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Blog posts tagged with 'Rope Light'

LED VS Incandescent Rope Lights

Rope Light is becoming more widely used as a decorative lighting fixture for every day and seasonal type use.  With this becoming so popular, one of the most common questions is: 

What is the difference between Novelty Lights LED and Incandescent Rope Light?

  •          Power Consumption:  LED rope lights are more efficient than Incandescent when it comes to power consumption. The actual energy usage will sometimes vary depending on the color of the rope light.  For example, the LED Warm White uses 0.8 Watts per foot vs the Incandescent Clear which uses 5.5 Watts per foot indicated by the graph below. 


  •          Bulbs:  LED bulbs are colored with a clear tube.  Incandescent bulbs on the other hand are clear with a colored tube.  This results in the LEDs having a truer color that is more bright and vibrant.  LED bulbs are rated at 50,000 hours vs Incandescent bulbs at 25,000 hours.

  •          Cost:  LED rope light is generally more expensive than Incandescent rope light.  The higher cost of LEDs is offset over time by the energy savings.


For further questions contact our expert sale staff.    

Novelty Lights Rope Lights FAQ

Novelty Lights rope light, is a very popular line of products that can be used both indoor and outdoor for all season decorating or accent lighting.  Although most people have seen or worked with rope light before, we get a lot of questions about how to properly install this product.


Belwo are the most common questions:


Can rope light be cut to the exact length that I need? 

Rope Light is cuttable in specific sections.  The section length will vary depending on the type of rope light you are looking to purchase.  Refer to the Specifications tab on the rope light of your choice to find out Cutting Intervals.  You may also consult with our knowledgeable Novelty Lights Experts

Example Specifications from Warm White LED Rope Light:

What is the difference between 2 wire and 3 wire rope light?

Novelty Lights sells both 2 wire and 3 wire rope light.  2 wire rope light is a steady burn, always on when power is connected.  3 wire rope light is able to chase but will require the purchase of a chasing controller.  Without a chasing controller, the rope light will function like a standard 2 wire, all on rope light.


Is Novelty Lights Rope Light Dimmable? 

Yes. We sell both LED and Incandescent rope light.  Both technologies are dimmable.  However, we recommend the purchase of a LED dimmer to use with our LED rope light. 


What do I do if a section of my rope light is off?

Depending on the overall length of the rope light and the length of the section that is bad, you have a couple of options.  If the overall length is short, you might find it easier and more cost effective to replace the whole piece with brand new rope light.  However, if you have a long run of rope light with a small defective section, you may purchase a replacement piece and splice connections to replace the bad section.


What is the best way to mount Rope Light?

Novelty Lights has two mounting accessories, depending on the application. 

The most common accessory is the Rope Light Track.  These are 4ft pieces of channeling in clear or black track.  The track can be attached to most surfaces using a flat head screw or double sided tape.  Track is the best and easiest way to run rope light is straight lines. 

We also sell U shaped Rope Light clips.  The clips are a clear plastic and can be attached to most surfaces with a screw  The clips will allow for more flexible positioning but won’t be as easy or simple to keep in a straight line. 



Is Novelty Lights Rope Light flexible, up to what angle will it bend? 

Yes, our rope light is flexible and will bend up to 180 degrees.  Novelty Lights also provides accessories to make mounting easier. 


What is the difference between buying a custom cut length vs a spool?

Custom cut rope light will ship as a kit.  The kit includes a pre-installed power cord with your specified length of rope light. 

A 150ft spool of rope light includes an accessory kit that makes customizing lengths easier. 

7 Patio Light Ideas to Create an Outdoor Experience


All summer long, the warm weather makes for comfortable evenings sipping lemonade on the porch while watching fireflies flash or the kids play. Standard porch lights are mounted to the side of your house, and give off one harsh light that allows for limited visibility. Create an outdoor experience on your porch, patio or deck by ditching the traditional bulb, and integrating a different kind of luminescence.

7 Patio Light Ideas for a Creative Outdoor Experience

Mini Lights

A popular trend is the use of Christmas lights year round in the yard or on the porch. The warm glow of mini lights creates a twinkling illusion, and relaxed atmosphere that embodies the comfort of gathering outside. Mini lights can be draped from the house, across a pergola, dangling from the porch above, or simply strung along a wall or fence to create an outdoor experience of summertime comfort.

Stake Lights

Often solar powered, stake lights can be purchased at any home improvement or garden center. They simply get placed into the ground wherever you choose throughout your yard and attract the energy from the daytime sun to power nighttime luminance. You can use as few or as many stake lights as you’d like, and by strategically placing them around your yard, you can create a porch experience that will last year round.

Globe Lights

Different from the smaller mini lights, globe string lights are a great way to add warm light and sophisticated elegance to your outdoor living space. The large, round bulb creates an industrial look as a luxurious and trendy way to decorate outside. Your porch is a gathering place. By stringing globe lights across the porch and sitting area, you’re sure to establish an outdoor experience like no other.


Intimate and timeless, candlelight has long been a solution in transforming a regular living space into an intimate gathering spot. Candles have to be lit individually every time they are used, but their natural luminance gives off a subdued amount of light that creates a comfortable and close outdoor experience.

Patio Umbrella Lights

Buy a battery operated starlight sphere and hang it from your open patio umbrella to illuminate your dinner party table. These lights couldn’t be easier to use and hang and will provide hours of perfect lighting. Not needing to complicate your space with cords means this lighting idea can be put together effortlessly and will look fantastic.


Old chandeliers are a great accessory in lighting your patio throughout the year. Many people throw away chandeliers when they no longer work due to faulty wiring, or when light bulbs can no longer be found to replace old ones. Rather than tossing that beautiful decoration, wrap it in mini lights and hang it on the front porch. The string lights get plugged in, and the chandelier hangs effortlessly above your outdoor gathering or late night conversation, creating an elegant space and experience.

Rope Light

Rope lights

Also, a seasonal favorite, rope light is generally found in the holiday section throughout the winter. It's year round use is often overlooked, as rope lighting makes for a great porch illuminator, that is accompanied by a warm and organized appearance. Nothing hangs or dangles, or takes away from your porch’s existing beauty. Rope of light just adds visibility and style to any outdoor living space. We love to string rope light along a deck or even to wrap a deck with rope light for a crisp, classic look.

Transform your porch and outdoor living space with the help of some easy-to-use luminous decoration. Create an outdoor experience that you can enjoy year-round by incorporating these innovative light solutions to your outdoor living space. If you have any questions about how to illuminate your outdoor space, contact the experts at Novelty Lights at 1-800-209-6122