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    Default Nodes or strips

    As I'm planning on outlining my house I can't help but keep going back and for between doing nodes or strips. How does everyone make a decision. I like the smooth look of the strips but like the brightness of nodes.

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    I wouldn't recommend strip... I replaced all the strip on my house outline in 2017 with C9 Pixabulbs. Much happier with the appearance and no failures. Strip is a pain from my experience... Strip will be brighter than nodes FYI, not sure where the "brightness of nodes" comment came from?

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    I also changed from strips to nodes. Too many failures with strips.

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    More than likely you are attracted to the even spacing, the alignment that strips give people. Go to Boscoyo Studios and get some chromatrim. This will allow you to evenly space and orient the lights, and give you a nice finished look. Strips suck for anything other than arches.

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    Strips suck for anything other than arches or candy canes

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    I use strips in my arches and on the corners of my house. At the end of 2016 I had to repair 7 sections of the strips. I had to repair zero nodes. For 2017, I had no failures even with extreme winds and temperatures well below 0. For 2018, all of my strips will be re purposed into arches. What I have found is that the strips work very well when they have an extra layer of protection.

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    Default Re: Nodes or strips

    Strips in PEX (arches, flat tree, etc.), other than that we use nodes.
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    I made a pixel pole using pixel strips for one of my megatrees this year and it's worked just great.

    I attached six strips over most of the length of the center 3" PVC pole (137 pixels) and connected them in parallel. Then I covered the whole pole in clear shrinktube, followed by carefully sealing both the top and bottom. I used a single ESPixelStick to control them all along with a suitable 5vdc power supply. It's worked perfectly through the length of my show in temperatures down to -18F, and not a single pixel has gone out.

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    Default Re: Nodes or strips

    Opposite experience. Only fails of strips were when frames got damaged but plenty of node fails. Then again, all my strips are mounted to permanent frames. Someone mentioned that nodes are brighter than strips? No way. Strips are 3x brighter than nodes. Also, sparkle on strips is insanely cooler than nodes. Outline and arches strips, nodes minis and trees:

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    not sure what type of trim you have, but nodes nodes nodes. they strip is easy to hang an superbright, but will not give you the longevity you need. my trim stays up year round. 2 years = 1 failure.

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