How can we quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope light

How can we quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope light

Vivid color and flexible, led rope light seems to find itself being used more and more often for everything from subtle decorations to home accents lighting or guide-lighting.  But now you know that rope lights are perfect for outdoor decoration as well.  Many of the custom installations require you to cut and splice rope light to fit, but the first cut renders your rope light unfit for the outdoors as it invalidates the UL rating.  So here’s a quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope lighting that’s fully weatherproof without impeding the light it’s supposed to give.


How can we quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope light


This can be install this place:

  • Around bannisters and railings
  • Lighting the underside of canopies, umbrellas, overhangs, or gazeebos
  • Along paving stones
  • The edges of fences
  • Trees or other landscape features
  • Indoor house decoration

Measure the full distance of what you’re trying to illuminate. Identify the nearest power source and how much of a tail (power cord) you’ll need from the lighting to the actual power source.  Will your power adapter need to be remotely mounted or is the first string of lights immediately next to the outlet?

Cut rope light as needed. Most of your segments will be shorter than the length of an entire spool.  If you have any corners or turns that are 90 degrees or less you’ll want to cut and use a connector for those sharp angles.

How can we quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope light

Splice and Seal Connections. Every time you make a cut or join two segments together you need to be sure that the connection is sealed.  After the ends are joined, use a heat-shrink tube to seal out moisture and water.  Be sure there are no air bubbles left and that the tube has completely shrunk.  It’s a good idea to seal the shrink-tube in place with silicon glue just to be safe.


How can we quick guide from start to finish for how to properly install outdoor rope light


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