Outdoor lighting is an essential to illuminate your patio, deck, yard, or entrance. While it adds to the beauty of your house, it also adds to the security element. One of the most popular type of outdoor lights is the outdoor accent lights. Outdoor accent lights are not only designed for enhancing a property or an object, but can also be used for security reasons. Outdoor accent lights are form of lighting used most commonly for illuminating walks with subtle light. However, this form of lighting can also be used to highlight key objects and focal points surrounding landscape. One example of outdoor accent lighting is outdoor rope lights. Outdoor rope lights provide accent lighting which is subtle and allows the home owner to focus lighting on specific outdoor features. Rope lighting is a term used to describe the placement of very small light bulbs in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic tubes of various lengths, instead of light bulbs being placed in individual light fixtures.
The accent lights in rope lighting come in two different versions; 110 volt and 12 volt. The 12 volt rope light version uses a step-down transformer to bring 110 volts from an electrical outlet down to the correct voltage. The very small bulbs in a rope light are not intended for replacement, so if they burn out they cannot be replaced. Most outdoor rope lights are designed for long wear and typically last for many years before bulbs burn out. One main advantage with rope lights is that they do not get hot to the touch, only warm.