Originally Posted by indianrider
I am building my HT room currently. Do I need to run the rope lighting on a low voltage transformer?
You can do it either way, although low voltage (12v) transformers sometimes humm. I used a grafik eye dimmer, which will dim rope light which is line voltage (120v). Be aware, that a G-E (presumably other dimmers too) need a certain minimum wattage to work, which can be an issue with LED rope of shorter distances. My run is about 35-40 feet, and about 0.8w per foot, dims fine.
Incandesant rope by its nature will use more electicity, and thus won't be an issue in shorter runs. I prefered LED to take a heat source out, plus its nifty.
EDIT - to answer questions below w/o further cluttering a picture thread:
I am not a GE expert, clearly, I didn't know the GE could do low-voltage, presumably w/a transformer. I went line voltage since I saw a discussion that it would work with the GE (maybe it was the transformer specifically).
Nifty - is in that it is cool to the touch and won't generate heat, that it should be long lived w/o bulbs going, that it is newer technology, and more efficient - but the operating costs would probably never be recovered by the upfront cost.