3 Borderline Genius Ways to Use Rope Light In Your Backyard!

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Need a reason to love rope light? We can give you three! It’s weather resistant, available in energy efficient LED and is surprisingly easy to install. We’ve seen amazing indoor DIY projects using rope light, but what about the outdoors? Rope light, also known as tube lighting, was made for illuminating walkways, adding ambient glow to decks and highlighting focal points in the yard, our landscape lighting ideas below will prove it!

Use outdoor rope lighting for gardens and pathways

Use Rope Light as Pathway Lights!

Rope lights make great landscape lighting against stone walls

Use as Landscape Lights against Stone Walls

outdoor rope light ideas are great for your deck!

Add Deck Lighting under Railings!

Wow! These lights really can transform a backyard! We’ll show you how to create your own illuminated walkway or deck in just a few steps:

First you need rope light!

Start by measuring the space to insure you have enough tubing to complete your project. 150’ light spools are best for outdoor landscaping as they allow plenty of length to be covered and can be spliced for complete customization. Plus, any leftover can be used in other lighting projects! Pick a color that suits your style and will complement your landscape. We used clear incandescent lighting, but rope lights are available in a full spectrum of hues, so finding the perfect shade for your landscape should be easy!

Create Inviting Walkways with Rope Light

Create Inviting Walkways with Rope Light

Landscape and Walkway Rope Light Supplies

  • Power Cord (3 are included with spools)
  • Garden Staples or U Stakes to keep tubing in place
  • End caps (3 are included with spools)
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Outdoor Landscape and Walkway Light Supplies

To Install Rope Light as Outdoor Walkway and Landscape Lights:

Insert your first garden staple at the end opposite the spool. If you are lighting a straight path you can space staples further apart, however if the path is curved you may want to use extra anchors to ensure everything stays snug.

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Garden Staples Keep Tubing in Place

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Rope Lighting Placed along a Stone Wall

Rope Light Deck Lighting Supplies

  • Power Cord (3 are included with spools)
  • Screw in clips
  • End caps (3 are included with spools)
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Deck Lights Supplies for Mounting Rope Lights

To Install Rope Light Across a Deck:

We chose to use screw in clips, these sturdy clips hide beneath the deck and are great for long term outdoor use. We decided to use the deck posts as a measuring tool and placed a clip at every third pole.

how to install rope light across the deck

Step 1: Screw Clips in to Secure Tubing

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Step 2: Push the Tubing into Clips – Done!

If you have completed the installation and are pleased with the way your lights look, you can splice the rope light from the spool, then add a power cord to one end and an end cap to the other. For detailed instructions on how to splice rope light, connect a power cord or use splice cables, take a look at our rope light guide.

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Power Cord

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End Cap

After your rope light is connected to a power cord and the end cap is in place, go ahead and plug your power cord in to check that it is working properly. Note: Incandescent rope light creates heat and should never be plugged in while still wrapped in the spool.

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Landscape Lights Plugged in and in Position

When night time arrives you are ready to enjoy a beautifully illuminated walkway, deck or landscape!

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Illuminate your Deck with a Warm Glow

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Gorgeous Walkway Lighting

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Two Runs Connected by a Splice Cable

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A View to the Pool through Ambient Deck Lights

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Rope Light Glowing against a Stone Wall

Can’t get enough? Learn more about the uses and types of rope light available!

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