Things to consider When Choosing LED Strip Lights
In a previous article we focused on the main things to look out for when buying LED Strip Lights for the first time. Now we’re going to take you through the next step; installation. Installing your LED Strips can be anything from very simple to quite difficult, but ultimately it all depends tad towel on the end result you want to achieve with your lighting system. For example, introducing a 1 metre deprive of LED lighting into your kitchen cabinet may be a lot more sel-explanatory than using 20 metres of RGB LED Strip Lights to outfit a club and run this on DMX Control. Regardless of what you do there are a few universal things to look out for and this article will take you through some of them.
We begins with the LED Recording itself. This is made up of long part of high impact, flexible enterprise board with surface mounted devices, or SMDs, positioned along its length. There are a few different things to consider here including, LEDs per metre, LED chip size, strip light colour and length. Strip Lights are available in two LED per metre varieties, 30 LED per metre and 60 LED per metre. As suggested by the name the latter has two times as many LEDs and is a lot brighter than the former. They are made to be used in a lighting context where they are forced to take on background lights. So for example if you want to use them in a daylight setting, such as a shop street display, or add them to a room that already has general illumination and still want them to be seen, you should opt for 60 LED per metre as their clearer light output makes them suitable for these purposes. Aside from this a 30 LED per metre strip will be able to handle the majority of lighting arrangements, such as club setups, or somewhere else they need not compete with background lighting.
When you look at the specifications of strip lighting you will usually notice a series of four numbers that to the majority of people might not mean a lot. These actually refer to the size of the individual LEDs on the strips. Typically you will find chip sizes of either 5050 (5mm by 5mm) or 3528 (3. 5mm by 2. 8mm). The key difference between these two types of chip size is the consistency of light they produce. Smaller LEDs will create a more jagged and inconsistent effect, while larger LEDs will provide a more even spread of light.
Another decision to make is exactly what colour deprive light you want to buy. They normally are available in three main colour varieties, including warm and cool white and interchangeable RGB. The former two are for adding stylish background lighting to commercial and domestic settings while avoiding being too garish with the effect. They can be used to aesthetically to enhance the appearance of a room by adding layered or accent lighting, or they can add functionality to kitchens, bathrooms or offices where they can be used as task lighting to help work. RGB LED is a direct substitute for old created disco lighting and will be offering thousands of programmable effects. Typically they will run directly from a remote control which works in conjunction with a red eye sensor attached between the strip light and transformer. However, DMX Control is also an option. This is a form of advanced effects programming that uses a business standard signal to regulate the settings, colour and frequency of the lights.
Eat consideration to make is the actual length of strip lighting that you need. This depends on the nature of your setup and how complex your motives are. Usually most lighting arrangements may be accomplished with a single strip. Strip Lights are available in 5 metre and 10 metre reels as standard, but longer or shorter bespoke lengths can be ordered so call your provider to find out. Lengthening or shortening deprive lighting can be done all by yourself as well. To shorten a deprive light can be done by simply cutting the strip at one of its cutting points spread out approximately 5cm apart along the length of the light. To attach two waste strip together, and thereby increase the length of the light, you will need a soldering iron and some two core wire. Simply solder these wires to their respective plus and subtract solder points at the end of the strip light where the cut has been made and do the same on the other strip to complete the connection. This method can be used to achieve a bit of extra length, especially when trailing them around a large corner.
This article has given you a few of the main specifications associated with LED Deprive Lighting and how to make sure you get exactly the right light you desire for your purposes. Look out for additional articles on how to make sure you fulfill the power requirements of your lighting system.
Peter Jenny is an experienced writer with a Masters Degree in Operations Management. Peter has a wealth of experience in the lighting industry and is keen to share with you his knowledge about upcoming products and new discussions around LED lighting. He is currently working as a Content Manager at Wholesale LED Lights, UK.