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How to Fix a Rope Light

Updated April 17, 2017

During the holidays, many people hang decorative, festive lights on a tree or around the perimeter of their property. These are also known as rope lights. Because they are used on an annual basis and are occasionally hung outside, during some of the worst winter weather, rope lights can run into problems. You can repair them with a few tools and troubleshooting skills.

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  1. Remove the rope lights from the Christmas tree or wherever they are hanging. If they are hanging on a wall by brackets, use a screwdriver to unfasten the brackets. If they are held up by wire, use a wire stripper to cut the wire. Remove the broken wire piece first. Lay everything on a table or workbench after removing it.

  2. Examine the insulating material from the broken edge of the rope lights. Check the wire beneath it as well. Secure the edges of the wire together using a soldering iron to reconnect it. Let it cool for several minutes afterward.

  3. Affix insulating material or insulation tubes over the tops of the exposed wires in the rope lights. If using insulation tubes from a radio car hobby shop, add these items prior to the soldering. Melt the wires to the material using a crimping iron, if using insulating material.

  4. Remove the bulbs from the rope lights. Plug the lights back in to check whether they work.

  5. Tip

    If the wire inside your rope light is completely broken, you will have to replace it with a new set.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire stripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Insulating material or insulation tubes
  • Soldering iron
  • Crimping iron

About the Author

Renee Gerber has over 14 years of editorial experience and is an editor for a sports website. She has published several articles on pro-wrestling at and other websites. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at Baruch College in 2001 and is enrolled in a program to obtain a certificate in digital design.

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