View Poll Results: Arch String / Bullets vs Strips

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Thread: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

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    Default Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I am going into my second year of addressable lights.

    Last year I made a few arches from pex pipe and I drilled into the sides of them and inserted pixels strings / bullets like so...
    2021-11-04 16_34_33-Window.jpg

    But in reading some posts here, I see that people are possibly using addressable LED strips to go inside the arches and I wonder if I am doing "it" wrong.

    What is the preferred method among the members here? Strips or strings?

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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    It would depend on the “look” you’re after. Both have an entirely different look. I use strips inside if tubing because I like the neon tube look.


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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    There is no right or wrong. there is only what looks good to you.


    2021 New Tune-to sign. New 40x27 matrix at the house. Retiring the Strip based matrix. Updating some of the old window frames to the new house. Adding two new songs.
    2020 Full sized show reworked for the new location. Only adding (famous last words) 13 RBLs that I finally got converted to using pixels
    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show. Dim show (3000 pixels) had regular visits most nights.
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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I'm not looking for a right or wrong, I'm looking to see what the majority like here on these forums.

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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I prefer the diffused look with strips inside.


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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I like the more traditional look of the bullets. I use the Boscoyo 3 Ring Arch for mine. It looks more like the old incan arches I started with.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless

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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I don't really see the point of PEX if you don't use strips.

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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    Pixel Strings get my vote, especially being single handed !


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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    I forgot that I went through this analysis last year.

    I compared PEX arches with the following.
    • LED strips
    • Pixel string inside
    • Pixel string drilled through the side


    Here are the visual results from my testing.



    I ultimately decided to go with the pixel string drilled through the side. I guess I like that best last year and now I am second guessing myself for this year. I need to get started because I bought another 1500 pixel strings this year!

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    Default Re: Arch Lights - Pixels Strips or Pixel Strings / Bullets?

    Quote Originally Posted by angus40 View Post
    Pixel Strings get my vote, especially being single handed !

    That does look great! But they’re not addressable right?


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