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Bunnings Arlec rope light cutting

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  1. Malinoz

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    Hi all,
    Im trying to cut the Arlec rope light from Bunnings. Its a 2 wire system. There are NO marks or shunt/bridge sections. Every 1m there are 2 resistors. 2 leds to the power input side, there appears to be only 2 wires. Hard to see though. So im trying to figure out where I can cut this rope. Any help, much appreciated.

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    If the rope is clear enough sometimes you can see where the section start and end as there will be a connection to one of the two longitudinal wires. With the older 240V rope lights each section used to be 1 metre.
     
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    At some stage through the rope lights it's going to change from 3 or 4 back to 2. It's possible that it's going to be reasonably close to where the resistors are. A photo showing a few leds either side of the resistors might help identifying where it can be cut.
     
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    Thanks guys,
    Pics below.
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    Just look for where there are connections to the parallel pair of wires that run right through the length of the rope.
     
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    I have some of this i was looking at cutting as well... Havent yet, but it looks like there's 2 silver wires running through the whole thing... So find where the series connects to that. I attached a picture of what it looks like, and cut it in the middle of the 4 joins.
    Hope this helps
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    Pesle, yep that is normally the case. But these ropes don't have them.
     
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    There must be connections to the two continuous wires at some point.
     
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    Did you buy them recently? This is one i got from Bunnings.
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    Pesle,I have the 10m ropes from this year and last. Definitely no marks. Yes David, there will be, but its really hard to see. Its strange wiring . There also appears to be a thicker tensioning wire running independently. Dunno. So im going to bite the bullet.
     
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    Cut the very end (last 2 lights or so), turn it on, and youll see where the series stops and cut it between the last working led and first dead one.
    That should work.
     
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