When it comes to your home's interior design, led strip light is one of the biggest players at present. Many people like using led strip light because it has a stronger quality than many other kinds of lighting. So what are some tips you should keep in mind during using led strip light? Here we listed together some problems that may happen and our answers:
1. What are led strip lights?
Led strip light is made with led chips, FPCB/ALUMINUM PCB/FR-4/CME-3, resistance, capacitance, IC, silicon glue, silicon tube, PVC material, 3M tape, and wires.
Because of the appearance like tape, so names it led strip light /led tape/led ribbon/led light bar.
It has 3M tape backside that can be stuck to almost all surfaces. And some with clips can fix on the surface where not suitable for 3M tape.
2.How many kinds of led using in led strip light ?
There many Leds are using in led strip light.
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3. How many kinds of led strip light?
Led strip light is normally classified into two categories by PCB material. One is flexible led strip light. The other one is a rigid led strip light.
And led strip light can be classified into two categories by voltage.
One is a high voltage led strip light, the voltage is AC110V and AC220V.
The other one is low voltage, DC3V/5V/6V/9V/12V/15V/24V/36V/48V/60V.
It is according to different requests.
FLEXIBLE LED STRIP LIGHT
HIGHT VOLTAGE LED STRIP LIGHT
LOW VOLTAGE LED STRIP LIGHT
a. Flexible led strip light
Flexible led strip light is produced by flexible PCB and led. The thickness is only 1.5mm.
Normally the led type have SMD3014, 3528, 3030, 5050, 2835, 5630, 5730, 335 etc.
It have 30led/m, 60led/m, 72led/m, 96led/m, 120led/m , 240led/m, 360led/m.
According to design requests. Because of its flexibility, it can easy to make any shape, and it can be cut in any size.
b. Rigid led strip light
The rigid led strip light is produced by aluminum PCB or FR4 PCB. It is easy to install and has better heat dissipation(aluminum base).
But it can not easy to bend. Aluminum base PCB is widely used in high-power lamps.
4.How to select led strip light?
When we select the led strip light, We need to think about what kind of led?
How many led per meter?
How many wattage per meter?
5.What kind of led strip light?
For same brightness, same price
SMD2835 LED STRIP LIGHT is a very good cost performance.
SMD 5050 LED STRIP LIGHT have 3 chips in one led.
This quality will stable, if one chips broken, the other 2chips can light .
6.How many led per meter?
More led in one meter, more brightness. And the wattage will increase.
You can ask lightstec for date sheet.
7.How many wattage per meter?
Many choose. According to your request, you can ask lightstec for detail.
8. Applications of Cool led light projects
Led strip light is used in furniture, cars decorate lighting, advertising, lighting board, airplane, train, KTV, hotels, shopping malls, etc. We also share some cool led light projects here. You can see projects using led strip lights for room lighting, and led lighting ideas for home and you can find more led projects photos here. And if you are a DIYer, our led strip light material is enough for your DIY-led lighting projects.
9. How to install a led strip light?
DC12V/24V led strip light
First, connect the strip light positive and negative anodes to the power driver right anodes.
Then connect the power driver to AC110V OR AC220V.
If wrong connects, the led strip light will not be lighting.
2. AC110V/220V led strip light
Connect the strip light to the power cord, then connect the power cord to AC110V/220V.
When installing led strip light indoors, because of not raining, or not shining, it will easily install.
Lightstec low voltage strip light has 3M tape.
You only need to tear the tape and stick the led strip light where you want to install it.
Because of rain and sunshine, the strip light needs waterproof.
Normally the outside covers a silicon tube to protect the strip light.
And when install, use clips to fix it strong.
When you need dimming or color change, you need a led controller.
You can use a dimmer, RGB remote controller, rgbw controller, DMX512 controller, Dali controller, and 0/1-10v controller.
Normally, for the DC12V led strip light, we suggest using a 5meter roll. And DC24V led strip light, can use 10meter.
Power supplier in one end. 110v/220v led strip light can use 50 meters by one power card.
If use the strip light longer than this length, the brightness, in the end, will drop compared with the beginning.
Now lightstec has new technology for longer use led strip light.
We use IC to control the current.
This technology can improve the strip light to15-20meter use driver by one end.
Of course, this price will be higher than the normal led strip light.
10. How to know the led strip light is good quality?
There are many led factories are making led strip lights. They use the material from low level to high level. We can check in several ways.
1. Check in the test lab. We can check the chips, PCB material, brightness, color temperature, and CRI. That is a professional way.
2. Check the led strip light surface.
We can check the soldering point. If the surface is not clear, the led are not soldering in the right place.
The surface is dirty. That is not a good led strip light. Good led strip light, the surface is clear, and the led are soldering in the right place.
3. Check the PCB
Normally, the led strip light PCB has 2 kinds of technology.
Rolled copper, place polygon plane. And they also have a single-side PCB design and double-side design.
And the thickness has 1oz, 1.5oz, and 2oz.
Normally the good led strip light use Rolled copper +double side PCB design +2OZ.
The is good for heat dissipation and less voltage drop.
4. Check the package
We can check the package if the reel is recycled used or new. The recycling used may be broken and dirty.
5. Check the label
Check the label if the detail is enough led type, led qty in one meter, voltage, wattage, IP rate.
11. Repair notice:
The led chips are easily broken because of static electricity.
So when we produce the led strip light and install the led strip light, we have better wear the anti-ESD ring before handing it in.
2. Short circuit
When you repair the led strip light, you need to use an AVO meter to check if the led strip light is in a short circuit.
The short circuit is easy to damage the whole strip light.
12. Check why not lighting
1. Check the surface if the led is broken when not protected in transportation
2. Led not soldering very well or the PCB not soldering well.
3. The led is go wrong because of the anti-static.
4. The pcb quality is not good, easy broken.
5. The led is broker because of bending.
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Founder of Lightstec.Engineering degree.More than 13 years working experience in led lighting business.Familiar with producing led lighting products.This blog share you knowledge and solution in led lighting.Welcome sourcing led lights from China.