How to cut LED rope lights

Written by joshua benjamin
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LED rope light is designed to be cut at very specific intervals -- typically 18 or 36 inches -- depending on what type of wiring is being used. If the LED rope light is wired in a two-wire configuration, you can cut it in 18-inch intervals, while three-wire configurations can be cut every 36 inches. If you try and cut the rope light any smaller, you will irreparably damage that section of rope light and the lights themselves will no longer work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cutting instrument (Sharp scissors, razor blade, or PVC cutters are recommended)

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  1. 1

    Unfurl the rope light to the desired length.

  2. 2

    Examine the light for the cut markers. These will typically be small dotted lines with a scissors icon, or some other type of marking showing you where to cut.

  3. 3

    Cut the rope light across the marker you located in the preceding step with your cutting instrument. Repeat as necessary for each length of LED rope you need.

  4. 4

    Take about two inches of the cut section and bend it 90 degrees to the right to expose a short length of copper wire. Trim this wire with your scissors or a pair of wire cutters.

  5. 5

    Bend the wire 90 degrees to the left and trim the second wire that pops out. Trimming the wires will help the rope light establish a good connection when you hook it up to a connector cord.

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