LED Strip Lights: Buyer’s Ultimate Guide

LED strip lights, more than ever, are now becoming so popular as far as home lighting is concerned. It is also considered as an affordable choice for residential and commercial lighting applications. Although these lights seem to be a straightforward choice, there are a few things that you should consider so you can make sure that you will be getting the right kind of light to meet your specific needs.

Different Types

  •         DC LED Flex-Strips

These are powered from 12 VDC.  These come with adhesive backing allowing mounting to be done easily and this could be cut every two inches. They come in waterproof selections and in 30 LEDs/M or 60 LEDs/M.

  •        AC LED Flex-Strips

They run straight from the outlet. You just have to plug it in and it’s good to go.

  •         LED Rope Light

This is encased and is an omni-directional LEDs with standard rope light packaging.

  •         High Power LED Strips

These are high Power LEDs mounted to rigid strips with on board circuitry and drivers.

 

Length

When you purchase LED strip lights, you need to consider the quantity of LEDs in every length. If you want higher light quality and brighter output, you should opt for the one that has the maximum number of LEDs. If the LEDs are apart from one another, they can produce spotty lighting instead of supposedly providing a clean and constant line of light.

 

Brightness

As this technology continuously improves, the strips remain to reach its brighter capabilities. However, it doesn’t mean that they will be very bright. Sometimes, you might not prefer lights that are too bright.

The brightness of is being measured in the form of lumens. Considering your usage, you might prefer a specific lumen. In the case of accent lighting, it should not be brighter than 200-lumens but in the case of other applications, it should depend in your own preference on how much brightness you want.

 

Colors

You can choose from a very wide selection of colors, both single and multi. In most cases, they are seen in neutral white, warm white, yellow, blue, green, and red.

RGB strips are the color-changing strips. These display a combination of red, green, and blue. They also need a controller so they change colors in flashes, or they can just stay in one color.

Why are they Easy to Use?

These strips are made with 3M double-sided adhesive backing which makes it very easy to install. Also, they have a low profile of only 10mm wide and 3mm tall. Very little heat is produces so they are best for tightly-spaced applications.

With such ease of use and its many other benefits, it’s no wonder why so many people prefer these lights in today’s time.