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    How to install lights on stucco windows

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    I recently moved into a house that has one window surrounded by stucco/mortar.  It doesn't have a shelf at the bottom, like a brick surround does.  I'm not sure how attach the lights on this window.  I want to make a pvc frame for easy install and removal...dont know.  Any ideas would be appreciated!

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    Same problem here.  Mounting lights outside my windows is not easy because the stucco comes right up to the metal part of the windows and I didn't want to damage it with fasteners screwed into the stucco.

    You can mount lights inside rather than outside.  I used wooden furring strips painted white for the four sides and attached RGB strip lights.   It makes things simpler because the lights do not have to be waterproof and the power source and controller are inside as well.  These are currently disassembled for storage:


    This year I will add corner brackets at each corner to make assembling them easier.  Previously they were friction fit but adding 2" corner brackets should make installing them more secure.  The lights are SMD 5050 RGB operating on 12V DC and the small object just above the second strip from the left is an inexpensive controller that allows you to do elementary programs such as flash and color sequences.  It has a couple of selections built in.  I bought all of the components from China .   This set has been up for several years and had some rough handling so there are repairs like the one on the strip second from the right.  If I made them today I would use the terminal blocks shown next to the repair at each end and connect them with 4 pin RGB wire.  The usual 4-pin connector shown at the end of the third strip from the left is simple to wire in but difficult to separate once the strips are in place and you have to do that to remove the strips from the window  at the end of the season.  

    My largest window 6 feet across by 4' 6" high takes 20 feet of strip with one standard strip being 16 feet long.  You can get a complete kit with strip, a fancier IR controller, and power supply for around $16. 

    Unfortunately it is getting late for ordering from China and guaranteeing it will get here much before Christmas.   The same items can be bought from US sellers on eBay but cost  more.  If you are interested, I can put together a list of parts and US sources.

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