Rope light is the flexible and creative solution to a variety of illumination needs.
Rope light is a flexible PVC tubing with light bulbs spaced evenly on the inside. This light style is popular for indoor accent and outdoor landscape lighting as well as holiday decorating.
Rope Light Basics We'll Cover
Creative Rope Light Ideas
Before we cover the basics, you might be wondering what rope light can be used for. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor applications to consider. A few of our favorite rope light uses include creating backlit bookcases, kitchen cabinet lighting, holiday decorating, and outdoor landscape lighting.
Incandescent or LED Rope Light?
Incandescent rope light has the benefit of lower up-front costs and lasts up to 3,000 hours, which is perfect for seasonal use. For long term and landscape lighting projects, LED rope light uses less energy, which allows for longer runs to be connected together. LED rope light is estimated to last up to 100,000 hours.
Rope Light Diameter
Rope light is most commonly available in 1/2"(13mm) and 3/8"(10mm) diameters. Rope light accessories are typically designed to match a specific diameter.
When working with rope light, the wire count needs to remain consistent through all light runs and any accessories being used. 2 wire is the most popular choice for steady light. 3, 4, and 5 wire rope light allows for animation and special effects when paired with a controller.
12V or 120V?
120V is the most common type of rope light and is ideal for most indoor and outdoor lighting projects where an electrical outlet is accessible. 12V (DC) rope light is an alternative option for parade floats, bikes, boats, and low voltage landscape lighting because it uses a converter or battery for its power supply.
Rope Light Motifs
Rope light decorations let you create festive holiday scenes in minutes. Some popular designs include snowflakes, stars, and animated characters.