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    Default RGB matrix or something else?

    I have a wall of my house that has no current decorations. It is on a wall with a pixel tree. Empty wall size is 12ft wide by 20 ft tall. See the attached photo and the square to the right of the pixel tree. I have always wanted to put something on the wall but have not came up with a good idea. If you have an idea using regular LEDs I am all ears. Otherwise, I am thinking about a pixel matrix using either 2" or 2.25" spacing and a
    Boscoyo monster matrix panel: Monster Matrix Panels - $70.00 : Boscoyo Studio, Custom Promotional Products
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    PixNode net: PixNode Netâ
    so all I have to build is a wood or pipe frame and put in pixels. Sequencing of course will take the most time.
    The purpose of the matrix would be to display basic effects, some very simple images?, and some text such as "Merry Christmas".
    Is this a bad idea? What size ratio would you use, 16:9, 4:3, 3:2?? Viewing distance is 30-35 ft so is 2.25" spacing fine or would 2" be better? I have 1200 pixels to do this so it will likely be close to 4 ft x 8 ft.

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    Make the pixel tree go to the peak on the blank side. Forget that little wimpy tree...
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    A 30 foot pixel tree is one way to learn all that could go wrong.

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    Have you considered the virtual matrix option? With a decent projector you could sometimes display video on the wall AND at times do a virtual matrix for XLights effects and text. The video below shows a 176x96 matrix test. That would be just over 50k channels or 16,896 pixels (337 strings of 50 at about $30 per string is $10,137 to do this in real pixels). Other than the enclosure (talk to Sam) I would think the projector would be comparable in price to another slew of pixels in a netting with 2" spacing, a power supply, and controller.

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    I thought about a projector, but I already have the pixels and would drive it from a controller I would already have. All I have to do is get the net and build a frame. Maybe next year on the projector.

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    HolidayCoro also has netting with 2" and 3" spacing. The benefit of the netting is a light weight matrix that you can easily hang on your house and then roll up for storage. I'd go with the clear color for the side of the house. The way it looks in the videos on HolidayCoros site is nice.

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    Well, I posted the same link you did. Your link wasn't working when I first tried it so I didn't see it was the same.

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    Why would you pick clear? I feel like the black 2" spacing will block most the wires. HolidayCoro's default photo is the 3" the 2" seems like less open space.

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    Even though you'd see the wires I would think it would be less visible than the (guessing) 1" to 1.5" wide webbing on your house during the day. It's just a visual thing so picture them both up and decide if you wanted the wires hidden but see the webbing or just see the wires.

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    I need to replace my incandescent American flags. Four them have been on my roof since 2007. They were also on our boat for several years. I am amazed that they still ran this past Christmas. They are 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall. They are 16 bulbs wide and 9 bulbs high with slightly under 5" spacing. The bulbs are supported by a nylon twine cleverly woven and tied to hold all the bulbs sideways. I made wood frames of 1" cedar to hold them.

    I figure it would be less expensive to make a 9 by 16 matrix of RGB pixels, and just select the colors to get the flag look. But with 4" spacing it ends up a good bit smaller. Then when I try to make it more flag-like, I get into all sorts of trouble. First .. I was hoping to keep the flag at less than 200 bulbs, so it would have to be 11 by 18. The American flag is actually 13 rows. So if I want to do that then I need about 13 by 23 to keep the proportions about the same. Then the problem with 300 is the weight. That's a lot of bulbs, particularly the square ones (that Holiday Coro uses for their net).

    I kinda like my 200 bulb idea at 11 by 18. I would want at least a 4" spacing to be similar to the size I have now with the incan flags. I could go with Coroplast like my talking faces but then I end up with a heavy frame, which a definitely don't want.

    Does anyone make a 4" spacing net ??
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    My first thought was metal pipe or pvc in a square shape with boscoyo strips with 1 inch holes. If you want 4.5" spacing they have panels also.

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    Denny. For 4" just use the 2" spaced netting and go every other hole.

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    Yeah, thats a better idea than strips. As Homer Simpson would say, DOH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplett View Post
    Denny. For 4" just use the 2" spaced netting and go every other hole.

    D'oh !
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