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taybrynn

Anyone using red LEDs for arches ?

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I, like many, am looking at the CDI pre-sale prices and thinking about 2010 possibilities.

I noticed that the price for a 100ct 5mm RED is $9 vs. $13 for say warm white. Orange and Yellow are also $9 each, or on the lowest end of the price scale.

I guess fading would be my main concern at 6500' ... but is anyone using RED or some other (less $$) color for their arches instead of white, to save money and/or be unique/original ?

Obvisouly white is a classic color, but since i"m doing R,G,W ... I figure I could go with any of the three and still have a degree of uniformity.

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I did White, Red, Green, and Blue arches this year. The Red is one of my favorites.

I've got one video up so far:

The arches start about a minute in.

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I have separate Red, Green and White CDI LED arches this year - I'd say they are equal brightness and look great!

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Those are all very cool ... about how many strands (per color) (i.e. 100ct x 1 per channel) and channels per arch?

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I used 2 strings of 60 per color per channel. Each arch is seven channels, with the trees in between as the eight. Seven on the arch lets me have a channel at the top middle, and the tree as an eight makes them easier to sequence to music.

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I use dual-color red and green arches. The red is the dimmest of all the LED colors I use (I have used blue, gold, cool white, green, red, and seen warm white elsewhere-- all Paul or Travis' good-quality lights). It's not bad, it's just dimmer than the rest.

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I used 2 strings of 60 per color per channel. Each arch is seven channels, with the trees in between as the eight. Seven on the arch lets me have a channel at the top middle, and the tree as an eight makes them easier to sequence to music.

Steve,

I think your arches (and sequencing) look great! Can you give a bit more info about them? What brand and size of LED's did you use? Did you wrap one color at a time...... or.......? Based on your description, are you using 128 channels for your arches?

Thanks,

Randy

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I did White, Red, Green, and Blue arches this year. The Red is one of my favorites.

I've got one video up so far:

The arches start about a minute in.

That's a fine video Steve!

Hold back and let your audience discover the lights. Growing up in NJ and burned out on Bruce I never thought I would watch a vid with his song. I watched yours several times.

Thanks!

Glenn

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Steve,

I think your arches (and sequencing) look great! Can you give a bit more info about them? What brand and size of LED's did you use? Did you wrap one color at a time...... or.......? Based on your description, are you using 128 channels for your arches?

Thanks,

Randy

Thanks!

I used Walmart 60 count 5MM LEDs in Red, Green, and Blue. The whites are regular 100 count minis. I couldn't get a good enough price on warm white, so I went with what I had. I plan to replace them with LEDs eventually, but they seem to look fine mixed in for now.

I wrapped the Red, Blue, and Green at the same time. I then wrapped the white over top of that (since I plan to eventually replace them. Otherwise I would have done all four colors at once.)

Actually the arch/medium tree (I have smaller ones elsewhere, so these can't be mini's) setup is 132 channels. There's a tree on both ends, hence the extra 4 channels. The trees have 4 sets of 100 lights. The Red, Blue, and White are GE brand C5 LEDs, the Green are CDI 2008 replacement LEDs.

Relevant to the original question: I was shooting some videos for my other songs this week, and noticed that in the few places where I have all 4 colors turned on on the arches, and then turn them off, red is the color that seems to linger longest on the eye. It's a neat effect, though it didn't happen on purpose!

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