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Recommended Spacing For C9 Light On Gutter

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I'm looking at purchasing a spool of C9 wire and retrofit bulbs after the first of the year during some of the sales coming up.

Just wondering what people feel is a good spacing on the C9 lights around the gutter of the house. I think the current light strings i have now are about 12".

I'm planning on at least doing White and Red bulbs alternating. I may also do a white, red, green pattern. Eventually i would like to get an LOR and have each light on it's own string and channel.

What is your recommendation? 6", 12" 18"

Thanks

Dan

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I use 12" with white, red, and green, so there ends up being a bulb every 4". From a distance, 12" doesn't look that far apart at all.

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I also do the same as VKjohnson and he is right on.........From a distance they look good ........I personally think a closer spacing wouldn't get the effect were looking for

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I also do a 4 inch spacing on bulbs..   12 inch for each color  and 3 colors..  it works out very well..  esp since with LOR you rarely have more than one color on  or are fading between the colors... 

-Christopher

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It really depends on the distance the lights are viewed by. Like others, mine are approximately 4" between bulbs, 3 colors. If I have red & blue on at the same time and look at it from a distance, the colors blend and appear purple. They look fine at normal viewing distance, in front of the house. But recently walking the dog I was about the a block or block & a half away when I noticed the purple roof line. It took me minute to realize how that occurred.

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its tough to get them any closer than 4" close and still manage the wires..  esp if mounting them on a rail or other pre-built apparatus..  the problem I found when i experimented with 4 color was my house doesnt sit real far from the street..  maybe 25-30 feet.. so  when only one color was on with 16 inch spacing  the lights appeared way to sparse to look good..  that said C-7's seem to work with 4 colors at a 3 inch spacing between each bulb (12" same color)..  . esp if your house is not too far from the street..

 

for 2013 I very well may go with RGB pixels at a 6 inch spacing..  that will allow me multiple colors and single colors alike to look uniform..  as ive found this year RGB pixels are PLENTY bright to use esp when pointed outward..  the viewing angle is easily 120 degrees... I have looked at different options for giving them the "bulbier" look as opposed to the "pixel" look..  and thus far the best ive found is to "destroy" a CDI C-9 LED retro bulb just for its diffuser..  sad but it works..  now if I could just find a supplier to sell me the "diffusers" by themselves..

 

-Christopher

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It really depends on the distance the lights are viewed by. Like others, mine are approximately 4" between bulbs, 3 colors. If I have red & blue on at the same time and look at it from a distance, the colors blend and appear purple. They look fine at normal viewing distance, in front of the house. But recently walking the dog I was about the a block or block & a half away when I noticed the purple roof line. It took me minute to realize how that occurred.

 

I love when colors blend at a distance..  it adds a whole other dimension to a display..  ive played with that very idea in my display long before RGB lights came about.. alas why my rooflines were always C-9 red / green / blue..  because my house is viewable at a bit of distance it created a neat effect...

-Christopher

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