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    Default Displaying characters/pictures on tree

    I'm looking to build a tree. By definition may not be a mega tree. I would like tree to be able to display an image or character of a snowman or something scrolling. looking for 180 tree for now and add on in the future. How many strands and how close together should the pixels be on the strands? 16 strands 2"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walte1fr View Post
    I'm looking to build a tree. By definition may not be a mega tree. I would like tree to be able to display an image or character of a snowman or something scrolling. looking for 180 tree for now and add on in the future. How many strands and how close together should the pixels be on the strands? 16 strands 2"?
    What is your viewing distance?

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    30-40 ft

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    2 should be fine, all my trees are that.

    Check out this video to get some idea of what you can do:



    The smaller of the large trees are 17 strings of 45 pixels at 2 spacing.

    The closer ones are probably about 25 from camera when you can see the whole display.

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    great show. 17 strings for a 180 degree tree? I may actually mirror that one. they look great. I wanted to put a mini tree on either side of it. can you tell me your setup for those on the sides of your big tree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walte1fr View Post
    great show. 17 strings for a 180 degree tree? I may actually mirror that one. they look great. I wanted to put a mini tree on either side of it. can you tell me your setup for those on the sides of your big tree?
    All trees I have are 180's

    Small
    17x45
    89"H x 61"W
    1 350W 12 PSU
    5 Outputs, 2 Power Injection Points

    Med
    25x82
    160"H x 110"W
    3 400W 12 PSU's
    5 Outputs, 8 Power Injection Points

    Large
    35x120
    231"H x 164"W
    6 350W 12 PSU's
    10 Outputs, 35 Power Injection Points


    I run all my lights at about 50% brightness and are 12V.

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    wow thats taller than I thought. Thank you. I will make note of them and see what I can do

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    I would suggest at least 16 strands. I started with 12 and quickly realized that was not enough and added 4 more. Now I have a flat tree so that is fine for me. If you have a curve for say 180 to 360 degrees then you will need more strands then 16.

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    Awesome thank you. Sounds to be a good number.


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    using xlights make it super simple to add pictures, text, etc to any type of matrix.

    I have several small matrices on my trees and have had little issue getting them to work properly. my older tree models were 8 pixels wide by 16 pixels tall. xlights was able to take my animation sequences and configure them correctly no matter what size the matrix was.

    i apologize as my images and videos are not on my website right now (re doing my website), but if you look , you can see it. i know the video sucks, but at least you can see the animation on the mega tree and the small matrices.
    all pix <70 univ)

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