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LED Strip Lighting - Choosing the Right Product For The Job

por Skye Gettinger (2018-11-21)


LED strip lighting is a very versatile and creative way of adding light to your interior design. It has long been used by interior designers for businesses and hotels and now it's easily available for home use too.

User-friendly and versatile are two of the most commonly associated characteristics of LED lighting strips that are sought out most by those who are looking to produce professional light setups. The application range of these fittings is basically unparalleled and this is all thanks to design.

There are two ways of cutting your strips; either send your measurements to the retailer and have them prepare it for your in advance, or, alternatively, do it yourself. As such LED Strip Lights can be cut to varying different lengths, depending on the demands and constraints of the project in question.

LED Strips are a hugely versatile lighting solution capable of meeting the difficulties presented by even the most complex lighting projects. For instance, strips of LEDs were recently used to create a bespoke snow suit as part of a short film entitled "LED Surfer.

If you are adding accent lighting to the underside of a kitchen cabinet or behind some furniture, we recommend using an LED strip with a mid-range brightness. For commercial applications or applications where the strip needs to be noticeable in the presence of background ambience a high-brightness strip is advised. If you are looking to illuminate a small, enclosed area, such as the inside of a cabinet or underneath a shelf, we recommend using a low brightness strip.

LED strips are used in numerous applications in homes and offices throughout the world. Whether you want to add an impressive effect to your kitchen or a dramatic lighting effect in your living or dining room, you can use these strips to provide you with the versatility you need to complete your project with ease and confidence.

Then test how the light falls and enhances the area by repositioning the strip several times. As mentioned LED tapes are easy and quick to install however it would be best if you have a set location in mind rather than constantly moving your installation because this could result to a messy process. Start by determining where specifically you plan on mounting your LED light strips for produce your desired effect. When in doubt simply position the strip without adhering it into place first.

Some of these are intrinsic to LED-technology in general, such as a longer life expectancy, while others are unique to LED Strips, such as flexibility. This article will outline some of the advantages offered by these new generation strip lights. LED Strip Lights offer a number of advantages over more traditional luminaires, such as incandescent, halogen and fluorescent.

Mounting Strip Lights is surprisingly easy and requires very little expertise. Most strips have a 3M self-adhesive backing, which allows them to be stuck straight down onto a surface without the need for mounts or brackets. Even if they don't have a self-adhesive backing, installing brackets is still quite easy and far less hassle than installation a fluorescent tube, for example.

LED Strips on the other hand produce comparatively little heat, making them much safer to use and less of a fire hazard. Halogen and incandescent light bulbs are notorious for becoming very hot during use.

This makes them incredibly affordable to run and allows users to experiment with much larger installations without the fear of running up excessive utility bills. Like all LED-technology, LED Strip Lights use significantly less electricity in their operation. 2 watts in power, which works out to about 90% more efficient than other types of lighting. A typical meter strip of LEDs will use about 7.

The LED strips come in spools and they can be cut to the desired length. The controls are connected and the lights plug into any socket. The strips can be attached with peel and stick backing or they can be inserted into a metal tube that attaches to a wall or cabinet. Special socket connectors and controls are available for lights placed in different locations.

For subtler lighting effects, accent lighting and lighting in an area that doesn't have other illumination, the 30 LED per meter is usually sufficient. This is most suitable when you want illumination bright enough to compete with other lighting in the immediate area, or when you want the lighting to be noticeable even in daylight. This refers to how many actually LED lights there are positioned along each meter length. Number of LEDs per meter
LED strip lighting generally comes in two LED per meter varieties: 60 LED per meter and 30 LED per meter. The 60 LED per meter obviously has the most LEDs, and so offers the brighter light.

This will be discussed in a separate blog which takes you through each unit you will need and how to get started. Once you have chosen your strips you will need to find the necessary peripherals to get started.Different manufacturers can offer even more variables as well as custom options in LED strip lighting, so discuss your requirements with your LED lighting or signage specialist to decide exactly which product will suit you best.

Short strips of LEDs can be cut to size, discreetly lighting each section with a warm glow. Bookshelves and display shelves
LED strip lighting solves the problem of lighting bookshelves and other display shelves.

When using 12V strips, a 2-3V drop over a 5 metre run would reduce the voltage by 25% subsequently reducing the lumen (brightness) by a similar percentage. 6V every metre and is less noticeable with 24V strips. Voltage drops out approximately 0.

Traditional luminaires tend to be housed inside glass enclosures, which are fragile and inflexible. In contrast, the LEDs on strip lights are mounted to a flexible "ribbon" of circuit board which can be bent around 90 degree corners and be made to fit to surfaces with a changing gradient.

Power is then applied to one end of the strip and the diodes emit a smooth lineal light. Flexible Strips consist typically of low profile surface mounted diodes (SMD), which are the same type of chips used in latest fluorescent LED tube T8 but in the case of the strips they are attached to a flexible conductor strip.

When you buy the strips, choose a specialist company that focuses on LED lighting. They are the best companies that can provide you with advice, recommendations and support. Ideally the company you choose will help you with an energy survey and chart, helping you see how you can save by changing to a 12v LED strip moving forward.

These adhesive portions can be located at the back of each light strip for easy installation and shunning of other messier adhesive modes. Below is a quick step by step guide to illustrate how fuss free it is to mount LED strips on your own. The standard LED ribbon lighting comes with adhesive tape that is double sided.

A remote color change controller is available with thousands of different color tones that can be set and easily changed with the white lights. LED strips are available in bright white and softer yellow tones.

Ask advice from your LED supplier to make sure you get the right components for the application you have in mind. LED strip lighting is easy to install and need a transformer to adjust the voltage to LED requirements.

Voltage
Generally being marketed by metre, these LED tapes are flexible and work on twelve volts and can be snipped at pretty much any measure thus making them quite versatile compared to other lighting counterparts. Unlike halogens or fluorescent bulbs, LEDS are less costly to run because they only utilize a portion of energy while still producing the same level of illumination.

