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n8huntsman
04-15-2011, 02:34 PM
I know this is a tough question but I have zero experience with wireframes so it's hard for me to even guess. I was looking at strands of 70 led's. Wondering roughly how many I will need for the one large 6 channel face in the middle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5qJCEaTdr8

somtng4u2c
04-15-2011, 04:19 PM
You might put your clips on first and that should tell you how many lights you will need 20-35-50-100-so on) or you will need to put your clips closer or futher apart so you can get the correct amount of bulbs or leds.

n8huntsman
04-15-2011, 04:54 PM
Where do you get clips for there? I was gonna use zip ties. I got 1000 of them from Monoprice for about $3.50.

rstehle
04-15-2011, 06:02 PM
You really want to use clips (http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=WFCLPS). They are much faster to use, and you can move them around to get the spacing you need.

SteveMaris
04-15-2011, 09:02 PM
I got mine from here. They have regular and perpendicular (light bulb facing out) clips.
http://www.ledlightsunlimited.net/contact.html

n8huntsman
05-19-2011, 04:38 PM
Do you guys use one clip per light? At that rate I'll be spending $100 just in clips...

mlkren
05-19-2011, 07:31 PM
Do you guys use one clip per light? At that rate I'll be spending $100 just in clips...

Are you going to be using over 4000 lights on your wireframes?

n8huntsman
05-19-2011, 08:42 PM
I bought 48 strands of 70. Since they will be talking faces, I will have to have more than normal. I want to do something like these faces: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5qJCEaTdr8

mlkren
05-19-2011, 09:10 PM
Well with shipping and all, you are looking at about $100 in clips. Going with the zip ties would be a more economical solution.

Elmo2resc
05-21-2011, 09:33 PM
These are a lot more affordable. I have bought these in the past and you can get different colors. I have done just about every way of attaching lights to wire frames. Spend the money on the clips. You wont be sorry. The zip ties will come loose and besides you have to remember doing repairs, adjustments and replacements. The clips make life much easier which is worth the money. You really cant beat the price of these in 9000 increments.

http://www.christmaslightclips.com/christmaslightclips.htm

DaveJZ
05-21-2011, 11:54 PM
Curious how often your clips need to be replaced? It seems on the few wire frame items I have here that my clips start going bad after year one. I've had some things zip tied for 3 years now. It could be a mixture of sun, cold, and freezing stuff that make them get brittle so fast so I have found it is easier to zip tie them..

Elmo2resc
05-22-2011, 12:49 PM
Mine have lasted a few years now. Sometimes they will pop off. To be honest I don't really recall replacing them because they fail. Maybe this will be my year. It is typically the lights I am repairing. I live in the southern end of Florida, we seldom see freezing weather. Maybe it is the quality of the clips a individual uses in their climate. I have found zip ties to be a pain in the butt and if you don't get them UV resistant, in Florida I have not had much luck with them. With the clips you pop them on and adjust them as needed. You don't have to clip off the tailing end of the zip tie either..

TroyMann
01-10-2012, 05:46 PM
I would use rope lights

n8huntsman
01-10-2012, 10:45 PM
FYI, I ended up just buying the coro faces from dmoore. Didn't need the clips and the instructions come with light counts for each channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=besYD3A_sdo

mmulvenna
01-11-2012, 11:33 AM
Curious how often your clips need to be replaced? It seems on the few wire frame items I have here that my clips start going bad after year one. I've had some things zip tied for 3 years now. It could be a mixture of sun, cold, and freezing stuff that make them get brittle so fast so I have found it is easier to zip tie them..
I agree with Dave, clips dont last. Get a zip tie gun and ties work great. I gave all of my clips away and only use zip ties.

Matter of preference I guess, but ties are also much cheaper. All of my frames use rope lights. The coro Faces from Dmoore also work very well.