Ultimate Guide on Buying LED Strip Lights 1

LED Strip lights have gotten increasingly standard for house lighting. Greater than seemingly you could have heard the argument for LEDs over incandescent and even halogen bulbs: they’re extra environment friendly, brighter, longer lasting, they don’t produce a lot warmth, they’re simply managed and programmed…the checklist goes on and on. LEDs are available in extraordinarily compact packages which might be sturdy and proof against shock, making it to allow them to be utilized in quite a lot of methods.

One more and more standard means is in LED strip lighting. Linear (strip) lighting has change into very fashionable and is changing into an inexpensive possibility for each industrial and residential lighting functions. Shopping for LED strip lights might sound comparatively straight ahead, however there are lots of issues you want to think about in ensuring you get the appropriate kind of sunshine in your wants. Observe by way of this submit as we stroll by way of the necessary components for LED strip lighting and run by way of our full line of LED gentle strips.

Varieties of LED StripsUltimate Guide on Buying LED Strip Lights 2

The LED Strips class is a broad class that features all several types of LED strip lights. Relying on how you propose to make use of the LED strips, you could want one kind over the opposite. For instance, IP65 LED flex strips are higher suited to out of doors and moist areas as they’ve a protecting protecting that make them waterproof. Under is only a transient description of every type of LED Strip Gentle, this information will go into extra element on them later as there are a number of forms of strips in a few of these classes.

LEDs/size

When shopping for LED strip lights, you will need to take a look at the variety of LEDs per size. For brighter output and better gentle high quality it is best to search for the strip lights which have the best variety of LEDs per Foot (Meter, Yard, and so forth). If LEDs are spaced too far aside throughout the strips they may produce spotty lighting as a substitute of a clear, fixed line of sunshine. It may be complicated as producers use totally different items of measurement to promote this. My advice can be to stay to a sure measurement after which convert all different measurements to see what strips have essentially the most LEDs per set unit of measurement. Take notice that this isn’t the one consider figuring out brightness and lightweight high quality. Our LED Rope Gentle, for example, has extra LEDs per foot than our DC LED Flex Strips however they’re dim LEDs and are a lot spottier than the Flex Strips, so all the time examine on brightness of the LEDs as effectively.

LED Strip Brightness

As LED expertise continues to enhance, LED strips proceed to succeed in brighter capabilities. This doesn’t imply all strips can be tremendous vivid, in some circumstances you could not even need the sunshine to be tremendous vivid. An instance of this may be accent lighting inside a shelf.

Brightness of LEDs is measured in lumens. Relying on how you’re utilizing the LED strips, you’ll most likely desire a sure stage of lumens. For accent lighting you’ll most likely not need something brighter than 200 Lumens per foot however for different functions the place you need extra gentle it simply will depend on your private choice of how vivid you need them. So, be sure to pay attention to the Lumens/size together with the LEDs/size as it will have a robust impact on gentle high quality and the kind of gentle the strip provides off.

LED Strip Colours

Our LED strip lights are available in a variety of single colours in addition to multi-color strips (RGB). Probably the most primary LED strip lights are our single colours that solely emit one fastened gentle coloration. We provide them in: Heat White, Impartial White, Cool White, Pink, Inexperienced, Blue, Yellow and Extremely Violet (UV).

The colour altering strips are known as RGB strips. These LED lights can show any Pink-Inexperienced-Blue mixture coloration. These strips require a controller to alter colours in flashes or keep on one chosen stable coloration. Have a look beneath to see how these strip lights work and look.

Colour Temperature

Colour temperature is how we differentiate the varied white colours that an LED can produce. Temperature signifies how ‘heat’ or ‘cool’ the sunshine seems. Temperature is measured in Kelvin with increased temps representing cool colours (blueish hue) and decrease temps representing hotter colours (yellowish gentle you’ll anticipate from a bulb). See beneath for a extra visible rationalization.

