homeautomation - Anyone have a favorite source for LED strip lights? 1

LED strip lights are a type of issues the place there are a ton of various and ranging qualities, outputs, and lifespans. I’ve achieved lots of analysis and have favorites. The query for you is absolutely, what’s the meant use and lifespan you might be searching for vs price range.

If you’re searching for one thing that can final 10-15 years, have superb colour rendering, use one of the best LEDs with one of the best phosphors, 3-4oz copper strip for warmth dissipation, and a very brilliant output, you most likely need to keep away from aliexpress and most amazon sellers. I’m positive there are nice ones on amazon. I couldnt discover it. Additionally right here on this web page I’ve seen folks hyperlink to amazon with referral hyperlinks. Examine the hyperlink earlier than you are taking someones recommendation.

5050s are the older LED sort and fairly inefficient in comparison with the brand new LEDs on the market. If you’re searching for colour altering RGB, yeah the 5050s are good. However if you’re searching for cove lighting with a pleasant heat white… I’d suggest 3014, 2835, 2216, and 2110 LEDs (in excessive density).

You are most likely going to wish one thing 300-500 lumen per foot + on a dimmer if you happen to want some good output.

I like to recommend going with a 24V gentle, as you can also make longer runs with out doltage drop or makes use of of amplifiers.

Amazon is a crapshoot. I’ve had nice outcomes for small behind the TV initiatives however when bought once more from similar vendor, the product modified and was junk. Others I obtained from amazon obtained too sizzling. I feel they’re overdriving the LEDs to realize brightness.

Possibility 1 – Flexfire LEDs – Nice super-bright product. I ordered years in the past and the lights are nonetheless extraordinarily brilliant, run cool, they usually had a design service free of charge the place I took my photographs of my challenge they usually constructed all of it out and quoted it. Slightly greater than I needed to spend however for a 30-day assure, I mentioned go for it. They’ve like 1500+ 5-star opinions that I assume are actual. I like these.

Possibility 2 – Elemental LEDs I additionally tried these guys however I can’t discover the place you should buy on-line anymore. They’d a wide variety of dimmers and remotes and I used their decrease output lights on my kickboards. They’re nonetheless working effectively!

Possibility 3 – Environmental Lights – Nice for DMX and controlls. I havent tried their lights truthfully however the specs look good.

Simply be sure to examine apples to apples and examine:

  1. Lumen output per foot

  2. What number of oz of copper in PCB

  3. Watts/foot

  4. Most run size

  5. guarantee

  6. compatibility with dimming methods

  7. for me… buyer assist and guarantee

  8. Worth. I are likely to go increased high quality = increased worth. I feel I paid like $115 for the Flex fireplace stuff per reel but it surely was 3x as brilliant as the opposite stuff and has lasted endlessly.

  9. Colour temperature and CRI (will every reel you get match the opposite reels colour?) You don’t want 5 reels with completely different shades of white, even a slight variation sucks.

I like strips and have them all over the place… Good luck

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