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Old 10-12-2022, 10:14 PM   #1
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05 Essex rope lights

I have several strands of rope lights in my ceiling. One strand is completely out and the others have some bad spots. How does one replace those?
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You have to replace the entire rope light strip. You might reach out to Newmar and see if they have replacements. If not, you will order a large roll from amazon and they you have to solder wires on the end of each one. To be able to connect them to the coach wiring.
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Old 10-13-2022, 12:51 PM   #3
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Have you tried smacking then with a spatula or big spoon. Quite often, that will make the work again.
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The easy part is removing the LED lights from the track. The hard part is getting the connectors at the end of the LED strip out of the side walls so you can solder new LED strips on. Very important to not yank the wires because if it breaks in the wall, then you have some surgery to do to expose them. On mine, it looks like someone did just that had removed the molding and cut the wall back 6 inches to access the connections. You might just have to do that anyway.

As you gingerly pull the wires out, try to get a feel if the wire is bundled forward or rearward of the hole. so when you have to cut the wall, you know which side of the wall to cut. I use a battery reciprocating saw to cut the wall with precision. Don't cut too deep because there are a LOT of wires in those wall / ceiling corners.

You might try to increase the hole size to make it easier to extract the wires before you pull the LED out. Patience with a battery drill around the LED wire might be the trick.
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