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Set up of LED Strip Lights

When shopping for gentle strips for an utility it is best to all the time have an thought of how you’ll mount them and set them up. For some strips just like the DC LED Flex Strips, it’s as simple as exposing the adhesive backing and sticking them onto a clear floor. Different installations may be way more tough for mounting, slicing and wiring strips collectively. Listed below are some components it is best to all the time be mindful, we’ll get extra particular farther on on this submit once we discuss every particular person strip:

LED Strip Wattage

One other key consider organising your LED strips is realizing the wattage. First you want to discover out the wattage of the system you need to arrange. Right here at LEDSupply we give you the wattage per size of strip so it’s simple to search out what your complete wattage can be as soon as you know the way many linear ft you could have. Discovering complete wattage is not going to solely assist you to discover an sufficient energy provide however may even let you know the way a lot electrical energy you can be utilizing along with your new setup.

As soon as you recognize complete wattage you’re able to discover a energy provide. You will want an influence provide for all our strips aside from the Plug & Play choices (AC5050 Strips and LED Rope Gentle). Plug and play strips have an influence wire constructed onto them with a switching transformer in line so there isn’t any want for an added energy provide.

Very first thing when searching for an influence provide is realizing what enter voltage your LED Strips require. The strips discovered at LEDSupply may be both plug-in, 12V or 24VDC powered…simply be sure to know what your strip wants and discover a energy provide with that output. Secondly, make certain the wattage of the facility provide is not less than 10% increased than the wattage your LED strips will eat. If there isn’t any wattage listed on the facility provide (there all the time can be on our website) it’s a good factor to notice that: Output Voltage x Amperage = Wattage of your energy provide.

Shopping for LED Strips at LEDSupply

Now that now we have gone over a number of the fundamentals of shopping for LED strip lights, it’s time to take a look at the precise strips we stock. In the remainder of the submit I’ll go over every strip in hopes to assist you to resolve what strip is greatest in your utility. That is an important part of this submit as it would assist you to discover the strips greatest in your wants and can have all the data you want to set them up and full your undertaking.

DC LED Flex StripsDC LED Flex Strips

These 12-volt versatile LED strip lights are the most well-liked product for in-home lighting DIY initiatives and renovations. Hundreds of consumers and contractors similar to you discover these lights extraordinarily useful for each job and accent lighting across the house. There are plenty of complimentary equipment provided as effectively to make these strips very consumer pleasant.

What makes them really easy to make use of?

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The strips are made with 3M double sided adhesive backing for straightforward set up. Secondly, they sit at an especially low profile: 10mm vast and 3mm tall! They produce little warmth so are good for tightly spaced functions. The strips are provided in 3 foot increments as much as a full reel which is 16.4 ft (5 Meters) however they’ve minimize traces alongside the strip so that you can minimize to extra exact measurements.

12VDC Powered

The strips want an enter of 12VDC. The low voltage lighting makes it protected to setup for novices. Not solely does it make the wiring and connections safer than straight AC line voltage but it surely additionally makes it so you’ll be able to energy them from batteries! When powering within the house simply be sure to use an influence provide or transformer that may give off 12VDC and ample wattage in your strip size.

Waterproof Strips…or not

These flex strips are provided in two totally different types of strip. The IP65 Waterproof LED strips are improbable for each indoors and out. With a skinny silicone layer on prime of the versatile strip, these LEDs can face up to the weather. Waterproof strips are advisable for out of doors lighting, pool/patio lighting, toilet lighting and beneath cupboard lighting the place moisture or mud can accumulate.

The flex strips additionally are available in an IP20 type that’s mainly the IP65 strip minus the protecting silicone layer. These strips are nice for areas the place you don’t want to fret about any water or mud ruining the strip and elements.

Normal 30 LEDs/M or Excessive Density 60 LEDs/MUltimate Guide on Buying LED Strip Lights 5

The DC flex strips have two totally different density choices. The usual density strips have 30 LEDs/M and their brighter improve, the Excessive-Density strips, have double the LEDs, 60 per Meter! Clearly, these searching for the brightest gentle ought to migrate to the high-density strips however watch out to have a look at the variations between the choices within the desk beneath.

Density # of LEDs Lumens Wattage
(per Reel)
Cuttable Max. Run
Stand. (SD) 30/Meter 540/M 27 Watts Each 4″ 32.8 Ft.
Excessive (HD) 60/Meter 1080/M 40 Watts Each 2″ 16.4 Ft.

