To have a better view of LED ropes, it is important to consider the benefits of standard or classicc rope lights. Many features of their younger cousin are traceable directly to them.
You need to distinguish various types based on different things. Here they go:
Based on voltage
Colors and Fading
The color of old ropes come from the tint of the encasement, not the actual bulbs.
Whites are incandescent whites. The hue is warm yellowish. (Approx 4000 degree Kelvin color temperature.)
As they have incandescent bulbs they don't fade, but burn out without much of a warning - may be a little flicker.
Shape and Components
Light units are coated in plastic (PVC) or resin than is solid (can be hollow too, though very rarely.) Because of the light parameters of the coating require standard sizes, typical standard size profiles are used:
Standard sizes are either 3/8" (inch) called square (this size is also called mini.) Next comes the 1/2" (half inch). Now if this value measures the width of the profile it is also called square (just to confuse you I guess.) But if the half inch measures the diameter of the profile, it is called tube. There you have it, these are the basic profiles.
Standard rope lights
Light encasement is solid, not hollow - certainly not a glass tube as the name may suggest. In fact, light ropes are sometimes also called neon ropes (rightly or wrongly.) But it helps making the point that they can be used for similar purposes as your old neon lights. One thing is sure. These encasements don't brake. (I review LED neon ropes here.)
These ropes are standard light ropes with a simple pre-set chasing program. All patterns of lighting can be achieved via a dedicated controller.
These are not rounded but flat (often very thin) lights. They give off a very focused bright light. This light is only viewable from one chosen direction.
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Typical Questions Answered
A. Unfortunately no. It won't be. But there is one advantage ...
You will find that the wattage per foot is the same for high voltage rope lights and low voltage rope lights. So the brightness is also about the same. And LED ropes are no different.
The advantage you get with 120 volt LED rope (or high voltage) is that the amperage draw - or current draw - will be 10 times less.
That means that voltage drop over a distance will be so much less too. The result is more even brightness over the same distance. Or put it in other way: Longer distances with same brightness.
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