Shooting Stars are a Great way to start off a show or they can be a
great surprise somewhere in the middle of a show.
In shooting star example #1 you you can have a shooting star hit
the ground. To make this effect even more amazing, you can have a pocket
of strobes (10
to 25 strobes is
what I would recommend) set off after it hits the ground. This will
make it look like the star burst into sparkles when they hit the ground.
Shooting star sample 3 is for those who might not had a Christmas tree
to attach it to or can't run it to the ground. This version can be
fun, because once your star hits the other tree, you can have a number
of strobes go off.
How to Make a Shooting Star
This Star was made by Christmas Done Bright. I had to
add the eyelets because I did not know that I needed them when I first
started. The eyelets should be placed in the same position, so all
the Stars are leaning at the same angle.
The Stars are 3' tall and takes a little over 10' of
rope light to go around the Star, then you have to cut 3 pieces for
18" lengths of rope light. I used Chuck Smiths (Click
method of connecting shorter lengths of rope light to the rest of the
star, so I would not have more then one plug. I used Frosted white
rope light from ActionLighting.com.
Each Star has to have a power cord coming from it going
to your light controller. I made a wiring harness before I installed
my stars. If you know the total distance from your beginning star to
you final star, then you can lay all your stars out on the ground
and build a wiring harness before you install them in the sky :). In
the picture you can see some zip ties, these are reusable ties. I tape
these to the wiring harness every 2 feet, so I could loosely attach
the harness to the cable.
In my case I decide to feed the stars from the roof to
the top of the tree. When I installed the cable that held the stars
I ran a piece of rope with it so I could tie it to the stars and pull
them up. Once I got up on my house and start feeding the stars up to
the top of the tree I ran in to problems. First I tried to use pulleys
and they would get in a bind when they got half way up. Each time you
add a star it gets harder to pull them up. One of the reasons they
got in a bind was partly because I used a cable that was plastic coated.
I got rid of the pulleys and used double clips, then
I tied a piece of string between the two clips to keep them from leaning
and getting into a bind. I still had a problem with the metal on plastic
coated cable, so I got a some plastic and cut it into strips and then
dipped it into oil and slide it under the double clips. This took care
of all my problems and the Stars went straight up without a problem.
time I will probably welded a pulley on to each end of a rod and
then clip the star on to it. If you do something similar, keep in mind
that the pulleys have to go one before you have the cable that holds
your stars installed