Just thought I would update/report on this. The pipe hanger strap IS a viable alternative to commercial strips. I ended up successfully using them last season. However, I will say this.... Unless you have a jig or drill press, it is VERY time consuming. Also, do NOT make the mistake of assuming that the pre drilled 1/8" holes are actually accurate and evenly spaced. I made the mistake and found out the hard way that in multiple rolls, you could get sections that were suddenly off by a bit or a lot, but even the ones that looked ok at a glance, with something like megatree where even spacing is really key to the effects, would be very obvious when lit up. Particularly if maybe it's off by a half inch, but then you kept having correct spacing, it's not one pixel that is off, it's every single one after that point