Running low voltage wire for spotlight at gable peak of house


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Old 10-07-21, 09:00 AM
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Running low voltage wire for spotlight at gable peak of house

Hello all. Hopefully this is the right place to ask, but I am trying to understand how to install lights at the peaks of my gables on my home. As shown in the example picture below (not my house, credit):


I am looking into using these Lily Phillip Hue lights so I can adjust the colors year round.

I am struggling with how the professional installers generally run the wire for these. My house has an attached three car garage with two gables, and then one gable at the front entrance of the house. My house has vinyl siding (which I am hoping is an advantage). I'm having a hard time finding information on installing lights in these specific areas. I saw some references to installers installing at the gutters pointing up, and then feeding the wire inside the gutter and to the down spout.

First, are the lights I chose a good option? Any downside to using these specific ones for the area being installed?

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My original thought was to drill a hole in the soffit at each peak and lead the low voltage wires into the attics... two coming in at the garage attic, and the other one coming in at the house attic, and then lead the house attic wire into the garage attic (drilling a small hole to get there where the two meet but have a plywood barrier). Then just meet at the splitter, and plug into one of my garage door opener outlets. The soffits don't have any backing plywood, it's just the thin vinyl or aluminum material used to cover it.

...But, looking at the way some of these other outdoor spotlights were installed with keeping the wires external, can I somehow avoid drilling into the soffit and store the wire along the eave some how without being seen to bring it to ground level? Can I bring the wire behind the siding? Taking this route (if possible) the area I feel might be most difficult is the large gable at the garage, it is setback behind the front gable and the wire would have to pass over the roofing material some how.

Below is exactly how my garage gables are (the circled area by the down spout has an area of roofing, and the eave doesn't travel all the way to the below eave):



Navigating the wires externally would be more ideal, to making holes into the soffits, and passing wire around the attics, and it would allow me to avoid walking around in the insulated attic.

Hopefully this makes sense to those of you who have read this far. Any help or suggestions I would greatly appreciate. Thank you!
 
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Old 10-07-21, 10:35 AM
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Not an easy job. A tall ladder will be needed. That kit comes with three lights and one A/C adapter. If your attics don't connect you'd need additional adapters.

You could fasten low voltage wiring down behind the rake board.
It would be helpful to see pictures of your house.

I've done a couple of installations with pixels (LED strips) along the back side of the rake boards.
Very effective.
 
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Thanks for the response PJmax! I was able to get some pictures of different angles of the house. Is it difficult to get behind the rake board? I haven't worked with any soffit or fascia material before. I did circle an area in red, I was eyeing up and thinking maybe I could put the wire in or under that area and out of sight. For the wires, I'm assuming I will have to buy a few extension wires that plug into each other to extend the wires to meet at a central point. Then plug into the outlet.

The other question would be at the garage the rear gable, what would I do with the wire when it gets to the bottom roof area near the gutter?







 
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Low voltage wiring can also be pulled underneath the vinyl siding or tucked into the J channels & corner beads.
 
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Thanks Pilot Dane,
I was able to find a picture I took of my house under construction. I put some arrows of what I am now considering. Is taking the wire at the Gable at the main entrance under the rake board/J Channel, etc to under the soffit area near the garage (assuming there is an area under there I can get into the garage) and bring it to inside the garage from there (without too much trouble/effort) and then take the wires at the garage area straight into the garage via a drilled hole, and then meet up the wires in the garage attic a good plan?

When in the garage attic, can they just drape over and be anchored to the bottom part of the engineered trusses?

 
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In your last picture the two locations back to back with the attic over the garage are easy to work with. The higher location doesn't have as clear a shot.

Very easy to push the wire in the back where the red line is. Behind the trim/J moldings (purple) is good too.

 
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PJMax,

What would be the best way to tackle the area where the gable meets the roof where I circled, what would I do with the wire when I get to that area?


 
 

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