Server migration complete, Welcome to version 2.1.1



Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Forgot your password?

+-Site Stats

Total Members: 15505
Latest: jduncc
New This Month: 13
New This Week: 5
New Today: 5
Total Posts: 127161
Total Topics: 15602
Most Online Today: 61
Most Online Ever: 7634
(January 21, 2020, 02:14:03 AM)
Users Online
Members: 5
Guests: 40
Total: 45

Difference between Mega Tree and Pixel Tree and Mini Tree

Started by tomas041857, September 17, 2021, 03:03:46 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


I see people talking about Mega Trees and Mini Trees and just pixel trees. So in a layout what is the difference between all of them as far as how they are done or is it just semantic.
Thanks for any and all help.


To me they are all pixel trees. A Mega would be something over 3-4 foot. Mini tree in the 2 foot to 3-4 foot range.
Using K8-B, Rpi 3b w/PiHat, Rpi 3b+ w/ PiHat, K4-PB


Quote from: tomas041857 on September 17, 2021, 03:03:46 PMSo in a layout what is the difference between all of them as far as how they are done or is it just semantic.
It is just semantics, they are all built as trees (there is no Mega, Mini or Pixel options in xLights)
If to err is human, I am more human than most people.


Yep, they're all Pixel trees.  The rest is loose semantics with no real standards.  I've even seen people refer to "Mega-mini tree" which makes no sense   ::)

There is some history (before pixels) where "mega-tree" originally meant a large tree with AC light "Super-Strings".  Super-strings were AC light strings wrapped in groups of 3 or 4 where each group had a red string, a green string, a blue string, and possibly a white string.  This allowed some elementary RGB(w) color mixing and was the genesis for Pixel trees we all know and love today.  The the name "mega tree" carried over to all pixel trees, but its really an incorrect term to use for something that isn't extremely large. 

If its a pixel tree, I call it a pixel tree.  Small, Medium, Large are perfectly fine adjectives that could (should?) be used instead of "mega".  :)


I personally don't consider it a Mega Tree unless it is at least 10 ft tall and closer to 20ft tall.  The most common are 180 degrees 16 strings of 50 lights usually staked to the ground in a curve.  They also can be 360 degrees or other various sizes.  There is no defined standard that I am aware of, and come in all shapes and sizes.  I see vendors selling Pixel trees kits and they are often 12 rows of 50 lights in a straight line.  I would agree that any tree made out of pixels could be called a pixel tree.


And continuing on with pixelpuppy's history lesson.  Mini trees in the pre-pixel days were generally small and usually one or maybe two colors of traditional AC strings.

However times have changed and far more of these trees (regardless of size) are pixel based.
BTW, my pixel tree is a flat tree with 26 strings of 100 pixels per string.  A round tree does not make sense for my yard arrangement.
Using LOR (mostly SuperStar) for all sequencing - using FPP only to drive P5 and P10 panels.
My show website:


Support FPP

+- Recent Topics

Falcon V4 Player by K-State Fan
Today at 07:40:14 AM

Linking FPP Run Command to a Button by tynmar
Today at 06:52:05 AM

Setting Color Order by K-State Fan
Today at 05:59:19 AM

BRP Voting Plugin - Allow others to vote for your songs! by Barkers Random Projects
December 03, 2022, 11:55:24 PM

loading playlist by rangerdan
December 03, 2022, 11:54:31 PM

BBB running 3-4 seconds ahead by MATTS
December 03, 2022, 09:41:41 PM

Remote Pi connection issues by JonD
December 03, 2022, 08:51:55 PM

FPP not releasing control to WLED when idle by cabrio
December 03, 2022, 08:24:43 PM

Setting up new Falcon f16v4 noob question by Scouser10231
December 03, 2022, 03:45:54 PM

Sequence freeze by jnealand
December 03, 2022, 02:51:04 PM

Powered by EzPortal
Powered by SMFPacks Menu Editor Mod