Rope Lights for Decoration
Rope lights are a great way to decorate any time of the year whether for holidays, weddings or just ambient lighting for homes. They offer a cheap and power friendly way to decorate, and rope light comes in lengths up to 200' so any area can be decorated despite size. If possible, purchase needed length to avoid cutting; however, this isn't always feasible, and cutting rope light is simple.
How to Cut Rope Light
If you need to cut rope light, make sure it is unplugged for safety reasons. Remember that safety is always important whatever the lighting project. Find the cut mark on the rope light and cut only there. Though it depends on the particular rope light, cut marks generally appear every 4" to every 72". These cut marks are subtle and are indicated by dashes or scissor outlines and thus are easy to find. Do not cut anywhere other than the cut marks or the rope light will short circuit.
Once the preferred cut mark is located, snip the rope with kitchen shears or other sharp cutting utensils. Make sure the cut is clean to avoid short circuiting. To perfect the cut, bend the rope light to the left and then to the right to see if any copper wires protrude. If they do, snip off the extra.
Finish the Circuit by Sealing
Cover newly cut end with an end cap or connector kit. Seal with a silicone adhesive or use a tie strap for insulation. If connecting two pieces of rope light with a connector kit, make sure the rope light is the same voltage. Two rope lights of differing voltage cannot be connected, so make sure you are aware of the power needs of each strand of rope light.
Enjoy Rope Light and Decorate Anywhere
By following these simple, safe steps, you can create the perfect length of rope light for any area. Try something new and take decorating to a new level with rope lights.
For a more in depth look at Rope Light, check out the Rope Lighting Guide. It will offer tips and tricks for decorating and describe rope light in detail.