Normal Density flex strips are nice to be used in tight areas or when used for oblique, accent lighting. They’re clearly not as intense as the upper density so they’re higher for the functions the place much less gentle is extra. Examples of this are shelf lighting, backlighting and different mushy accent lighting.

The one huge benefit of the 30 LEDs/M Strip is they are often linked finish to finish as much as 32 ft…DOUBLE that of the excessive density. This can be a particular profit to the lights, serving to these resolve that want longer lengths and don’t care as a lot concerning the brightness.

Keep in mind how we talked about gentle high quality earlier and the way it will depend on brightness of the LEDs in addition to LED density (LEDs/M)? Properly the high-density strip makes use of the identical precise diode on the strips however double the quantity,, subsequently delivering a high quality gentle way more highly effective than the usual density strips.

The high-density strips are a major improve from the usual density if you’re searching for extra gentle output. These are primarily for these functions which have increased ceiling coves and also you want extra gentle or if you’re utilizing them as a essential supply of sunshine in a selected space. The sunshine output is improbable for job lighting of every kind and you’ll most likely even desire a dimmer to regulate down when wanted.

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12 volt LED flex strips are tremendous easy to make use of. There are various choices, nevertheless, that may make the duty appear overwhelming to some. If this LED strip pursuits you and also you wish to study extra about setting this up your self then observe our Information to Putting in 12V LED Strip Lights. This information is restricted to DC Flex Strips and goes over all the knowledge and useful equipment you will have to arrange your lights!

AC LED Flex StripsAC LED Flex Strips

We additionally carry an AC possibility within the 5050 SMD LED Strip Lights. They’re barely wider than the DC strips as they’re 9/16″ vast and 1/4″ tall. Don’t fear concerning the dimension enhance as these pack plenty of gentle with 20 LEDs per foot giving off 180 Lumens in that span. The very best half? These are plug and play strips, simply purchase the size you need, plug in, and these infants are able to go!

The opposite huge benefit of the 5050 type is that they will run in steady lengths as much as 150 ft and may be minimize each 18 inches! This makes it so you’ll be able to run longer lengths with none breaks and might even minimize down the strip if you want to match it right into a sure size! In case you have a niche in your utility you an simply select a strip-to-strip jumper to suit the hole and maintain your gentle going seamlessly.

The mounting isn’t fairly as simple because the DC flex strips as they don’t include adhesive backing. Fortunately they arrive with mounting clips (1 per 3 ft) to mount to the floor. For these not desirous to take care of clips or need the LED strip in a really tight, straight utility the three foot mounting tracks can be a good selection to set the LED strips up.

In case you are working longer lengths (75′ and up) it is going to be a good suggestion to think about AC LED strips. These strips run a lot better over distance and there received’t be the necessity to buy a number of energy provides and dimmers as they will run straight from 110-120AC line voltage. Check out our AC5050 Evaluate which works into additional element on utilizing these strip lights.

LED Rope GentleLED Rope Light

Alright, now we have moved previous flex strips now and are right into a barely totally different kind of linear LED, LED rope gentle. Not like the flat, ribbon like flex strips, this LED Rope gentle is encased in a 1/2” diameter spherical rubbery plastic. The encasing makes for a water-resistant rope gentle that may bend in all instructions and has omni-directional LEDs. Which means that not like the LED Flex Strips that emit out the highest, these LED Rope Lights emit throughout the entire rope, there isn’t any bottom or space the place you can’t see the sunshine. The Rope Gentle is just not almost as vivid however works nice for dim accent lighting or only a good added contact to your exterior deck, patio, backyard, and so forth.

This LED Rope Gentle is just like the AC LED Flex Strips within the sense that it may well plug straight into an ordinary wall outlet and run from 120VAC. They provide off no warmth and run off of little or no energy as they’re solely .77 watts per foot. The LED Rope Gentle is obtainable in heat white, cool white and blue.

