Rope Light Instructions

rope light instructions

Rope light is a versatile lighting material used for endless projects, from crafting signs, parade floats, and motifs to wrapping columns. Installing rope lights is common in do-it-yourself projects, regardless of experience level, and comes with a professional look.

Learn how to install rope lighting in three easy steps:

  1. Cutting Rope Light
  2. Connecting Rope Light
  3. Hanging Rope Light

Level: Medium

Time: Varies

Cutting Rope Light


Know how to cut rope light is easy to do and can be done with any household scissors or knife. To cut rope light, measure the area and cut at the nearest cutting mark. Remember the cutting mark is the only place the rope light should be cut. After cutting, remove any excess copper wire. There is no difference in how to cut LED rope light. The distance between the cut marks vary, depending on the rope light. To achieve maximum chasing effects, 3, 4 and 5 wire rope light need to be connected to a controller.


Knowing how to connect rope lights is necessary when customizing rope light. Remember that the two pieces of rope light being connected must be the same in voltage and wire count. Line up the holes in the rope light with the prongs of a connector. Firmly press the pieces together. Notice the many connectors below going horizontally across the page. Each one is unique for connecting rope light so that different shapes can be designed. All rope light accessories must correspond with the shape and diameter of rope light being used. Knowing how to connect rope light can also be useful if a section of the rope light malfunctions. Simply remove the unlit section and place the working sections back together with a connector.


After the rope light has been designed, be sure to place a power connector at one end, so the rope light can be plugged into an outlet.

Where the run of rope light completes, simply place an end cap.

Rope Light Connectors

Conveniently, each rope light spool comes with three of the most useful accessories, power connectors, splice connectors, and end caps, so the rope light can be spliced or cut up to three times. For additional splicing, extra accessories are available.

Two runs being connected

Connector is less noticeable.

Allows one section to be unlit with the run using only one power source

Three connections with one run perpendicular to the others

One run forking off into two runs

Four runs meet in one intersection

Hanging Rope Light

Learning how to hang rope lights requires minimal experience. Readily available accessories make good use for hanging rope lights. Whichever accessory is being used, make sure there is proper mounting in each foot of the rope light, with additional mounting at every corner and curve. Consider the following practical, hanging accessories when deciding how to mount rope light. These tools will help you learn how to secure rope light in no time at all.

Also known as rope light track, channel is like a framework, guiding the direction of the rope light inch by inch. Channel is commonly used for straight paths and gives a highly professional look. It can be screwed into the hanging surface or applied with an adhesive, if using a screw is not an option.

Mounting Clips can be screwed into many surfaces, and can direct the rope light even in curvy areas or corners.

Crocodile Clips can be screwed into many surfaces, and have small rigid teeth in the tubing, for an extra firm grip

Use zip ties to hold rope light in place
Zip Ties

Use a zip tie, also known as a cable tie, to secure rope lighting onto metal railings or any surface a zip tie will wrap around. Once the zip tie is pulled tightly, cut the excess that sticks out from the tie.

Use landscape U stakes to hold rope lights in place.

U stakes or tent stakes can be used to stake rope light into the ground or on paths. Use a rubber mallet to hammer the stakes over the rope light, while being careful not to hit the rope light.

Rope Light Kits and Spools

Our Rope light meets high quality standards and can be selected in incandescent or LED. LED rope light uses less energy, lasts longer and allow more length in runs. If engaging in a smaller scale rope light project, shorter lengths are available in rope light kits, ranging from 12' to 30'. With kits, it is not possible to cut at any location of the rope light. If customization is necessary, you would need to select a rope light spool.

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