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c1evs
01-18-2014, 06:35 AM
Hi there everyone,

I've been obsessed with the Holdman trees for about six months now in his 2010 YouTube show. So I've decided to try my own version for this season.

I got 2 white 5ft artificial trees, super cheap off eBay - 6 each, and then some dumb rgb 5050 led strips.
I've wrapped them around the spine of the tree and there's some pics included.

I intend to add extra waterproofing to the strips, maybe some clear tubing, like the type used in fish tanks for the air hoses. I might also add some waterproofing spray to the trees as well. I know I've got to definitely seal the main connection to the strip. I intend to do this with heat-shrink and hot glue.

I was hoping to drive these with an Arduino that I used last season, using the pwm pins and another driver circuit to ensure the load isn't too high for it.

From looking at my effort so far I'm happy. I hope to try and add the extra waterproofing over the next few weeks and then try it outside for a few nights. The British weather should be a good test this time of year.

Has anybody else used the rgb led strips (ip65) outside and how did they fair against the elements, the same goes to outside rated artificial trees?

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to provided extra waterproofing to both items, other than my thoughts.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Matt B

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PYoung
01-18-2014, 01:24 PM
Has anybody else used the rgb led strips (ip65) outside and how did they fair against the elements, the same goes to outside rated artificial trees?

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to provided extra waterproofing to both items, other than my thoughts.


Yes I use this setup this year and it worked. My Wal-Mart artificial tree held up fine. The Led strips started to separate from the weather proofing epoxy before I even put them in the Yard I decide to use them while they last and they worked for the entire Show. I wont use strips again in this type of application.

I also use the RGB strips on vinyl Siding J channel to hold it straight. Zip ties seem to cut in to the epoxy so from now on I cut little pieces of clear hose and slit it down one side to put between the zip tie and the light strip.

The strips are a little bit of a pain to work with but I love the bright vivid colors.

here a video of my 2013 show the trees like yours are on the back Right
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObNmya7mnQ

Good luck

c1evs
01-18-2014, 04:09 PM
Hi there PYoung

Thanks for feeding back.

You're show looks great pal. I must say I'm well impressed with star/snowflake in the centre. Do you have any details on it?

I had a feeling the ip65 rating was a hopeful one, lol. I have some spare clear tubing lying around at work, so it looks like they will end up in there. It may also disperses the light a little more evenly. I was also hopping to just rely on the fact they reasonably tightly spiralled to hold them in place and not zip tie them in place...

I'm pleased to hear the tree withheld the outdoors, I was very sceptical about getting them. But at the price I paid I suppose one season wouldn't be to sniff at.

Cheers again

Matt B

PYoung
01-18-2014, 04:40 PM
It is the tight spiral around the center post cause the coating to separate.

http://s123.photobucket.com/user/phillipy2/media/01181414152_zps12e63505.jpg.html

A close up Video of the Star

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZdpjkmen68

c1evs
01-20-2014, 02:16 AM
That star is cool.
Did you make it or buy it?
if bought please tell me where from, if made; I need a link to plans?
I can see its rgb
dumb or pixels?

I was looking at adding more rgb this year and this would sit nicely. It would also replace the Bethlehem star I was considering...

Cheers

Matt

PYoung
01-20-2014, 02:18 PM
I made it, don't have plans I might be able to work something up. I have pic of it while building I'll try to find them and get them posted soon. that are dumb RGB It uses 33 channels.

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Livermore-Dad
01-20-2014, 09:37 PM
I made it, don't have plans I might be able to work something up. I have pic of it while building I'll try to find them and get them posted soon. that are dumb RGB It uses 33 channels.

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Star is fantastic
tory

buddhawood
01-21-2014, 06:25 PM
I made it, don't have plans I might be able to work something up. I have pic of it while building I'll try to find them and get them posted soon. that are dumb RGB It uses 33 channels.

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The is great but how did you do the swinging bell? I realy like that feature

DaveJZ
01-22-2014, 11:48 PM
So I seen these trees with Dumb RGB and ran to walmart... where I seen about 6 of them sit on the shelf for weeks... of course... I sat on the fence with them since after Christmas... white wires, wrapping lights...blah blah blah..

I see this post and think thats it... went to Walmart... and they are gone!!!.. oh well.. my luck

PYoung
01-23-2014, 12:01 AM
The is great but how did you do the swinging bell? I realy like that feature

I started a new how to thread

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?31545-Swinging-Bell-and-Indirect-lighted-Star-Dumb-RGB-LED