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This could turn into a long post, so buckle up. (TL-DR at the bottom)

Is it too soon to start planning next year? Looking for some help / ideas from the creative minds and guru's on here. Posted photos of my current layout (2 different years which is why there is a slight variation). Currently at 32 channels, jumping to 48 next year. 

I hate the net-light wall I created this year, so those are going on the roof next year and attaching to my current roof outline thus freeing up that whole side of my yard. Thinking about putting up two 10ft mega trees with 8 channels each over there (aka new box completely full). Thoughts?   Maybe only do 4 channels each and have them "mirror", so still 8 sections per tree but the two opposite each other light up at the same time.  Leaving me 8 unused channels, but what to do with them? Looking for relatively inexpensive ideas as the new controller box and all the mega tree lights are basically maxing my budget already. Could leave them blank for future expansion, maybe add a few smaller arches?. The huge tree in the middle of my yard is a problem (and no I cannot cut it down. I love the tree, its the biggest in my neighborhood, easily 4 stories tall and 8-10ft diameter trunk)

Planned layout in terms of channels.... 


I know I have broken the cardinal rule of planning things in 4's. I could blow the whole thing up if you guys think it makes a HUGE difference. If I am going to destroy my layout I would rather do it now, than have to do it as I add more boxes and get to 64 or 80 channels. There are a few ideas I have to make it more into "4s".....

Basically looking for ideas to make my show better, brighter and bigger! without "breakering the banker"

TL:DR- What would you do with my yard? and layout


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Looks like your off to a good start. It would be helpful to see a pic of the yard during daylight. However I usually tell people to add every year, don't clutter, and bring attention to the entire yard.

I would find a way to light that big tree up to the top. There are also a lot of top notch videos on this site. I would watch them and get ideas. Hope this helped.

Keep up the good work.

PS I think in 2s, 4s, and 8s or multiples thereof!

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As for your mega-tree idea, I would do 1 with 16 sections, and the other mirrored to the first. This is what I do with my 2 eight-channel firesticks and they look great.

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I am using a 12 channel mega tree this year, so it would be equivalent to a 6 channel mirrored one, and it looks good but not great, I don't think you would like the results of a 4 channel tree, animations would be very choppy, but I think an 8 channel would work pretty good.

I think your house would be brighter with some C9 window frames, I built some this year with 6" spacing and I think the improvement was great. Maybe a little wreath or decor between the 2nd story windows, and I am going to try to add lights to my roof I saw this roof and loved it. bfd737878c34fe927622b99f80f17904.jpg

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Here's a video,

8 sections would mean that each section has to span 45* of the 360,degree circle, my 12 section brings it down to 30* and a 16 section us 22.5* so the "jumps" are smaller when you animate making it look smoother. But with careful programming you might be able to make it look better

BTW I also follow your Facebook page and enjoy the content you post!
[mention=24328]MrMatt[/mention] Do you have video of your tree? You have 12 individual sections, no mirror right? I am thinking 4 channels would be 8 sections...

And yes individual, no mirror, so it would be similar to 6 mirrored. If I add more colors I will mirror them to save on controllers like yourself

I can also add that my tree has 2 strands per channel

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I would make the huge tree the focal point.  Have you seen those collapsible balls that Home Depot/Lowes have?  They snap together to make a sphere and you string lights on them, then position them in the branches of trees.  That might be a nice way of lighting up those huge branches.  Assuming you don't mind climbing a ladder/tree.

This is the ball frame that I'm referring to:  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Deco-Shape-10-In-Instant-Light-Ball-Frame/1000111091?cm_mmc=SCE_PLA-_-SeasonalOutdoorLiving-_-TrimATree-_-1000111091:&CAWELAID=&kpid=1000111091&CAGPSPN=pla&store_code=1034&k_clickID=2a0b65e3-ea75-4df6-8e73-d5f81fb9d4f3&gclid=CjwKCAiA9f7QBRBpEiwApLGUihKu0wiRyD81lZ8_sGS6GqTDRa5IXcJ7G1uRyS1iR9z7NcAvTH8ygxoCnh4QAvD_BwE

If you had several channels of those light balls spread in the branches, that would be a really cool effect IMO.



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