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SteveMaris
02-14-2012, 10:34 AM
Was hoping people can post ideas as to how they mount the 5050 strips to the house, windows, etc...

It seems many people are making the jump next year, including me, and any tips would be greatly appreciated.

I am planning on making some time of permanent frames for my 6 windows that I can easily hang/remove,
I just can't wrap my head around exactly what I want to do.
Post up O' wise ones..

Slite
02-14-2012, 10:39 AM
Cut pv pipe to the correct lengths, make frames with 90 degree couplings. Tiewrap flex strip to PV, screw eyebolts to pv, hooks to the windowframes. Hang eyebolts on hooks, done!

If you wanna be a bit more "artsy", cut coro strip and hotglue to strip to difuse the light

budude
02-14-2012, 11:55 AM
I used some 1x2 wood strips to make mine because I figured PVC would be too floppy (it's 101" x 53").

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A couple eye hooks top and bottom and a few zip-ties - done! During the day you don't even see them much (except for the black zip ties I used - ran out of white...)

rfallatt
02-14-2012, 12:17 PM
I am considering doing the same thing. I have just started to evaluate my options. My situation is slightly different. I am installing the strips in a permanent manner. My plan is to install the 5050’s along the gutters or under the eaves so they may stay there year round. The main idea is I can accent my house for any holiday… eg. New Years Eve (White &Blue), Valentine’s Day (Pink and Red), St. Patty’s Day (Green), Easter (Pink and Purple), Cinco de Mayo (Red White & Green), Memorial Day (Red, White& Blue), Independence Day (Red, White & Blue), Patriot Day (Red, White & Blue), Halloween (Orange & Brown or Purple ), Veterans Day (Red, White & Blue), Thanksgiving Day (Orange & Brown), and of course Christmas (Mainly Red Green & Blue).

Anyway, some of the options came up with so far.
First the strips have two sided tape so they can be secured to the item by the tape or glue or Zip-ties. Second the wires need to be hidden (That’s where the channel or PVC is helpful). The channels can be secured by hooks, Velcro, two sided tape (Industrial type) or Glue)

Wire channel
http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-C50-Cordmate-5-Foot-Channel/dp/B000BW0YH6
Cable Raceway
http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/raceways.php
Wall Channel
http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/14-52-wiremold-wall-channel.aspx
PVC
(Similar to Slite’s post)
Wood
(Like a picture frame)

SteveMaris
02-14-2012, 12:44 PM
Nice work Brian.

Slite
02-14-2012, 12:45 PM
Nice frame Brian

What does it weigh? With the strips et al

mschell
02-14-2012, 01:16 PM
I built 8 foot vertical columns using 1x4 treated lumber. They are cut into 4 ft sections, and hinged in the middle so they could fold in half to save storage space. I then tie-wrapped 5050 strip to a 3 inch wide and 24 inch long piece of coroplast. Those strips are stacked, 1 above the other for 4 sections in each column. Next, each 4 ft section has a curved coroplast cover that diffuses the light.

There are 8 of these columns that are hung from the eaves/soffit across the front of my house.

Here's a view from the bottom section
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And now a partial picture of a column
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I don't have a picture handy that shows it lit up at night. Will try to get one soon.

budude
02-14-2012, 01:59 PM
Nice frame Brian

What does it weigh? With the strips et al

It's actually very light and very easy to put up - only issue is storage because it doesn't break down - currently it's sitting upright on the garage floor but I plan to hang it from the rafters inside the garage. I suppose I could put in some hinges or something but it's OK for now.

Previously I had M5 wrapped PVC - while it looked OK running, it was pretty heavy with 30 strings of light on it and a real pain to put up.

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SteveMaris
02-14-2012, 02:57 PM
That's a nice job Mark.
I am contemplating doing something with coro as well.
I would like to diffuse the light, and If I can come up with a waterproof solution,
I was thinking of just purchasing the non-waterproof strips.

rjchu
02-14-2012, 05:00 PM
I can imagine! I've got 5 large palm trees that have light nets that I made with 24 strings of 100 minis on each of them and SPT2 for 24 channels (8 clear, 8 red and 8 green) and they are HEAVY especially when you're hanging out the side of a boom lift trying to hang them on the trees! I won't be doing it this year but the idea of coro over pixel strips as a light weight replacement sounds pretty appealing to me, perhaps for 2013! ;)

Thanks for sharing,

-joni-



Previously I had M5 wrapped PVC - while it looked OK running, it was pretty heavy with 30 strings of light on it and a real pain to put up.

