LED strip lights are a new type of lighting technology which can be used in new and exciting ways. As LED technologies have continued to develop, resulting in the capability to emit enough brightness and quality of light for general illumination applications. Here we will explain what exactly LED strip lighting is, and how can you get started using it in your own home.
Definition of LED strip lighting
LED strip lights are a linear array of LED chips which are mounted onto a long and narrow electrical circuit board. The circuit board is typically flexible, and the LED strips are usually packaged into reels. Most types of LED strips can be cut and trimmed using regular scissors to the particular length required.
Double-sided adhesive backing tape typically comes pre applied onto the backside of an LED strip, allowing you to simply peel the paper backing and stick and then mount the LED strip onto virtually any surface.
What kind of light can an LED strip emit?
The type of light that an LED strip emits is determined by which type of LED has been mounted onto the LED strip. There is a wide variety of both white and coloured LEDs that are available on the market. White LEDs can range from warm white (2700K), which gives off a yellowish, warm and comfortable glow, to cool white (6500K) which offers a crisper, more energizing bluish light which is closer to natural daylight.
Some LEDs have the capability to emit multiple colours, such as an RGB LED strip, and by using a specialised electrical controller, virtually any colour can be created.
How much light can an LED strip emit?
A variety of factors influence the brightness of an LED strip, and this can then vary widely depending on the design and the quality. A single LED strip can emit as low as 300 lumens, or as much as 2000 lumens per meter, which is approximately equivalent to the amount of light a standard 1.2 meter, 40W fluorescent tube emits.
An important factor to bear in mind with this comparison is that an LED strip generally emits light in a 120-degree angle, whilst a fluorescent tube emits light in all directions – so the LED strip might appear brighter despite having the same lumen rating.
Where to use LED strip lighting?
Some of the biggest advantages of LED strip lights are that they are flexible and use low voltage. This means that any length of it can be placed in locations of objects that are not flat or straight, and with sufficiently considered safety precautions, can come into reasonably close contact with materials such as fabric or paper without burning.
Here are some ideas to use LED strip lights in your home:
- Ceiling coving or cornice
- Sink and bathtub rim
- Under cabinets, toe-kicks and in drawers