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LED Rope Light Buying Guide

LED Rope Light Buying Guide

LED rope light is one of the most versatile lighting solutions on the market today. The versatility of this lighting product is primarily the function of three features of the product: 1) It's very flexible; 2) A small 1/2" unit puts out a lot of light; and 3) It can be custom cut to length. With bulb spacing of only 1" incandescent rope light consumed a lot of electricity and produced a lot of heat. The introduction of LED rope lighting made rope light a safer and more economical lighting solution.

How can rope light be used?

It would probably be easier to say how rope light can't be used because it can be used for so many applications. The best way to describe what rope light can be used for and what it is best suited for is to describe it's function. LED rope light is intended to be used as decorative or ambient light. Rope light is generally not the best choice for task lighting or other lighting applications where one desires to obtain a high level of light output for reading and similar tasks. That being said, here is a list of some of the common uses of LED rope light:

  • Decorating roof lines and other architectural features of homes or business
  • Decorating holiday decor, sculptures or motifs
  • Wrapping the trunks of palm trees
  • Illuminating stair steps
  • Illuminating and decorating railings of porches or decks
  • Decorating bars
  • Adding some accent lighting to cabinets or display cases
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Adding some decorative ambient light to book shelves
  • Illuminating recessed coves or moldings

Should I buy 12 volt LED rope light or 120 volt rope light?

We offer our rope light in both standard 120v and low voltage 12 volt.

How is your LED rope light sold?

We offer our LED rope light three different ways:

  1. Bulk spools of 150'
  2. Pre-package kits at specified lengths
  3. Custom-cut to your specified length.

Bulk spools

Our bulk spools are available in both 120v and 12v. The 150' spools are the best choice for those who need a full 150' of rope light or want to custom cut multiple shorter lengths of rope from the 150' spool. It is more economical to cut your own rope light lengths from a 150' spool; however, while assembling the rope light is not all that difficult it can be a bit tricky and once the rope light is cut it is no longer UL certified and may void the warranty. The bulk spools come with one power cord already attached and 3 additional 5' power cords so you can create your own custom cut lengths.

Pre-packaged Rope Light Kits

The pre-packaged LED rope light kits are the most economical choice for those who do not need a full 150' spool or for those who need multiple shorter lengths but do not want to cut and assemble the rope light themselves. Our prepackaged kits are also the most cost-effective choice for those requiring UL certification. We offer pre-packaged kits in lengths of 3', 9', 15', 30'and 75'. Each kit includes the rope light with the power cord attached and enough mounting brackets for the length of the rope. One or more pre-package rope light kits can be connected together with our extension kit. This product is only available in cool white or warm white.

Custom-cut UL Rate LED Rope Light

We also sell our LED rope light custom cut to a specified length. Depending on the color our rope light can be cut in increments of 3', 43" or 6'. You specify the length you want and we'll cut it, assemble it with a power cord and ship it to you ready to use. The complete product is UL 2388 listed. Our custom cut rope light is the most expensive option because it is labor intensive and involves a UL certification. However, it's a good choice for those who need an exact length of LED rope light and don't want to do it themselves. Additionally, for certain applications UL certification is required. If a pre-packaged unit won't work for you this is the best way to get a safe and reliable specified length of LED rope light.