What to Consider When Choosing the Best LED Strip Light

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Update time : 2022-07-22 11:58:45

What to Consider When Choosing the Best LED Strip Light

 

The use of flexible LED strips is rapidly emerging in modern lighting designs around the world. Architects and lighting designers are incorporating LED strips into residential, commercial and industrial projects at an increasing rate. This is due to improvements in efficiency, color options, brightness and ease of installation. So as a novice in the process of buying a light strip, what factors should be considered?

 

LEDs density

When buying LED strips, you can first check the number of LEDs per meter of the strip. For higher quality and more uniform light, look for high-density LED strips light or COB led strips, if each LED is too far apart on the strip, they will produce speckled lighting, if you need a spot For lighting, you can choose a light strip with a smaller number of LEDs. Note that LED density is not the only factor that determines brightness and light quality.

color temperature

Color temperature is the way an LED differentiates the various whites it produces, indicating how "warm" or "cool" the light appears. Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K), with higher temperatures representing cool colors (blue hues),

Lower temperatures represent warmer colors (the yellow light you would expect from a bulb). 

When choosing a color temperature, you need to consider the effect you want to present, in general:

Warm white creates a warm and comfortable area. It is generally used in rooms where people gather to visit or relax (living room, bedroom, dining room, etc).

 

Neutral white creates a natural daylight effect. This is the best-selling strip because it mimics natural light and can be used comfortably anywhere in the home. This is our most popular under cabinet LED lighting strip.

 

Cool white complements modern and contemporary styles with a bright, fresh glow. Cool white is great for task lighting because it's a brighter, more focused light. Bright, cool colors are used the most in bathrooms, kitchens and work spaces.


If you're not sure what color temperature strip you need, you can choose a CCT light strip. Tunable white lighting is becoming a very popular lighting trend right now. Instead of producing vibrant colors on the rainbow, tunable white lighting can change the light strip from 2700K warm white all the way to 6500K cool white.

Brightness

With the continuous advancement of LED technology, LED light strips will have the ability to achieve brighter. However, in some cases, you may not want too much light, such as accent lighting inside a shelf.

The brightness of an LED is measured in lumens. Different projects require different brightness levels to achieve the desired look. Our advice is to buy a light strip that is brighter than needed and add a dimmer to run it at less than its full power and brightness, this approach will also extend the life of the strip.

A quick guide to required lumens by project type:

  • Accent Lighting and Mood Lighting - 100 to 350 lumens per foot
  • Under cabinet Lighting - 175 to 525 lumens per foot
  • Task Lighting with low distance from light source - 280 to 437 lumens per foot
  • Task Lighting with higher distance from light source - 500 to 1000 lumens per foot
  • Indirect lighting in a bedroom/ hotel / vehicle / lobby - 375 to 562 lumens per foot
  • Industrial lighting / signage / tube replacements - 500 to 950 lumens per foot

Color

The colors of the light strips are monochromatic light strips and multi-color light strips (RGB or RGBW). The most basic LED strips are our monochromatic strips, which emit only one fixed color, and we offer: warm white, natural white, cool white, red, green, blue, yellow, pink, and ultraviolet (UV).

Color changing lights come with RGB, RGBW light strips and digital light strips, the good thing about this kind of light strips is that you can change their color to your liking. However, one color that RGB strips can't create is white, and that's where RGBW strips come into play. The LEDs on the RGBW strip alternate between RGB and white diodes so that the light can have a polychromatic effect, but the RGBW strip can also produce a normal white when you need it.

All in all, buying LED strips doesn't have to be a difficult process as long as you know what to look for. The key to buying LED tape is to make sure you understand your application and regional constraints, then understand your mounting options, power needs and colors.

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