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Guide to LED Strip Lighting
LED strip lighting is a great alternative compared to incandescent, xenon and halogen linear lighting. Benefits like durability, long-lifetime, low energy consumption, easy powering and controlling make switching or choosing LEDs the obvious choice. However, there are some general guidelines to consider before buying LED strips. We offer a few helpful tips on buying LED Strips in the Ultimate Guide.
How to Power, Wire & Install LED Flex strips
12V LED Strip lights (also known as LED tape) are available in a variety of colors, lengths and intensities. This is the prime DIY LED strip for common applications including under-cabinet lighting, cove lighting, shelf lighting, stair lighting, bar lights, display lighting and accent lighting in cars. LEDSupply offers quality information on how to power and wire these flex strips here.
Get Familiar with Plug and Play AC LED Strips
LED strip lights with a 120V wall receptacle so lighting up is as easy as a simple plug in. These plug-in LED lights come in high output 5050 SMD strip lights, 3528 SMD Strip lights and Omni-directional LED Rope Light. Superb light for both indoors and outdoors available in lengths up to 150 feet!
Battery Powered LED Strip
Take this LED strip wherever you go. Powered from the included 8 Cell AA battery pack this 20-inch strip works great as a discrete light source for task or accent lighting. Strip and battery pack come with adhesive backing for mounting with ease. Great light for camping, tough-to-reach places, backlighting pictures/wall art and so much more!
High Output LED Strips
Foot long linear MCPCB boards mounted with High Power LEDs and on-board drivers. These LED strips are extremely bright and just need a 12-24V source. Connectable up to 10 feet long and 0-10V Dimmable!
LED Strip FAQs
What are applications for LED strips?
Use Flex strips or High-Power LED strips?
The low-profile, adhesive backing and trimmable length makes LED flex strip easy to hide almost anywhere. Imagine a softly lit cove inside your living room, above and in decorative display cases, below cabinets, behind mirrors, underneath toe kick areas. Outside applications often include indirect lighting under hand-rails, porch railings, and eves. We have seen color strips on motorcycles, under vehicles and inside bars for a modern look and feel.
High-Power LED strips use LEDs capable of drive currents up to 700mA making them perfect applications that require more light than accent or indirect lighting. Our High-Power strips also have on-board drivers that deliver constant current and provide low-voltage dimming control. The Flex strips are much less bright, and obviously flexible where the High-Power strips are rigid. For example a High-Power LUXstrip can produce more than 1000-lumens per foot where a 3-foot piece of Flex strip produces 300-lumens.
Is dimming available?
Do I need to heatsink my LED strip?
Yes, dimming is available for both High-Power strips and Flex strips.
The High-Power LED strips do require additional heatsinking, but the Flex strips do not require a heatsink.