120 Volt LED Rope Light Review
Features, Installation Tips, Typical Specifications
120 volt LED rope
light gives you the longest achievable runs and the
brightest illumination in the rope light family. It
will effortlessly light up a nook, a room, a place and even a large
object. Going thru these points when planning for a job you will find
helpful. Common questions answered.
and Current Used
Voltage, Current, Heat
to use it, Cutting, Controller Selection, Installation Tips
Sundries, Accessories Tips here.
want to switch from my old rope, but will I save? >>
I want fading, can I use a dimmer? >>
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The 120 v type falls in the high
(or line voltage) category and shares features
with the 240v type.
to popular belief a 120 Volt LED rope ligth DO
generate heat, though
markedly less than old incandescent ropes. The difference is that there
is no loss of light going all over the place. This is because light
from a LED
unit comes in a VERY directed, narrow beam.
in long reels (called spools) and short kits.
include color, fading over time, packaging, work life, and most energy
mode. These aren't typical just for 120 Volt LED rope lights, but
shared among all LED ropes.
Sundries and Accessories
to use it
A 120 Volt LED rope light is
used for direct and illumination type decorative lighting. In
other words it will EVENLY light up a room, a place or a large object. Popular
for deck, patio, game or pool room lighting.
It can also make
a playing nook very homely and inviting in your
more usage tips on Rope Lighting Background Info page.
start with measuring your job, then compare it to available spool
length. What is long or short of course is relative to your job needs.
But this Rule of Thumb usually works.:-)
a LONGER application, use a longer spool and CUT to size.
SHORTER applications, use shorter spools and CONNECT to size.
NOT Cut Kits.
applies to spools and is easy, but where you cut is not arbitrary. ALWAYS
count to cutting units.
unit size is typically 18" - 54" (120 volt.)
Ever cut your 120 Volt LED rope light when plugged
in, EVEN if you swear that power is cut off. High voltage LED rope
lights only LOOK harmless, electricity is serious stuff. You can enjoy
it - yes - but like in all good
games, only when some rules are observed.
sections with a splice connector,
but finish with end caps.
Selection of them based
on the wire type of your rope. Usually minimum
number of connectors (and often caps) is packaged with product. Buy a
small EXTRA package even if the numbers look sufficient. Rule of thumb:
some of them WILL go to waste. And you will get better on your next job.
you want that elusive chasing pattern, don't forget
Note that any flashing pattern or frequent fading will also likely
increase the working life or your rope light.
Choose longer spools (usually 150') for deck
or patio lighting. To decorate internal areas with nooks and
corners - such as game room or the kids room -
shorter (usually 12-30') ones and connect
with connectors to achieve the required length
Guide, Sundries and More Accessories Tips here.
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length: max 150'-153' (foot) or about 45-47m in one commercial reel (some
seem to allow extra to cover possible wastage.)
run achievable in
one length: 900' approx 275m - about 6 reels connected.
Wattage used for maximum achievable length comes up
to: 81.1 W)
But if you don't want to get ANY
noticeable loss of brightness, I RECOMMEND not
going over one third of that length (about 90m or 300 feet.)
unit (often called bulb)
typically 1" (inch)
per foot (W/ft): 0.47, 0.53 W/ft
Draw per foot(amps/ft): 0.004 amps/ft. (120V)
the shape you'll get when you cut thru your 120 Volt LED rope light
(but NEVER, when plugged in -
this is serious.) It is
is measured in the number of wires the rope is
built from. Typically it is 2 wires with a width of
Find standard 120 Volt
other typical profile sizes look up standard profiles under "Shapes and
Components" on my separate rope
lights page here.
Q. Is there a real saving on
running a high voltage 120 Volt LED rope light (or 240v) compared to a
voltage incandescent rope?
Yes, there is over a longer time, and it is the lower running
But if all you need is
just complimentary decoration light you will save EVEN MORE
if you don't buy a 120 LED rope light.
Select a 12 Volt LED
rope light instead.
Q. I want fading, can I use a dimmer?
The short answer is no. While some say it is possible and gives you
tested product, I don't recommend using an external dimmer. It could
permanently damage your LEDs. (At any rate it will likely reduce the
lifetime of your rope. So use it where you can easily replace when
needed and NEVER underdrive your LED more than instructed with the
The long answer is that fading is fully possible when programmed with the controller you should select if you want your LEDs last.
answers to other commonly asked questions in my LED
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