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post #31 of 185
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Originally Posted by P_Og View Post

Are all rope lights 'dimmable'? Or should I be looking for a special kind?
Thanks!

I haven't had any issues with any incan's or the LED rope light I picked up from HD. If you are running an Insteon lamplinc to control them they will not shut off all the way however. According to Insteon, their lamplincs can't completely shut down the power. With incan's it's not enough to light them but with LED's it is. I figure if I end up sleep movie watching it will make for a nice night light.
post #32 of 185
Hers mine



post #33 of 185
very cool. Love the red!
post #34 of 185
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Originally Posted by mbgonzomd View Post

This is soffit design:


Where did you get those white "spacers" that support your crown molding and allow the rope lighting to run through them? I was going to make some for my crown light tray but will save myself the hassle if they are commercially available. Thanks.
post #35 of 185
I see some with Rope lighting running above and across the front of the soffits on the front screen wall and some where the rope lighting runs only on the side walls.

I am about to put in rope lighting and I have a couple of questions.

1) Now that you have rope lights, what do you do at movie time (on, off, dimmed)?
2) I have a soffit all around the perimeter. In the back is a cubby hole for my projector (yes properly vented). I was going to plug the rope light in directly there or hard wire it and perhaps to a dimmer. Is this how many of you are wiring your rope lights?
post #36 of 185
Mine is plugged in to an outlet connected to my graphic eye, for dimming and control. During a movie, I have it turned on, very dimly. After the movie, I bring up the rear sconces and rope goes to a less dimmed setting. I think this is nice to aclimate the eyes.

My rope light runs on 3 sides (not the front).
post #37 of 185
Here's mine, although it's not located in my HT room:




post #38 of 185
I wanted to provide some soft illumination on the ramps between the floor and the riser so I installed the rope lighting in an upside down piece of aluminum 'U' channel and bolted it to the molding at the bottom of the floor (see arrow). Its on a dimmer so it goes to about 50% when the house lights go out.



I also used rope lighting on the stairs leading to the theater.



-Gary.
post #39 of 185
I went with white lights.

post #40 of 185
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Originally Posted by strange_brew View Post

I went with white lights.


Strange_brew...when its movie time, what settings do you have for your;
recessed lights?
sconces?
and rope lights?

Also, what is your ceiling height and at what height are your sconces?
post #41 of 185
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Originally Posted by Driving_Hamster View Post

Where did you get those white "spacers" that support your crown molding and allow the rope lighting to run through them? I was going to make some for my crown light tray but will save myself the hassle if they are commercially available. Thanks.


Probably way too far after the fact, but I just saw this question. Sorry. I made the wood spacers. It was sort of a pain in the rear.
post #42 of 185
Seems like the spacers would be reasonably easy to make. Cut a bunch of them out of board, clamp them together and use a router to carve out the carrier groove.
post #43 of 185
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Strange_brew...when its movie time, what settings do you have for your;
recessed lights?
sconces?
and rope lights?

Also, what is your ceiling height and at what height are your sconces?

Sorry kezug, I missed your reply.

When its movie time:
Zone 1: screen lights (0%)
Zone 2: sconces (5%-10%)
Zone 3: front 6 recessed lights (0%)
Zone 4: back 4 recessed lights (0%)
Zone 5: Rope light (60%)
Zone 6: Step lights (75%)

Pre-movie (guests settling in):
Zone 1: screen lights (starts at 100% and dims to 0% by the time the PJ warms up)
Zone 2: sconces (70%)
Zone 3: front 6 recessed lights (60%)
Zone 4: back 4 recessed lights (60%)
Zone 5: Rope light (100%)
Zone 6: Step lights (0%)

I have a bunch of other scenes depending on the purpose (watch TV, XBox, clean-up, etc...)

The top of the electrical boxes for the sconces are at ~66"
post #44 of 185
Something a little different:



post #45 of 185
Real nice man!
post #46 of 185
HELP. So I bought the 12v LED's from 1000bulbs and didn't research enough or read throughly enough to know that they need transformers. Can someone point me in the right direction? HD only had 120v->16V transformers, and I haven't checked Lowes. Any online shops I should check?
post #47 of 185
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Originally Posted by bass addict View Post

I haven't had any issues with any incan's or the LED rope light I picked up from HD. If you are running an Insteon lamplinc to control them they will not shut off all the way however. According to Insteon, their lamplincs can't completely shut down the power. With incan's it's not enough to light them but with LED's it is. I figure if I end up sleep movie watching it will make for a nice night light.


