How to secure rope lights?

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  1. BrianKR

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    I just got done putting my crown molding up in one part of my HT room and my rope lights look uneven when lit. I tired adjusting them but I need something to hold it in a straight line.

    The brackets that came with the lights wont do the trick.
     
  2. Mark Barnhill

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    The home depot here in nashville has a continuous clear plastic track to hold rope lights. they come in 36" lengths and are self adhesive.
     
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    Rope light tracks https://ssl.adhost.com/noveltylights...?pid=49&step=4

    I just installed my ropes lights last night using these, they worked great. They are also pretty cheap and the shipping was reasonable and didn't take long (ordered on Sunday night, got them yesterday).

    The tracks are not pre drilled so you will need to drill them, very easy.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Mark Barnhill

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    Chris, yes, that is exactly what I was talking about, except the ones I used had a peel and stick adhesive on the back.
    Instead of screws, you could use double stick tape with these.
     
  5. BrianKR

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    Thx for the info!

    I am going to have HD order me 20 pieces.
     
  6. MikeWh

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    Mark-- I'd be interested to find out from you:

    I bought some HD tracks a couple months ago for my poster boxes. The plastic tape on the back was a PAIN-IN-THE-A$$ to separate from the adhesive strip. On half of my strips I lost a couple inches of adhesive-- it stuck to the protective tape and separated from its foam backing! I lost the adhesive on one whole strip. What a PAIN.

    Did you have any problems with the HD tracks?
     
  7. Mark Barnhill

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    No, absolutely no problems at all. Sounds like you got some old ones. Usually adhesive does that when it gets too old. I've had sheets of old plexiglass that was impossible to get the protective paper off of.
     
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    Yes, that's what I assumed. They were on display in a PVC pipe attached to the shelving units in the lighting dept. It was obviously not a hot-selling item, as there was dust all over them. Oh well... it all worked out in the end.
     
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    MikeWH,
    did you use the channels for your poster boxes? If so how did it turn out?
     
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    Yes, Brian... I replaced the old fittings, when I saw the channels on Erik Farstad's well-documented HT site. My Sunbeam rope lights came with little C-shaped clips that fit over the rope every 6-inches or so. I always hated the slight waviness in the ropes, so I pulled off all the old clips and ran the channels around the inside of the poster boxes. I was instantaneously pleased with the new look. [​IMG] Just one of those things that most people wouldn't notice, but bugs the heck outta ya, when you build something yourself.
     

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