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Old 07-10-2015, 01:33 PM   #1
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Rope Light Individual Bulb Replacement

Has anybody replaced individual bulbs in these rope lights? My current thinking is to cut the bottom end of the plastic tube away from the wood trim and then slit the tube behind the failed bulb. Then clip out or unsolder the old bulb and then solder in a new replacement.

I've obtained 6 feet of new bulb string without the plastic enclosing tube and could fabricate new rope sections. But installing the new sections looks to be just as fussy as replacing some individual bulbs. Also, installing a whole new rope light section means tossing a bunch of still-working bulbs in order to replace one or two individual bulbs.

DW wants the 4 or 5 burned out bulbs burning again. We're not interested in LED's.

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You'll have to match the voltage and ma draw of the ones in there now.
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OK, here's what I did. The X-Acto knife to slice the backside of the plastic tubing. Clipped out the failed bulb. Soldered the new bulb to the remaining old-bulb-leads. The butane soldering iron is really handy for stuff like this.



Stuffed the wiring and newly soldered bulb back into the plastic tubing. Put the tubing back into the slot in the trim board. You can't tell the difference from one bulb to the next. The bulbs are 40 milliamp at 12VDC.



I got replacement bulbs from Premier RV in Junction City, OR. They were already soldered in strings to be threaded into new plastic tubing. Kind of pricey but I don't remember how much. Found some loose JKL 2174 bulbs at Mouser Electronics. Part number 560-2174. They are $3.36 per 10 and for this order they charged $4.99 for USPS First Class shipping. One caution - the loose JKL bulbs are physically larger than the originals and require a little dexterity to get back into the tubing.

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