Remember last Diwali, when you were running out of time and decided to just go with outdoor LED strip lights? And it turned out to be so much better than what you originally had in mind. It is almost jaw-dropping to see the transformation of a space made possible with just lights. With the flip of a switch, a boring space can turn magical and extraordinary! If you are looking to make your space look terrific without much effort, then domestic LED lighting, particularly, string lights is hands down, the go-to choice. But it is important you choose the right type of string lights, or else you won’t get the desired look and feel you are hoping for.

That being said, there are so many choices of string lights available to decorate an indoor and outdoor space that it could confuse you. Let’s take rope and strip lights for instance. Both are great choices to decorate and make your space look lovely, but how does one decide what to go with? This decision could be nerve-wracking, but worry not, this blog will clear out all your doubts about the two.

Key Considerations

Strip Lights

Rope Lights

What are they?

Also known as tape lights or ribbon lights, LED strip lights are flexible circuit boards whose surface is mounted with LED lights. 

Rope lights are a string of small light balls that are neatly tucked away in a long cylindrical PVC casing. They have been around for a long time and are a very popular choice among people.


These are ultra-thin, typically half an inch or less in width and are available in a minimum of 5 meters in length.

Rope lights are a bit thicker in size because of the PVC jacket and mostly available in 10 mm and 13 mm diameter.


Strip lights come with a peel-and-stick adhesive backing, which makes them super easy to install.

LED rope lights outdoors are typically installed using mounting clips to secure them to the surface. However, if you are using rope lights to wrap around a tree or a pillar, you won’t require mounting clips.


If you are looking for lights that are very flexible, strip lights are for you. They can be easily bent up to 90 degrees without damaging the lights. 

Rope lights are flexible as well, but they can’t be bent as much as strip lights. However, they are flexible enough to be wrapped around an object like a tree in your backyard.

Beam Angle

Since strip lights are mounted on a circuit board, they have a beam angle of 120 degrees. However, they are brighter and help cover a large area.

On the other hand, rope lights are omnidirectional lights. They offer a beam angle of 360 degrees, as it comes in a transparent casing.


Strip lights are very bright and are perfect for task lighting or to illuminate a decorative piece. You can use them under your kitchen cabinets, around mirrors, under stairs and are a great choice to use on shelves.

Rope lights are low light accent lighting or decorative lighting. They are great for highlighting an area and making it stand out. They make a perfect fit for balcony railings, illuminating walkways and festive lighting.

These factors will help you decide which type of outdoor LED strip lights can be used in different spaces. Use this information to never go wrong when choosing the right type of domestic LED lighting. After you decide what kind of string light you want, it is also important to buy a high-quality one. The last thing you need is to have random lights malfunctioning, killing the ambiance.

Nordusk LED offers premium quality LED lights in India. Our products come with high-efficiency LED chips, glare-free diffuser, high-value surge protection, 2-year warranty, dimmable lighting solution, and so much more. You can fix the Nordusk LED strip lights on mostly all platforms. You will also find these available in many colour options. If you are thinking of revamping your space and giving it a dreamy feel, check out our range of strip lights.