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    Red Led Rope Light Issues

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    Anybody have any trouble with 2wire, 120v, LED rope light (red) from 1000bulbs? I bought a 150ft spool in August and divided it up in three sections. The last couple nights I've lost three separate sections in the middle of each length of rope light. Not sure what's going on, if its cheap rope light or what.

    I bought a bunch of rope light from Costco last year and have not had a single issue with it.

    Is there something I'm missing with rope light?

    Side question, anyone know of rope light deals or places to get some good rope light in red? (120v, 2 wire, led)

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    Walmart is carrying LED Rope lights  at $9.98 in 15 foot length. But don't expect these to be "splicable" because they aren't- they are however connectable.  I think that the LED rope lights are just inheritently not problem free when you get into lengths beyond a certain point.  I returned all that I bought this year because they quickly showed sections not working and no way to fix them compared to being able to actually splice regular rope light for repairs or design. I also did not like the color hues...I like the traditional rope light colors. 

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    I have purchased my LED rope lights from apluschoice in California for the last three years and haven't had a failure in the middle of a string yet. I bought 900 feet of red/green/blue and white from them this year and used about 3,300 feet of it so far and haven't had any go bad yet. As to splicing the rope lights I haven't found any brand yet that I couldn't splice with the correct spool piece and cut at the correct point, even the cheap LED rope lights from Walmart and Big Lots have a point where they can be cut and spliced. Look for the two wires that run

    from the center of the string out to the right and left main power wires and cut in the middle of those two wires. These two little wires are the stop and start of each section of LED lights

    or regular rope lights if you are using the old style of lights. Good luck

    Charlie E

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    • 3 weeks later...

    Charlie want to thank you for the information. I have a 20ft Merry Christmas and 12ft peace on earth and have a couple sections that no longer light. Think I am gonna be brave and try to fix.Worse comes to worse. I'll just redo the whole thing

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