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  1. joshua2415

    joshua2415 New Member

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    I have been reading other posts about 2nd story lighting and figured I'd put my situation up for advice. Attached is the front of my house. I'm looking to highlight the 2 dormers. I already have Fat Boys, with the 2700K 38 deg lamps, highlighting the the walls in front of the house, and it looks beautiful. I recently ordered the expansion set of those, 2 for the dormers and 2 for other areas. My question is, are the Fat Boys too big for the dormers? The windows on them go into the attic, so I'm not concerned with light intrusion. I'm not sure how wide the dormers are, but to get an idea, the front doors together are 6 foot wide. I bought the Fat Boys for uniformity and convenience, so I wouldn't have to have diffe rent bulbs. Any input is greatly appreciated!

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    Beautiful home! Those large attic windows are really cool; sort of the classic touch on the modern vibe.

    As far as brightness, it is largely preferential so there is never a true right or wrong answer. The 5W LED bulbs in the kit you purchased may be a tad too bright for that up story area combined but, I'm also someone who prefers generally lower levels of illumination. To help decide this for yourself, I'd compare with the wattages you already have installed on the first story. If you think those are a good output level, match with those.

    As far as size, the Fat Boys will certainly be somewhat noticeable mounted on the gutter above the front door. Fortunately, the material and color of our fixtures complement your house well and as the lights patina they will only blend more with the home.
     
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    Thank you for the complement! The light output of the bulbs on the lower part of the house is perfect to me, against the brown brick at night give a nice yellow glow. I'm not one for the pure or cool white. We have brown gutters on the house and hopefully, the bronze of the fixtures will blend nicely with shingles, as well. After I them up this weekend, I will post a new picture. Thank you again for the complement, the fantastic products, and the awesome customer service!!
     
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    Glad to be of help!
     
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    I do have another question. As far as running the the wires in the gutters, i don't want to leave them unprotected. I was thinking of running them through conduit of some sort, but don't want it to look unsightly. Can you give me an idea of what pros do with the wires?
     
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    From what I've seen, more and more gutters now'a'days have the added guards on top so many installers will either simply hide the wire within the enclosed gutter and possibly use clips to further secure the wire (almost like Christmas light clips or whatever would really work for the style of gutter really). Running conduit up the downspout would likely be a bit tricky and not add much extra protection with the wire already being enclosed. But, for the horizontal gutters themselves, you could certainly add pieces of conduit for added protection where needed. The conduit won't add any extra protection in regards to water but, certainly against physical damage or any pesky squirrels or other animals you may have around.

    NEC codes are definitely more relaxed when it comes to low-voltage as well; no safety issues with running direct-burial rated low-voltage cables in gutters or even leaving the wiring itself exposed. But, its always good to double-check your local codes just to CYA!