Christmas Light for the Yard
Fun Christmas light for the
yard, huh? Find tips information and resources for a very special light
fun in the Christmas season.
Many little effects -
photo I find a great, well...
And having a picture of the grand piece you are aiming at (like
wouldn’t something remotely like this be great as your
Christmas light for the yard), a great image in the head always
(Photo: Frey Nik)
Speaking of inspiration ...
about this movie piece. Winner
of PlanetChristmas Worldwide Christmas Decorating Contest
in the computerized display category (2005). In case you were
wondering, (or can't see the video playing) the track is "Wizards of
Winter" played by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I saw the original from
which this was created. The star is there in both and the little
lighted trees and all. But this is some crazy stuff.
creation needs list
Or if you want to go rope lighting for this Christmas look it up here
Height of tree
your yard. Well it's kind of obvious that the height of your tree is a
given. But suppose you have more than one spruce in the yard outdoor.
You might want to choose the one with the right height. Depending on
the specie the ratio of height to base diameter varies. But it is a
good guide to about double (multiply 2 max 2.5 times) the base diameter
to get to the height.
The best evergreen
Ok, some consider the only real
befitting your yard should come from this list:Scotch Pine, White Pine
(Eastern and Western), Red Pine, Blue Spruce, Engleman Spruce, Douglas
Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Nova Scotia Balsam Fir.
there is even a network of real tree sites and resources that claims to
be the #1 in the US. Christmas-tree.com
Thoughtful alternative to
might want to just decorate the tree, your
beloved tree in the yard.
if you don't have a tall evergreen in
your yard…? No need to despair. Let's face it. What you want
when the night falls is light effects. And listen to this. Amazing
light effects can be achieved with
decorating something else than a tree. Find out more on my Christmas rope light page here.
calculate rope length here is a table I created.
The table is
based on my "Award
never to run out of lights. (This one won the lemon twice.)
Use this table to calculate the approximate length
you need if you decorate a Xmas tree (see suitable types on this page)
as your Christmas light for the yard. (Add up lengths if you want to
include more trees in your light display. Special tip:
don't leave out what I call here length of everyting.)
|Tree diameter at base
height ||Distance between
rope coils ||Rope length you need
|3m ||9' 10'' ||6m
||19' 8" ||0.7m
||2' 4" ||40.8m
||133' 10" |
10'' ||6m ||19' 8" ||0.9m
||2' 4" ||32.0m
11" ||3m ||9' 10" ||1.0m
||3' 3" ||7.7m
||25' 3" |
11" ||3m ||9' 10" ||1.5m
||4' 11" ||5.6m
||18' 4" |
6" ||1.5m ||4' 11" ||0.5
||1' 8" ||3.8m
||12' 6" |
6" ||1.5m ||4' 11" ||0.75
||2' 6" ||2.8m
Special extra points for those little helpers
who use a
ladder for a 1.5m high tree
enough stretches of light
could be more disconcerting (and less funny for some watching you) than
labouring up high on a ladder only to find out the sad truth about the
real length of your tree. Because by then it will not be measured in
meters or feet any more…! Oh no. But in coils of ropes -
those you'll hold in your hands, precisely.
brings me to two other tips. Well…, three actually.
1. Choose rope
rope light as your main
choice for your Christmas light for the yard. It could give you the
length your need for the same intensity of light.
Get a double length extension chord
A low voltage rope Xmas light comes with an
adaptor and the adaptor also comes with an extension chord.
Double the length for the chord you think you would
need. You will always need the longer one. Together with the rope
light and the extension chord they might just give you the right length
3. Go LED
still use incandescent
lights - like string or mini rope - a high new tree might test the
length of your everything. Go LED and go even longer for
the same brightness.
for your Christmas light for the yard creation
Here are some important adaptor
facts for your Christmas light for the yard if you use low
voltage light bulbs for your creation. Look for the low
voltage warning under bright led bulbs or something.
your Christmas light for the yard creation could be well chosen music. Here I will put Christmas
music that I found around the net.
If you want comprehensive features and good in-circuit
re-programmability the 8 bit Rabbit
2000 Controller Board is said to be quite good value. You
will get bright blinking all right just watch out -- do not, I repeat
do not blind an aircraft. (And you probably won't.)
And a final word of warning. Because your
controller will run a simple program, a dedicated pared down software -
a software nonetheless - you may need to reboot your whole Christmas
light for the yard. (And in pitch dark!) That is unless you run a
continuous power source. It's another device you might want to make
sure that you have. (No, it's not a surge protector!) There could be
few scenes less moving than a Christmas light crash in full view of
your family. I know it happed not some...Not cool!
you get Christmas light for the yard that is specifically marked as
being suitable for outdoor use! UV protection would probably come to
mind -- if I had any.
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