The rope holds 12 LEDs per foot with an inch in between every. The lumen output is extraordinarily decrease than our different linear choices at 6.3 lumens/foot for cool white and 5.5 lumens per foot for heat white. We provide the Rope Gentle in customized minimize lengths of three, 9, 15, 30, 75, 105 and 150 ft. Just like the AC LED Flex Strips the Rope Gentle may be linked with jumpers however can go all the way in which as much as 150 ft in size. With each 3 ft of rope gentle bought, we embrace a clip for mounting them wherever you’d like. These ropes appear like a typical rope gentle within the sense which you could inform the place every LED is positioned, it’s not meant to be a gentle, easy gentle all through. The sunshine that comes off is nice for accenting sure areas however is just not sufficient to be the stand alone lighting for a room.

LED Rope Light Applications

This Rope Gentle is a good worth and has a rated lifetime of 60,000 hours for whites and 100,000 hours for colours. They’re extraordinarily sturdy and add a pleasant contact to your spot. Use them in locations the place you don’t desire a vivid gentle or simply want one thing to attract consideration to part of your own home or exterior space. Check out the photographs above to see how they’re sometimes used.

Excessive Output LED Strips

High Power LED Strips

The final three strips that we provide are LED Strips that give off plenty of gentle. Not like the flex strips and cord gentle above, these strips have mid to excessive energy floor mount LEDs on a extra inflexible strip.

The Duo Strip

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The Duo LED strip is manufactured proper right here in the US by LuxDrive. If you wish to make your personal LED linear fixture that is your gentle engine to start out with. The Duo homes 48 Nichia 757 diodes on a 1-foot by 1-inch printed circuit board (PCB). There are on-board drivers that maintain the LEDs protected whereas requiring solely a 24V enter. Every 1-foot Duo Strip runs at about 8 Watts whereas outputting over 870 Lumens!

The Duo may be minimize down into smaller segments for design flexibility. Each 3 inches there’s a dashed cut-line displaying the place it may be cleaved into separate items with a circuit board cutter (paper cutters work as effectively) or shears.

The strip segments, whether or not minimize quick or full foot lengths may be linked as much as 8 ft at a time. Meaning 8 full Duo strips may be linked in sequence off of the identical energy supply. In the event you minimize the strips down smaller, simply make certain your complete LED strip size doesn’t exceed 8 ft.

The Duo is obtainable in a large coloration temperature (CCT) vary from 2700K to 6500K. In the event you want coloration the Duo has that lined to with crimson, yellow, inexperienced and blue.

Imagine it or not there are even horticulture particular LEDs that come on the duo. The Nichia 757 Horticulture choices can be found in each 3000K and 5000K. These LEDs have a really vast output spectrum that’s good for develop functions.

ElaraStrip

ElaraStrip

This excessive brightness, low profile strip is 12” x .45” and has 9 high quality excessive energy Nichia LEDs on a inflexible strip with on board circuitry and drivers. The low profile LEDs solely sit about .15” excessive on the strip however give off a 120 diploma viewing angle so you’ll be able to pack this strip in tight places and it would nonetheless present flood illumination.

These strips are bought in 1 foot sections however you’ll be able to join 10 collectively at a time for a ten foot strip. The great half about these strips and connecting them is that they already include connectors on the tip so all you need to do is plug them collectively. Moreover you can even minimize the strips in half at 6” in case you want them to slot in a sure spot, notice you’ll be able to solely minimize them in half, in case you minimize them elsewhere the strip is not going to work. This provides you plenty of management in constructing a customized size excessive brightness strip.

LVL2

The ElaraStrip may be bought in heat white, impartial white, cool white, crimson, blue and inexperienced. The 9 Nichia LEDs are top quality and provides off a vivid gentle at 200 Lumens/foot. These strips are nice for linear functions the place you desire a brighter gentle. They can be utilized in coves and for accent lighting, common illumination, beneath cupboard lighting and are nice as a wall wash gentle. They’re really used on this beneath cupboard fixture that we promote, known as the LVL2 (pictured to the left). For cove and accent kind lighting they might be too vivid however no worries as they’re 0-10V dimming and completely appropriate with our 0-10V wall dimmer. In order for you dimming you will have the ElaraStrip wiring harness that plugs proper into the 4 pin connection at first of the strip after which has two units of wire leads in your enter energy and your dimmer.

