Rated 3 out of 5 by 1
Rated 3 out of 5
by Bruce52 Works well, with some work....
The wire leading up to the actual plastic connector its self is high quality and the steel pins inside the plastic connector that get pushed into the end of the rope light are also very high quality. The plastic connecter at the end of the wire however, has some flaws: The rope light inserts into a 4 segment channel each segment has threads on it and are designed to be used with a plastic compression nut so that the 4 segments compress against the rope light to hold it tight. It is impossible to get all four segments to thread into the lock nut. It's also a bit tricky to get the steel pins to go straight into the end of the rope light so that it is touching the internal rope light wires properly.
But I still recommend this product but with one simple modification: Cut off two of the segments using a utility knife and the lock nut works just fine and secures the rope light adequately.
Using a 9v battery and a couple of pieces of wire and some tape I made a tester to check each connector after I connected it to the rope light. I was using 12v led rope light so the tester also tested for polarity. You could also just use whatever power supply you were using for your install, but be very careful not to short-out the transformer between testings by allowing the 12v wires coming out of the transformer to touch one another...
I rigged up about 40 lengths of rope light in this manor and was happy with the results once i figured out the system described above.
one last thing: The connector's wires being reviewed here are marked for polarity, however it depends on which end of any given section of 12v rope-light that the marked wire will be positive or negative.
June 6, 2011