Here are a few of our most asked questions and they’re simple answers.
How do I assemble the rope light spool? How do rope lights plug in?
Rope light is easy to cut and assemble if you know where to cut and installing a power adapter and power cord is simple. You have to install a power adapter and a power cord to plug a rope light shipped as a spool into an outlet. (They don’t come with installed plugs.)
This article about rope light assembly gives step by step instructions and photographs.
Can you cut a rope light to length?
Yes and no. Rope light can be cut but only at specific intervals of minimum length ranging from 18 to 56 inches. These intervals are marked by little white lines called “cut mark”. Different styles and colors of rope light have different distances between these areas that can be cut so you’ll have to specifically see the minimum distance for the spool you are purchasing.
What is rope light?
Rope light is a series of either incandescent or LED bulbs encased in PVC constructed with floating electrical connections that allow them to be curved and twisted in a manner similar to neon lights. Because the connections are floating, they can’t form sharp angles but are great for curving around trees, columns and some yard sculpture. Tailored for use indoors and out, this light string works as well for boat docks as it does for lighting children’s bedrooms.
How do you hang LED Rope Lights?
Rope lights are most easily hung with rope light clips. You can see a sample of them here. They come with small screws that allow you to install them on wooden surfaces. A few mounting clips are shipped with all of our rope light spools but you might need to consider purchasing extra. If you have a longer distance to mount your rope or if you need to form your rope light into figures or words, you’ll need more clips on hand.
Do LED rope lights get hot?
No. While incandescent rope light generate light by heating a filament, LED rope light use a completely different silicon-based technology that does not produce heat under operation.
Are rope light steady on or do they flash or chase?
Standard 2-wire incandescent or LED rope light are steady-on and do not flash, twinkle or fade. Three-wire rope lights do chase along the rope light when used with a 3-wire rope light controller.
Is the plastic tube on rope lights the color of the bulbs?
Yes. On our white rope light, the PVC is clear. On all of our other colors, the PVC is dyed to correspond to the color of the bulbs. For instance, the yellow rope lights has yellow PVC with yellow incandescent bulbs or LEDs.
Why can’t I plug in the entire spool of incandescent rope light on the spool?
Incandescent rope light produces heat when it is plugged in. When it is tightly wound on the spool the heat builds up quickly and the resistance of the internal wiring decreases, the current increases beyond the max rating of the fuse and blows it.
(That’s why it takes a few seconds to blow the fuse.)
If you’ve tried this experiment. Change the fuse in your end plug and unwind your rope lights. There is a reason we include this warming with your spool. Trust us next time.