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Finding the Right LED Strip Lights

Finding the Right LED Strip Lights

When buying LED Strip Lights, there are a few things you will need to consider.

Strip lights can be used to create a wide range of lighting effects, but not all are applicable to your needs. Making sure you are choosing the right LED Strip Lights is the first step towards creating the lighting effects you are looking for.

A few questions worth asking yourself include:

- what am I trying to illuminate?

- where am I installing my strip lights?

- do I need a lot of light or just a small amount of light?

- will my light be functional or decorative?

All of these questions are completely relevant and will help you choose the perfect strip lights for your application.

In addition to answering the above questions, you will also need to consider the following:

Colour

LED Strip Lights come in a choice of colours. Warm White is a soft, "incandescent" coloured light, often considered the mainstay of domestic lighting. Cool White is a sharp, well-defined light suitable for accenting and effects lighting. Colour Changing RGB will give you the option of switching between various different colours.

Brightness

This is A LOT more important than many people realise.The strength of a light source is measured in lumens, but as not everybody is familiar with this terminology, we divide our strips into three main categories; low, medium and high.

Low brightness strips will serve most decorative purposes. Medium brightness strips act as a halfway house and are often used underneath kitchen cabinets. High brightness strips are designed for commercial applications or where the lights need to compete with a lot of background ambience.

Length

All LED Strip Lights are sold by the metre. Therefore, it is important you measure your installation area before you buy. We offer a bespoke cutting and soldering service for our customers; send us your measurements and we will cut to length. Remember, strip lights can only be cut at 5 or 10 cm intervals, depending on the type purchased.

Waterproof?

LED Strip Lights can be purchased with an optional IP (Ingress Protection) "splashproof" coating. If you are using your strips in a kitchen, bathroom or outside, you will need them to be protected.

Dimmable?

All Single Colour and Colour Changing RGB LED Strip Lights are dimmable. Single Colour strips require a 12V dimmer switch, which installs between the LED Driver and strip light. RGB Strip Lights feature a dimmer option as part of their functionality.

LED Driver

As strip light operate at a low voltage (12v) DC, they require an LED Driver in order to convert the mains power supply (240V AC). Your driver needs to be large enough to manage the power consumption, or "load," of your strip lights. For more information on LED Drivers call 0116 321 4121 or email support@ledstriplights.co.uk.

Hopefully our guide has pointed you in the right direction. However, if you are still finding yourself spinning in circles, you can always call us directly on 0116 321 4121 or email support@ledstriplights.co.uk.

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