The Elara Strip is simple to energy because it takes 12-25VDC and runs at 4.5 watts per foot. You’ll be able to simply join energy utilizing the wiring harness from above or now we have an alternative choice within the ElaraStrip Energy connector that plugs proper into the 4 pins on the tip of the strip and has a 2.5mm feminine barrel plug on the opposite finish the place a desktop energy provide could possibly be plugged proper into. For a excessive energy LED strip that is extraordinarily simple to energy as a way to get an ideal high quality, vivid gentle.

This strip is right for when area is restricted however you want plenty of gentle. This can be very low profile and has in-built drivers so you haven’t any want for any cumbersome drivers within the utility. This strip additionally comes with its personal thermal management so when the LEDs are too sizzling it would compensate for this and funky down, making it so that you don’t want a cumbersome warmth sink in case you’re working in a good area. Take notice that this does take away from the brightness because it dims the LEDs a bit so in order for you the brightest gentle you will get then put this on aluminum flat bar or a small warmth sink materials as a way to management the warmth in order that the automated thermal management doesn’t kick in, taking away from the strips efficacy.

LuxStripLuxStrip

The LuxStrip is mainly the ElaraStrip on steroids, and the most effective elements is that it may be completely personalized to what you need. This 12” x .95” strip can maintain 6 LEDs of your alternative. Select from the Luxeon Insurgent and Cree XLamp choices together with the colours and optics you’d like as effectively. This makes it so you’ll be able to customise these strips for common lighting, out of doors lighting, gentle bars for autos, or develop lights and reef tank lights with the totally different colours which might be obtainable.

The LuxStrip is bought in 1 foot items that may be linked as much as 12 ft lengthy. They arrive with connections on each ends for straightforward connecting just like the LuxStrip however if you’re connecting strips and want a niche in your utility you should use the Luxstrip wiring harness and a customized harness as a way to join the 2 collectively. They may also be minimize each 2” for extra particular lengths, make certain to not minimize the strip down any smaller than 4” or it is not going to work accurately.

The 6 LEDs on the strip are able to being run at 350mA, 500mA and 700mA which is chosen at checkout. This implies the wattage per foot can be 7-15 Watts relying on the driving present you select. These are the best high quality LEDs and in case you run them on the max for this strip (700mA) they are going to be giving off 1000 Lumens per foot! The on board driver circuitry contains 0-10V dimming so you’ll be able to dim that brightness down with our low voltage dimmer if vital. At 700mA the LuxStrip will run fairly sizzling so you will have a warmth sink to dissipate the warmth in order to not burn out the LEDs and on board circuitry. We advocate utilizing aluminum flat bar for a backing as this retains it low profile and takes care of the surplus warmth.

An business customary 24VDC energy provide is right to be used with the LuxStrip and might simply be linked through the LuxStrip Wiring harness or the LuxStrip Energy connector which comes with a barrel jack and dimming/non-dimming choices. Energy and dimming management voltage is linked from strip to strip through a low profile board-to-board connector on the finish of the strip, and makes use of a novel polarized connection for idiot proof meeting.

So mainly, if you’re searching for the brightest strip then that is the one for you. This may be extraordinarily vivid and might gentle up any space you want. Beneath cupboards, behind a frosted lens, excessive ceiling coves, regardless of the linear space could be, this strip is certain to present you some excessive brightness and is fairly simple to arrange. One other plus is that it’s the solely strip that can be utilized with optics to regulate your gentle in case you want the strip to concentrate on a selected space. This US manufactured strip comes with one of the best LED choices obtainable with business main Cree and Luxeon LEDs. So have enjoyable with this strip and tailor it to the way you’d like, the alternatives are yours in spite of everything.

The Final Information Wrap Up

That about does it for our run by way of of LED strip lighting. Shopping for LED strip lights doesn’t need to be a tough course of so long as you recognize what to search for. The important thing for you when shopping for LED strips is to be sure to know your utility and space restrictions after which perceive your choices for set up, energy calls for, and colours. With our vary of strips and choices you will see that what you want in your lighting undertaking. Keep in mind we’re all the time right here to help you alongside the way in which through e-mail (gross [email protected]) and cellphone (802-728-6031). As all the time be happy to share what you’ve achieved with our strips on our social media pages, we love seeing what is completed with our LEDs and it helps present inspiration for these not sure of the facility and greatness of LEDs.

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