Are you looking forward to the holidays until you think about the task up putting up the seasonal lighting? When you think of the time it takes to get the right lights and get them put up both outside and inside your home, do you lose all your Christmas spirit and feel more like the Grinch Who Dreads Lights?
There isn’t a right way to light up your home. There are the tried and true old fashioned ways and then there are newer, easier ways. Make an informed decision knowing the difference in rope lights versus string lights.
- Rope lights have sturdy PVC plastic tubing that protects the bulbs. That’s a nice little safety feature there so that if a light is broken in transit, you don’t get cut . Remember how the string lights would get tangled up into one giant ball of frustration? You don’t have that problem with rope lights. Since the lights are inside the tubing, they don’t tangle up.
- Ever spill something on string lights? They’re not easy to clean up if at all. With rope lights, if something spills on that outer tubing, the tubing is easy to wipe clean. In areas where there’s a lot of foot traffic, the rope lights are safer to use if you’re lining a walk area. With any decoration, rope lights can be used as an accent color and will give you a better fit because they’re easier to secure in place.
- Rope lights wrap around objects together. You won’t have stray lights that will shine in one direction while the rest of the lights shine another. These lights are easier to wrap around tree trunks without sliding out of place.
- Rope lights will remain cooler to the touch since they don’t produce as much heat. They’re longer lasting and there’s less risk of overloading an outlet.
100′ feet Multi-Colored LED Rope Lights with 8 Color Modes & 4 Lighting Effects20 Feet Red Flexible Flat Dimmable LED Strip Rope Light, Available in 8 colors16.4ft Flat Flexible RGB Color Changing, Strip Light 8 colors & 8 colors and Multiple Modes
String lights do cost less than rope lights and in a down economy, that’s always a plus. They’re easier to use on porch railings and columns. The lights don’t disappear from view if twined with garland like some rope lights do.
String lights are easier to tuck into Christmas tree branches. The bulbs are easier to replace unlike rope lights. If a rope light burns out in the middle, you may end up having to replace the entire length.
You can make string lights flash or chase with ease and it’s not expensive. With rope lights, the accessories, like controllers, can be very expensive.
30 LED Fairy String Lights, 10 Feet long, Battery operated, warm whiteFairy Twinkle Lights 200 LED, 65.6 Feet with Multi Flashing Modes6 pack of 7 Feet String Lights, Battery Operated with Warm White 20 Micro LEDs
When choosing between the two types of seasonal lighting, figure out your budget and what you will be decorating to help you make a decision. Sometimes, it’s worth paying a little more, but sometimes, it’s not.