As a rule of thumb you are only supposed to make cuts on particular cutting marks found on the tape. Always double check your measurements in order to ensure that you cut your strips correctly. It does not hurt to be a bit of a perfectionist.

Drivers
Since they are low voltage strip lighting they need a driver. This can be compared to the MR16 spotlights that use transformers to adjust the LED voltage requirements. Of course the transformer also works perfectly as a power source but it needs to be the correct capacity in order to support the light strip powering.

Voltage drop or 'volt drop' happens in all types of electrical installations. When larger power cables are being installed more complex calculations must be made to counteract the problem. However when LED strips or tapes are concerned there are a few simple guidelines to follow.

This gives your kitchen a soft glow in the evening. The LED strips can be attached under hanging cabinets and cupboards or above them. Overhead lights do not have to be on. People coming into the kitchen at night can see where they are going without the bright lights.

Installation of LEDs can be done for temporary purposes such as the case with holiday light trimmings of as a permanent lighting solution for establishment signs, displays, task lighting, etc. Businesses and homes should take advantage of the benefits and effectiveness that LED lighting solutions can offer. LED strips are the answer for lighting beneath cabinetry particularly in kitchens where work spaces are a must. The range of diverse color choices also make it possible for various decorating projects.

Variations
LED light strips come in two major variations; Color Changing RGB lights and Single Color lighting. Like standard bulbs in LED, cool white and warm white, on the other hand light strips that change color permit users to generate a range of ambience features at a simple click of the button.

The larger chips will give a brighter and more even light. Size of LEDs
The size of each LED is another factor that determines the brightness and the distribution of the light. The 5050 indicates a 5mm x 5mm chip, whereas the 3528 means a 3. This is indicated by the four figure number referring to the chip sizes.The IP rating of strips or any electric goods is made up of two numbers, indicating the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures.

This helps in locating small items that might have fallen to the floor. It also helps in sweeping the area. The lights can be attached just above the floor below the lower cabinets so that soft light illuminates the floor.

Easy to install LED strips can be used to create just the right light for fine and detailed work exactly where you want it. Desks and hobby areas
Even lighting is a great help for desk areas, or workshops.

Rigid strips are perfect for replacing fluorescent tubes for instance, though there is hardly anything you would not be able to do with a flexible strip either. The flexibility of the LED strips can be a determining factor in their application. The most common types of strips have LEDs lighting upwards, so if for instance if you wish to enlighten a wheel you have to look for side-mounted or side-view strips to be able to shape them the right direction. Strips are usually flexible to one dimension only, which is exactly she the direction of the LEDs can be significant. On flat surfaces it is sometimes easier to work with rigid strips, though applied on ceilings or walls - I guess many of you have come across this problem before - what appears to be flat for the eye is far from straight once examined with a spirit level. So, flexibility is more often a grace than a burden.

The decorating possibilities are endless when a remote color changer is used. The LED strips are very effective in a pantry, hutch or cupboard with glass doors. The subtle lights illuminate attractive dishes, glassware and other pieces behind the doors.

The diagram illustrates how the power supply, strips and cables are connected together. As part for our LED Strip Fit brand, LED strips can be supplied to the exact lengths required; everything apart from the larger hard wired power supplies can be plugged into each, requiring no tools or electrical knowledge. For longer, more complicated runs we can supply our customers with their own easy to follow wiring diagram.

Colour of LEDs
LED strip lighting comes in several colours: cool white and warm white are a standard choice for regular lighting situations. Then there are the coloured strip lights: for decorative purposes you can choose a single colour lighting strip, or go for the colour changing RGB LED which is often programmable for a whole series of lighting effects.

One of the most popular uses for this type of light is as undercabinet lighting in the kitchen, where it delivers enough light to illuminate work tops. Mid brightness LED Strip Lights offer a greater amount of light and while they can still be used in a decorative capacity, they also offer enough illumination to serve as a task light. An example of this type of strip would be the 30 LED 5050, which gives 510 lumens per metre, or the 120 LED 3528, which gives 800 lumens per metre.

Regardless of which you choose you will first need to measure the length of furniture, wall or window into which you plan to install the strip lights. A measurment in millimeters (mm) is more pereferable as it allows a retailer to make the cuts with more exactitude.

They will do all the requisite cutting and soldering before they send them out to you and can even advise you on what the best strip light and periphery 'setup' for your project. The easiest way to cut your strips is of course to get in contact with your retailer and ask them to prepare your strips beforehand.

The tape has marked points along it, where it is safe to cut. You may not be able to get the exact length you have measured for the space, but work out the nearest length that will fit the space according to the cutting marks. The old saying 'measure twice, cut once' applies to LED strip lighting too. Measure, measure, measure.

Heavy-duty strip lights are not usually sold for home use, but much rather for commercial use on ships and in factories for instance. The carrying capacity of strips is generally very low. In home use, where carrying capacity matters - on an edge of a stair for instance - the use of profiles is the common solution.

It can be installed easily either for temporary holiday lighting or for permanent display purposes. LED strip lighting is an effective lighting solution for both homes and businesses. It is a perfect solution for under-cabinet lighting in kitchens, and the various coloured options offer plenty of fun decorative lighting possibilities.

The colour range of the LED is now endless, since any colour can be created with RGB technique. The temperature of the white colour is measured in Kelvin, and the higher colour temperatures (from about 5000 K) are the cold, or bluish whites and the lower ones (2700 - 3000 K) are the warmer white colours. There are generally two or three shades of white available: bright or cold white - the bluish, really bright version of white, the warm white - which is rather yellowish like the sun, and the natural white - which is a combination of the two in various degrees.This will make sure you get the right length of LED Strip necessary for the project. As such, it is a good idea to measure the space in which you intend to install them. All LED Strip Lights are made to measure.

