Rope lights are one of my favorite types of Lights to put up simply because they’re easy to do.
And in this article I share with you some of the top ways that you can use outdoor lights in your outdoor projects.
What are the best ways to use rope lighting is to attach it to your deck and this was one of the first outdoor lighting projects that we did.
Are decking was about three levels high and we wanted some lighting to go all the way down we didn’t want to put step lighting but we wanted to be able to illuminate the area while we were going down the steps in just in general and easy way to cast light on to our backyard decking.
With that we chose rope lighting to do this for us. what are the reasons why we love our bleeding so much is because depending on the size that you need you can simply extend it by attaching extra rope lights to your system so you can start with one work with it make it manageable and then if you need to add more on simply unscrew the end and attach a new one on there.
New thing that’s great about rope lighting is all the different colors that come into a.
Not only are there more colors there are more ways to do rope lighting you can have rope lighting with power you can have replied in bed as solar and you can have her fighting that has battery-powered as well and will cover each of those in this article.
With deck lighting you can do multiple things. You can either rap the deck spindles with lighting. That gets a little complicated, but you will definitely have a lot of light on your deck area.
One of the ways that we did it is we simply added the rope lighting underneath the handrail and that was the easiest place makes it a little kitten a little inconspicuous but gives off great lighting or the bottom area of your deck and it’s not in your face as much.
To make sure that you have the proper amount of rope lighting you want to measure out your deck in linear feet mean just measure out the length of your deck and go long until you have your whole deck perimeter set out.
Then you can take those measurements and match them up to the rope lighting that you want.
The strip lights come in a hundred and fifty feet so that you can make sure that you have the proper links that you need.
The next type of rope lighting that’s easy to use is landscape lighting. If you have a great area with Shrubbery or you landscape the area in a beautiful plants and rocks and made the area a delight to see then adding rope lighting to really showcase that at night is a great addition to your outdoor lighting.
And having landscape lighting makes it easy when you have like a mulch border area or any kind of boarded area you can add the rope lighting along that area to really showcase that border between your Landscaping areas.
Creating the space in your backyard it’s in Horton to have the proper lighting so people can see where they’re walking and creating lighting especially rope lighting around a walkway is will help people find their path and their way to your backyard.
With walkway lighting you can install the lighting along your walkway and you can also use some steaks to keep them in place.
It’s also a good idea to have something as a border so that people don’t accidentally trip on them and you also want to give yourself some space on either side if you have to mow the lawn so that you don’t accidentally mow over your rope lighting.
Tree Rope Lighting
If you have beautiful trees in your backyard and you want to showcase them at night then adding rope lighting is quite easy and simple to do if you’d prefer you can do it with string lighting and we’ll talk about that in another article that you can find here.
Some of the best tree lighting are usually things like palm trees or any other tree that grows really tall before the branches start to Branch out
Pool Rope Lighting
Usually, you have spotlights in the pool that light up the pool. Sometimes the problem with this is you had to install the lights when you installed the pool. The other issue is the spotlights seem very bright in certain areas and not helpful in others.
This is where conveniently placed rope lighting comes into play. With rope lighting, you can add it during or after the construction. And it offers better lighting coverage than the spotlight type lights in the pool.
I love ambient lighting. It’s not harsh or in your face, but it illuminates the areas so you can easily see and move around in.
One of the best places to use rope lighting is for ambient lighting around your outdoor kitchen area. Under the counter is a great place to put the rope lights so people can see where to sit.
Highlight Outdoor Steps
This is in a similar vein as the walkway lighting. Highlighting the steps with the rope lights is an easy way to show people where the steps are. This helps reduce tripping hazards and really shows off your backyard areas.
You can even do something more with the heat that comes off the rope lighting and create a heat mat for starting and growing seeds.
Here’s a great how to article for using rope lighting to warm up seeds from the Vegetable Gardener.
Types of Rope Lights
Now that you have some inspiration for your next rope lighting project, let’s talk about the different types of rope lights. You can get battery powered, solar powered, and the traditional electrical ones.
On top of that, you can choose from regular incandescent light bulbs for your rope light or get the LED type.
Battery Powered Rope Lights
Battery powered, or 12V, rope lights are great if your project isn’t near an outlet. You can still use the rope lights to illuminate your area. You’ll just have to make sure that the casing is water proof and you’ll have to change out the batteries when needed.
Most of the battery powered rope lights are also the LED lights. Simply because it takes much less power to light the LED lights than it does to light the incandescent ones.
Solar Powered Rope Lights
Similar to the battery powered lights, the solar rope lights makes it much easier to use if you aren’t near an outlet. This is especially useful for the landscaping ideas or wrapping a tree.
Over To YOu
So there are 8 simple ways to use rope lighting for your outdoor lighting projects. Which one is your favorite and why?