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Everything You Need to Know About LED Strip Lights

Today, home lighting work can be safely classified as creative and labor-intensive. Indeed, every day there are new ideas and opportunities for organizing a truly unique light picture. As a rule, several types of lighting fixtures are used, which together create a unique, enchanting play of light and shadow.

One of the demanded elements, without which no modern design can do, is the LED strip. With the advent of LED lighting, many designers have looked at the process of organizing lighting from a completely different, more interesting side. The scope of application of diodes is so wide that you can even find LED grass for a lawn on the Internet.

The use of LED strips in an apartment is popular for additional lighting and decorative lighting. With the help of LED-backlighting, rooms are divided into separate functional zones, and accents are placed on interior elements. And white diodes are used to create artificial lighting for pets and indoor plants.

Everything You Need to Know About LED Strip Lights

Lighting options using LED strips are new and versatile. There are many variants and exceptions, but the majority share the following characteristics:

  • Various individual LED emitters are distributed on the tight, flexible circuit board
  • DC low-voltage power source
  • You can choose from a variety of color and brightness options
  • A long reel of this product is usually shipped (typically 16 feet / 5 meters long), cut to length, and sold with double-sided adhesive to mount the product

Anatomy of an LED strip

Half-inch (10-12mm) LED strip lights can be up to 16 feet (5 meters) long and half an inch wide (10-12mm). By using the cutlines, which are located every 1 to 2 inches, you can easily cut them to the length you need.

Strips are mounted with LEDs at a density of 18-36 per foot (60-120 per meter). The color and quality of the LED strip are determined by the quality and color of the individual LEDs.

The LED strips are pre-adhered with double-sided adhesive. LED strips can be mounted anywhere after peeling off the liner. LED strips can be mounted on curved or uneven surfaces thanks to the flexible circuit board.

How to Determine LED Strip Brightness

LED strip brightness is measured in lumens. LED strips differ from incandescent bulbs in their efficiency, so a wattage rating may not always indicate the amount of light they produce.

LED strip lights are typically described by their brightness in lumens per foot (or meter). Ideally, a good LED strip should produce about 450 lumens per foot (1500 lumens per meter) of light as a T8 fluorescent lamp. Four feet of fluorescent equals four feet of LED strip = 1800 lumens.

LED strip brightness is determined by three factors:

  • Efficiency and output of LED emitters
  • LEDs per square foot
  • Per foot, the LED strip consumes how much power

If a LED strip light does not specify its brightness in lumens, it should be avoided. Furthermore, you may want to avoid cheap LED strips that claim to be high-brightness, since these may overdrive the LEDs to a point of premature failure.