Lay out the cut strips carefully so you won't get different lengths confused. Only ever cut at the specified cutting marks along the tape. Double check the measurements one last time, before you cut the ribbon into the strips you want.

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What you will find is that each diode on an the strip will use about a tenth of the wattage as an equivalent incandescent, which means you will be able to run your lighting very affordably. Installing them now will mean that you save up to 90 per cent on the running cost of your lighting, which, with large scale installations like those used in pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, is very important. LED Strip Lights are quickly replacing older incandescent lights as the effects lighting of choice for business and homeowners who want to stylishly rethink the way they light their interiors without compromising on quality. They also last considerably longer, up to 20 times longer in fact, with the average life span of an LED being anywhere between 30,000 and 50,000 hours.

The strip lighting comes in lengths or as a long roll, with the individual LEDs mounted on flexible tape. It can be cut at certain intervals, which makes it very easy to fit into smaller spaces. This flexibility allows for an infinite number of applications, limited only by your creativity.

Volt drop in single colour strips are barley noticeable, especially in shorter lengths. If there is not enough voltage towards the end of the strip the clear white colour will turn pink towards the end of the line. This is because white colour is mixed from red, green and blue (RGB). However, the red requires less voltage than green and blue. When the strip is far from the power supply, green and blue don't get enough voltage and become weaker, whilst the red colour becomes more prominent and turns white into pink. Colour changing strips are more visible when you turn the colour to white.

The brightness will reduce exponentially; the further away it gets away from the power source. Potentially the light output could be reduced to 0% if greater distances were incorrectly attempted and cause permanent damage to the LEDs. The LEDs at the start of the line will appear bright at 100% output but the LEDs towards the end of the line will start to fade.

Volt drop will occur slightly in the connecting power cables but as there are no LEDs or resisters etc draining the current, the volt drop will be barley noticeable. Thicker cables can be used to reach further distances.

In regular households, LED strip light to create a comfortable ambient on corners, shelves, masked zones, and small ornamental statues and so on. They can also be used for exterior design during holidays around the home, the porch or at window edges. These 12V LED light strips are also used for Christmas threes.

Simply peel of the backing once you are ready to install. The surface area you are working on needs to be clean and dry. This cannot be stressed enough because a surface that has dirt and grime or is moist can affect the adhesion of the tape. Press the LED ribbon firmly in its designated position.

The only danger is that once you see how easy it is to install your LED strip lighting, you will keep finding new places to use it in your home or business, until your whole space is lit up like a Christmas tree!

These lights are generally considered a "linear" light source, due to their very long, thin design. This allows them to be fitted in locations that most other types of lighting can't. Under kitchen cabinets, alcoves, shelves, bookcases; you name it, strip lights can do it!

Before understanding the various numbers you will find on the information provided for 12v LED strips, it's a good idea to know how these items are made and how they work. The LED strip comprises of a chip, which is mounted to a thin strip of metal, this metal is flexible, which is why you can roll it up, bend it around a cabinet and create your own unique lighting style.

We will analyze in more detail the different main features of the flexible strip LED. Obviously the width of the strip depends also on its casing and therefore, on its waterproof rating. The thinnest versions are IP20 (some top suppliers also offer IP64 which is a very good and recommended alternative to IP20) and the widest are IP68, which consist of a complete silicon casing surrounding the strip.You need cable clips, a hammer, a power source and the rope lighting. The time needed for installation depends on the length of the rope. Steps to Install Rope Lights: The simplest and most common method to install rope lighting is to nail it on the surface using cable clips.

This is an energy saving way to illuminate the dining area. LED strips attached to the wall just below the ceiling in an eating area adjacent the kitchen give out a subtle glow. The lights can be regulated with a dimmer switch or color changer for a romantic atmosphere.

Since the mounting base is flexible, they can be installed in multiple areas and they offer one more advantage vs rigid strips (LED bars), they can be cut to custom size, and reattached or interconnected if needed, either by simple soldering at marked soldering spots or by the use of Fast connectors, which are offered by the main manufacturers. Normally flexible strip LED are manufactured in reels, of typically 3 to 5 meters, and based on the type of chip and design of the reel connections, they can be cut every 2 to 6pcs of chips.

Strips running at mains are often used, but most of the LED strips require a transformer, since they run at low voltage (usually 12 or 24 V). If your strips need a transformer, make sure it is suitable for LEDs, because electric transformers most of the time ruin LEDs. The Voltage of LED strip lights should always be checked before application.

Therefore you can cut through the strip light at any point and it will continue to work. The reason for this is that an LED Stip Light is already a closed circuit and does not need to return to its point of origin in order to function. Finally, you can also do the necessary cutting yourself. If you have ordered a single LED Strip, you will notice that there is a wired connection at one end, but not at the other.

RGB strips need a controller to operate, and decide whether the colour of the strip should be one constant colour, or should change along with setting the pace of change. The variety of colour changes of the RGB strip largely depends on the knowledge of the controller too. Special pixel RGB strips are able to change the colour in a row, creating a run-down effect. Single colour LEDs are available in almost all colours now, but the RGB LED strips can also emit a large variety of colours.

Let's face it, there is nothing more frustrating than installing your new lighting and after a couple of months, the LED chips stop working. On average LED lighting should last for years, some up to forty hours of use, if not more. So buying quality will provide you with value for money, ensuring that you don't have to change your lighting any time soon.

This can allow you to determine where to correctly install your strip and how much strip you will be needing. it would be wiser to make and pencil in some measurements. Many people are lazy and would rather work by simply "eyeing up" the space or the section where the strip is to be mounted. To avoid having to redo the entire process of affixing the strip because it is in the wrong spot or it is crooked, etc. Once you know the exact length of the surface you can now use the measurements on the tape and cut accordingly.

