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I bought some rope lights from Home Depot to go under the riser lip in my basement theater. They look great, except the power cord is about 5 feet too long, and ruins the look. I don't know much about these lights (Harbor Bay) - is there anything special about the power cord, or can I cut five feet out of it and splice it back together with black electrical tape? I did a search and found a number of threads discussing these lights, but nothing about hiding the LONG power cord....
 

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Yes, you can certainly cut the length of the cord down. You just need to make sure that you don't rearrange the wires. . Keep track of which wire goes to which wire. If it's 120v AC (which is likely unless it has a wall-wart or other converter at the plug end), it actually won't matter how you reconnect it, but you'll want to keep it the same regardless.
 

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Originally Posted by dlambermont  /t/1467996/rope-lights-power-cord-way-too-long#post_23196880


I bought some rope lights from Home Depot to go under the riser lip in my basement theater. They look great, except the power cord is about 5 feet too long, and ruins the look. I don't know much about these lights (Harbor Bay) - is there anything special about the power cord, or can I cut five feet out of it and splice it back together with black electrical tape? I did a search and found a number of threads discussing these lights, but nothing about hiding the LONG power cord....

A little safer way of doing this and a lot nicer looking than a splice, would be to cut 5 feet from the plug end and install a replacement plug.
 
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