The Canopy Crew and their fantastic Treehouses!

The Canopy Crew and their fantastic Treehouses!

We recently received these photos from the Canopy Crew.

From their website:

The Canopy Crew LLC is a custom tree house building and tree care company. We offer tree house rentals in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, build custom tree houses around the country, and take care of the trees in our home town of Cincinnati, Ohio. We only build tree houses in a style that puts as little stress on the tree as possible. Our goal is to get you into the Canopy. We perform tree care services such as pruning, dead-wooding, removal, crown reduction, insect inspection, cabling, tree planting and stump grinding. if your job involves trees, then we are interested. Our focus is on the safety of our crew and your property, and we have the insurance to back it up. Please contact us for a tree house consultation or a free estimate on tree care!

https://www.thecanopycrew.com/about
The Canopy Crew and their fantastic Treehouses!
The Canopy Crew and their fantastic Treehouses!
The Canopy Crew and their fantastic Treehouses!

Get the Look!

Rope light spools are shipped with installation clips (see exact number on the specific spool under consideration) so keep that in mind before ordering extra clips.

Lights protected in a sealed tube and the sharp clean installation lines are our favorite things to love about rope light for projects like these. LED rope light uses up to 90% less power than traditional incandescent rope and are a fantastic solution for larger projects.

For those of us saving up for a treehouse installation, these lights are great for railings and fences.

Be sure to follow the Canopy Crew on Social Media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Lighting a drum set with lights!

Lighting a drum set with lights!

We love to see new uses for lights!

Using white incandescent lights on a drum set is one of our new favorites.

Get this look

Shop for any spool of rope light and cut to fit!

This project is in a teen’s room but onstage, this would be a great look!

How are you using rope lights “off-label”?  Share your photos on Instagram and Christmas light source:  #chrismtaslightsource @christmaslightsource

 

Lighting a drum set with lights!

 

 

Lighting a drum set with lights!

 

Lighting a drum set with lights!

 

Lighting a drum set with lights!

 

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

These assembly instructions are for our adhesive connection style of incandescent and LED rope light. Instead of compression fittings, this new line of rope uses a snug transparent outer tube or collar sealed with a quick bead of super glue.

Unpacking

If you scroll down and the hardware below doesn’t match what you received, head over to our instructions for our rope light with compression fittings.

Open the outer carton. (The rope light used in this series is the warm white LED 10mm spool.)
Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

The accessories will be tucked into the corner of the box.
Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Accessory Pack: 3 Power Cords, 3 End Caps, 3 Splice Connectors, 30 Mounting Clips plus 30 Screws (Note that the spool is shipped with an installed power cord so each spool comes with a total of 4 power cords!)
 
This is what the accessories look like out of the box. (This photo is of a set of LED accessories but the only difference is the power cords between the two families of spools.)

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Three LED power cords.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Three incandescent power cords – note there is no inline rectifier.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Our power cords used to require a separate “power connector”. Now cords come with that hardware built in making the process of attaching a power cord easier.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Bag of clips.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Accessory baggie!

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

The contents of the bag. Another little bag and a box!

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Here are the contents of the box. Notice that these adapters look very similar but they aren’t the same items.

These adapters are used to marry the rope light to either a power cord or to the heavy duty splice connector.

  1. The 6 adapters that are “free” in the box are used with the splice connectors.
  2. The 3 adapters in the baggie partner with the 3 power cords.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

The contents of the “inner baggie”.

Three splice connectors.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Three end caps.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

And three tubes of super glue – see image below.

The 3 tube splice connectors and their adapters.  Two adapters are required per splice – one for each end of rope light that are to be joined.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

See the power cord that is already assembled onto the spool.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

The spool can be plugged in at this point and for some folks, their “work is done”. If the entire spool is to be used continuously, there isn’t a need to cut the spool. Store your accessories for future projects or to use to make future repairs to the rope light if required.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Installing a Power Cord

Planning to use rope light in more than a single run? You have enough hardware to build 3 lengths of rope light in addition to the segment you’ll create when the first cut is made.

These rope can only be cut at “cut marks” located at regular intervals along the rope light.

Check the specification for your spool and then measure to find the location of the cut mark that will create a total length closest to your desired light run.

Here is a photo of the cute little scissors that show the location of the cut mark. Reading glasses may be required. Be patient. It’s there. Looking for this as a couple might create a moment of discord but work through it.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Dave cutting through the rope light with a box cutter. After taking this photo, he put it on a hard surface and pressed the new box cutter blade through the tube. He commented that it seemed easier to do than on the previous style of rope.

Use a fresh blade or a super-sharp knife to reduce pressing the rope out of shape.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Grab the power cord adapters.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Line up the pointy ends of the adapter with the bare wire (yes, those tiny little holes). The ends of the copper wiring should be visible.
Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Press, press, press to insert the prongs as far as you can into the rope light. If grip strength is not your super-power, grab a pair of needle nose pliars to help with this part of the assembly.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Nice and snug.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Install the smooth prongs into a power cord. Double check that the holes and pins are oriented.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Snug the rope light into the power cord.Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Test your work before starting the next step by plugging in the cord into an outlet or power strip.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Grab a tube of super glue.Twist off the outer cap and the pointy cap and use the first cap to puncture the tube seal.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Seal only the edge of the outer tube of the power cord with a thin bead of adhesive. Completely coating the tube with excessive amount of glue will make it impossible to remove the glue with a little acetone in the future if the power cord is damaged and needs to be replaced.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Apparently, mood lighting was required for the rest of the job…..

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Ready to install!  (The glue adheres in a few seconds.  Give it a minute and the rope light is good to go!)

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

 

Installing the splice connectors

Grab those 6 adapters. (We popped them back into the box for safe keeping.)

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Using the method of installing an adapter into the end of the rope light, install an adapter the end of each section of rope light that is to be joined.

The two ends and a splice connector tube.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Install the two ends into the connector.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Test the rope before adding a thin bead of adhesive to each end of the splice as shown above.

(Keep a tube of that glue handy. I accidentally sliced my finger 30 minutes after this photo was taken trying to remove the seeds from a jalepeno pepper with my new incredibly sharp Cutco knife. The glue worked great!! #operatorerror)

Hopefully, this post answers any questions about installing power cords and splicing rope light lengths together. Be sure to use our contact page to send us any questions.

If  the hardware in this instruction set doesn’t match what you received, head over to our instructions for our rope light with compression fittings.

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions
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Rope Light Frequently Asked Questions

Rope Light Frequently Asked Questions

Rope Light Frequently Asked Questions

 

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?

We are currently shipping two styles of rope lights.

The older style is labeled “2017” in the product title and has -OS in the item number. These sets have compression fittings and their installation instructions are shown here.

Compression Style Rope Light Assembly Instructions

 

Our new to the 2018 Season rope lights don’t require a separate power adapter to connect the power cord to the rope light, come with one power cord already installed and are sealed with adhesive (super glue) instead of compression.  See complete photos and instructions here:

Adhesive Connections Rope Light Assembly Instructions

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?

On some of our rope “YES” and on some “NO”.  Check the specification of the spools you are purchasing to check on the “tube color”. This will let you know, for example, if you can expect to see a clear tube with blue bulbs or a blue tube with blue bulbs.