The numbers may be anything from 3020 to 5050 combinations and knowing what they mean can help you identify which is the best LED strip that is going to meet your needs now and moving forward. Buying LED lights can be quite a daunting experience as you are faced with a serious of numbers, which chances are you have no idea what they mean. Buying 12v LED strips gives you so many great advantages to enjoy from energy savings to life span of these lighting solutions.

The manufacturer should provide all the specifications you need to help you work out what sort of power source you will need. If you have a 100W controller and your strip light performs at 5W per metre, then you will be able to run 20 metres of that particular strip light on a single controller. The controller dictates the performance of the strip light it is connected to. Always check the specifications of the strip light controller. If you need more then you can use an amplifier to boost the signal of the controller. Determine the power requirement of the LED Strip Lights. This is a variable figure, depending on the length of the light strip, the number of LEDs per strip and the size of the LEDs.

Cool White is a bright, daylight white colour and has a Kelvin Rating of roughly 6,000K or above. This light is far more defined and is suitable for accent lighting and indirect illumination. Warm White is a standard "incandescent" coloured light which shines with a Kelvin Rating of about 3,000K. It is most suited to domestic applications and where you want to create a 'soft' light scheme.

Your electrician should be able to cut and solder where necessary. This is however a little more expensive as they will probably charge you at the standard hourly rate, but, if you are already using an electrician to do the installation and you want to oversee everything and make sure it is perfect then there is no harm in taking this route. Alternatively, you can hire the expertise of a professional electrician to do the same.There are at least three different options when it comes to purchasing this lighting: Single colour in either warm white or cool white; colour changing RGB (red, green and blue) or single colour in a variety of different colours. While the white light is most useful for general household lighting, the colour options can add drama to an interior and can create fun lighting solutions for homes and businesses.

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12V LED strip lights generate a lot of lumens but they do not have the power to threaten the life of an individual. 000 hours without interruption. A strip lights LED can consume up to 10 times less power than its iridescent light bulb equivalent. They do cost a bit more than the average light bulb but they last 10 times as long in some cases. LEDs pay for themselves from the simple fact that they do not fail as often. An average quality low-voltage diode can run for at least 50. Last but not least, LEDs can last decades without failing. Also, due to the low voltage of the strips, the risk of electrocution is significantly reduced. On top of that they can significantly reduce the power bill.

Unlike traditional forms of effects lighting which comprise a single glass cylinder, LED Strip Lights consist of a single strip of flexible circuit board. This circuit board is highly durable and can withstand high degrees of tension before breaking. In addition to this it is also soft enough to be cut.

Materials Needed - Have all your materials ready. Since the LED strip can only be cut every third LED, you may have to go slightly over or under your desired specification. How to cut the LED strip - As you can see below, the flexible strip light can only be cut along the designated lines. Pay attention to positive and negative markings - IMPORTANT: Notice the positive and negative sides of the LED strip light. Measuring how many feet of LED strip you need - You may have your LED strip light sent to you in a roll (16 feet) or by the foot, depending on the quantity ordered. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut along the line. Sometimes when you cut the LED strip light, things can get mixed around. To insure you have the correct side up, make sure the wider of the white sides faces up. Decide how much flexible LED strip lighting you will need for your project. BE GENTLE and pull the locking device out away from the wires. Introduction to the connector - Each connector has two sides. You will need scissors, LED flexible strip lights, a connector, ruler (if needed), and a set of hands. Make sure you follow the positive side of the flex strip down through the connector wire to the power supply. This is important for the next few steps. Attaching the connector to the LED strip - IMPORTANT: Color does not always matter! Red/black can either mean (+) or (-) depending on what side you have hooked the connector to. Next, GENTLY secure the locking tray back in place, connecting the terminals of the LED flexible strip light to the connector. Securing the tray to the LED light - In the example below, if we were to attach the connector to the other side of the flexible strip light, the red would be negative and the black positive. Do not pull on the wires to do so, as the connector is fragile. Be gentle and make sure the mounting tray is securely closed, or the lights will not work. Match the positive and negative markings with the positive and negative wires from the power supply. Connecting the LED strip to power - You are now ready to plug your LED Flexible strip light to the LED power supply. Make sure the power is off when you do this.

With strips including a high number of LED always check their arrangement, because LEDs placed too close to each other may emit too much heat and radically shorten the lifespan of the strip. Another determining factor of the performance is of course the number of LEDs in the strip within a metre for instance. The higher this number is, the brighter the strip is, though extremely high numbers within a metre often require special technologies, like double width strips - where the LED are placed not just one after the other but in two or three rows next to each other.

Waterproof LED strips serve to offer the level of versatility that you need whether you are seeking to provide better lighting for signage, backyard décor, or an elaborate display of exotic fish. Both indoor waterproof lighting, such as what you would use in an aquarium, and outdoor waterproof lighting really come in only a small number of fixture and color types. While there are certainly other options available in terms of waterproof lighting, you will find that they are quite limited.

Some might go as far and place them in their cars in places such as under the dashboard or under the car. These LED lights consume less power, preventing battery drains. They can successfully replace any iridescent lighting especially due to the low power consumption. Let us not forget that power consumption is important for every car.Added features such as dimmer switches can help ensure even greater flexibility, and LED lights are designed to operate well in virtually any temperature. If you like to keep things new and changing and are looking for lights that can really keep up with your evolving needs, there are few options that can even compare. Taking the time to look at the benefits of waterproof LED strips is definitely worthwhile. You will find that the many colors on offer make it easy to accomplish almost any design goal, and color changing strips ensure that your lights are as versatile as you are. With ideal function from -25 to 60 degrees Celsius, you will find that these light strips can be installed and used almost anywhere.

Amplifiers allow the strips to be powered indirectly from the power supply but also allow the signal from the controller to pass through the entire run of strips. The amplifiers power the strip, the power supply powers the amplifiers. The power supplies can be positioned closer to the LED strip connection or wherever is most accessible. For longer runs of colour changing strip, you need to fit amplifiers every 5 or 10 metres. Amplifiers can even be powered from their own separate power supply and you could have as many power supplies as you like on the same run. This way when you turn the colour to red for example, everything turns to red at the same time.

