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Early plans for 2014

Discussion in 'How is my display put together...' started by harrison0550, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. harrison0550

    harrison0550 Full Time Elf

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    Sadly I have been searching forums all night and still cannot find everything I want to add for 2014.

    1: dripping meteor tubes.
    2: 2 X Pixel mega trees
    3: 2 X pixel fans
    4: 4 X shooting stars
    5: house matrix eh maybe

    My concern is:
    1: The dripping tubes. Either all I find are junk or way to expensive. That and I cant decide if they need to be RGB or just plain white. opinions needed please.....

    2: Cant decide if these should be ray trees with strip or if I should build them with nodes. Being that these will be very close to the street I think they will be to bright if I use strips. Again opinions needed please.....

    3,4,5 I got a firm grasp on.

    Any suggestions for 1 and 2 though?

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    Ok so I think I have the meteor tunes sorted now from Ray.

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    What's ray;s part number for those rgb tubes, please? I only find solid color ones.


    Wondering about using some t5 bulb covers to roll your own with flex strips or nodes.


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    Andy I share your dilemma on the pixel tree and that's why I haven't committed to adding one yet. Here's my thoughts having seen most others build threads and show videos. NB I may make some assumptions here based on my perceived notion of relative cost, ease of construction and time required. Everyone has put a lot of work in to their mega trees a d let me say that I am envious of all of them because you have one and I don't.
    I think it comes down to whether you want a 2D or 3D tree.
    Strip tree:
    Easier to construct, ie zip tie to conduit so potentially quicker and cheaper to build.
    More Weatherproof (separate debate that I think fasteddy has talked about)
    But a 2d tree doesn't really excite.
    Node tree:
    More like a traditional mega tree appearance and hence more appealing to me.

    This may all depend on the best viewing angle for your show. Maybe because I always have the "behind the scenes" view of my show I want a full 360 node tree.
     
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    Here is my 2014 network plans. I'm using dropbox to update seq files between my main sequencing pc and the netbook with xlights scheduler. I just made the xlights directory on both PC's a folder inside dropbox so any changes inside the house auto update on the netbook. I also installed logmein on to the netbook so I could control/test lights in the yard with my ipad or phone. I tested everything before I took the display down this year and it worked like a dream.


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    Trafficman Teach Me!!!

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    What did you work out on the tubes? Nodes for the tree looks great!! I will not change that this year. Ready for me to come to Tenn?

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    Scott
    Can you give us more detail about your pixel tree ? Number of nodes pre strings, number of strings. etc.... ?
    Looks awesome
     
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    Thanks Travis


    The tree is 32 strands of 50 12v 2811 pixels each for a total of 1600 nodes, I used 1/2 PVC cut at 15' long the nodes are spaced 3-3/8in apart,
    drove the whole tree on one Sandevice 6804 injecting power every 100 nodes, Ive attached a few pics of the legs


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    Scott, Job Well done!! that is some of the best Pixel tree work I've ever seen man! That's what I want mine to do, but man, it's time consuming. What software?
     
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    Thanks Joden
    First year using Light Show Pro, it definitely made things a lot easier
     
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    You did that in LSP!? was that version 2.8? I haven't even seen some of those effects...
     
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    Yes I did! Using LSP 2.8, most of the effects are Macros using the image and color slider, I just started creating pictures in Open Office Drawing tool and using the image macro on the tree and other elements in the display
     
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    Wow! well it looks killer. I love the spinning ones, very 3D looking. Would you happen to care to share some images so I can see what exactly i need to do? thanks.
     

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