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bert-nc
02-22-2012, 06:44 PM
I built 8 foot vertical columns using 1x4 treated lumber. They are cut into 4 ft sections, and hinged in the middle so they could fold in half to save storage space. I then tie-wrapped 5050 strip to a 3 inch wide and 24 inch long piece of coroplast. Those strips are stacked, 1 above the other for 4 sections in each column. Next, each 4 ft section has a curved coroplast cover that diffuses the light.

There are 8 of these columns that are hung from the eaves/soffit across the front of my house.

Here's a view from the bottom section
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And now a partial picture of a column
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I don't have a picture handy that shows it lit up at night. Will try to get one soon.

did you have any trouble with the boards warping

do not want to do all that work and have the lumber warp

bert-nc

FIRECOP252
02-22-2012, 10:14 PM
I have also been wondering about ideas to attach to the eaves of my house. I planned on doing 1X2's like Brian for the verticals on the edges of my house but I have not figured out how Im going to attach something to my gutters on 2 out of 3 of my runs on the front of my house. Any suggestions for anyone how they attached to the gutters?

Tallahassee Dreamer
02-22-2012, 10:31 PM
Wrong post

Matt_Edwards
02-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Mark,
this has to be one of the best solution I have seen.
I thought the Clear Roof edge capping was good, but this is better.

mschell
02-24-2012, 01:58 PM
did you have any trouble with the boards warping

do not want to do all that work and have the lumber warp

bert-nc

Bought the lumber at local lumber yard/store (Lowes). Tried to pick the straightest. Left them outside in the sun for a few days to be sure they were dry. Had one warp, but I bought a few extra. Cut them to length, attached the hinges, and then went to work on the coroplast.

It took a few weeks, due to other factors before I had them done. They've been hanging on the house since mid-November. No major warping or cupping that I can see.

I'll work to get more pictures soon, once I get back home from this trip.

mschell
02-24-2012, 01:59 PM
Bert,
You saw them on the house in December. Feel free to come by and look at them again if you're in the neighborhood.

bert-nc
02-25-2012, 11:16 AM
Bought the lumber at local lumber yard/store (Lowes). Tried to pick the straightest. Left them outside in the sun for a few days to be sure they were dry. Had one warp, but I bought a few extra. Cut them to length, attached the hinges, and then went to work on the coroplast.



that sounds to simple, i have a tendacy to over engineer

bert-nc

t.jo13
03-13-2012, 03:42 PM
Listening to some of the issues using wood has anyone looked at the pvc plastic lumber that lowes carry? Where I live alot of moisture occurs, and that stuff is great. Its a little pricey, but there will be no warping or cusping, and it paints well too

Henedce
03-16-2012, 07:20 AM
Rather than frame my windows I fill them as such


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4dOhYaGhZM&list=UUbcH2uH27u4rBn63opFisvQ&index=8&feature=plcp

dmoore
03-16-2012, 02:35 PM
Those thinking of coro as a solution:


http://vimeo.com/16366467

dmoore
03-16-2012, 02:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06cwEEpPz8I

dmoore
03-16-2012, 02:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX-t_nTN5iI

dmoore
03-16-2012, 02:37 PM
All the "tubes" in the front of the house are 6803 strip diffused with coro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az_7ItBDepA

dmoore
03-16-2012, 02:38 PM
Pixel strip with different types of coro diffusers:


http://vimeo.com/14919481

rfallatt
09-12-2012, 09:55 PM
OK I decided... This is how I am permanently mounting my 5050 Strips to my house.

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/th_IMAG0075.jpg (http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/?action=view&current=IMAG0075.jpg)

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http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/th_IMAG0078.jpg (http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/?action=view&current=IMAG0078.jpg)

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/th_IMAG0079.jpg (http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/?action=view&current=IMAG0079.jpg)

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/th_IMAG0080.jpg (http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/?action=view&current=IMAG0080.jpg)

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/th_IMAG0081.jpg (http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/rfallatt/Xmas%202012/?action=view&current=IMAG0081.jpg)

mschell
09-12-2012, 11:16 PM
Nice, Is there enough room between the window and the brick to slide in the J channel? Or are you mounting it some other way...?