This does not mean you can't install longer runs of LED strip, it just means that you need to take a different approach. Using a higher rated power supply does not fix the problem as the current still has to pass through a long line of LEDs and resistors, each one draining small amounts of power. Single colour strips and colour changing (known as RGB) strips are different because colour changing strips need to be controlled from one controller.

It can be spliced at certain cut points into any length you require. The backing is versatile and can be utilized on straight edges and curves. LED is attached to the length of these strips. Generally LED lighting strips are also widely referred to as ribbons or tapes. Additionally its thin nature allows it to be hidden away perfectly for display cases, recessed and subtle lighting setups.

), also different widths, from 5mm for thinnest strips which are mostly focused on specific lighting functions, such as side view lighting, to 8mm and 12mm, which are by far the most common, and wider strips for more complex strips, such as the intelligent strips which range between 15 to 17mm. New generation LED strips have white coated PCBs, which give a more uniform light distribution. Main suppliers can offer different PCBs finishing (transparent - Brass circuits or White, and even Black - Originally the PCBs holding the diodes were copper colored. The possibilities of design for the strips are limitless, although small companies focus on just a few of them.

One on side they feature a row of evenly space LEDs, or SMDs, depending on how technologically savvy you are, and on the other there is a high adhesive sticky-back coating. For many customers it is actually easier to think of LED Strips as a form of luminous tape, as this is in fact what they are.



One is efficiency - LED lights are very efficient, with most of the power going to produce light, not heat. There are two main reasons for using LED strips. Their extremely long life (20,000 hours is typical) means that they also do not need replaced very often, leading to vastly reduced lifetime costs.

Thankfully, if they are the wrong size, you won't have to send them back. These lights are fully customizable and cutting them is very straightforward. Always make sure you cut the LED Strip at the end away from the transformer. Once they are cut they are ready to go! Sometimes you might find you have to cut your LED Strips. They have small cutting points along their length which can be cut with a good pair of scissors, so as not to damage the circuit board.

Usually most lighting arrangements can be achieved with a single strip. Strip Lights are available in 5 metre and 10 metre reels as standard, but longer or shorter bespoke lengths can be ordered so call your provider to find out. This depends on the nature of your setup and how complex your intentions are. The most obvious consideration to make is the exact length of strip lighting that you require. To shorten a strip light can be done by simply cutting the strip at one of its cutting points spaced approximately 5cm apart along the length of the light. This method can be used to achieve a bit of extra length, especially when trailing them around a large corner. To attach two pieces of strip together, and thereby increase the length of the light, you will need a soldering iron and some two core wire. Lengthening or shortening strip lighting can be done all by yourself as well. Simply solder these wires to their respective plus and minus solder points at the end of the strip light where the cut has been made and do the same on the other strip to complete the connection.And we profile many of the top IoT platforms, discussing key trends in the platform industry like platform consolidation. We size the market and identify the primary growth drivers that will power the IoT platform space in the next five years. In a new report, Business Insider Intelligence examines the evolving IoT platform ecosystem.

That is where multi-color changing LED strips can really come in handy. These can be good options to have available, but if your storefront or your décor is always changing, the chances are good that you are looking for more. In fact, the best you get with many lights is the ability to change the bulb wattage or bulb color. Unfortunately, most light fixtures do not really afford this opportunity. When you are looking to provide the perfect lighting for your home or business, having as many options available to you as possible is critical.

For those who want to have rope lighting as a more permanent form of accent lighting, there are rope lights constructed for this purpose. WATERPROOF FLEXIBLE LED STRIP LIGHTS are specifically made for the outdoors.

Imagine the embarrassment of being at an intersection with a half-lit set of awesome strip lights and treat these LED strips right! DON'Ts: The LED strips may be flexible, but that doesn't mean that they can be abused either. While it may not be like the world is going to end if you somehow snapped your LED light strip, it's still somewhat of a hassle to replace so it's better not to test the strip's limits. These harsh actions may damage your new strip's circuit board and will result in the whole strip failing to light up. Don't bend the LED at an extremely sharp angle or bend them horizontally, as these should be a given.

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Available in multiple colors you can create special effects on practically any surface, marine, auto and/or home. Waterproof Flexible Strip LED lights offer the perfect solution to creating energy-efficient, stylish accent and mood lighting. Strip lights are discreet, flexible, and can be cut to fit your area, and since they come with a strong adhesive, they can be mounted virtually anywhere.

Non-solder connections can be used for easy re-connection, or you can ask your retailer to do the work for you. They feature cutting points all along their length, which can be used to shorten or separate strips. LED Strip Lights are one of the few types of lighting in existence that can be cut.

A controller is optional but adds the ability to turn your lights on and off and control other features such as dimming. Strips can be connected end to end up to various meters, depending on your product. o Can I connect multiple strips? Quick answers to the most common questions
o Do I need a controller for my strip lights?

The number of effects you can achieve with your RGB LED string depends both on the tape, and the controller you apply it with. All RGB LED lighting systems require a controller, with which you can determine the colours displayed. The two basic components to operate RGB LED strip lights are the RGB LED strip (obviously) and a matching RGB controller. The simplest RGB LED tape has a fixed set of colours that can be displayed in a pre-programmed sequence.

This happens because not enough power or electrical current reaches the LEDs, because it has further to travel. This causes the voltage to decline or drop towards the end of the run. Volt drop in LED strips occurs when the LEDs are positioned too far away from the power source or when longer individual runs (or lines) are attempted.

An example of this type of strip is the 60 LED 3528, which gives 400 lumens per metre. Low brightness LED Strip Lights are primarily designed for decorative purposes and will deliver just enough light to illuminate a small enclosed area or add definition to a room. Typical applications include the inside of cabinets and the underside of shelves.

