How to Choose an LED Strip

How to Choose an LED Strip

LED STRIPS

An LED strip consists of a self-adhesive tape and substrate on to which LEDs are placed at regular intervals. Once installed and power applied, the whole length of the strip is illuminated producing a forward light. LED strips make a great addition to any domestic or commercial environment. They are inexpensive and easy to install and can change the mood and look of a space instantly.

The options are endless; the appropriate LED strip can be installed indoors or out for ambient, coloured or task light in almost any area. The different levels of brightness and colour types available make LED strips very versatile. Typical uses include:

  • Above and under kitchen/bathroom cabinets
  • In kick-panels and skirting
  • In ceiling coving, as wall washers and around bar areas
  • In cupboards, display cases and bar counters
  • Around doorways, windows, stairs and in floors
  • Under roof soffits
  • In gardens, pathways/driveways and signage
  • Lighting for Christmas or other special occasions
  • On the rear of TVs and speaker systems
LED STRIPS – WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
  • Where will the strip be placed and will it be used for task lighting, ambient or accent light?
  • LED strips should be installed on a sound, clean and dry surface
  • Different types of light output are produced by varying the size, number and colour of LEDs on a strip
  • The use of Integral LED strips internally or externally in dry, splash or wet areas is determine by the IP rating of the strip (e.g. standard (IP33) or with a silicone coating (IP67))
  • Will you need to conceal (if required) the strip, driver and wires
  • How will the strip be switched ON an OFF?  Will it be part of your lighting circuit or on a separate switch? 
  • The final lighting effect will depend on a number of factors including; Size of LEDs, number of LEDs per metre, the angle and position of the strip, the colour texture, distance and reflectiveness of surfaces and the distance of the observer from the strip
  • You can evaluate an LED strip by temporarily installing it with a removable tape such as masking tape, and then safely powering it to view the light output, pattern and angle, before finally fixing the strip
  • Integral LED Strips are made and tested to high standards to ensure that the strip delivers consistent colour and light pattern quality across the strip
  • LED strips should be installed by a qualified electrician
COLOUR OF LEDS

The colour of an LED strip will set the mood or add drama to your space.

  • Warm White – Traditional yellow colour – ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and hallways
  • Cool White – White with a blue tone colour – ideal for kitchens and bathrooms – task lighting
  • Red, Green or Blue – Stunning bold colours to add great effects to your space – and to make playrooms, clubs, bars and restaurants more exciting.
  • RGB and RGBW  – Red, Green and Blue LEDs that are mixed by using a remote control to produce a wide range of colours. RGB and White chips are in more advanced models, providing even more colour options and more accurate white tones.

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