12 Volt LED Rope Light Review
Features, Installation, And Typical
12 Volt LED rope light emits the crispest
light in the rope light family and gives off practically no heat. When
planning for the job, I find that going through these few points helps
to be in
the know for selecting the right one. Typical questions answered.
and Current Used
The 12 v type falls in the low
category and shares features
with the 24v type.
Current used is either AC (current with
alternating direction oscillating between poles) OR, DC
(direct one directional current.)
A 12 Volt LED rope light emits practically no
heat - one of the beauties
of low voltage LED ropes.
include color, fading over time, packaging, work life, and most energy
mode. These are shared among all LED rope lights.
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to use it
A 12 Volt LED Rope light is mainly
used for accenting a place or an object.
Boats or Recreational Vehicles (RV.)
indirect or complementary decoration light they are popular as kitchen
or bathroom cove lighting (kitchen, bathroom or hallway), as under-bench lighting
and - of course - as Christmas lights.
I review more
rope lighting usage tips on here.
are usually longer then the maximum working size so you WILL need to
is fun and easy, but ALWAYS count to cutting
unit size is usually dependent the color of your rope light and the
voltage. Typical unit
Red, Orange LED: every 6" (12 Volt); 12" (24 Volt)
Green and White LED: every 3" (12 Volt); 6" (24 Volt)
deciding on the controller, determine what pattern you want. Then if
you want chasing, fading etc. grab the appropriate controller.
you plan to run 12 volt LED AC on a 12 volt transformer - adaptor -,
need to have a power cord that has a converter in
line. (This in effect is what prevents your LED from flickering.)
is very straighforward, and rarely requires a licensed electrician
- certainly not a specialist. My tips above will give you a good
headstart. And the link below takes you to a more comprehensive guide.
Although it details usage for
boat, you will find a lot of tips apply to your job just the same. It might even help you come up with new ideas of your own.
Tool Guide, Sundries and More Accessories
you will see, values are
dependent on the color of the LED units (and to a lesser
extent the exact voltage used) in your rope.
Varies, about 150' (feet) or 45m. But
please note, that the maximum working size is LESS,
only a portion of it.
Maximum working size
30' or 9m.
I Recommend you don't make longer single stretches
by a typical 12 Volt LED rope light for every foot is between
0.47 and 0.53 Watt (W/ft) as
unit (often called bulb)
- Yellow, Red,
Orange: 0.48 W/ft
- Blue, Green and
White: 0.84 W/ft
Amperage Draw per foot
(amps/ft): 0.040 amps/ft (12V) 0.020
amps/ft (24V.) Note: Count about 50% more for blue, green or white
the shape you'll get when you cut thru your rope light.
most rope light profiles are standard I review them under general "Shapes and Components."
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Q. Will I save on using a 12
Volt LED rope light (low voltage) instead of my high
voltage conventional rope?
A. Yes. Because the current draw is
about 7 Times Less, you WILL
save money on electricity. But the most efficient way to run it is from
your low voltage battery, not via transformer from the mains. Reason?
Heat loss on the transformer is sucking away power.
Volt LED Rope Light - Ok, I got it, it's low voltage. But which one to
choose, AC or DC ... What's the difference and what are they anyway?
Too many quiestions at once, but here I try to anwer them
ALL. 12 LED ropes come either AC or DC. Among others it is the power
cord that reveals the difference. A DC type uses a straight power cord,
connect to a battery or 12 V DC (Direct Current) source. You can not
plug in an AC LED without a Converter.
answers to other commonly asked questions in my LED
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