Rope Lighting Ideas

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Rope Lighting Ideas
Use rope lighting as decoration for parties or weddings. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Rope lighting consists of a clear, flexible plastic tube with a row of little light bulbs inside, spaced evenly. You can purchase these lights in different lights such as white, blue or red. Some rope lights flash on and off while others twinkle. You can even cut your rope lights to the desired length. However, if a bulb burns out, you must replace the entire rope. Use rope lights indoors, outdoors or for holiday decoration.

Trees and Bushes

String rope lights in the trees and bushes in your front yard, back yard or both. Use white or yellow rope lights year round to add a sense of romance or sophistication to your yard. Or stand out from your neighbours by using blue or purple lights. For Christmas wrap red or green rope lighting around your trees. Use orange rope lighting to decorate for Halloween.

Decks and Patios

Add some night-time ambience to your deck or patio with rope lighting. Outline the perimeter of your patio with the lights. Not only does it look nice but helps your guests see the patio's edge in the dark. If you have a deck, use the light to outline the edges, wrap around balusters and railings, or amplify any architectural details. Go festive with coloured rope lighting or more refined with white or yellow lights.


Illuminate outdoor pathways with rope lighting. Outline your walkway, driveway or garden paths so you and your visitors can see where you're walking. Since rope lights are waterproof, you won't have to worry about them when it rains or when you turn on the water sprinklers.


Use rope lighting to light up stairs at night so no one trips on them in the dark. Place them on outdoor or indoor steps. Be sure to install them on the side of the stairs or beneath them so no one trips on the lights. Indoors they also function as a night light in case you have to use the stairs to get to a bathroom or sneak down to the kitchen for a midnight snack.


Rope lighting can add light to dark kitchen cabinets, bookcases or closest shelves. Line the inside of the shelves with rope lights so you can find things easier. You can also add rope lighting under kitchen cabinets for extra counter lighting. Install rope lighting on top of kitchen cupboards and bookcases for decoration.

Children's Rooms

Add a little bit of fun and whimsy to your child's room with rope lighting. Rope lighting stays cools when turned on so if you kid touches the rope, he won't burn himself. Hang the lights from the ceiling or lay them along the edges of the walls. Use them for lighting in a homemade fort. Wrap the headboard or bed frame with the lights. The lights can also act as a night light. Choose rope lights in your child's favourite colour or use multiple colours.

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