LED strips also work with dimmers. These strips are especially useful in kitchens and adjacent eating areas. The low voltage LED strips are energy efficient, lightweight and each tiny bulb works independently. They can be super bright or very subtle. Strips of little light emitting diodes (LED) will go anywhere offering good illumination.

This article has given you a few of the main specifications associated with LED Strip Lighting and how to ensure you get exactly the right light you desire for your purposes. Look out for additional articles on how to make sure you meet the power requirements of your lighting system.

A story buried on the 14th page of the Times newspaper at the start of November about Britain and the EU sealing a deal on financial services sent the pound to its biggest one-day rise since mid-2017, despite repeated denials from both sides.Last, because they are applied with self-adhesive backing rather than being bolted into place or permanently affixed to studs or other hardware, you will find that your multi-color changing LED strips can be easily moved to accommodate your current needs. These strips are incredibly versatile and can really give you the flexibility in design that you are looking for. While you may have a large interactive display in the front of your store today, LED light strips will be able to be easily moved if you decide that you want to implement a new design pattern tomorrow. The same goes for holiday décor and other home design elements as well.

3258 and 5050 are the two major sizes of chips available. LED strips come with backings that are self-adhesive in order to make the installation process convenient and direct. The size and the number of LED chips in a lighting strip will determine the illumination level in the fitting. Brightness Levels
Lighting strips are found in a range of brightness levels, there are subtle lighting outputs for smaller and domestic uses and amazingly bright lighting levels for commercial usage.

LED lights are one of the most cost-effective ways to save on energy and prevent this imminent environmental decay. This can affect the environment we live due to the number of nuclear plants that will be required to keep the world running. In the next decade, the global power consumption will double if not triple. Very few people realize how important it is to save on energy and switch to more efficient power saving electrical devices and appliances. Even the common 12V LED strip lights can help both the environment and save some money on the power bill.

LED strips are flexible PCBs that contain multiple light-emitting diodes places in a straight line. The entire process is easy to understand. When the LED is connected to a power source, electrons start to move around and recombine with the electron holes in the diode which leads to a release of energy form called photons. The material used for the dielectric part of the diode will determine the color of the light. A single LED will not generate enough lumens to make it useful in any way but when multiple diodes are combined, LED strip lights start offering a pleasant ambient light.

Choosing an LED Strip Light that is neither too bright nor too dim is one of the first stumbling blocks that presents itself to our customers. Would could get technical if we wanted and begin quoting the lumen output (quantifiable brightness) of each of our strip lights, but this is prone to causing more confusion than is necessary.

Whether you are trying to illuminate a walkway, outside décor, a patio, an RV, or even an aquarium, you will find that waterproof LED strips offer just what you need and more. The good news, however, is that there is a better option available. It seems like options are surprisingly minimal, with floodlights, spotlights, and in-ground lights proving to be the most commonly offered choices. Perfect outdoor lighting can be such a difficult thing to achieve.

LED Strips are also available in a colour changing "RGB" format. These strips are controlled from a remote and can be set to static or dynamic modes. Each LED blends red, green and blue light in varying quantities to produce a wide spectrum of colours. You should choose this light if you want a light scheme that can be changed at the touch of a button.

You can then review them and compare them against each other to narrow down your list to the one supplier you know you can rely on and trust that will ensure you get the best quality lighting solutions based on your particular needs and requirements. Choose three suppliers that you believe provide the best quality products.

As you can imagine not all 12v LED strips are of equal quality and if you want a product that is going to last a number of years, provide you with reliable light and be cost effective, then you want to buy the best quality to ensure you get the lighting results you expect and deserve. When it comes to choosing a supplier, there are a number of factors to take into consideration.


RGB LEDs basically contain three LEDs used in one. The combination of these three colours covers the full spectrum of colours. If you turn the blue LED off completely for instance, the red and green will create a yellow light together. How does RGB LED technology work? To create a single colour output the frequency of the full LED must be over 50Hz. If you add a bit of blue to this yellow, you will receive a lighter green shade. The RGB controller works with PMW (pulse-width modulation), which means - at a certain frequency - it turns the LEDs on and off fully (this is exactly the same technique single coloured LEDs are dimmed). The colour can be manipulated with the frequency of the individual LEDs on and off modes.

The 24V LED strip can be used for staircases, ceilings and even outdoors, while the 12V is better suited for shelving, under cabinets and softer ceiling lighting. The twenty four vault LED strips are best used for higher watts, if you are looking for something brighter that will stand out.Another common problem is that the connector may be installed upside down; repeat steps above and try again. If your strip lights do not light up:
1. Also, MAKE SURE the tray is closed all the way. Wire color does not always matter! Red/black can either mean (+) or (-) depending on what side of the LED flex strip you have hooked the connector to. Make sure you follow the positive side of the flex strip down through the connector wire to the power supply. How many feet of LED strip are you using vs how large your power unit is? Check your power supply and make sure it is hooked up properly, with correct (+) and (-) as well. If you are using 1 reel of 24 v Ultra bright with e 2. 5 amp power unit, it will not work because the power unit is too small.

Each one provides it's own benefits, both can be used in both residential and commercial projects. Firstly you need to understand that LED strips come in twelve vault and twenty four vault. So it is advisable to identify which is which, which one works best for you and then the best place to buy them to ensure you purchase the finest quality.

This article will give some practical advice on ordering LED Strip lights for the first time and getting started. One of the defining features of LED Strip Lights is their ease of use. However, there are a few things worth considering before you buy. They are made with a user friendly ethos in mind, which makes them incredibly easy to install.

Moreover, strip LED lights are best for both practical and aesthetic utilization. Interior Functions
Not only is the strip lighting perfect for the exterior of a vehicle they work just as excellently in the interiors. Border lighting, seat edge lighting, footwell, or dashboard illumination and roof lighting are just some of its interior uses. Just make sure to have the lights off whilst the car is in motion because it can impede on the driver's visibility especially at night.

