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Building my first mega tree this year and am looking at using LED lights as they match the length I need for my tree. 70 count LED lights on 4-in. spacing. So when I start looking at lights I see M5 and M6 which both look like traditional incandescent lights and I understand that M6 are just oversized M5 lights.  My understanding is about 1mm in length.  I also see the 5mm conical LED lights which seem to be a favorite as they provide good 360 degree viewing.  My question to everyone is what are you using and why?

 

What are you recommendations?  Do I need to stay with M5 or M6 lights or are the 5mm just fine?

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I used C6 last year because that is what I had.  I liked the way they looked.  Nice and bright.  I use C6 on my house also

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Mine are M6. Reason: I like the incan look but dont like incans. M6 because where I bought mine, they sold M6. Thats it in a nutshell for my mega. All the rest ofmy display is pixels or RGB

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I might retire mine this year.

 

16/32 Superstrings of 70 count RGBW in g30 & M5's.

 

PM me if interested.

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C6 for me, tried rope lights, m5's.  My mega tree is 20ft high and even at only 16 strands looked good, last year I doubled it and WOW.  This year I will use 48 strands.  C6 seem to be big without being too big and they are bright.

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As caniac and Joe previously mentioned, C6 style works great. I love em.

I have them on my 35' mega tree (all four colors of 20,000 ct), on my mini trees (white of 200 ct ea) and C6 icicles (all four colors) along the eve of my house. And then some blue on the fence.

 

 

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Well I was going to show a pic but don't have enough space.

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Well I was going to show a pic but don't have enough space.

 

upload it to photobucket and just put the link here, the pic will show up.

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upload it to photobucket and just put the link here, the pic will show up.

Ahhhh, good idea. Will do shortly.

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Then here is a pic of me and my C6 mega tree strands in the back of my truck.

192 strands of 100 ct strings (R,W,B,G)

Then I have a 30' pole of white C6 wrapped around the pole and standing in the center of the mega tree., Then the star.

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Then here is a pic of me and my C6 mega tree strands in the back of my truck.

192 strands of 100 ct strings (R,W,B,G)

Then I have a 30' pole of white C6 wrapped around the pole and standing in the center of the mega tree., Then the star.

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is that what you guys call a small tree?

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Wow!  That is a great tree and looks great...35' is outside of my first attempt but could be a goal in a few years.

 

Spent some more time looking at millions of websites that sell lights and found some traditional incandescent lights that will match up with the length I need for the tree.  20' tall with about a 7' radius and I am looking at doing 3 colors (R, W, G) on sixteen channels each.  This upgrade has to include controllers and all new lights so I have to keep the budget in mind as we go.  What do you think about using standard mini-lights with this size tree and 32 strands per color?

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Wow!  That is a great tree and looks great...35' is outside of my first attempt but could be a goal in a few years.

 

Spent some more time looking at millions of websites that sell lights and found some traditional incandescent lights that will match up with the length I need for the tree.  20' tall with about a 7' radius and I am looking at doing 3 colors (R, W, G) on sixteen channels each.  This upgrade has to include controllers and all new lights so I have to keep the budget in mind as we go.  What do you think about using standard mini-lights with this size tree and 32 strands per color?

you have to factor in the cost of electricity to power the incan's, LED uses 1/10th the juice.

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I completely agree that you need to factor in the cost difference in operation but at only 10,000 lights on the tree it would be less than $100 to operate at full power for six hours a day the entire season meaning my payback is close to seven years or the useful life of the LED lights which makes it a break even.

 

Don't get me wrong I want to move towards LED's and was hoping to make the jump with this tree as it helps with power requirements but I just cant justify the expense right now.  With after Christmas sales or pre-buy it could make sense so there is alway next year to upgrade.

 

Any thoughts on the look of the tree?

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It's just me but icans won't do justice to a mega tree IMHO.

I understand the budget thing.

One thing I hated about icans is the bulbs break easily or a strand goes out because a bulb burned out or loosened up.

With a 20' footer, that's a lot of lights to bang against each other putting them up, taking them down and storing them.

They get tangled up when breaking them out the next year, especially with 10,000 lights. I always hated that.

 

Icans will still look okay with a mega tree. it's just a preference thing.

I myself like the glow/color of the LED bulbs.

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Also,

Paul from CDI http://www.creativedisplays.com/ is having a weekly sale for the next couple months starting next week. 10 items in 10 weeks type a deal. Chances are he will have his LED strands on sale some time in that period. BUT, he sells icans as well.

I would seriously check it out. Email him about the special. He's a great person to work with too.

 

 

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I completely agree that you need to factor in the cost difference in operation but at only 10,000 lights on the tree it would be less than $100 to operate at full power for six hours a day the entire season meaning my payback is close to seven years or the useful life of the LED lights which makes it a break even.

 

Don't get me wrong I want to move towards LED's and was hoping to make the jump with this tree as it helps with power requirements but I just cant justify the expense right now.  With after Christmas sales or pre-buy it could make sense so there is alway next year to upgrade.

 

Any thoughts on the look of the tree?

for me my first year I used icans in my display, additional light bill was $400.  next year replaced with LED's and three times the lights, additional light bill was $75.  I hate paying the power company.

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IMO, if you only want to use icans then don't do the mega tree.  Do mini trees and other props.  We have a local guy that did a 30+ ft mega tree last year with green and white icans, was less than impressive.  Best thing that happened to that show was when the wind toppled it.

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for me my first year I used icans in my display, additional light bill was $400.  next year replaced with LED's and three times the lights, additional light bill was $75.  I hate paying the power company.

 

And I'll add to that.

When I had icans, didn't even have a mega tree. I had to use several different outlets so I wouldn't blow a breaker. Also, the house lights inside would flicker when I ran my light show. 

When I went to LED, I was able to plug ALL my lights for the WHOLE display in "one" 15amp outlet (over 10 controllers). And it didn't even make my inside lights flicker when I ran my light show.

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It isn't that we are trying to promote the LED light industry, they just work better, are brighter, less worries.  If memory serves me correct every time a bulb blows on mini's you lose the strand, after about the dozenth time of replacing a strand you will understand what we mean.

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I might retire mine this year.

 

16/32 Superstrings of 70 count RGBW in g30 & M5's.

 

PM me if interested.

 

I sent you a PM a couple of days ago but haven't heard back. Are you still interested?

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Nice tree S.H. I did like you, but do not have the blue on the tree. So tree is RGW and same for the 3D star. And have C6 icicles in RGW&B. But my Tree is a mere 18' 12 folded over to make 24 up/down strings.

 

And I agree with S.H. about the breakage and loosing strings due to burnt out bulbs. Cost more for LED, but fewer hassles maintaining or breakage of the glass bulbs. Experience has spoken many times above. Do as you wish.

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