What do I need to install LED Strip Lights?
Whether you are looking to use LED strip lighting for commercial, domestic or architectural purposes there are certain things you should know when installing them. There are hundreds of variations of LED strip lights with each one differing in it's suitability, one thing you may come across when looking for a suitable product would be the IP rating of the LED strip light, this is a measure of the products protection against dust and water, with IP68 being completely water proof and IP20 being only dust proof, suitable for dry indoor applications such as living rooms and bedrooms.
When installing in environments such as kitchens and bathrooms where there is prolonged exposure to steam and condensation we would always specify an LED strip light with an IP65 or IP67 rating to ensure it is fully protected against any moisture it may come into contact with.
For outdoor environments where the LED strip will be exposed to the elements you would require something with a high IP67 / IP68 rating as these coatings completely encapsulate the LED strip lights protecting it completely against water ingress and dust.
Once you have found the suitable IP rating for your application you will of course want to find the colour you are looking for whether it be single Colour or RGB changing we have hundreds of options available to suit your needs.
All our LED strip lights are low voltage solutions and require a suitable 12V or 24V driver, to prevent over loading and straining the LED drivers you must run them to 75% of their capacity for example our 100W 24V driver will only run 75W at its capacity to avoid excessive strain and overheating. Each LED strip has a different power consumption which can be found on the product page, for example our Pro-flex 24V is a 72W product and would require a 100W 24V driver in order to power the full 5 metre roll.
When installing the LED strip lights you cannot daisy chain more than 5 metres in one continual run, this is because the circuit board is only able to carry the current for one 5 metre run and as soon as this length is exceeded the circuit board can no longer cope with the current running through it which may cause components to fail and burn out, it is important when you are planning your project to ensure that each length of 5 metres has its own feed back to an LED driver.
If you are looking to dim your LED tape or you have a colour changing options which require a controller you will also need the relevant controller and receivers in order to make this possible, the LED controller will be wired between the LED driver and the LED strip lighting with the wires connected to their respective inputs on the LED receiver, this can then be paired with a remote control allowing you to control the colour or the brightness of your LED strip Light.
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