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    Default Wiring/sequencing mini trees?

    Hey all. Halloween is over so itís time to tear apart the spider web and make a few mini trees. Just wondering what the advantages/disadvantages are between spiral wiring vs top to bottom strip wiring. Seems spiral wiring would be easier. Does the way you wire them have significant bearing on how you can then sequence them? Iím thinking only 180 degree trees for this year so I can spread the lights a bit further with more trees/props. I learned at Halloween than even one pixel can go a long way in terms of impact if used in the right prop. I had a grouping of five jackolanterns ďsingingĒ through the night. Each with just a single triple pixel.

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    You should always be able to patch your trees to your controllers in the sequencer so it doesn't really matter. But some people find the vertical easier to connect together if using strip.

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    I just built a few spiral trees and I think they look pretty great.

    I think spiral trees might look weird if you just did 180 degrees. A full 360 is needed to get the full spiral effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jguenther View Post
    I just built a few spiral trees and I think they look pretty great.

    I think spiral trees might look weird if you just did 180 degrees. A full 360 is needed to get the full spiral effect.
    What pixel spacing did you use on the spirals? And roughly what vertical spacing between wraps? I often carve spires of ice with one sweeping spiral and it’s pretty beautiful the way you get a double helix look because you can see the rear spiral through the ice. I imagine this is a lot like that?

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    I chose spiral trees for my 62 mini trees. The last thing I wanted was a bunch of little mini matrices on my mini trees(I have enough of those in the display already). Ultimately it depends on what to do with them. My trees are 42" tomato cages with 100 nodes with 13-14 spiral wraps each. I didn't measure anything, just started wrapping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncledan View Post
    I chose spiral trees for my 62 mini trees. The last thing I wanted was a bunch of little mini matrices on my mini trees(I have enough of those in the display already). Ultimately it depends on what to do with them. My trees are 42" tomato cages with 100 nodes with 13-14 spiral wraps each. I didn't measure anything, just started wrapping.
    Those look great. I want to redo mine and that looks like what I want. Could you be more specific please on how they are built. Did you add vertical metal to cage for a more round look? Are they just zip tied? Are they mounted in strips?

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    Yeah - they do look great. And without a doubt easier on all fronts I'm sure (making, injecting, sequencing). I'll gove them a try for this season and see. I have all the required "bits" on hand so I might as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macboy View Post
    What pixel spacing did you use on the spirals? And roughly what vertical spacing between wraps? I often carve spires of ice with one sweeping spiral and itís pretty beautiful the way you get a double helix look because you can see the rear spiral through the ice. I imagine this is a lot like that?
    I used the spiral trees from Home Depot and zip tied the bullets in-line(on their side) up the plastic spiral. Spacing is probably around 1Ē or 1.5Ē -however tall a pixel is.

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    I wrapped each one with chicken wire. Not a fun job... These have been part of my display for 10+ years. Started with incans, then dumb rgb nodes and finally pixels. I think I used 2 zipties per spiral wrap so 26 per tree or so. Display is setup so pic isn't that great. https://www.dropbox.com/s/59i6418kig..._2980.jpg?dl=0

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    Did you have to create sub models?

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