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Why are there not exact numbers of holes for each channel / section?
Last Updated: 06/29/2014
For products that use incandescent or LED mini lights, you may notice that the number of lights required to complete a given channel or section are not "even" to match the counts commonly found in mini light strings. While we always strive to "hit" common counts for light strings (some of our products are designed in this way), we can't always reach that goal for the following reasons:
  • As each section for a channel, such as on a character with a moving mouth, the length of the line will vary for each channel. In order to maintain common spacing, say 1/2" between bulbs, one line may have 30 bulbs and another longer line may have 40 bulbs. If the bulbs were not spaced at a common distance, the different channels would have varying brightness levels and "density" and this results in and odd design when viewed.
  • There are a variety of different "common" mini light string lengths - some are 20, 50, 70 and 100. As such, someone using LED strings with 70 bulbs per string, wouldn't find an exact count of 100 better and a 100 count bulb user, vice-versa.
If you are using incandescent mini lights (this may apply to selected LED mini light strings), you normally can divide them in half. See our video on how to separate light strings into smaller counts..
Wondering what to do with the extra bulbs that don't fit into the design? In most cases the design is based off of black coro which won't allow light from the rear of the design (where the extra bulbs are) through to the front of the design - so you can just zip tie them up to the existing bulbs. If you have a design that contains white coro or that is visible from the back side, you can simply put them in small zip lock bags painted black or staple a black trash back over the back side of the frame.

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