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  • Choosing the right Brightness for your LED Strip Lights

    Choosing an LED Strip Light that is neither too bright nor too dim is one of the first stumbling blocks that presents itself to our customers. Would could get technical if we wanted and begin quoting the lumen output (quantifiable brightness) of each of our strip lights, but this is prone to causing more confusion than is necessary.

    Instead, our LED Strip Lights can be divided into three main categories based on their utility. These are low brightness, mid brightness and high brightness. Knowing which you need will avoid you being left in the dark or blinding yourself unnecessarily.

    Low brightness LED Strip Lights are primarily designed for decorative purposes and will deliver just enough light to illuminate a small enclosed area or add definition to a room. Typical applications include the inside of cabinets and the underside of shelves. An example of this type of strip is the 60 LED 3528, which gives 400 lumens per metre.

    Mid brightness LED Strip Lights offer a greater amount of light and while they can still be used in a decorative capacity, they also offer enough illumination to serve as a task light. One of the most popular uses for this type of light is as undercabinet lighting in the kitchen, where it delivers enough light to illuminate work tops. An example of this type of strip would be the 30 LED 5050, which gives 510 lumens per metre, or the 120 LED 3528, which gives 800 lumens per metre.

    High brightness LED Strip Lights deliver a huge amount of light for their relatively small size. This makes them suitable for many commercial applications or situations where the lights need to remain visible in the presence of background ambience. A few examples of applications include shop front window displays and night club illuminations. An example of a high brightness strip light is the 60 LED 5050, which gives 1020 lumens per metre.

    As a general rule of thumb, strip lights with fewer and smaller LED chips give less light. It is also worth noting that the colour temperature effects the perceived brightness of a light source, as cool white gives a few more lumens than warm white. Due to its brightness, cool white is more effective in certain applications, such as accenting, than warm white, which is much softer.

    When choosing a strip light you should ask yourself the following questions:

    -Where are the lights going to be used?

    -What effect am I trying to achieve?

    -How dark will the area be?

    -Do I need my lights to be functional?

    A simpler option is to install a dimmer switch.

    For more information call 0116 321 4121 or email support@ledstriplights.co.uk.

  • Using Waterproof LED Strip Lights

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    When exploring the lighting options available to you in a home or business, you are sometimes restricted by certain factors. A good example is safety. Continue reading

  • LED Strip Lights and Interior Design

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    Lighting plays a very important role in creating the look and feel of a room. With their discreet and flexible design, LED Strip Lights allow users to explore a wide range of lighting options. Continue reading

  • LED Strip Lights for your Car

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    LED Strip Lights make the perfect lighting accessory for cars or other vehicles. For starters, they run at 12-volts, so can be run straight off the vehicle's battery. Further, the wide range of brightnesses and colours available mean they can be used functionally or decoratively. So if you just want some extra light, or to transform your vehicle into an attention-grabbing spectacle, LED Strip Lights can help. Continue reading

  • How to Install LED Strip Lights

    Installing LED Strip Lights is a very simple process. They can be introduced into the existing layout and decor of a room and can serve as both a permanent and semi-permanent fixture.

    Some LED Strip Lights use a very basic "plug and play" system. This makes for easy installation and easy removal. It also means the strip lights can be repositioned if needed. LED Strip Lights can also be full integrated into the lighting design of a house as a permanent lighting fixture.

    Whichever you go for, the following points should be considered.

    Take Measurements

    While LED Strip Lights can be bought as a "ready-made" kit, it is also possible to have them "made-to-measure." Measure the space in which you intend to install your lights. This could be the underside of a kitchen cabinet, a length of shelving or an alcove. Send these measurements to your retailer and they will do the rest.

    Connecting to the Power

    You need to have a suitable power source from which to run your strip lights. Make sure there is one readily available. All LED Strip Lights require a 12V transformer/driver. These can be either plugged into a wall socket or connected directly to the household mains. Work out which you need. Do you want to be able to control your strip lights from your light switch, or do you want to be able to move them later one?

    Also make sure there is enough distance between your strip lights and the power supply. A driver will usually be able to reach about a metre. If the power outlet is further you may need an extension lead or extra length of cable.

    The strip light usuall connect to the driver via a pin connection. If you strips do not have these, or if you are running more than one strip from the same driver, you will need a terminal block. Buy these from any electrical retailer.

    Attachment

    Most LED Strip Lights use a 3M self-adhesive backing. Simply peel off the backing and stick them down to your surface. Take your time and make sure they are straight. If your strip light doesn't have an adhesive backing, you will need to buy some trunking. This can be bought from any electrical retailer.

    Check the Load

    The power requirement of LED Strip Lights varies and is expressed in watts per metre. Your driver needs to be able to handle the "load" of the strip lights it is attached to. Multiply the wattage of your strip by the number of metres you are using. The resulting figure is called the "load" and the load of your driver needs to be equal to or larger than this.

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