Re: . . . . . and Lighting Recommendations
- Regarding LED ribbon lights, I recently purchased a couple hundred
feet of LED "rope lights" which would be roughly the equivalent from
Home Depot. They also have the true ribbon lights, albeit only in
short strips. I used mine in an outdoor application. The rope lights
are quite a bit cheaper than the ribbon lights and come in a slightly
warm daylight color -- very pleasing. They are sold under the
"Hampton Bay" label. They produce almost no heat and use very little
Be careful though not to buy the incandescent rope lights they still
sell which are being phased out and may be priced very low. The
incandescent packaging is labeled with a capital "I". The LED lights
are labeled with a capital "L". (I made that mistake).
The LED lights are also priced higher than their incandescent
counterparts, albeit dropping quickly as manufacturing capacity
rises. They are the future of layout lighting, in my opinion.
James G. Spencer, Architect, AIA
- George, et al
Early August there was information about the LED ribbon lights. I tried to
locate some in the Holland / Grand Rapids Michigan are and getting prices
from $7.95 LED rope light to LED tape light at $39 a foot. A little
confused as some suppliers are calling it tape light or rope light. Is the
actual name "Ribbon" light? With the sample at $8.00 for 18" I presume
that I am looking at the $7.95 per foot range. What should I expect to pay
for the product you are using. Any additional information is appreciated.
Can you give us information on the supplier? Does the product take a
special power source? If so what kind and how much does it cost?
I have several lower deck areas of close clearance. I tried the old
incandescent rope lights in the past but they never put out enough light.
> On the issue of lighting, research LED ribbon lights before you invest any
> cash in flourescents. I just recently discovered them and since I
> installed my first set, I'm so pleased with them, I'm thinking of re-doing
> all the existing lights on the layout. These LED ribbons are color
> correct for daylight, they basically eliminate hard shadows, they're
> always cool, they don't make any noise or buzz, they rarely 'burn out' and
> they're dimmable. And if you're not sure about using them, you can order
> a sample size (about 18" worth) for about $8. I'd bet if you tired them,
> you'd never think about using flourescents or any other type of light