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    Default 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    Looking for suggestions on what looks best for sequencing. I will be doing a 180 degree “mega tree” roughly 15ft tall. It’s all LED lights, not pixels, running on Renard board(s). Each light string will have 3-4 colors (haven’t decided yet). Visually is it better to have an odd number of light strings or even? Given that I am limited to swipes, chases, wipes, etc is it visually better to have an even or odd number of strings. Will have either 8 or 9 strings.

    8 makes it easy to run off one Renard board but I have more channels available if needed to make a better visual impact.

    Thoughts? Pics of what any of you have used would also be awesome.

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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    Since most music is written in 4 beats, most users with AC lights try to design props in groups of 4. So would suggest 8 or 12 or 16. Even my pixel tree is 24 strands.
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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    I agree with Randy, I would do 8 instead of 9, but 12 instead of 8 if you can. That gives you easier options if you do get a 3:4 time song.
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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    I vote even and 12.


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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    I use 16 (one each of white, green and red). I definitely suggest going even, it makes it easier to divide the tree in half during sequencing. i.e. Show half the tree red, half green. Then you can get fancy and rotate that around.
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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    # of colors is .... well - for the colors
    # of super-strings (a string of each color combined into one string) is for coverage. The more, the better.

    I vote for even (divisible by 4) and at least 16. 24 is a good number as well.

    Just note that the number of super-strings, times the number of colors, equals the number of controller channels you will need. So 24 super strings, times 3 colors (for example) equals 72 channels needed. That is 3 SS24s.
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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    Visually as you asked will make no difference even or odd. But like the others I used 16 strings of red, green, blue and white 100 count. I also put 8 strings 140 count spiraled over it. Looked great. Very heavy to lift.

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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    I did mine last year with 24 strings. 8 each of white, red, and green.

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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    Quote Originally Posted by algerdes View Post
    # of colors is .... well - for the colors
    # of super-strings (a string of each color combined into one string) is for coverage. The more, the better.

    I vote for even (divisible by 4) and at least 16. 24 is a good number as well.

    Just note that the number of super-strings, times the number of colors, equals the number of controller channels you will need. So 24 super strings, times 3 colors (for example) equals 72 channels needed. That is 3 SS24s.
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    Default Re: 180 degree “mega tree” Even or Odd light strings

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinMueller2003 View Post
    Or 1.5 x Ren64
    True... (But I already have 10 SS24s and 1 SS16.)
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