Choosing LED strips: how to find the right LEDs for your
LED strips are a versatile light source that can be installed almost anywhere. They consist of a flexible base layer (a printed circuit board or PCB) that is backed by a self-adhesive tape and studded with a row of light-emitting diodes. LEDs are placed at regular intervals, usually 60 or 120 diodes per meter, to provide a smooth effect when illuminated.
Extremely narrow as low as only 8 mm wide and 3 mm high, LED strips are ideal for installation in narrow areas where other forms of lighting would not be practical. They are energy efficient, use very little energy (only 4.8 watts per meter) and yet can produce enough light to replace fluorescent tubes (up to 1440 lumens per meter).
LED strips are available in a wide range of colors, including a variety of whites as well as RGB/RGBW strips that change color, which will allow you to mix any tone of any color when connected to an LED controller.
LED strips can be supplied in standard or waterproof versions, for external use or in places where moisture resistance is required. Regardless of the type you install, the LED strips will offer bright and eye-catching lighting, and will enhance any environment, residential or commercial, indoor or outdoor. Very simple to install, they are economical and can reactivate and transform the look of your home or business.
Where can I use LED tapes?
LED strips open up a world of creative possibilities. Extremely versatile, you can place LED strips in almost any location, and take advantage of a wide range of brightness levels, colors and programmed lighting scheme options. Here are some examples of typical applications.
- Led ceiling lights and washed colored walls.
- Cabinet lighting – above and below kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
- Sockets, moldings, panels and socket lighting.
- Doors, windows, floors and stairs.
- Signsignal and showcase display.
- Areas of bars, clubs and restaurants.
- Lighting feature for cabinets, display cases and counters.
- Exterior – gardens, patios, access roads.
- Christmas lights, weddings and other special occasions.
- General working light that replaces fluorescent tubes.
What is the difference between LED tape, LED strips/strips and LED tapes?
Some manufacturers call their products LED by different names. There is no difference between LED tape, LED strips/strips and LED ribbons, all are the same.
LED strips – the basics
LED strips can operate with 12 volts or 24 volts, powered by a constant voltage transformer or controller. More than one LED strip can be powered by a single transformer, provided that its total wattage is less than the transformer output power.
LED strips are normally supplied on reels of standard length 5 meters. You can have your strips trimmed to the maximum before they are shipped when you place your order, or you can cut them yourself. Each LED ribbon is marked with special cut points, usually spaced at intervals of 25 mm, 50 mm or 100 mm, depending on the type. Longer lengths can be created by welding as needed (again, if you wish, you can order your previously welded strips for us).
White and single-color LED strips can be dimmed with a combination of transformer, receiver and intensity regulator. Similarly, RGB and RGBW (color-changing) LED strips can be managed with a suitable transformer, receiver, and controllers.