What is rope
consists of very small light bulbs in a long
plastic tube, making a rope. A typical rope
light contains numerous ½ watt micro-bulbs,
spaced about one inch apart inside a clear or
colored flexible PVC resin tube. The tiny bulbs
are maintenance free, and are not intended for
replacement. At ½ watt each and spaced 1 inch
apart, a typical rope light will generate
approximately 6 watts per foot (it would take
about 10 feet of rope light to equal the energy
usage of one 60-watt light bulb). Rope lights
gets only slightly warm to the touch.
Rope Lighting is
very versatile can be installed just about
anywhere. Indoors, you can use it to light your mantle, above below or inside cabinets, behind crown molding, mark stairs or underneath handrails to light the way. Outside you can use rope lights to outline your deck or railings, light your
paths or steps for safety, or to highlight your homes architecture or landscape.How long does rope
Most people who use their rope lights daily will get 3-5 years use out of them before they fail. We have had customers though who have called us 10 years later to get them replaced.
Is it hard to cut,
splice, or work with rope light?
Rope light is very
easy to cut, splice and work with if you follow
basic instructions. Few tools are required and
it can be used by almost anyone.
What is the
difference between 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch rope
The 3/8 and ½"
diameter rope lights are identical except for
the thickness of the tubing - the 3/8" is easier
to conceal, the ½" is a thicker, more durable tubing often referred to as commercial grade. They contain the exact same bulbs, so
the brightness and power consumption are usually the same depending on where you purchase the rope light and the spacing of the bulbs.
What is the
difference between 3.36 watts per foot and 5.5.
watts per foot?
The brightness of
the rope is determined by the watts. A 5.5
watts/per foot rope light is brighter than a.3.6
watts/foot rope light. The maximum run for 3.36
watt is 240 feet while the maximum for 5.5 watts
is 150 feet.
What is the
difference between 12, 110, and 120 Volts?
110 Volt and 120
Volt are essentially the same and can be plugged
into a standard household outlet. Its maximum run is 150
or 240 feet depending on the wattage. On the
other hand 12 Volt utilizes low voltage bulbs
and is suitable to use around water with a 12
volt battery, alternator or transformer. While
12 volt lights are lower voltage they do draw
higher amperage, so there is no cost savings in
running 12 volt rope lights. Its maximum run is
30 feet. Usually you will find 12v power in landscape lighting or on boats, 110/120 volt power inside homes and businesses. You cannot splice 110/120 volt and
12 volt together.
purchase UL rated rope light?
necessarily. The UL (Underwriter Laboratories)
rating on rope light effects the ability to
field cut rope light (cutting done at the sight
of installation). Underwriters Laboratories
published a new set rules known as UL
2388-Flexible Lighting Products which eliminates
field cutting and states: "The cutting and
splicing of rope light at the site of
installation is NO longer permitted. All rope
light must be pre-cut at the factory and have
molded ends that can be easily connected.
Installers will now only be able to connect and
disconnect molded ends of pre-cut lengths."
Lights and More, we recognize the need for our
customers to be able to field cut their own rope
light. Therefore, we have purchased premium
commercial grade non UL rated rope light in 150'
spools. It is the same quality and price as UL
rope light but our rope light can be cut at the
place of installation.
What is the
-5ºF to 140ºF or
-20ºC to 60ºC