1. New to Christmas lighting? Get started with the AusChristmasLighting 101 Manual:
    auschristmaslighting.com/wiki/AusChristmasLighting-101

Rope Light Degredation

Discussion in 'Lights - Store Bought and Home Made' started by David_AVD, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,414
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Victoria Point (Brisbane)
    Find Me On:
    Has anyone else noticed their rope lights and rope light motifs that are more than a couple of years old going sticky or slimy?

    I first saw this with some bulk 24V LED rope light I bought from the Gold Coast guy a number of years ago. It was stored in a plastic tub, and when I went to use it a year or so later it was very sticky. It had never been directly exposed to the sun.

    Now the same thing has happened to a few of my LED rope light motifs. They as a little discoloured, but still look fine at night. Every time I touch them though I have to wash my hands as they have a slimy feel to them now.
     
  2. scamper

    scamper Senior Elf

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Messages:
    771
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    collie
    Find Me On:
    yes tends to happen a lot with some plastics. I noticed it on some of my BigW strings this year too.
    Funnily enough, it would appear the ones that were outside for a season are a little hard as the UV has affected them, the ones that were inside are gooey :eek:
     
  3. JPB

    JPB Full Time Elf

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glenwood
    Yep, i have had that to varying degrees over the years, and then all the dust sticks to them. And getting sunburnt and turning yellow.
    The only rope lights i have now is on two wire frames and they will probably get changed over to pixels for 2017

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
     
  4. jeromej

    jeromej Newbee, and learning the hard way!!!

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Beaconsfield Victoria
    Yep!


    I have found the same with some stars which l purchased 3 years ago.
    The plastic seems to be degrading even though they were rated for outside.
    I have tried to wipe them clean with no luck.
     
  5. scamper

    scamper Senior Elf

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2014
    Messages:
    771
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    collie
    Find Me On:
    I just did a quick google and it would appear it is the rubber surface coating breaking down. Apparently people use isopropyl alcohol to clean it.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,414
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Victoria Point (Brisbane)
    Find Me On:
    Hmmm... I might give that a try with the straight rope light. Thanks.
     
  7. uppitt

    uppitt Apprentice Elf

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Find Me On:
    I have a number of different types of light rope bought over the years. Some suffer this problem, seen alot on some old motifs I have, but then I have other light rope that never has this issue, so it comes down to the type of plastic used in the rope. I've found ones that have gone completely brown over time (multi colour as an example), still work fine with all colours coming through at night. Just during daylight you'd think it wouldn't work.


    For the ones where it's got like a waxy film over the rope, from memory I've either used warm soapy water and a rag and just the rag and rubbed the waxy film off and it's been fine.


    Can the slimy coating you have, be scratched or rubbed off easily?
     
  8. OP
    OP
    David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,414
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Victoria Point (Brisbane)
    Find Me On:
    I'm pretty sure I've cleaned some of the rope light before, but it became sticky again after not too long.
     

Share This Page