LEDs are a great choice if you want to add color or subtlety to a room. LED strip lights can add bright light to your desk or countertop and stunning colored light to a rec room, boat, or camper. If you don’t have any electrical experience, a common question for LED novices is “how to install LED strip lights yourself.” The process is simple and, in both cases, has a very similar set of steps. Even if you don’t have advanced knowledge of electronics, this project can be done as a DIY project – although it’s always a good idea to consult an electrician before using electricity.
Installation of LED lights need to pay attention to what
Selection of LED lights
There are many types of outdoor lighting fixtures. Some do mainly use for night lighting to ensure safety, while others do mainly use for night decoration, highlighting the landscape, or creating atmosphere. With the development of LED technology, the use of LED lights in outdoor lighting fixtures is becoming more and more common.
When installing LED lights, be sure to check the protection level. IP65 and above protection levels provide waterproof and dustproof functions. Because LED lights do use in outdoor environments without rain cover, LED lights’ quality and service life are very important. Outdoor use of lights we usually do not often replace, so when choosing a light to pay attention to whether the light material can be used in harsh outdoor environments, as well as the length of service life.
LED Strip Density = Brightness
The density of an LED strip is the number of LEDs in an area, and for LED flexible strips, density is measured in “LEDs per meter”. Standard density strips have 30 LEDs/M, while high density strips have 60 LEDs/M. Higher density strips equate to higher quality, brighter light. The table below shows the difference between standard and high density strips. Note the difference in lumen output as well as the cut length and maximum run length of each.
LED Light Colors
LED lights can be categorized into RGB multi-color, UV, and white CCT. RGB LED strips are a good choice for those who prefer certain kinds and color effects. RGB strips are color-changing strips that are perfect for accent lighting around the home. They use red, green, and blue diodes that can mix so that they produce many different colors. If you use RGB strips, be sure to use the 3-channel controller in the dimming section of this guide. UV is great for UV applications or to make your own blacklight!
CCT stands for Correlated Color Temperature, which is the color temperature of light in degrees Kelvin (K). the temperature level of the LED strip directly affects the appearance of the light. Warm white is what we call 3000K, and it gives off an orange or yellowish appearance. As the degree increases, the color changes from yellow to off-white, then to natural white, and then to blue-white or cool white.
How to install LED strips
Step 1: Choose the right LED strip
Roughly estimate how much LED lighting coverage you will need. If you are installing LED lighting in different locations, measure each point so that you can later cut the lighting to the right size. Add these measurements together to estimate the total length of LED lighting you will need to purchase.
Step 2: Select the light and power source
The LED strip must first be selected for the color and brightness required for the under-counter LED strip installation. For task lighting and high brightness applications, we can choose the right lighting color as needed. Warm color temperatures are perfect for creating a comfortable atmosphere and promoting a sense of relaxation. Cool colors are suitable for clean and bright locations. We adjust the strap to brightness, making it the perfect solution for accent lighting.
Step 3: Connect the cables
Use solderless clips to attach the cables to the strip. Push the strip into the short end of the clip and then match the colored wires to the corresponding letters on the LED strip at the other end of the clip. They may be in a different order, so you may need to rearrange them. Pinch the clip firmly without stripping the wires.
Step 4: Connect the Controller
The controller allows you to change the color or dim the light. If you are using a color changing light, you will need a controller. Strip the colored wires and align each wire with the corresponding port in the controller. Tighten the screws to clamp them in place. Peel off the backing and glue them in a place where the light is needed. If the light cannot be completely hidden, use the aluminum channel. This channel can accommodate LED strips of different sizes and has a frosted lens that really gives this combination the perfect look.
Recommended LED Lights
VEGASeries LED Street Lights
VEGASeries LED Street Lights are generally not suitable for illuminating backyards, warehouse entrances, driveways, and fields, etc. The VEGA Series (Cobra Head LED Street Light) has achieved world-class success in energy efficiency, high efficiency, and advanced finishing. It is specially designed for highways, city roads, and city streets, commercial areas, residential areas, parking lots, highways, etc., with high output brightness for large area lighting needs.
LIBRA Series LED Street Lights
LIBRA Series LED Street Lights are available in many different models, such as the LED floodlight described above, as well as a model with a motion sensor that automatically lights up when human motion is detected.
In addition, there are solar-powered LED security lights with motion sensors. When daylight is sufficient, the solar panel will generate current and voltage in daylight to charge the battery. At night, it automatically turns off after 30 seconds from the point of sensing human movement. Since the electrical energy is stored in the form of solar energy. It is very easy to install and does not require wiring operation. They are commonly used in garages, sidewalks, stairs, backyards, and other lighting areas. Also, this LED light is very easy to assemble, suitable for people without electrical experience to assemble and use.
In addition to the outdoor LED lighting fixtures mentioned above, some LED lights can be used outdoors, mainly for decoration. Such as outdoor Pisces Series LED Street Lights, outdoor string lights, etc… These are very popular atmosphere creators during Christmas or family gatherings. When choosing LED light strips to decorate doorways or around the house, it is best to choose the waterproof type to prevent sudden rain and snow from damaging the strips. Please also note that the power adapter is not waterproof and should not be placed in a place where it could get wet by rain.