white icicle LEDs from Walmart and Gemmy shooting star icicle LEDs.

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    Very nice. I would like to do something like this but on a smaller scale to start. To get the large trees to change to the four different colors. Does that take covering them completely four times, each time in a different color? I also like your smaller Christmas trees in the front. Did you buy or make those? I you made them, can you share how? Thanks

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    Thank You!

    Yes, the trees are wrapped in 4 colors, one color at a time. Each string was rolled into a ball to make wrapping the limbs and branches easier.

    The small mini trees were made from two of the small (I think they are 32" tall) tomatoe cages. The two cages were stacked on top of each other so that the six vertical runs on the baskets were evenly spaced. The six vertical legs are brought together at the top and held together with a zip tie. You will need to bend each leg (the last 2-3") slightly so that it will be straight upward. I used the 5mm LED light strings from Walmart, two 60 count strings for each color. The lights were wrapped in a spiral fashion to evenly cover the cages from top to bottom. I secured the lights to the cages with 4" black zip ties. I added a ten light star (sold @ KMart) to the top of the tree.

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