So, I got me some rope lights, hot glue gun, drill with a 5/8 forstner bit. ( I like forstner bits because they leave a nice clean hole).
Step 1: Disassemble clock
Step 3: Run and glue lights.
After I had the lights where I wanted them I used a hot glue gun with wood glue sticks. Ive found the wood glue seems to work better when gluing on wood.............. Anyway, don't over do it with the glue you don't need much. I used about six spots to hold in my lights.