Splicing rope lights
Can I splice two different colours of rope light together?
Yes. Simply use a splice and you can connect whatever colours you choose, as long as it is the same kind of rope light. You cannot connect 12 volt to 240 volt, nor 10mm to 13mm. Standard 2 wire rope light cannot be connected to chasing 3 wire rope light.
What do I need to splice rope light together?
For best looking results, you will want to use an invisible splice and clear shrink tubing. If you choose, you can also use a plastic splice kit. Be sure your splice connector has the same number of pins as the number of wires in your rope light. You must use a three pin splice for chasing rope light and a two pin splice for standard two wire rope lighting.
How do I splice rope light together using an invisible splice connector?
Our rope light, depending on the variety, can be cut in 1M and 2M increments. There is a silver line on the rope indicating where to cut. Be very careful to cut cleanly and only where indicated. If you cut elsewhere, it will ruin that stretch of light and cause it to go dark. For standard rope light (2 wire, 240 volt, 13mm) these marks are every 1M. For chasing rope light (3 wire, 240 volt, 13mm) these marks are every 2M.
What do I cut rope light with?
Be sure to disconnect it from all power sources before cutting. You can cut it with sharp scissors, a PVC pipe cutter or a sharp utility knife. The cut needs to be straight and clean. If you plan on making lots of cuts, we suggest using the PVC pipe cutter, pictured at the left. This will simplify your task greatly and can be purchased at any hardware or home depot store. If you use scissors, it is best to use a variety with a pipe cutting slot in order to get a clean cut.
Don't forget to trim the copper wires from the cut ends.
After you have cut the rope light, you will see two (three for chasing rope) wires inside. These wires must be trimmed in order for the connectors to correctly insert and set into the rope light. The connectors have two pointed prongs that need space inside the rope to make a good connection. Cutting a small amount of the wire makes that possible. To do this, bend the tube sharply to the side about 2 inches from the end. This will cause one of the wires to be exposed. Trim off the protruding wire with scissors or a wire cutter. Bend the rope the other way and repeat the process to cut off the other wire. After cutting the rope light, you are ready to attach a connector kit.
Attaching the connector kit
Slide a piece of shrink tube approx. 75mm long over one end of the rope light.
Insert the "invisible splice" connector pins into both ends of the rope light. Push all pieces together firmly.
Slide the shrink tubing so that it covers the connection and use a hair dryer or heat gun to seal it.
How do I splice using a plastic splice connector?
Cut the rope light carefully as detailed above. Disassemble splicing unit. Remove the connector pin from inside the housing containing threads on both sides. Leave the connector pin inside the housing containing only one set of threads. This will make splicing the rope easier. Then follow the instructions below
Place retaining rings on rope light ends. Push sharp end of the connector pin into the rope light as shown below.
Place the housing still containing the connector pin onto the other rope light. Make sure the pins insert into the holes firmly on the rope light. Slide the other housing over the exposed connector pin. No prongs should be visible.
The blunt connector pin should be inserted firmly into the holes, connecting both housing units.
Screw all retaining rings into place. Start with the center ring first. Then tighten the outside rings simultaneously.
Do rope light connections or splices need to be sealed?
Rope light is water tight but when used outdoors in an area that is damp or could get wet, seal all connections with silicone or silicone tape. Never submerge in water.