Light tubes

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Light tubes

Christmas Eve usually comes sooner than you think - and promptly there is again a corresponding decoration in front of the door. In addition to the Advent wreath and a decorated fir tree, a cozy Christmas lighting is a natural part of it. With the help of light hoses, you succeed in granting the seasonal flair and decorate your property festively. However, the luminous tubes are not only suitable for the Christmas season: it is also suitable as simple decorative lighting and shines in different colors on request. In addition to these luminous compositions, our online store contains a variety of other items, which may be of interest to you. Whether outdoor lights, wall lights, ceiling lights or pendant lights including accessories: our offer has the right model for every taste and budget. Do you have questions about shipping, delivery, shipping costs or the price of our products? Our friendly service will be happy to help you and provide you with further information on request.

What is a rope light?

Long, tube-shaped light objects that have many small light elements inside are called light tubes. Depending on the application, the tubes are available in different dimensions (for example, nine, 18 or 25 meters) and variable in length. Although a light tube initially looks very similar to a chain of lights, but unlike the latter, such a light composition is provided with a waterproof plastic coating, so that outdoor application is possible without any problems. Inside there is a multitude of small LEDs, which provide a cozy light at Christmas time or optionally shine in blue, red, as well as other bright colors. Individual models can be powered by solar or battery, but the majority of the tubes are supplied with conventional power from the socket.

LEDs and Christmas - do they go together?

Especially at Christmas time, people often tend to use a traditional light source: Candles are lit, which provide a cozy ambience and guarantee cozy hours with the family. Old-fashioned light sources such as these have stood the test of time, but incandescent bulbs, which were also frequently used in times past, are now being increasingly displaced by LED lighting objects. These simply combine too many advantages to do without them. Not only do they protect the environment thanks to their low power consumption (around 90 percent less than incandescent bulbs), but with up to 50,000 hours they also prove to be much more durable. What's more, an LED is also capable of shining in cozy light colors such as warm white, so there's nothing standing in the way of a homey Christmas atmosphere.

Where are the tubes suitable?

Especially outside, an LED rope light cuts a fine figure and thus gives your property a special illumination in the dark. Especially at Christmas time, there are a variety of different places that lend themselves to the installation of a rope light. Some of them are as follows: 

  • On the banister in front of the front door
  • On the balcony at home 
  • Along the garden fence 
  • On a hedge 
  • On a gutter

How to fix the LED rope light?

A rope light is often accompanied by a certain number of cable ties, as well as fastening clips. Thanks to these tools, the installation of the tube is very easy. Make sure that you attach the rope light near a power outlet, if it is powered by the mains. Alternatively, you can connect the hose with the help of an extension cord. Due to the flexible material that protects each LED, you can either fix the light composition straight or wrap it - for example, around a railing - like fairy lights. Depending on the surface, the enclosed fastening materials are suitable in different ways.

Which protection class should you choose?

Since a rope light is suitable for mounting outside your home, you should definitely pay attention to a suitable protection class for the light composition. This is always represented by the abbreviation IP ('International Protection') and two subsequent digits. The first number represents protection against foreign bodies and dust, while the second digit indicates immunity to water. Depending on the exact location where the luminous object is placed, different protection classes are suitable.

IP44 is the standard protection class for luminaires that are installed outside your four walls. Thus, they are protected against small foreign bodies as well as splashing water from all sides. In the garden or especially on a gutter, such a hose may come into contact with jet water or larger amounts of water. In this case, you should choose the IP45 rating. On gravel or sandy paths, the IP65 and IP66 ratings are the most suitable, as the light compositions are thus additionally protected from dust.

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