100% waterproof items have the IP rating of 68. If you are planning to install strip lights at wet or humid places, outdoors, or maybe even under water, then your items need to be partially or completely waterproof.

LEDs require transformers specially dedicated to them, so electronic transformers are not suitable, for instance, and also the majority of LEDs require stabilized constant voltage powering. If so, you need a transformer to connect them to the mains, or you can operate them with batteries of the adequate voltage. Once you decide on going for RGB LED strip lights, the technical details you have to pay attention to are the following. If you would like to apply any low voltage LED lights of this kind, always check the voltage tolerance of the light among the technical details. LED strip lights often do not operate at mains, but are low voltage lights. Also, obviously, the range of effects you will be able to achieve with the RGB LED tape depends on the knowledge of the strip, so check what colour range it provides, or if they can be used with DMX RGB controllers (which provide a full range of mixing colours and widest range of effects). When you decide on the strip light, pay attention to the followings: the size and performance of the light-emitting diodes included in the strip, the technology of the LEDs (low power, SMD power or high power), the light emitted, its IP rating, the direction of the light or the diodes, and its coverage. On boats, yachts or caravans, Voltage increases when the engine is on, for instance. Voltage tolerance may also have significance if you operate the lights from a battery or an engine (power supplies need to be stabilized, so this problem doesn't occur with them).

If you have a walk-in pantry, the strips will illuminate all of the shelves making it easier to find items at the back of a shelf. Place strips of light in a pantry and connect the strip to the light switch.

Basically LED strip lighting comes as a tape or ribbon with LEDs along the length of it. As the backing is flexible it can be used on curves as well as straight edges and because it is very thin it can easily be concealed to give subtle lighting in recesses and display cases. It can be cut at certain points into the lengths you require.


The simplest RGB LED string lights have a pre-programmed set of colour they can emit ranging from four to 16, and the colours rotates according to these programmes. The range of colours displayed can be widened with the knowledge of the strip and obviously the knowledge of the controller. RGB LED strip lights are most often sold with the controllers suitable for their operation, or there is a list of recommended controllers indicated at the strip light's description. So, what is the full range of effects possible with RGB LED strip lighting? This type of RGB LED rope light requires a special RGB controller. Controllers can basically be manual, automatic, semi-automatic, pre-set sequence or DMX. Besides the regular RGB LED strip lights which can emit several shades of colours, but only one at a time, exist the multiple colour strips - also called magic LED strips or pixel LED tape lights. RGB LED ribbons which allow DMX controllers can display several million colours.The lights are capable of chasing one another, sequencing, flashing, and fading in a variety of manners, ensuring that your lights always do the job that you require of them. Another way that multi-color changing LED strips provide versatility is in color pattern. You will find that it is possible to have a static light display in any color you choose, but you can also have your lights move in a number of ways. Thanks to the variety of colors, you can also illuminate your space with different colors and patterns every day.

LED lighting is quickly becoming the most popular choice for homeowners and business owners alike. With lower electricity consumption, less required maintenance, and more versatility, there is simply much to love about these lights. Why settle for artificial looking lights or for fixtures that create shadows and glares when the natural, smooth look of LEDs is available for both indoor and outdoor use? You will also find that waterproof LED strips are easy to install and remove, helping to ensure that you are never stuck with a single lighting option. No matter what your decorative style, you will find that lighting is the element that will hold it all together.

The strips will also work on the ceiling and give light to items placed at the back of a shelf. The flexible strips can be placed vertically as well as horizontally on the wall of a pantry as needed. The strips can be placed above or below any shelf to assist in locating stored items.

This gives a more even power distribution and should provide a more consistent illumination. For any LED strips over 2 metres in length you can provide a 12volt feed to both ends of the strip or one feed in the middle, by cutting the strip into two and connecting the power supply to both strips.

Their compact and flexible designs make them ideal for lighting an automotive, particularly since the light to be used needs to be discrete and able to fit various contours. Flexibility
These strip lights are a few of the most widely versatile lighting systems available.

Dimming is always simply attainable, though most strips require a dimmer specifically manufactured for LEDs. The variety of moods or atmospheres that can be created with strip lights is incredibly large and a lot depends on the accessories you use with them, like dimmers or controllers. Although the largest variety of RGB effects are created with panels, where there is no limit to the effects used other than our imagination, there is a lot you can do with strips too, applying complex controllers, like the DMX, allowing you to set the rhythm of colour change to music.

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Rigid Strips: with or without waterproof protection, with PCB board finishing, encased in plastic or with aluminum backside (also known as LED bars) and using high power SMD or older LED technologies such as mounted diodes.

flexible strip: with or without waterproof protection, with or without adhesive tape on the back and using either SMD mounting technology (several options depending on power) or older mounting technologies (which are less and less common).

They also work perfectly as furniture additions, stair well, coving and coppicing. This technique adds both task light functioning as well as visual appeal. One such example is a wall mounted under lighting in kitchen cabinetry. Discrete
Strip lights in LED are generally used to produce lighting that is either hidden or subtle since they are concealable and can fit just about any tight space that no other fitting can reach. Layering is the effect that results to the installation of LED strips in narrow spaces; this setup creates a dramatic mood.

The advantage of LED strips over fluorescent tubes is that they can be cut to exactly the right length, giving even, bright light the whole length of the counter. Under counter and under cabinet lighting in kitchens
Any dark shadowy areas on kitchen work surfaces can be banished with the use of strip lighting attached underneath cabinets. And of course LEDs are far more economical to run, using far less electricity.

