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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.

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