Never heard that before about the lamplinc's. I can assure you that mine shut completely off using a lamplinc and a ropelight.
post #48 of 185
I am getting ready to put in some rope lighting (behind crown molding). I don't think I can get the exact length. I'm assuming that it's better to overlap a little than to leave a little short?

Also, I don't plan on installing an outlet, instead I'll probably try to drill a hole and run wire thru wall into attic directly to power. Has anyone done it this way. Do you just drill a hole or is there some sort of plate people are using to run the rope lighting thru?

Are there any special requirements for a dimmer? I'll probably have about 60' of rope lighting.
post #49 of 185
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Originally Posted by markek View Post

I'm assuming that it's better to overlap a little than to leave a little short?

Also, I don't plan on installing an outlet, instead I'll probably try to drill a hole and run wire thru wall into attic directly to power. Has anyone done it this way. Do you just drill a hole or is there some sort of plate people are using to run the rope lighting thru?


Rope lights can be cut at various points along the length. The cut points are usually marked and the vendor should be able to help you figure out where they can be cut. Cut it at the position at or beyond the length you need. You can double up or hide the excess.

If you have room for a plate think about going with a single outlet "old work box" for powering your rope light. You can either put an outlet in the box or us twister nuts to hard wire the rope light inside the box. Just get a blank cover and drill a hole big enough to pass the power cord into the box. That way once it is set up no more going into the attic to make changes.

In the attic use Romex cable and secure it appropriately to hook the old work box into a circuit.
post #50 of 185
I don't think I have room for a box. If I do I'll just put an outlet and plug lights into it. I think I might have to drill a hole behind crown moulding and fish into attic. From there I would put a junction box and wire into.

I'm just wondering if there is something to cover hole behind crown, maybe some sort of small plate to run wire thru. Would probably look better than just a hole. And if it is safe to run rope light thru wall into attic.
post #51 of 185
Wonhung,

How and where did you get the power to wire your lights? What kind of plate is that for the rope lights to pass thru?
post #52 of 185
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Originally Posted by markek View Post

I don't think I have room for a box.

How about a sill light receptacle?





It is 1 1/2 inches wide.
post #53 of 185
Big,

That is too cool! Is that something that Home Depot would sell? That might be just the ticket!

I haven't figured out exactly where the hole I drill will come into the attic (not sure if I'll have issues yet with that) but if I can get that little receptacle in it would save me from cutting the rope lighting and hardwiring it.
post #54 of 185
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Originally Posted by markek View Post

That is too cool! Is that something that Home Depot would sell? That might be just the ticket!

for some reason the where to buy link isn't working on their web site:
http://www.sillites.com/
post #55 of 185
Here is my rope lighting...which I dont like...but I wanted to show a picture of what the rope lighting from Home Depot is like. This is the clear 48' rope light. If anyone has a better source for rope lights where the light is dispersed more evenly, let me know.

post #56 of 185
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

If anyone has a better source for rope lights where the light is dispersed more evenly, let me know

I like the results I got from NoveltyLights - their prices are pretty good as well. Here are my results:




You could also do the LED option, albeit it's a bit more expensive ...
post #57 of 185
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Originally Posted by Tupalev View Post

I like the results I got from NoveltyLights - their prices are pretty good as well. Here are my results:




You could also do the LED option, albeit it's a bit more expensive ...

Should I get the clear or "frosted" lights? I am looking to make sure the light disperses evenly...will the "frosted" lights disperse the light better than the clear?
post #58 of 185
I went with the clear lights - shown in my pic above. I suspect that the clear lights would disperse more evenly, but I'm just guessing. The folks at noveltylights are really helpful, give 'em a call and they'll tell you authoritatively which way to go.
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post #60 of 185
I used rope lighting from home depot, about 90' on a z-wave dimmer controlled from my harmony 890.
I created a more even and brighter light distribution by installing aluminum foil under the rope
Bob
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