Updated August 30, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Rope Lights

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in August of 2019. You can easily add an energy-efficient, decorative touch to almost any area in your home or business with one of these flexible rope lights. We’ve included both monochromatic and multicolored models in varying lengths and thicknesses, in addition to LED and incandescent options that use solar power, batteries, or connect to outlets, so there’s something for every scenario. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rope light on Amazon.

10. Aluvee Garden

9. Zitrades EL Wire

8. Persik Indoor Outdoor

7. Areful Novelty

6. Bebrant Dimmable

5. Lighting Ever Low Voltage

4. Omika Starry

3. Surnie Flexible

2. Brizled Holiday

1. Torchstar Neon

Special Honors

Birddog Lighting If you're looking for rope lights that are longer than what's typically available, Birddog Lighting has selections that range from 65 feet to 148, and offers thick incandescent, 12-volt and 120-volt LED, and RGB lights suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Available in myriad colors and boasting omnidirectional light output, many choices are dimmable, can flash and fade, and come with power connectors, end caps, splicers, and mounting clips. birddogdistributing.com

Editor's Notes

August 15, 2019:

Rope lights are capable of creating the same decorative ambiance as the very similar string light and LED strip light categories. The main thing to know is that string lights can be manipulated over surfaces because they bend and flex well, and include popular iterations like fairy lights and the bulb-adorned versions that are often used in restaurant and bar patios. LED strip lights are somewhat less attractive when not in use, but make up for it by being extremely versatile.

Rope lights are set apart by their protective encasement, usually PVC, which prolongs their lifespans, makes them easy to twist around surfaces, simple to handle and mount, and gives them a clean finish. There is plenty of crossover, as you'll see that many of our selections are string lights or LED strips in a tube, IE the Surnie Flexible, Omika Starry, Areful Novelty, Lighting Ever Low Voltage, etc.

The main pain point for this category are products that stop working after a short period or don't operate out of the box, so we chose the highest quality options we could find with the lowest amount of reported defects. There is always the possibility of an issue, though, so we favored selections with warranties and money-back guarantees. We were also drawn to models that are controlled by remotes, have multiple brightness settings and light modes, and come with installation hardware.

We wanted this list to showcase different lengths, thicknesses, waterproof ratings, and price tags because we know everyone's needs are different. We added the Aluvee Garden for those who want a solar unit, and the Zitrades EL Wire and Bebrant Dimmable for users who need a portable option.


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on August 30, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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