Christmas Rope Light
Tips, Ideas on Why
Christmas rope lights are special for the light
and the effects you can add with a controller. And with LED you can
have some decent color effects.
Xmas rope lighting
Why go LED
Christmas ropes use low voltage (12, 24
volt) rope lights. They are incandescent lights (and
plenty of them) encased in a long stretch of plastic. But that
only just the beginning.
Ropes come to life with controllers. Look
up my separate section for a detailed guide on rope lighting.
Have a look in this movie at
effects can be
achieved with just a little imagination thanks to the folks
at lights4fun.com. Don't tell me this light
fountain is not fun.
Such thoughtful arrangements
of light and
simple sounds can also carry an anusual Christmas message in your
commercial setting. Look up my other commercial Cristmas light tips here.
Simple coil for
configuration - tomato
cages for support
creators of this spectacular light setting say that for the
frame they used tomato cages soldered at the top. None of the lights
appear to be
led though, but we'll be checking with them what the future holds. The
brighter the better -- right?
This clever example is from suburban
Minneapolis, Minnesota, city of Plymouth.
A controller synchronizes the
brightness and the flashes to selected tracks.
For some of the
"trees" they even put some strobe
lights to some good use. Now that is stage lighting territory.
And if you plan to prepare a large Christmas spectacular, video rate strobing background strobing could be quite interesting.
Learn some other interesting technical benefits about LED stage lighting here.
LED with your
Christmas rope light
For higher light efficiency
lights and changing colors - go LED
It is true that
you will have the same or (may be slightly higher) light
output from LED ropes than from standard Xmas rope lights.
beauty of having
them made from LED is in that you can use much
longer stretches and still have the same brightness of light
(that's output in less fancier terms.)
Translate that to "fountain-speak" and you get a taller wider fountain
with same level of brightness from top to bottom. Now that's
LED ropes also last much longer than standard ones.
There is an average rating of 100,000 hours for the ones containing red
and yellow LEDs, And the lifetime rating for green, blue and white LEDs
is about 50,000 hours (give or take.)
if you want to decorate trees with them, their surface heat at the LED
units is very low. Much lower than standard ropes produce.
Last but not least ...
Choose a low voltage RGB LED
rope and go wild
with color changing. Have fun.
rope light and LED
More in-depth information
Learn more about using LED
for your Christmas rope light
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