The controller determines the performance of the strip lights it can directly be connected to. The technical details of the controller are also significant. RGB LEDs have four pins. For example, if the controller is suitable for let's say 140W performance, and the performance of the RGB LED strip light you will use is 7W per metre, than you can connect 140/7=20 metres of strip lights to it. Three of these pins are for the colours (RGB), the pole of these pins determine the type of connection. If it is the other way round (three negative, one positive), the connection mode is common anode. The connection mode of the LEDs you have will determine the connection mode of the controllers you can use. If the LED light or strip light has three positive and one negative pins, the connection is common cathode. If you wish to control more than that, but synchronized together; you will need an RGB amplifier that forwards the signal of the controller. However, since the power that can run through the RGB controller is fixed, the amplifier needs to be powered directly from the transformer or the battery.Can you install ROPE LIGHTING on your DECK and/or DOCK? YES - For years we've had rope lights on our dock that began with decorating the dock area during the holidays. They're easy to install, fairly inexpensive and puts out just the right amount of low-key, indirect, ambient lighting.

Now buying 12v LED strips means you are going to enjoy an energy efficient lighting solution that is going to last years, saving you money in the long run. While these strips may appear expensive initially, when you work out how much you can save in the future, you will see that spending the money now is a financially viable option.

If you are unsure on whether you need the 24V or the 12V LED strip, then you may want to find a reputable lighting company that provides a lighting design and energy saving service. They will also carry out a thorough energy survey and provide you with charts so you can see how purchasing these strips can help you save money in the long run. The company can come up with ideas for you based on your particular design needs.

com: how the performance of different LED technologies (low power, SMD power and high power) ranges, as well as the size of the diodes. Obviously, the more recent the technology of the LED is, and the bigger its size is, the brighter it will be. This difference has already been discussed in one of our previous articles on ArticleBase. Of all the determining factors mentioned above, the most important is probably the type and size of the LED included, both of which determine its brightness or performance.

More designers are using LED strips to separate rooms, create a dramatic effect and provide clients with a comfortable lighting solution that works for them now and in the future. A number of home-owners are using lighting to separate their living areas when living in an open plan home.

When you look at the specifications of strip lighting you will usually notice a series of four numbers that to most people might not mean a lot. These actually refer to the size of the individual LEDs on the strips. The key difference between these two types of chip size is the consistency of light they produce. Smaller LEDs will create a more jagged and inconsistent effect, while larger LEDs will provide a more even spread of light. Typically you will find chip sizes of either 5050 (5mm by 5mm) or 3528 (3.

There are a few things you will want to bear in mind when it comes to buying LED strips to ensure you buy a quality product that you know is going to provide you with years of use and enjoyment. Ensure when you purchase the 12V LED strip that you buy from a reputable company with years of industry knowledge and experience.

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Most LED Strip Lights can have additional sections added using joining cables. We recommend you add at least 10% to the calculated value to allow for resistance and losses in the cables. You would also need to allow for any possible expansions or additions in the future.

Nooks and niches
Curved nooks and niches can often be problematic from a lighting point of view, but with the flexible strips of LED lights, it is now easy to light individual and curved niches. Because the strips have such a slim profile it is also easy to conceal them in the recess, with no ugly tubes or bulbs to detract from the smooth line of the interior.

Retail and hospitability fields have made the use of LED strip lighting very popular. High quality and affordable lighting that functions well beyond the standard lighting options in the market have made LED strips such a huge hit. Both industries have as well discovered the benefits that this type of lighting can provide their businesses.

The strips can be bent no less than 90 degrees; you don't want to snap them in half and break the circuits now. As a car enthusiast, that's probably the last thing you want to do. You would have to know the limits of these LED strips so you don't somehow bend them awkwardly or anything. They're great to trace as a border around your headlights because of the smooth and curved surface. When you bend the strip, the radius must be more than 20 degrees before you risk damaging them. DOs: The LED strips are flexible so they can be bent accordingly, within its limits of course.

One area in which they fulfill this is customization. One of the main advantages of using LED Strip Lights is that they offer a user almost unparalleled versatility in terms of their application and usability.

There are many reasons why multi-color changing LED strips stand out in a crowd, but sheer versatility is certainly one of the biggest draws. Because the strips are flexible, they can be placed almost anywhere. With the right strips, you will find that you have numerous options in a number of ways. In fact, flexibility is high enough that the lights can be bent to a 90 degree angle or even a barrel roll, ensuring that you can make almost any shape or highlight almost any design element. The light strips can also be easily connected together for increased length or cut to decrease it.The suppliers should provide more than LED lighting, they should offer a lighting design service, they should also help you with an energy survey, so you can see how changing to 12v LED strips can save you money in the long run and the finally, they should offer a price match guarantee.

Installation
Attaching the strips of light to the battery can be achieved by simply connecting the two core cable lengths to their corresponding sectors on the car's battery. The minute the car is started, these fittings should instantly light up and produce an amazing lighting style that can make any vehicle stand out. it does not heat up therefore it is not a fire hazard. It does not contain any harmful components liker mercury so users as well as the environment is free from harm. The best part about LED is that it is generally safe to use.

It is also worth noting that the colour temperature effects the perceived brightness of a light source, as cool white gives a few more lumens than warm white. Due to its brightness, cool white is more effective in certain applications, such as accenting, than warm white, which is much softer. As a general rule of thumb, strip lights with fewer and smaller LED chips give less light.

To calculate the size of power supply (in Amps) you need to multiply the length of the LED tape by the number of the LEDs per metre and then multiply this by the power of the LED (0. Then divide the value by 12 volts to calculate the required Amperage of the power supply. 24w per LED are typical values).

Your manufacturer will provide you with all the necessary connector leads to get you going, which usually includes a length of wire that connects the LED Strip to the transformer and a power cable connecting the transformer to the socket. These Lights run straight off the mains power through a 12V transformer, similar to the ones you find on laptop chargers. Always find out how long the connector cables are before you begin your project. This simply steps the voltage down from the 240V mains power to 12V for the LED Strip. If they aren't long enough you can always use an extension lead.

Knowing which you need will avoid you being left in the dark or blinding yourself unnecessarily. These are low brightness, mid brightness and high brightness. Instead, our LED Strip Lights can be divided into three main categories based on their utility.

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